Seattle, Washington

Most of us are familiar with the great Seattle clichés: rain, coffee, indie rock music. And while those are all alive and well, the area outside the city offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in North America. Try hopping a ferry from downtown and heading out to the San Juan Islands, where killer hikes and killer whales (orcas, sorry) abound. Round out your San Juan experience with a stop at the Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in nearby Bellingham.