Best Day Trip: Snoqualmie Falls

The people have spoken.

The price of living in a city, close to all the action, is that sometimes you can feel the stress of the urban grind pouring down on you like a giant, metaphorical waterfall. The best way to combat that feeling? Visit an actual, non-metaphorical waterfall. And lucky you, we’ve got a doozy right in our own backyard! 268 feet high, with a width ranging from 50 to 150 feet, Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington’s most popular attractions. No need for hiking boots, either; the parking lot is only 100 yards from the top of the falls. That said, those who want to catch a glimpse from a better perspective can walk along the river trail, which drops 300 feet in a half-mile. Fall City, Wash.

First runner-up: Bainbridge Island

Second runner-up: Whidbey Island

Honorable mention: Discovery Park, North Bend

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