Activities and Adventures

The day I arrived by train in Seattle it was cold, sleeting and almost snowing. I took a room at the Olympic Hotel and could hardly wait to see what Seattle was all about. It was love at first sight! The water, the ferryboats the trees and the Snow capped Mountains in every direction. What a contrast to the "golden hills" of the Bay Area! I did the Seattle Center, Space Needle, Public Market, Frye Museum, "Ye Old Curiosity Shoppe", the Monorail, and Pioneer Square. This was my introduction to the state of Washington. I still enjoy the tourist sites, but over the years I have added activities and places you might also enjoy for that "off the beaten path" experience.


IKEA - First in Washington
REI Flagship Store
Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room opens at the base of Capitol Hill
Boeing Tour
Museum of Flight
Beechers handmade cheese Pike Place Market


Mt Rainier

Rainier National Park

Jayne's pictures of Mt. Rainier

Snoqualmie Pass

Ski Snoqualmie Pass

Valley High Mountain Lodge · Private lodging on the slopes · 45 min from Maple Valley · Available for all seasons · Sleeps 12-16 Rates from $450.00. Contact us for details.

Franklin Falls, Snoqualmie Pass 45 min from MVBB
Snoqualmie Railroad
Twin Falls State Park North Bend, Park entrance 25 min from MVBB
Snoqualmie Falls, City of Snoqualmie 25 min from MVBB

Maple Valley

Soos Creek Trail
Maple Valley's Arboretum
Soos Creek Botanical Garden
Smith Mossman Western Azalea Display Garden
Shadow Lake Bog
Maple Valley Historical Society Museum
Tahoma National Cemetary

Other Activities

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden | Federal Way, Wa

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