» To admire city sights at a leisurely pace, look to Emerald City Trolley, an open-air trolley that has several routes to major attractions during the summer. Passengers can get on and off at downtown hotels and various sites, including the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, sports stadiums, and Kerry Park. Other companies such as Show Me Seattle, Let’s Tour Seattle and Tours Northwest use comfortable shuttle buses to visit all the top sights. Some tour routes cover major attractions, while others are specifically tailored to cruise passengers before or after their voyage.
» It’s still possible to visit the remains of Seattle’s first downtown, destroyed by a fire in 1889. Beneath the Streets and Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour are tour operators that detail the history of the city and head below ground to see rooms from nearly 100 years ago.
» Argosy Cruises and Waterways Cruises & Events each have a fleet of boats available for sightseeing cruises, making it easy to get out on the water. Stand by the rail on the boat deck or find a window seat to enjoy the stunning views of natural scenery while floating across bays and lakes. Get the best of land and water with Ride the Ducks or get active on a guided kayak tour with Alki Kayak Tours, where guides lead groups out on Elliott Bay to paddle along the Seattle waterfront.
» With lakes and bays surrounding Seattle, floatplanes are an icon of the city. Kenmore Air and Seattle Seaplanes offer guided tours on these special planes that take off and land on the water. Pilots depart from Lake Union in the middle of Seattle and take to the air for views of the city and natural scenery — perfect for endless photo opportunities.