Distance from Seattle: 17 miles
All those guys you know from college who went to business school? They probably live here now, which is likely why you haven't spent enough time in Seattle's easternmost suburb (we're calling Snoqualmie a "bedroom community") to know that it's actually got a small-town feel. That's thanks to 1,700 acres of park land, historic buildings, and even a creek running through the center of town, all of which combine to make you forget that you're still only a moment from I-90. Know what else will make you forget? Posting up at the redundant, but can't-miss, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In and downing one of their XXX Burgers. It makes a trip across the floating bridge worth it all by itself.
Distance from Seattle: 66 miles
Thanks to its location in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim (OK, let's get this out of the way: it's pronounced "Skwim") gets about as much precipitation as Los Angeles, making it the sunniest town in Washington, and one the best small beach towns on the West Coast. However, the fact that the longest sand spit in the United States (at the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge) and public oyster and clam beds (at Sequim Bay State Park) are nearby probably didn't hurt either. This increasingly popular escape from Seattle is also becoming one of the best food towns in the Northwest, thanks to old-school mainstays and modern operations like Nourish, which is posted up on what remains of a pioneer farm from the 1880s, and is literally a garden-to-table restaurant that turns all the stuff you can see growing while you walk to your table into amazing things to have for dinner.