Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Seattle Washington Excursions


If your Alaska cruise doesn’t start or end in Vancouver, likely you are starting or finishing your cruise vacation from Seattle, WA. This city is famous for Starbucks, grunge music, the Space Needle, and Pike Place Market. It's home to several giants of the technology industry including Amazon and Microsoft, and it is also a beautiful area to just simply enjoy the outdoors. Check out some amazing ways to explore the city and its surrounding areas.

Explore the city from an open-top, double-decker bus. Discover the city’s most famous sights including the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Occidental Park, Central Waterfront, and Puget Sound. You can start or end your tour at any of the 14 stops along the way.  City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour Seattle is offered daily starting May. 

An alternate way to explore the city of Seattle is on this guided small-group tour. See the big sites the city has to offer including Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and Pioneer Square. Experience the diverse neighborhoods that give the city its character including Freemont, Queen Anne, Ballard, Chinatown, and more. This 5-hour tour is offered daily. A shorter private tour is also available.

Active and Decadent! Spend the morning exploring Deception State Park with a guided hike with opportunities to spot bald eagles, blue herons, deer, and harbor seals. In the afternoon discover local organic food and wine in one of Washington’s most scenic valleys. This is an 8-hour private tour for up to 14 guests.

Meet some of Seattle’s most infamous ghosts on this nighttime walking tour. Spend an hour exploring Seattle’s wildest haunts and learn some fascinating history of the city. Extend the tour 30 minutes for just $6 a person and make 4 additional stops.  Seattle Terrors Ghost Walking Tour is offered daily in the summer. 

Visit Mount Rainier National Park on this day-long tour. See rivers, mountain lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife. Stops on the tour include Paradise Jackson Visitor Center, Longmire Visitor Center, and Narada Falls.  Mt. Rainier Day Tour is offered daily. As an alternate tour, experience Mt. Rainier via helicopter with hiking included. 

Take a small group tour to either Mount St. Helen’s National Monument or Mt. Rainier  Learn about the natural history and watch for the abundant wildlife that roams each area. Travel in spacious Mercedes vans and luxury SUVs, plus a family-style lunch with wine is included. The Mount St. Helens tour is offered on Tuesday and Thursday. The Mt. Rainier tour is offered daily. A private Mt. Rainier tour for up to 12 guests is also available. 

Experience the North Cascade Mountains on this Canyoneering Adventure, with no previous experience required. View the amazing alpine wilderness and learn about the area’s history and geology from an experienced guide. Learn about the sport of rappelling and test your limits with a professional guide.  North Cascades Canyoneering Adventure all day experience is offered daily in the summer. 

Offered Thursday through Sunday is an 8 hour Small Group Mountain Bike Tour that departs at 9 am. Head to the trails with your IMBA ICP certified guide. Beginner - Intermediate and Intermediate - Expert options are available. Lunch, water, and snacks are included. 

Soar over Seattle and Puget Sound in a seaplane to the wild outer San Juan Islands on this full-day air and land adventure. Landing at an isolated beach, your guide will take you to explore the island's beaches and forests on foot. Enjoy a delicious picnic and drinks before flying back to Seattle. This 6.5-hour Private San Juan Islands Seaplane and Hiking Adventure tour can accommodate up to 4 guests. 

Sightsee at Snoqualmie Falls and tour Seattle with these two tours in one experience. Visit beautiful Snoqualmie Falls and then learn fun facts about the city of Seattle, one of the most livable cities in the US. This tour lasts 4 hours and departs at 10 am. Check tour calendar for availability. A private full-day tour including wine tasting in Woodinville is also available. 

Spend the day exploring Olympic National Park. This park is known for having several different ecosystems to experience: subalpine forest, wildflower meadows, temperate rainforest, and rugged saltwater shore. The tour begins with a leisurely ferry boat ride over the Puget Sound to the Olympic Peninsula. Next move on to Hurricane Ridge, Crescent Lake, Marymere Falls, Sol Duc Valley, and time permitting, a sandy beach along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Plan on approximately five miles of walking. This 12-hour tour is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. A small group tour is also available. 

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