08/08/2012 07:06 am ET Updated Oct 08, 2012

The Best Road Trips From Seattle (PHOTOS)

The Best Road Trips is a weekly summer series highlighting our favorite getaways from major cities all over the United States.

Seattle may be known as the home of grunge rock, Starbucks coffee and grey skies, but that doesn't mean its residents are grim. In fact, the city has one of the lowest crime rates in the entire country and has both beautiful scenery and a bangin' nightlife scene.

But should locals (or visitors!) need a day off the java or a weekend without rain, there are plenty of nearby places to check out. The best part? Each of these three trips takes less than three hours to drive, meaning if you only have one day to spend outside of Seattle, you can do it up right.

So pack your bags, slather on some SPF (hey, you can get burnt when there are clouds!) and hop in the whip -- we've got some miles to cover.

-- Rachel Jacoby,

The Best Road Trips from Seattle (PHOTOS)