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Top 4 swimming spots to cool off around Seattle

It’s summer. It’s the weekend. And all the beaches in Seattle are too dang crowded! Fear not: with Honda’s fuel-efficient vehicles, these water wonderlands are less than a tank away from the city crowds.

Next time you feel the urge to go for a dip, pack up your adventure-mobile and go the extra mile to one of these swimming holes outside of city limits.

Saint Edward State Park

Here’s one swimming spot that won’t only take less than a tank of gas, it might take less than one go-round of your summer playlist. It’s super close to Seattle, but far enough away that hoards of urbanites haven’t ruined its peace and quiet yet.

Follow the .75-mile South Canyon Trail from the historic seminary through lush forest to the Eastern shore of Lake Washington, and find a sunny spot to settle in for the afternoon with a hammock and a good book.

Lake Sammamish

Only 30 minutes outside of Seattle, Lake Sammamish will guarantee you have a fun-filled family lake day. This 512-acre day-use park offers a score of activities that will keep everyone busy and happy. Rent kayaks or stand-up paddle boards, take a stroll on the trails that wander through wetlands and deciduous forest, bring your little ones to the playground, or post up at a barbeque spot (if you’re lucky enough to snag one on the weekend), and grill out for the day.

Oh yeah, and there’s a beautiful, big sandy waterfront for the most important activity; taking a dip in refreshing Lake Sammamish.

South Fork Snoqualmie River Picnic Area

If you’re looking for a more adventurous swimming spot, head east on I-90 for about 40 miles and you’ll find Olallie State Park and the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River. This scenic spot is great for, you guessed it, packing a picnic to share along the riverbanks.

Lounge on the rocky beach while the turquoise waters of the river gurgle past. Take in the surroundings of the green foothills of the Central Cascades. And brace yourself before you jump into one of the deep pools- that’s some cold glacial water!

Lake Cushman

A tank of gas can go a long way. Like, all the way to the Olympic National Park and back long way. So why not point your Honda west towards a crystal blue glacier lake in the southwest corner of Washington’s own temperate rainforest.

Lake Cushman is truly one of the most beautiful swimming locales in the state. Extend your stay and go for the weekend at Lake Cushman Resort, where you can reserve a cabin or a camping spot and take advantage of the many surrounding hiking trails.

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