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Although we were hoping for more snow, what's there not to love about Franklin Falls? Especially considering it's a short drive from Seattle and a 2 mile hike roundtrip with only 400 feet of elevation gain. For more information, hike updates, and directions to this beautiful gem, check out the hike on the Washington Trail Association's website. (Sy Bean / Seattle Refined)

Let's Go Places: The breathtaking adventure right outside of the city

Both adventure enthusiast and families simply looking for a good Sunday hike need not look any further than the glorious, breathtaking trail at Franklin Falls at Snoqualmie Pass. Obviously, the people of Seattle had to check it out.

At less than a mile long, the trek to reach Franklin Falls is short enough for those of all fitness levels to handle. That, coupled with the various rock steps and bridges scattered about, make this the perfect destination for a fun family excursion. Beautiful views in a prime location make this adventure worthwhile at any time of year.

Family trips to the city can get so expensive these days, but by taking things outdoors, you’ll only need to worry about storing a lunch and driving up the trailhead. These tasks, as well as so many others, are easily handled by The Toyota 2018 RAV4 Adventure grade.

Built for adventure

This vehicle was designed for drivers who want to bring buddies and gear along on their journeys – or even for families who want to ensure they have room to store all they’ll need for a fun trip to Franklin Falls. The RAV4 Adventure grade can seat up to five passengers and is built to handle all the mess that comes with an adventure. All-weather floor mats and cargo liners allow drivers to not stress about bringing the outdoors into the car with them.

The split second-row seats can recline for relaxation, then fold to add even more cargo space. With up to 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space, there is plenty of room to haul your child's sports equipment, that massive shopping trip or your hiking gear. That, added with racks on top of the vehicle for transporting outdoor sporting toys, will help you get where you are going with everything you need.

A power outlet in the cargo area is new and exclusive for the RAV4 Adventure grade. Whether you need to plug in your portable cooler or your electric lanterns, this portable charging station comes with 120V/100W. Gone are the days of worrying about whether or not you brought enough ice!


A roomy interior, black roof rails and durable rocker panel guards are just the start to going on adventures in style. The 2018 RAV4 Adventure grade has unique badging, 18-inch, five-spoke black alloy wheels, black-accented power-heated outside mirrors and halogen projector-beam headlights with black bezels.

The imposing profile and sleek interior make it obvious that this is one book that can be judged by its cover (to see pictures of this vehicle in action, visit

Owners who purchase the Cold Weather Package – which is exclusive to the Adventure grade – will enjoy an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated fabric front-row seats, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and a wiper de-icer to keep the heat turned up. You'll be warm and cozy driving this car, even if the weather outside is frightful.


The RAV4 Adventure grade offers 176 horsepower with its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. With the Tow Prep Package, this vehicle can haul up to 3,500 pounds, helping drivers to bring along camping, biking and other outdoor gear. With an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, drivers will be happy knowing their adventures aren't breaking the gas budget.


Most importantly of all, drivers and passengers will feel safe in the Toyota 2018 RAV4 Adventure grade. This vehicle comes equipped with eight standard airbags and standard advanced safety technology with Toyota Safety Sense P. This technology "combines the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control," according to Toyota.

Whether you are venturing across the mountain or across the street, you'll feel safe knowing that your vehicle is outfitted with this technology and working for your safety, as well.

The 2018 RAV4 adventure grade starts at $27,700. For more information about this amazing vehicle, visit one of the local Western Washington Toyota Dealers near you today. You can also visit to read more about the RAV4 and to see interior and exterior pictures of this explorer's dream.

Where would you adventure if you owned a Toyota 2018 RAV4 Adventure grade? Share your journey dreams in the comments.