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What's 1,000 Miles Away from Seattle?

Apr 29th, 2020

If you had to walk 500 miles, and then had to walk 500 more, what would you find? 

If you’re in our high rise apartments in downtown Seattle, for example, you know your favorite coffee shops nearby, you know how long it takes to drive to Bellevue and you know the best place to get your late-night munchies, too. 

We all know what’s around our immediate area, but what about further away? We know the nearest big city, the nearest Ikea, the nearest beach and so on, but in between all those places are all sorts of interesting spots you’d never think of. 

Let’s expand our search a little and look past what’s close to us. What’s 1,000 miles away from Seattle? The landscape could be totally different, the language could be one you don’t understand, the food might taste different or the weather could be a total opposite of what yours is!

So without, further ado, here are a few places — both well-known and obscure — that are exactly 1,000 miles away from the center of Seattle and our luxury Seattle apartments.

What’s exactly 1,000 miles away from Seattle?

(Measured from the Seattle Public Library)

Mt. Evans


Here’s a fun fact about Colorado: the Mt. Evans Road is the highest paved auto road in North America! The peak of Mt. Evans towers at a whopping 14,265-foot elevation, and the road you can take to drive to the top will do 14,260 of those feet for you!

Scotts Bluff National Monument


Scotts Bluff National Monument has served as a major landmark for many people over the course of the area’s history. Native Americans camped at the foot of the bluffs, although there isn’t much evidence of the lifestyles they led while there.

Scotts Bluff also served as a landmark for emigrants travelling across the country. The Oregon Trail passed by Scotts Bluff, as did the Mormon Pioneer and California Trails. The Pony Express passed through, as did early telegraph wires. 

Fort Resolution

Northwest Territories, Canada

This small hamlet on the mouth of the Slave River on Great Slave Lake is one of the oldest continuously-occupied place with origins in the fur trade in the Northwest Territories. The tiny town is the headquarters of the Denı́nu Kų́ę́ First Nation and was also a major link to the fur trade’s northern water route in the early 1800s. Only about 507 people live in Fort Resolution, most of whom are indigenous. 

San Nicolas Island

Channel Islands, California

Of the eight channel islands off the coast of Los Angeles, San Nicolas is the furthest from the mainland at 61 miles from the nearest point. San Nicolas was once home to the Nicoleño Tribe, but in 1835 they were taken off the island and their language and culture soon died out. Now, the United States Navy controls the Island and uses the deserted land to test weapons.

One of the most heartbreaking stories about the island is the one of Juana Maria, although no one is sure of her real birth name. When the Nicoleño were evacuated from the island, one woman stayed behind to find her missing child. Nearly 18 years went by without anyone finding the woman or learning what had come of her, but in 1853 she was found by a captain on a hunting trip. After being brought to the mainland and communicating that she was, in fact, the lost woman of San Nicolas, she took ill and died just 7 weeks after arriving. Her story is captured in the book "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O’Dell.

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San Nicolas Island, as seen from Cahuenga Peak.

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North Dakota

If you hopped on Interstate 90 out of Seattle, you could drive all the way to Bismarck without ever taking a turn or switching highways. That’s nearly 19 hours of highway, and you could see all of Washington, the Idaho panhandle and Montana along the way. Plus, you’d switch time zones twice, too. Crazy!

Fun fact: the North Dakota State Capitol building is the tallest building in the state — all 21 stories of it.

Humphreys Peak


Found just northwest of Flagstaff, Humphrey’s Peak boasts the highest natural point in Arizona: 12,633 feet.

Humphrey’s Peak is just one of a series of dormant volcanoes found in the state. It’s climbed via a 4.8-mile trail starting at the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort, but if you go, make sure you can manage the steep, rocky ascent toward the top. 

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Denver, Colorado

It’s not often an opportunity as serendipitous as this comes up. Just know that if you’re suddenly 1,000 miles away in Denver, you’ve got friends waiting for you!

Four Corners Monument

Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah

How often can you stand in four different states at once? It’s pretty self-explanatory where it is, but for those of you who have never been there, it’s pretty out-of-the-way. Aside from this monument, there’s not much in the area, so make sure you bring plenty of water for this iconic monument!

Some Random Panera Bread

Palm Springs, California

If you walked 1,000 miles in a straight line from The Seattle Public Library, then you could treat yourself with a bread bowl and sugar cookie from a random Panera Bread near the Palm Springs International Airport.

If you didn’t want to walk as far as that, stop at the Five Guys next door. It’ll save you a whopping 20 feet of travel.

Whether you go to these places or not, we hope that you’ve found this entertaining and fun to learn about! You may never know when you’ll be in these area, and now you know a little more about the world 1,000 miles away. 


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Colleen Ford is a South African who now lives in Spokane, Washington. She loves to travel, camp (in warm weather) and bake.

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