If you and your crew are in need of a little family vaca, the slower pace, lessened crowds and off-season hotel rates make the post-summer months the perfect time to schedule a weekend out of town. Whether you’re looking for an adventurous stomping ground, a scenic destination or a relaxing locale, we’ve put together 12 kid-approved fall getaways, all within a few hours’ drive of Seattle. The best part? They all require very little planning on your part.

Cle Elum

Super easy to get to (assuming there isn’t any major construction on Snoqualmie Pass), the city of Cle Elum offers lots of outdoor family fun including hiking, biking and horseback riding as well boat rentals on Lake Cle Elum. The city of Rosyln (remember the TV show Northern Exposure?) is a great place to explore with kids and to grab a meal at The World Famous Brick Salon, Roslyn Cafe or Village Pizza. Stay at Suncadia Resort for a posh experience yet casual, kid-friendly, and a bit adventurous. You and your crew will love the fab hotel amenities and kids will especially love making making s’mores around the campfire and walking the 1000 Steps trail to the river. Everyone will love the awesome swim and fitness center with two indoor water slides and an indoor pool, fine and casual dining and spa services.

Bonus: For an even extra special trip, plan to go during their Harvest Festival, Oct 1-2 & 8-9, 2016. Two weekends of festive events and activities at the Historic Nelson Farm mean Halloween-themed activities, pony rides, a peewee rodeo and a 1,000 bale hay maze, plus a pumpkin patch, food and beer garden.

photo: Suncadia Resort 

Where will you be heading off to this fall? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy, Sara Billups & Allison Ellis