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Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

1. Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

Experience the romance of traditional sailing on sunset cruise through the Seattle Harbor. Relax on the boat's comfortable seats or take in the views from the high spacious decks. Have the chance to purchase some delicious snacks and drinks while you sail. Hop aboard the schooner 'Bay Lady' and depart from Pier 66 on Seattle's waterfront. Feel the thrill of letting the wind decide the direction of the ship. Admire sights like the Space Needle, Smith Tower, and on clear days, see Mount Rainier's snowy peak. Let the sunset over the mountain ranges of the Puget Sound take your breath away. Unwind with a drink from the onboard bar that serves a refreshing range of drinks like cider, beer, wine, champagne, soda, and water. 

Port Angeles: Olympic National Park Driving Audio Tour

2. Port Angeles: Olympic National Park Driving Audio Tour

Discover the Olympic National Park on Washington's Olympic Peninsula with this insightful self-guided driving tour. Experience nature at your own pace and listen to commentary guiding you to picturesque highlights, including the Lake Crescent Viewpoint and the Elwha River Observation Area. Start by downloading the app, which functions as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Then begin your tour at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center. From here, you’ll drive through the town of Port Angeles and out toward the most popular parts of the park. As you drive, you’ll hear about how this landscape formed, the early human inhabitants of the area, and what it took to turn it into a national park. Then you’ll come to the Elwha River Observation Area, offering spectacular views of the park’s most powerful river, the Elwha. This spot also offers a detour to a hiking trail leading to Madison Falls. Stroll along the accessible boardwalk trail, which ends with a sparkling waterfall. Continuing along the main route, you’ll learn about the dams that once blocked up the river and the huge impact this had on the ecosystem. Then you’ll pass Lake Sutherland, a picturesque glacial lake surrounded by summer cottages and vacation homes. From here, visit the larger Lake Crescent, a beautiful lake with some dark stories in its past, all of which you’ll hear as you cruise along the waterfront. Snap some stunning photos at the Lake Crescent Viewpoint. Beyond that, you’ll see Marymere Falls Trail, a short hike through an old-growth forest that ends with a 90-foot waterfall. Find the perfect spot for a break at the La Poel picnic area on the edge of Lake Crescent. Next, head to Sol Duc Valley, one of the park’s most iconic landscapes. This valley features ancient forests and mountain views. Pass the Salmon Cascades which in September is famous for the salmon run, where salmon jump out of the Sol Duc river ascending to calmer waters to spawn. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Sol Duc Falls Nature Trail, an easy but hugely rewarding hike through mossy, ancient groves. Finish the tour here, but if you want to keep the adventure going, you can boot up the bonus tour of Hurricane Ridge, or Hoh Rainforest and the coastal beaches.

Seattle: Olympic National Park Small-Group Tour

3. Seattle: Olympic National Park Small-Group Tour

The Olympic Peninsula is home to a number of Northwest ecosystems. You'll find remote beaches littered with tide-scoured cedar logs alongside the country’s oldest forests and one of the state’s most dramatic mountain ranges. It's a true feast for the senses. Start the morning with a ferry ride through the waterways of Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island. Connect with the Olympic Peninsula via the Kitsap Peninsula and Hood Canal Bridge, and once there, follow your guide on a naturalist experience best suited to the time of year and conditions of the day. Drive up to Hurricane Ridge (weather permitting), a mountain citadel that puts you at the edge of the Park’s exceptionally jagged peaks. Take in a superb 360-degree view from the summit that encompasses the surrounding mountains, the Strait of Juan da Fuca, and San Juan Islands.  The open meadows are ideal for wildlife viewing – be on the lookout for Olympic marmots, black-tailed deer, and even black bears. Embark on guided nature walks or snowshoes to learn more about the sub-alpine ecosystems. Explore Lake Crescent. Flanked by trails full of history and mysterious tales, its placid shores and perfect placement in the midst of the undulating Olympic foothills serve as an instant source of relaxation.  Take to the trails to experience the old-growth forests of Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock trees, venturing to the misty Marymere Falls if time allows. On days when the weather closes access to Hurricane Ridge, visit the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The Dungeness sand spit hooks out into the strait, and in the spring and fall, thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds descend on the shallow waters protected by the spit.

