Less than 30 miles from Seattle, Mukilteo is a charming nautical village with tremendous views and fun things to do. And fall colors! The Japanese Gulch hike offers a multitude of trails that lead to hidden coves and sandy beaches. The area was used for defense during World War II. But instead of turning the lovely area into an industrial park, the community of Mukilteo created the Japanese Gulch Wildlife Habitat in 2014, purchasing the land and preserving it for public use. Bring your kites, the kids will love to fly them high above the beach while you wait to feed the fam at Ivar's or Diamond Knot."