As summer draws to an end, autumn looms ahead. The season of falling leaves makes Seattle a truly spectacular place this time of year. And while the return of fall means the return of rain, there’s still plenty to do if you have the right gear and attitude. Pack your raincoat and hiking boots, and enjoy the season.
What to do in Seattle this fall
Discovery Park is a gorgeous 528-acre stretch of land, making it the largest public park in Seattle. The 11 miles of hiking trails provide you with ample and unparalleled views of the city and the beach shoreline. With fall almost here, this is a sightseeing opportunity you don’t want to miss. We recommend the Loop Trail leading to the lighthouse.
Where: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd
If you’re a beer or microbrew aficionado, you’ll love the Fremont Brewing Company. Started in 2009, this family-owned and family-run brewery bases its operation on a simple premise: “Because beer matters.” Their passion for beer makes Fremont Brewery an unmissable hangout for like-minded individuals. The Urban Beer Garden serves a variety of seasonal brews and features a rotating weekly Cask Ale. 2 bars flank both sides of the brewery, offering beverages on tap and an ever-changing menu of beers, ciders, and soda.
Where: 1050 N 34th St
The Eagle Lakes trail spans a whopping 12 miles, but its terrain is relatively easy to trek, making it an activity you can do with the whole family. During the summer months, the trail can get warm, but in these early fall days, the crisp air makes for the perfect hiking weather. You start on sparse land and soon reach the Crater and Martin Creek drainages, which is where the scenery begins to get photo worthy. Follow the trail carefully so you can reach the Upper Eagle Lake, where you’ll want to stop and enjoy the view.
Where: North Cascades (follow the precise directions located here)
Apple picking is the quintessential start-of-fall activity in America. Seattle is lucky to have the gorgeous, century-old Swans Trail Farms on the Snohomish River as its premier apple picking location. The idyllic country setting is home to The Farm, where you’ll find a treasure trove of rustic activities including the U-Pick Apple Orchard. Experience the joy of gathering your own Honeycrisp and Jonagold apples while the season allows.
Where: 7301 Rivershore Rd – Snohomish, WA
For thrill seekers, there’s no better activity than zip-lining in Seattle and its neighboring regions. Adrenaline meets sightseeing at the Canopy Tour in Camano Island. 6 zip-lines take you through the forest with strategic pauses between each for you to roam the grounds and see the wildlife up-close. This novel approach to a wilderness tour is a great way to get to know the breathtaking marvel that is the Camano Island.
Where: 332 NE Camano Dr – Camano Island, WA
This 4-mile round trip hiking trail is moderate in difficulty but well worth the effort. There are plenty of opportunities to take memorable photos featuring the incredible views you’ll see along the way. After you’re done, you can grab a bite to eat at the North Bend Bar & Grill, where you’re likely to find fellow hikers to keep you company.
Where: Snoqualmie Region – North Bend Area trailhead (detailed instructions here)
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day outside to enjoy the weather or an exciting escapade into the wild, Seattle has no shortage of amazing opportunities for you to mark the beginning of the season.