Top Tours of Lake Washington
September 30, 2018
Washington Lake is the second largest within the state, making it a popular attraction for many. It ties the city of Seattle and its surrounding neighborhoods to the water, connecting the towering buildings and bustling streets to the beauty of nature. Minutes away from the apartments in Bellevue, Washington, residents have access to this natural attraction at any time.
If you’ve never taken the time to appreciate the lake, then there are ten highly recommended ways to do so. Check out these top-rated tours.
1. Lake Washington Cruise from Kirkland
This one and a half hour narrated cruise takes you through the sights and sounds of Seattle on the water. As you view the stunning skyline and mountainous backdrop, learn about the history of this waterfront city from its earliest days to modern times. During your trip, you can purchase drinks and food on the boat.
2. Lake Union Cruise from Seattle
If you’re looking for a way to view Seattle’s best highlights from the water, then this two-hour cruise covers just about everything. Your two-hour sightseeing extravaganza includes luxury waterfront homes, Husky Stadium, and Mt. Rainier. You can choose from the family-friendly package or an adults-only version that comes with wine.
3. Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour
This fascinating tour involves a trip to an independent, family-run winery as well as an up close and personal view of Snoqualmie Falls. The Chateau Ste. Michelle, one of the area’s oldest wineries, is also on the list of destinations. On your way, you’ll travel over Lake Washington via the floating Evergreen Point Bridge for some scenic views. It’s a relaxing tour with plenty of class.
4. Seattle Locks Cruise
Similar to the Cruise from Kirkland, this boat tour also focuses on the rich history of Seattle. Scenic views of Elliot Bay, Lake Union, and Puget Sound set the mood as you tour the city from the water. One of the more popular sights featured on the tour is the houseboat community featured in Sleepless in Seattle.
5. Seattle’s Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise
Whether you choose a morning, midday, or afternoon cruise, your first round of drinks is included with your ticket. A professional guide points out highlights from the city like the Space Needle, Fermont Bridge, and Gas Works Park. Choose the afternoon tour, and you’ll eventually see the city lit up in all its glory.
6. Scenic Airplane Tour
If traveling by boat isn’t your cup of tea, then give this airplane tour a try. From your aerial position you’ll witness the Cascade and Olympic mountains as well as the city in an entirely new light. Your guide and narrator will fly you over all of Seattle’s highlights from the Great Wheel to the University of Washington, but the view of the lake is one you’ll never forget.
7. Seattle to Friday Harbor Seaplane Flight
This one-way flight takes you on a classic propeller-driven plane as you soar over Lake Washington and take in the views of the city. Your tour also includes flying over the San Juan Islands where you can catch a glimpse of orca whales. The pilot narrates the entire tour through audio headsets, making sure you won’t miss a thing.
8. Lake Front Mansion Cruise
Private and luxurious, this tour comes complete with cocktails as you take in the beauty of the area’s waterfront mansions. Other sights include 100-year-old bridges, floating homes, and seaplanes taking off from the harbor. The Lake Front Mansion Cruise is a half-day tour with extra drinks available at an additional charge.
9. Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour
From culture to the latest attractions, this sightseeing tour has it all. Numerous attractions await as you weave in and out of the city streets on a minibus. Kurt Cobain’s former home, historic Pioneer Square, and Lake Washington are just a few of the stops on the list. Along with narration from your guide, the tour is also accompanied by a soundtrack featuring Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix.
10. Seattle in One Day
The most comprehensive tour on this list, Seattle in One Day is a six-hour tour that takes you through the city’s highlights in a spacious coach. Admission to the Space Needle, an hour at Mt. Rainier, and one hour at Puget Sound are included. Other top sights include Pike Place Market and the Elliot Bay waterfront, not to mention Lake Washington.
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