Seattle may well be the most outdoorsy metropolis in the US. It’s a green, hilly, and lush city backing to forested mountains chock-full of alpine lakes and waterfalls. In fact, some people say the waterfalls are what gave the Cascade Mountains their name.
And while plenty of Seattleites don’t consider it a proper weekend if it hasn’t included a full-day hike, none of these waterfalls require miles and miles of hiking to reach. In fact, some require no hiking at all. So whether travelers want to snap a few early morning photos of mist rising off the forest or want to make a full day of chasing waterfalls, the city probably has an excellent place to go.
These are the best waterfalls near Seattle for travelers and locals alike, all of which are doable in a day from downtown.