|Before your cruise from Seattle sails, hike Discovery Park, follow your nose
through the local food vendors at hundred-year-old Pike Place Market, and take
in enough public art to make museums an afterthought. Fantastic views abound
everywhere in Seattle, whether it’s snowcapped Mt. Rainer in the distance, the
glimmering waters of Puget Sound, or the Space Needle, the city’s symbol.
Watch salmon climb the fish ladders at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.
Sip a steaming cup of Seattle coffee at a laid-back cafe in Freemont.
Rock out to live concerts in Belltown and Pioneer Square clubs.
See a replica of the Wright Brothers plane at the Museum of Flight.
Slurp fresh oysters at waterfront seafood restaurants.
Dining in Seattle
Down oysters, clams, and fresh fish at waterfront restaurants or dine in Pike
Place Market on French, Italian, and Russian cuisine. Asian restaurants pepper
the International District, while everything from down-to-earth taverns to
upscale Pacific Rim bistros give Belltown a great reputation.
Around the Port Area
The waterfront Elliott Bay Trail is a scenic walking and
biking path. The trail
is the best way to access Olympic Sculpture Park, a free outdoor showcase of
modern sculptures, and Seattle Aquarium, at Pier 59, featuring the marine
habitats and animals of the Pacific Northwest. Tiny Smith Cove Park, also has watery views, including places to watch the ships come
Beyond the Port Area
Before your cruise from Seattle, travel across Puget Sound from Pier 55 to
Tillicum Village on Blake Island, where you can feast on fish at a salmon bake
and watch members of the Coast Salish Tribe present a music-and-dance
extravaganza. Across Lake Union is Volunteer Park, with its hundred-year-old
conservatory, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and a 75-ft. water tower. Climb up
the tower for free to get lake and downtown views. To the northwest of the downtown and where Seattle cruises dock is
Discovery Park, with hiking trails tracing sea bluffs and beaches offering
spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula. Across Salmon Bay,
watch salmon spawn in summer and ships bob in the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in
Ballard. This neighborhood borders, filled with hip boutiques, public art, and
the friendly cafes and coffeehouses Seattle is known for. South of the city, the
Museum of Flight has a collection of historic planes and part of Boeing’s early
Pioneer Square on a Grand City Tour of Seattle.
Square is one of Seattle, Washington’s most atmospheric neighborhoods, but some
of its best-kept secrets are underground. Go below the surface of the streets
into tunnels and passageways on Bill Spiedel’s Underground Tour. Just inland
from Piers 62 and 63, the life-size bronze Rachel the Pig statue welcomes you to
Pike Place Market—as does the iconic pink neon sign. Listen to street
performers, watch fishmongers sling giant salmon through the air, and snack on
baked goods from the traditional vendors. The best souvenirs here are handmade
crafts, local blackberry jam, and smoked salmon. A few blocks up from the
market, board the Seattle Monorail to glide up to Seattle Center. Overlooking
the whole city is the 605 ft.-high Space Needle, a science fiction remnant from
the 1962 World’s Fair with an observation tower and revolving restaurant at its
apex. The Seattle Center’s EMP Museum, established to hold memorabilia of native
son Jimi Hendrix, is an all-encompassing rock and roll repository.
Nightlife in Seattle
Jazz Seattle, Washington, is best known for rock music, and Belltown and Pioneer
Square pulsate with plenty of live venues for jamming out. But jazz at
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, classical at Benaroya Hall, or a drama or cabaret
performance at a local theater bring real vibrancy and diversity to the city
Though the weather in Seattle, Washington has a rainy reputation, summers are
dry and warm, with highs averaging around 75 degrees and lows in the mid-50s.
Winters are wetter, but rarely bitter cold.
These are serene waters, where one
moment you can be sailing a wide bay
of barrier islands and the next
you’re cruising through a narrow
waterway flanked by towering
forested walls. That’s the splendid
spectacle of the Inside Passage –
the scenery is constantly changing,
from picturesque shores to friendly
The Space Needle was an important setting in the movies It Happened at the
World’s Fair, The Parallax View, and Sleepless in Seattle.
Starbucks started in Seattle as a single store back in 1971. The so-called
original location, in the Pike Place Market, is actually just the
longest-running location, at 1912 Pike Place since the mid-1970s.
Seattle averages around 36 inches of rainfall annually, less than cities like
New York and Philadelphia.
Stretching from Puget Sound,
Washington, through the British
Columbia coast and into the Gulf of
Alaska, the Inside Passage includes
more than 1,000 islands, seemingly
endless shoreline and thousands of
idyllic coves and bays. Sailing with
Princess, you’ll marvel at the
breathtaking scenery and encounter
ports like Gold Rush-era Skagway and
Ketchikan, the capital city of
Juneau and British-flavored
These are places where you can visit
a Native village, learn about the
triumphs and tragedies of Alaska’s
Gold Rush heyday or go dog sledding
with a real musher. The Inside
Passage is your gateway to the
fascinating and colorful culture,
history and sights of the Great