Seattle, Washington, is an exciting city in the western part of the state. It is called the Emerald City for its amazing greenery and rich forests. Situated on the Puget Sound, part of the Pacific Ocean, this bustling seaport offers outstanding opportunities for your next vacation. From wine tasting to Island hopping, you’ll find great ideas to make your time in Seattle magical.

1. Tour Seattle Wineries:
Washington state wines have won critical acclaim and earned fans around the world. Seattle has 29 wineries and over 20 wine bars. Guided tours are available through tour companies such as Bon Vivant, which will pick you up in a shuttle and take you to an assortment of great wineries. You can visit individual wineries that interest you, giving you time to enjoy tours and tastings at your own pace. The South Seattle Artisan Winery Association offers tasting events on the second Saturday of each month. These events showcase eight of their member wineries with generous pourings and the chance to compare the wines. If you are a fan of great wines, you’ll find this an irresistible opportunity to try a few new wines in this up and coming appellation.

2. Take A Cruise:
Luxury cruise lines such as Holland America depart Seattle throughout the summer. These cruises are most often headed for seven- to 14-day adventures to Alaska and Canada. The Puget Sound also offers a variety of opportunities to board a luxurious yacht for fantastic day cruises or dinner cruises around the city. See this beautiful city’s shores and learn more about its rich history from knowledgeable tour guides while you cruise Seattle’s waterways. These luxurious tours are a vacation favorite.

3. Spend time at Mt. Rainer:
Mt. Ranier is a vacation destination with endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation. There are five main areas of the park, each offering different activities from camping to hiking and museums. Ohanapecosh offers old growth forests while Paradise is known for its amazing displays of wildflowers in the spring. Each area offers exquisite trails and educational opportunities as well. For winter guests, the park is a mecca for cross-country skiing and other snow sports. From lowland glaciers to lakes, Mount Ranier National Park has activities for every level of outdoorsman and visitor. Ranger talks provide fascinating opportunities to learn about the diversity of the park and the spectacular animals, plants and geology.

4. Go Island Hopping:
Using Seattle as your home base, consider spending your vacation touring the magical islands around Seattle. There are dozens of islands. Each has a unique flare, making these day trips interesting and fun. On the islands, guests will find first-class accommodations, restaurants, golf, fishing, museums and an endless range of outdoor activities. The San Juan Islands, which include San Juan, Orcas and Lopez, are accessible by ferry or seaplane from the nearby town of Anacortes. Whidbey Island and neighboring Camano are also accessible by ferry. These islands are a treasure for antique collectors, who flock to the many antiquity stores. Blake Island is a state park offering hiking trails and five miles of beach. This is a great place to relax and enjoy an outdoors adventure rather than a tourist destination. Camping is available. Island ferries are available through the Washington State Department of Transportation.



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