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If you want your kayaking with a side of relaxation, look no farther than the Waterfront Inn.

These top kayaking trips are less than a tank of gas from Seattle

Paddling out on the water is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery and the sunshine of the great Pacific Northwest. And you’ll need the right rig to take all your gear to the top kayaking spots in the region. That’s where the Honda Ridgeline or Honda Pilot come in. They’ve got plenty of cargo space, with room enough for your gear and the whole family.

So, load ‘em up, and get going to these top kayaking destinations that are all less than a tank of gas away.

Waterfront Inn

If you want your kayaking with a side of relaxation, look no farther than the Waterfront Inn. This peaceful getaway is nestled in Gig Harbor Bay, with stellar views of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding waters. Take their kayaks out to explore the bay, stroll into charming downtown and check out the shops and restaurants, or simply sit back with a book and soak in the scenery on their over-the-water deck.

If you’re staying at the Inn, you’ll be pampered with your own entrance, views of the bay, river-rock gas fireplace, and a jetted tub in every room. It’s the perfect place to kick up your heels after a long paddle.

San Juan Islands

Kayaking the San Juan Islands is a world-class experience, and believe it or not, it takes less than a tank of gas to get there from Seattle. Take advantage of this beauty in our own backyard by loading up into your Honda and driving onto the ferry for a long weekend on San Juan, Orcas, or Lopez Island.

Make good use of the of the ample cargo space in the Honda Ridgeline or Honda Pilot and bring your own gear, or get set up for a kayak tour with one of the local outfitters. Their knowledgeable guides offer three-hour to three-day tours, depending on your level of stoke (and stamina!). And get ready to spot some wildlife, as the San Juans is one of the best places in the state to see orcas, harbor seals, porpoises, eagles, and other marine life.

Lake Sammamish

If a placid lake paddle sounds more your speed, check out Lake Sammamish; it’s a great day trip from the city, perfect for beginners. Kayaks and SUPs are available for rent at Tibbetts Beach, or you can launch your own boat. This large lake is just 30 minutes from Seattle and has plenty to explore for a full day on the water. For a longer paddle, you can opt to take the Sammamish Slough, a throughway which connects to Lake Washington. While you’re coasting along the placid shoreline, keep an eye out for the local herons, eagles, and waterfowl.

Belfair State Park

You’ll definitely need the gear-hauling capabilities of the Honda Ridgeline for this trip; it’s only for those with their own boat. Pack it up and keep your family safe on the way out to your camping trip on the South Sound. Push off onto the Cascadia Marine Trail and explore the waterways of the Hood Canal. If you brought the whole family along, there are wetlands, pebble beaches, tidal flats, and salmon runs that are perfect for kids to explore. Set up your campsite then head out for a paddle with the sun setting over the Sound.

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