Just a little over 30 minutes east of Seattle is one of the area’s most popular scenic attractions, Snoqualmie Falls. The waterfall on the Snoqualmie River is 268 ft tall, and gained a sort of cult status for its mention in the television series Twin Peaks. Most of the river is diverted here into the hydroelectric power plant, but the portion that makes it over the cliff is pretty darn impressive. If you happen to end up here after heavy rains or during the spring snow melt in the mountains, the flow over the falls is much higher and it becomes a huge curtain of water coming off the cliff.
There is an observation deck where you can get a great view of the falls, and if you are nimble, a hiking trail that takes you down to the bottom of the canyon. (Upgrades currently underway at the hydroelectric plant may close the hiking trail.)
One of Seattle’s most iconic hotels, the Salish Lodge & Spa, actually sits atop the falls. After a visit to Snoqualmie Falls, a stop for a drink or meal at this swanky Northwest spot is a great way to finish the day.