Thursday, January 8, 2015

6 Lesser Known Seattle Attractions

Seattle, Washington, is home to several attractions that most travelers are familiar with: the Space Needle, Puget Sound, and the original Starbucks. But there's more to Seattle than these iconic features. Be sure to check out the following six lesser-known attractions during your next stay.

Take a Peek Beneath the Streets

Have you ever wondered what lies beneath a city? Take a guided tour through three sections of the historic underground passageways in Pioneer Square on a Beneath the Streets tour. Led by an experienced guide, you’ll see sections of tunnels the public has never seen.

Camp Out at Blake Island State Park

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Seattle is a huge coastal town. Why not take advantage of it and camp out on the beach? Blake Island State Park offers 475 marine acres for camping along a five-mile shoreline with spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and Seattle Skyline. You’ll need to take a tour or private boat to get to the island. Once you’re there, set up camp right along the shoreline, and get ready to see some spectacular mammals, birds, fish, and sea life.

Brush up on Local History at Burke Museum

If you love history, you’ll love learning about Seattle’s unique past at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. The museum houses Washington State collections of natural and cultural heritage, promotes lifelong learning, and encourages respect, responsibility, and reflection. Throughout the year the museum sponsors several fun events for the family. Check the museum’s schedule during your stay to see what events are taking place.

Wine Tastings at Chateau Ste. Michelle

Visit Washington’s oldest and most acclaimed winery, featuring award-winning wines. During your visit you’ll have a tasting session unparalleled to other wineries. Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery is located in Eastern Washington, where there’s a warm and sunny climate perfect for growing world-class wine grapes. Take a tour of the Chateau and its 105 wooded acres, attend a wine and food class, and enjoy a chef dinner.

Enjoy a Whale Watching Cruise

A visit to Seattle is not complete without seeing some of the ocean's most spectacular creatures: whales. A Clipper Vacation Whale Watching cruise takes you around the harbor from downtown Seattle through Deception Pass to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. You’ll enjoy 2 1/2 hours of whale and sea life watching. You can even stay a night or two at one of the San Juan Island hotels.

Emerald City Trolley

For the best guided tour of Seattle, hop aboard the Emerald City Trolley. Your experienced guide will educate you about Seattle’s famous sites as you visit them. You’ll be connected to several downtown attractions including Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, the Museum of Flight, Pioneer Square, and the Seattle Great Wheel. There’s a second route you can take to see other attractions such as the Ballard Locks and Woodland Park Zoo.
There’s so much more to do in Seattle than drink coffee, visit the Space Needle, and attend a Huskies game. Be sure to check out one or all of these attractions on your next visit.