For our last full day in Seattle, we ventured to the North Cascades National Park. I’d seen photos of how beautiful Diablo Lake was and it seemed like the perfect destination for some adventure. We rented the same Zip car that we used in this post and got on our way.
Driving from Seattle to Diablo Lake
Diablo Lake is 2.5 hours outside of Seattle so we got an early start to our day. No early morning road trip would be complete without a breakfast stop along the way and I knew the perfect place to go to: Mighty-O donuts in Greenlake. It was in our direction and their online donut reviews spoke to me. I KNEW we’d love it. We each got a couple of different flavors for the road and drove off with our coffees in hand.
Driving from Seattle to Diablo Lake was quite simple as it’s just highways and country roads after that. We did stop at a small grocery store to pick up food for lunch. By the time we got to the Diablo Lake overlook, we were right on time for lunch. We took in the breathtaking views, the color of the lake (!) and enjoyed our company sitting by a picnic table.
Can we have a moment to talk about Diablo Lake? I had never seen such a turquoise lake before and it was magnificent to see it in person. The North Cascades National Park was very nice to drive through and had ample signage to navigate us. Our GPS did get a bit spotty at times but we didn’t run into any problems. You also have the opportunity to go kayaking, biking or camping there. But you do have to bring your own as there’s no place to rent such things.
After taking in the overlook, we drove to another spot that had a little forest path. The weather in early September was perfect as the sun was out and there was a slight breeze. From there we drove to another, longer path and walked that as well. It was so nice to get out of the city and see more of Washington State. We dipped our toes in a little river nearby and simply enjoyed being in the moment with nature.
In the late afternoon we were exhausted from hiking and ready to head home. Greg was a trooper for driving the whole way and we spent our last dinner in the city eating again at our hotel. That Italian restaurant was honestly fantastic – they hand make all their pasta – and we still talk about how that was such an amazing dinner.
If you’re planning a trip to Seattle I recommend checking out the local area as well. Both Greg and I loved the city and exploring different parts outside of it. I think it gives you a greater understanding of how it would be if you lived there. And all the amazing things it has to offer.
As this rounds up our Seattle trip, here are my previous posts in case you missed them: