Those who think of Seattle in shades of gray have never visited the city in spring, when the metropolis and the surrounding region brims with color. As the calendar pages fall, longer days coax the wildflowers into blossom, painting the mountains and valleys in vibrant orange, blue, and yellow. Nature’s vernal canvas stretches along the coast of the Pacific, where spectacular views can be enjoyed on a number of excellent coastal hikes, including picturesque Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island and the Dungeness Spit Trail on the Olympic Peninsula, which ends at a historic lighthouse. For a slower pace, the boardwalk at Long Beach weaves its pedestrians through wide silty beaches and dunes. The Pacific Ocean has never looked as spectacular, framed by daffodils and poppies. Don’t take our word for it. Check out our list of waterside accommodations near Seattle to book the quintessential spring getaway.