Duck Boat Tours
515 Broad St.
Seattle, WA 98109
The Duck Boat Tours run 362 days a year, led by a USCG certified driver, and the guides share Seattle history with visitors through presentation, humor, and songs. Their philosophy is to have fun, learn and enjoy the scenery. The tour boats are WWII amphibious landing craft, which drive like a bus and float like a boat. Each tour includes downtown Seattle (land) and Lake Union (water). Some of the sights visitors see and learn about are Nordstom flagship store, the first Starbucks, Pike Place Market, the waterfront, Pioneer Square, Gas Works Park and the houseboat used in the movie “Sleepless In Seattle.” This unique tour is a must-do on a visit to Seattle.
2901 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
The Olympic Sculpture Park is located on the Seattle waterfront and is the newest addition to the Seattle Art Museum. The park is free to visit. The grassy areas are tastefully adorn with large outdoor sculptures and it looks out over Elliott Bay. The park offers a free 60-minute public tour of the sculptures, grounds and shoreline. The cafe Taste in the park is a great place to grab an espresso or other drink and an organic snack. Parking is available at the PACCAR Pavilion garage for a fee and bike racks are available for cyclists.
211 W. Highland Dr.
Seattle, WA 98119
Kerry Park offers a traditional view of Seattle with Mount Rainier in the background. It is the perfect place to watch a sunrise or sunset with the city spreading out below Queen Anne Hill, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound to the west, the Cascade Mountains to the east and Mount Rainier to the south. The city reflects the colors of the sky. The sweeping view overlooks the Seattle Center, home to the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center and the Experience Music Project Museum (EMP) with its artistic architecture.
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The Edgewater Hotel
2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
The Edgewater’s star-studded history makes this a must see while in Seattle. The hotel is the only hotel on the water on the Seattle waterfront, has 233 rooms, and has become a landmark for locals. Built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the hotel’s visitors include the Rolling Stones, the Beattles, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam and many other stars. The lobby displays photographs of the visitors. The views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains is breathe taking. The hotel’s restaurants are open to visitors, and share in the hotel’s history.
801 Alaskan Way Pier 52
Seattle, WA 98104
The Bremerton Ferry is an amazing way to experience Seattle at sunset. The skyline lights up with the setting sun, and then the city lights turn on. To the north, the Space Needle and Pacific Science Center is visible. The main part of the waterfront, sky scrapers and ferris wheel reflect the sunset; and to the south is the shipping docks, west Seattle and the Alki Lighthouse. Elliott Bay is a major shipping port and if you’re lucky, the occasional orca will travel through the area.
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