Community February 11, 2021

Best Day Trips From Bainbridge Island

Feeling cooped up and wanting to get away? Take a day trip! You’ll feel far away yet you’ll still be able to make it home for the night. While we know there are many incredible places to explore in our area, here are a few great day trip ideas to get you started. Travel times listed below are from Bainbridge Island to the destination.

Note: Due to the unpredictability of the pandemic, please call ahead or check online to make sure you’re able to visit. Don’t forget about COVID-19 precautions

Cape Flattery – Makah Trail


Escape to the northwestern most point of the contiguous United States for the epic weathered bluffs and spectacular vistas of Cape Flattery.  A true seaside bluff experience!  Traverse the cliffside trails and find your perfect picnic spot.  Be sure to respect the environment and pack out all your waste; there aren’t any garbage cans along the trail.

Drive Time: 3 Hours, 20 Minutes

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center – Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge Olympic National Forest

Photo by Bittina Erickson


Hurricane Ridge Road leads you up the peak of the majestic Olympic Mountains for epic panoramic views.  Once you get up the mountain road (be sure to drive cautiously), you’ll see the Visitor Center lodge devoted to the preservation of the park with ample parking and outdoor seating to enjoy the vista.  The best time to go is summertime, but the park is open year-round if you bring chains and plan ahead!

Drive Time: 2 Hours

Finnriver Farm & Cidery on the Way to Port Townsend

Finnriver Cidery

Photo by Finnriver


On your drive to the seaside town of Port Townsend (a wonderful day drip of its own), you’ll find the rustic Finnriver Farm & Cidery, serving organic farm to table cider since 2004! They also offer delicious food options like Dented Buoy‘s wood-fired pizza and they have touchless ordering and Covid protocols in place. Enjoy Finnriver’s beautiful outdoor seating area and take a walk through the orchard. From there, Port Townsend is only 20 minutes away!

Finnriver Drive Time: 40 Minutes; Port Townsend Drive Time: 1 Hour

Tree of Life (aka The Root Cave)


Nestled on the Kalaloch seashore sits the magnificent Tree of Life.  Despite its exposed roots, this massive undying Sitka Spruce stands strong and verdant.  If you’re feeling daring, take a walk under the Tree of Life’s root cave at low tide for a truly enchanting Washington experience.  For a longer adventure, the Kalaloch Lodge and Campground are just up the shore!

Drive Time: 3 Hours, 10 Minutes

Olympic Sculpture Park – Seattle Art Museum


Outdoor art abounds at the Sculpture Park on the Seattle Waterfront – just a 30-minute ferry ride away! The multiple award-winning Sculpture Park is a hallmark of the Seattle Art Museum, with nine acres of “monumental” artworks. Along with the art, the adjoining Myrtle Edwards Park provides miles of walking trails and beaches to enjoy. If you have time on your way back, there’s always something fun to do at the Seattle Waterfront.

Ferry Time: 30 Minutes

If you have another great idea for a day trip from Bainbridge Island, let us know on our Windermere Sound Living Facebook page

Learn More about Bainbridge Island

If you’re new to the area and would like to learn more about Bainbridge Island, check out our Newcomer’s Guide. In it, you’ll find videos, articles, and helpful links to learn about our neighborhoods, schools, arts and culture, local home buying resources, and more.