Distance from Seattle: 202 miles, 4-hour drive
Why it made our list: It’s a top-notch ski resort and, in the spring/summer, it basically becomes the world's premiere spot for downhill mountain biking, but who cares when you can look at the views on the way there. The Sea-to-Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler is without a doubt the most scenic in the hemisphere, if not the world. It’s almost worth the four-hour drive from Seattle just to stop and take selfies along the way: on cliffs overlooking Howe Sound, under the rush water of Shannon Falls, or being dwarfed by the hulking rock called the Stawamus Chief. If that’s not enough, then you get into town and the food is incredible, the beer is flowing, and everybody is just there to have a great time (it’d be hard not to).
Pro tip: Get a killer dining deal if you’re in town in the "shoulder seasons" (April/May/June, Sept/October/November). Check the local papers and menus; most fine-dining places will do a multi-course tasting menu for less than 50 Canadian dollars.
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