Best Places to See Fall Foliage Near Seattle

Weekend hiking trips, football games, sipping hot cider, and driving up to see fall foliage are just a few of our favorite fall activities. And, rightfully so—the Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful places to see the leaves change color and enjoy the crisp autumn breeze.

Thinking about taking your Subaru for a spin on a cool fall day? Here are the 5 best places to see fall foliage near Seattle. 

5 Best Places to See Fall Foliage Near Seattle

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1. Discovery Park

Discovery Park is the perfect place if you’re looking for close proximity to Seattle. Only 6.2 miles from the center of the city, this area blooms colorful wooded areas, meadows, and sand dunes. You’ll find plenty of photo opportunities for the kiddos—or for your Instagram! 

Time from Seattle: About 17 minutes 

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2. Bellevue Botanical Garden

Bellevue Botanical Garden offers 53 curated acres of gardens, wetlands, and woods to explore. Sure to be rich in color from late September to early November, you’re sure to enjoy the change of season here. It’s also a great Saturday activity if you’re on a budget—gardens are free and open until dusk every day.

Time from Seattle: About 15 minutes 

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3. Washington Park Arboretum

Washington Park Arboretum is the perfect spot for families during the fall—especially in mid-to-late October. Make sure to stop by the Graham Visitor’s Center to pick up a children’s activity guide which includes field guides, scavenger hunts, magnifying lenses, and activity ideas for kids age five to twelve. 

Time from Seattle: About 10 minutes 

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4. Mount Rainier

Looking for a challenging afternoon hike to see some beautiful fall foliage? Mount Rainier is just the place. The Skyline Trail Loop is a favorite among park-goers. You can expect a scene of vibrant reds, golden yellows, and beautiful burnt orange leaves as Mount Rainier looms in the distance. What’s more romantic? 

Time from Seattle: About 1 hour and 41 minutes 

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5. Leavenworth

Leavenworth is another great family-friendly spot to enjoy a crisp fall afternoon. You can enjoy the Autumn Leaves Festival and Oktoberfest during September and October each year, too. While Leavenworth can be enjoyed in just a day, most Seattle visitors choose to extend their stay through a weekend—so be sure to pack a bag!

Time from Seattle: About 2 hours and 11 minutes 

Suburb Service: #1 Independent Subaru Repair Shop Near Seattle, WA

Before you take your Subaru on a fall adventure, you can’t forget maintenance and care. At Suburb Service, we love Subaru customers—it’s why we’ve chosen to specialize in Subaru-only car repair, maintenance, and more. We’ve treated Seattle’s Subaru customers to excellent service for so many years—and we can’t wait to treat you too.

Whether you need to make a regular maintenance appointments, schedule a repair service, or want to discuss installing a security system, contact us. Call Suburb Service today at 206-364-8089 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment with us. Show your Subaru some love.

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