Seattle is great, but there is so much more to visit and see in the the region, from vibrant small towns to scenic ports that offer gateways to majestic beauty. Some of the must see cities are –
Kirkland has the most parks waterfront parks of any city near the Puget Sounds. Enjoy water activities that range from boating, sailing, parasailing and swimming. Kirkland is very dog friendly and has a vibrant art scene- Kirkland’s ambiance and commitment to the visual arts is well cultivated and unique.
Downtown Kirkland has many great small business that are locally owned and provide rich entertainment for all ages. Beer and wine tastings are common as Kirkland is known for serving a diverse selection of acclaimed Northwest craft beers, wines, and spirits from many award winning wineries and breweries.
The Kirkland Performing Arts Center is a local hotspot of entertainment and provides great performances that showcase both national and local talents for the enjoyment of all. Consider Kirkland as a vital stop in your travel itinerary as all of this is only 20 minutes from downtown Seattle.
Anacortes has a wide range of accommodations to fit any budget as it sits on the Puget Sound, equidistant from Vancouver, BC and Seattle. Anacortes is home to the world’s largest whale watching fleets. A sailing will last around half a day and the tours are staffed with very well educated guides who helpfully educate you about the rich biology, geography, and history of the Puget Sound. There are multiple species of whales to see and enough Orca Pods that you are incredibly likely to witness beautiful breaching events well within camera range.
Anacortes is surrounded by more than 50 miles of trails through old growth forest and Mount Erie. From the summit of Mount Erie you have a billion dollar view of the surrounding San Juan Islands, the Puget Sound and the lush and fertile Skagit River valley which in the Spring grows more tulips than Holland!
No trip to Anacortes is complete without visiting Deception Pass, the most popular state park in Washington with a historic bridge that links Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands. The beauty and majesty of the roaring emerald waters juxtaposed with the rich green trees against the beautiful shades of the sky is something to behold and not to be missed.
Delicious seafood and majestic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca await you win Friday Harbor, gateway to the Olympic peninsula. This historic sea town has great food for any budget and offers plenty of museums rich in local history and plenty of romantic getaways along secluded ocean beaches. Friday Harbor is accessible by ferry from north of Seattle and is just rich in natural beauty and will delight and entertain the whole family.
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