A Festive Daytrip
If you’re driving from Seattle to Mount Rainier, consider stopping in the town of Auburn. Around 30 minutes from the city and an hour and a half from the mountain, Auburn offers biking and walking trails, 30 parks, and three golf courses. Some of the earliest Kings County settlers made their homes in the city, which retains a nostalgic feel. The Neely Mansion, built in 1891, is also a major destination within Auburn and has received a place on the National Register for Historic Places. Its elegant white boards and columns suggest rich stories of past inhabitants, from a pioneer’s son to a Filipino migrant worker to a Japanese family that added on a furoba, or traditional Japanese-style bathhouse.
Need another reason to venture out of town? At AuburnFest on August 12th, enjoy two entertainment stages, a beer garden, food vendors, a literary showcase, and more. Participate in the 5K Poker Fun Run & Walk for a little exercise. A commemorative car show will award displayed vehicles in such categories as “best hot rod,” “best pre-1940,” and “meanest muscle car.”
Return to Seattle refreshed and ready to tackle the city again.