Seattle: Private Olympic Nat Park and Hurricane Ridge Tour

4. Seattle: Private Olympic Nat Park and Hurricane Ridge Tour

Experience the outstanding Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park on a private full-day trip from Seattle or Seatac, entry tickets, snacks, and water included. Hike along trails full of greenery, see glaciers and mountain peaks, and visit the visitor centers. Taking off from Seattle or Seatac, travel by car and ferry high above and inside Olympic National Park to Hurricane Ridge, a famous mountain area within the park. In clear weather, awe-inspiring views can be seen throughout the year. With your private guide by your side, get plenty of time to walk the trails on top of the world and enjoy sweeping views. Be ready to feel the power and see the beauty of the Olympic Mountains. Along the way, your guide will take you to beautiful stops that are loved by both visitors and locals. Hike on paved and unpaved trails to see the water of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, glaciers, and mountain peaks on both sides of the ridge. Spot deer, rabbits, and colorful wildflowers as you head to a glistening waterfall close to the river. During the tour, you can also choose to stop at two visitor centers to get to know the area better. 

Olympic National Park: Hoh Rain Forest and Rialto Beach Tour

5. Olympic National Park: Hoh Rain Forest and Rialto Beach Tour

Visit one of the largest temperate rain forests in the USA and explore the Olympic Wilderness Coast on a 9 hour guided hiking tour. The tour begins with a scenic 2-hour van tour deep into the interior of the Hoh Rain Forest. Upon arrival, your naturalist hiking guide will lead a 2-mile hike through two scenic nature loops within the Hoh Rain Forest, identifying mosses, lichens, trees, while discussing the natural history of this ancient old-growth forest. We generally spend about two hours exploring the Hoh Rain Forest. On our drive to Rialto Beach, we will make a 15-20 minute scheduled stop in the small town of Forks, WA at a local grocery store. Guests can purchase grab & go deli items, snacks, coffee, or souvenirs during this stop. Upon arrival at Rialto Beach, we generally allocate time for a picnic lunch before trekking along the wilderness coastline. Rialto Beach highlights include a stunning coastline forest, towering sea stacks, and massive driftwood logs scattered along the beach. After an afternoon of Rialto Beach explorations, relax in the spacious van for a comfortable 1 hour 30-minute drive back to Port Angeles.

Olympic National Park: Sol Duc and Hurricane Ridge Tour

6. Olympic National Park: Sol Duc and Hurricane Ridge Tour

Departing from our Port Angeles Tour Office, this 9 Hour Guided Tour begins with a scenic drive into the Elwha Valley and around Lake Crescent to reach the Sol Duc River Valley. At the Sol Duc, we will enjoy a two mile guided hike to Sol Duc Falls, one of Olympic National Park's most picturesque waterfalls. This hike features stunning views of the river canyon, a lush mossy forest floor, and towering Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock trees above us along well-maintained trails. After exploring the Sol Duc, our guests will wrap up the morning explorations at Lake Crescent, a stunning, glacier-carved lake that is outlined by beautiful mountains and is 624 feet deep. From the historic Lake Crescent Lodge, guests can enjoy time on trail hiking or enjoy the views from the well-positioned lodge. While passing through Port Angeles, our guests can purchase grab & go deli items, snacks, or coffee during our 15-20 minute scheduled stop. From Port Angeles, our van tour continues with a scenic drive from sea-level to 5,242 feet elevation atop Hurricane Ridge. Upon arrival, our guide will lead a guided hike along the subalpine nature trails to enjoy views of the meadows, peaks, and river valleys of the Olympic Mountains. After exploring the Ridge, our guide will make the 45 minute drive back down to Port Angeles to conclude the tour.

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4.7 / 5

based on 91 reviews

I went to Seattle for a friend’s weekend getaway and this was the highlight of our trip. It was relaxing, beautiful and a lot of fun. The crew was extremely attentive and they tried to engage everyone throughout the 2 hours trip.

Amazing views and great ship crew. Weather was fantastic and the drink option on board were good. We had a pair of Ciders

magically lovely. really relaxing. Awesome!!!!!!!!❤❤❤We really loved it.❤

The crew was so much fun! The drinks were affordable. Great cruise!

Great guide and tour group! Some hiking but not tiring.