Summer Day Trip Ideas Near Olympia With Your Ford SUV

Riffe Lake, taken from U.S. Route 12

Riffe Lake, taken from U.S. Route 12 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nothing beats driving your new Ford SUV around on a sunny Pacific Northwest day. We are lucky to have so many beautiful destinations that are just a short drive away from the Olympia area. Here are some fun summer trip ideas that you and your family can make in just one day!

Spend a Day at Long Beach, Washington

Self proclaimed as the “longest beach in the world,” Long Beach, Washington, provides a nice beach area that is perfect for flying kites or building sand castles.

Long Beach allows driving on the beach, so if you own one of the many Ford SUVs with Intelligent Four Wheel drive, like the Ford Escape, then you shouldn’t have a problem taking it out on the sand. Just make sure to use caution and stay on the compact sand where traction is best. Some fun activities in Long Beach include going horseback riding, renting mopeds, or racing on the go-kart track! There are also hotels located directly on the beach in case you want to turn it into an overnight trip. Long Beach is just over a two hour drive from Olympia and Chehalis.

Experience Nature at Mount Rainier

Looking for a great hike and spectacular views? You really can’t beat Mount Rainier! Mount Rainier offers hundreds of miles of trails to hike, and some excellent picnic areas. Pack up your cooler, and don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Some of the most popular hiking areas at Mt. Rainer include Paradise Trail, Sunrise, and Tipsoo Lake meadows. Make sure to leave your animal friends and bikes at home since they are not permitted on the trails. There are some windy driving conditions on the way to the mountain, but any Ford SUV including the front wheel drive versions of the Ford Edge or Ford Flex shouldn’t have a problem getting you there. Mount Rainier National Park is about an hour and a half away from Chehalis, and just a few minutes’ drive longer from Olympia.

Have Fun on the Water at Riffe Lake

If you don’t feel like driving all the way to the mountain, or just want to spend a day at the lake, Riffe Lake is an excellent choice! Riffe Lake offers hiking, fishing, and picnic areas. Plus, there is a campground if you want to make more than a daytrip out of your adventure. Riffe Lake is a great place for boating too! Haul your boat down to the lake with your Ford Expedition or other properly equipped Ford SUV and get ready for fun in the sun. Riffe Lake campground is a little over an hour from Olympia and only about 45 minute drive from Chehalis!


To learn more about Ford’s current selection of SUVs, come and visit Uhlmann Ford in Chehalis! We are just off I-5 exit 76 and we have a low sales tax rate and no second sticker mark ups.


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