Ideas for cruisers to stretch their legs (and trip) out…
ADVENTURE & RECREATION Eagle watching, float trips, guided nature walks, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, golfing, biking, skiing, snowboarding, sailing and even llama trekking are just some of the options.
ARTS & CULTURE Glass art, galleries, architecture youth programs, museums, sculptures, dance, opera, symphonies, theatre, jazz, EMP and more. Go back stage at local theatres, meet the director or actor, visit a costume shop, try your hand at beading, pottery painting, sketching, and more. Ask us for the latest additions.
AVIATION Visit the Museum of Flight in South Seattle to see where aviation began, and extras include: “storytelling” and the Challenger & Aviation Labs. See Seattle from a birds-eye-view on a floatplane flightseeing trip, or book a flight to the San Juan Islands, a fishing resort, or beyond.
BREWERIES Seattle and Washington State are well known for boutique beers and quality microbrews. Many offer tours and tastings, including Red Hook Ale Brewery in Woodinville as well as Pike Pub & Brewery, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery and Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse in downtown Seattle.
CULINARY ARTS Local chefs and restaurants offer a variety of options from cooking classes to market tours. Explore fresh produce fields, try out gourmet bakeries, learn chocolate dipping or take a tour of a chocolate factory, take one of seven “foodie” tours which begin at the Pike Place Market or nearby. Try a coffee or gelato tasting. EAT!
It is a new frontier for beverage connoisseurs in Washington state; laws passed in 2012 privatized liquor sales for the first time since prohibition and have paved the way for small-batch, craft-distilled spirits. Since the induction of the law many gourmet distilleries have begun popping up all over the state.
GARDENS Explore a wealth of public gardens and private estates. Add a garden school, Master Gardener demos, or hands-on classes.
GLASS Seattle and the Pacific Northwest region has become a mecca for glass artists from across the country and around the world. Try glass blowing, visit artist studios, stroll across the Bridge of Glass, or awe at the collections in local galleries or at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit, the Tacoma Art Museum or Museum of Glass, or one of the collections in many local hotels and public spaces.
NATIONAL PARKS Mt. Rainier, Olympic National Park, and the North Cascades National Park are all within a half-day's drive of Seattle. Mount St. Helens, a National Volcanic Monument is still active 30-years after it last erupted.
NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE Learn about the heritage of the Pacific Northwest’s early residents through visits to area museums, galleries, Tillicum Village, and Native reservations including the new Hibulb Cultural Center at Tulalip.
Spend a half-day to several days with a Native American guide on the Olympic Peninsula.
PROFESSIONAL SPORTS Seattle is home to five major sports teams: Seattle Mariners (MLB), Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Sounders FC (MLS), Seattle Storm (WNBA), and Seattle Thunderbirds (NHL).
SCIENCE Participate in a variety of educational workshops at the Pacific Science Center or the Seattle Aquarium. Ask us for more ideas.
TWO-NATION VACATION Visit Victoria, B.C. on the southern tip of Vancouver Island by ferry, high-speed catamaran, or seaplane, or charter a coach and explore up-island. Check out Vancouver by Amtrak, air, seaplane, motorcoach, or car. Spend time at Whistler, or in the Canadian Rockies.
WINERIES Washington State is the second largest producer of premium wine in the USA. There are now over 800 wineries throughout the state, including over 90 in Woodinville, less than 20 miles from Seattle. Be sure to include wine tastings or a winemaker’s luncheon or dinner experience. Perhaps ALL!