Cannon Beach, OR
Distance from Seattle: 199 miles; 4 hour drive
You've seen this quintessential Oregon beach town before (it was in Goonies, and it's where Johnny Utah said "Vaya Con Dios" to Bohdi), but it's worth the trip if only to see to the town's most famous attraction -- Haystack Rock -- thrusting up from the waves just offshore. And that's not to mention the charming assemblage of art galleries, shops, and even a distillery, along with can't miss bars/restaurants like Cannon Beach Hardware, where in addition to two floors of actual hardware, there's an array of bar food and an excellent beer collection. Or the venerable Castaway's Restaurant & Tiki Bar, which looks like someplace Jimmy Buffett would sing about if he ever left Florida.