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Seattle: Pike Place Market Chef-Guided Food Tour

1. Seattle: Pike Place Market Chef-Guided Food Tour

Meet your chef guide and watch cheese being made as you learn about the local dairy industry. Then, head to Beecher's Mac N Cheese and Elleno's yogurt for a tasting. Check out a secret garden that grows food and go to Pike Place Chowder. Discover small business stories like Chukar Cherries and taste several types of chocolate-covered cherries including Seattle's famous Rainier cherry. Learn about bean-to-bar chocolate and where chefs buy their produce, meat, and seafood. This is a unique way to explore Pike Place Market's small businesses and savor the local delicacies. The tour includes 9 different stops with about 15 small bites. In addition to tasting and learning about Pike Place Market, receive a 10% discount card to shop at a partner network.

Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour

2. Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour

Pike Place Market is a joyous assault on the senses. With fish mongers throwing large fish past your head, restaurant after restaurant lining the sides and masses of people milling about, it is a place best explored with a local. During your Taste of Pike Place, you will be guided deep into the heart of this lovely place, for a taste of some of the best parts of the market. Your guide will share with you the legends and history of the colorful characters who have walked the hallways and hawked their wares. During your tour, taste the best locally made artisan foods the market has to offer, including authentic Indian samosas, Italian gelato, Greek Yogurt, Pacific Northwest Native American style smoked salmon, America's #1 rated clam chowder, Italian truffles, the best wild salmon burger in Seattle, and more. Substitutions available for most dietary restrictions available with advance notice.

Seattle Sky View Observatory: Skip-the-line Ticket Options

3. Seattle Sky View Observatory: Skip-the-line Ticket Options

Discover the beauty of Seattle from above.  At nearly 1,000 feet this platform is the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest and is a perfect panorama to begin your Seattle experience.   Choose between 3 ticket options, where you can upgrade to receive priority entry and exit, receive a credit to spend at the Sky View Café or gift shop, and even enjoy reserved seating with the best view. Plan your itinerary from the vantage point of the observatory. Decide between taking a whirl on the Great Wheel, strolling through Pike Place Market, or journeying to the San Juan Islands. Interact with a touch screen technology to explore destinations, tours, and areas so you can create a virtual itinerary. Overlook the city’s skyscrapers, residential neighborhoods, shipping port, and sports stadiums, then look beyond to the mountains, the sea, and the sky. Be captivated by 360-degree panoramic views including Mt. Rainier, Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, the Space Needle and much more.

Seattle: Underground Donut Tour

4. Seattle: Underground Donut Tour

Take a donut tour of the Emerald City, and discover the best Seattle has to offer. At each location, you will taste a curated sample of the best donuts. Some of the stops on this downtown tour include Top Pot Doughnuts, Dahlia Bakery, and Daily Dozen Doughnuts, all of which are authentic donut institutions. This 2-hour walking tour is led by a passionate donut expert, who will guide you to some of Seattle's best donut locales. The tour can cater to all size groups, both large and small. The donut tour is great for bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, family reunions, weekend getaways, or even corporate events.

Seattle: Mount Rainier Park All-Inclusive Small Group Tour

5. Seattle: Mount Rainier Park All-Inclusive Small Group Tour

Located about 75 miles southeast of Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park sits between the jagged Olympic Mountains and the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range. The mountain is an active volcano, encased in 35 square miles of snow and ice, surrounded by old growth forest and covered in a stunning carpet of wildflowers. After the drive to the park by luxury Mercedes van, you will soon be entranced by the beauty of the glorious landscape, which soars to heights of over 14,000 feet. Remember to take your binoculars to spot birds and wildlife, such as marmots, coyotes, elk, and black bears. Breathe in that clear air as you take in the sounds and scents of the forests and lakes. Your naturalist guide will lead you on a walk or snowshoe of the Nisqually Vista Trail. If you fancy something a little more challenging, then don’t be afraid to ask. Groups are kept small to allow for maximum service and a truly tailored experience. There will be time to pause for a lunch of delicious local, seasonal produce and wine. Back on the walk, enjoy views of waterfalls, river valleys and even glaciers. You will end the day with a descent down the road to the park’s roots at Longmire. Keep your eyes peeled for deer in the meadow as they make their late afternoon trek to the river’s edge.

Seattle: Ballard Brewery Guided Walking Tour

6. Seattle: Ballard Brewery Guided Walking Tour

Visit the Ballard Brewing District and three breweries representing historic beer styles, bold, new imaginings and the Northwest beer styles that made Seattle the leader in the Craft Beer Renaissance. At each brewery, there will be a guided tasting and you sample four, 4-to-5oz beers for a total of 12 different types. You'll learn about how to enjoy a beer, beer styles, beer history, and the brewing process. At the last one, you can witness brewing close-up to see exactly how it's made.

Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

7. Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

Reintroduce yourself to chocolate and the cacao bean with this tour of Seattle's chocolate. Learn the story behind each tasting, the history of cacao, and the importance of chocolate in this city. Travel to 8 local restaurants, bakeries, and chocolatiers which may include Cupcake Royale, Tom Douglas's Dahlia Bakery, Indi Chocolate, Joe Chocolate, The Confectional, and Fran's Chocolates. Taste 12 samples of some of the finest chocolate in the city. Each stop of the tour offers a unique taste and tells one part of the vast story of the cacao bean. Eat a hero's dose of cupcakes, ice cream, cookies, pie, drinking chocolate, and truffles. Try dark, milk, and white chocolate. Eat your fill and have some extra to pack away for later, or impress your guide by finishing it all. Listen as your guide puts each bite into context, both historically and as it relates to the culture of Seattle and the core values of Pike Place Market.

From Seattle: Snoqualmie Falls & Woodinville Wine Tasting

8. From Seattle: Snoqualmie Falls & Woodinville Wine Tasting

After being picked up from your accommodation in Seattle, start your tour with a short drive across Lake Washington and along a scenic highway. Make your first stop at one of Washington's most breathtaking attractions, the Snoqualmie Falls. Experience the incredible cascade of water tumbling into the emerald canyon from below as you discuss its cultural and economic significance. Admire the surrounding landscape which overflows with mountain peaks, forests, lakes, rivers, and streams. Listen as your guide brings the area to life as they help you spot wildlife and birds and describe the geologic forces that have shaped the land. After exploring Snoqualmie Falls, make your way through historic farmland to the Woodinville Wine Region. Discover how once renowned for its numerous dairy farms, including the world-famous Carnation Dairy, the fertile Snoqualmie River Valley remains a highly productive farming community with many of the farms practicing organic or other sustainable farming methods. Spend the remainder of the afternoon savoring local wines in the close-knit community of Woodinville in Washington's Sammamish River Valley. Along with sharing a common location, all of the boutique wineries you visit share the vision of creating world-class wine from the finest Washington vineyards. The tour highlights 3 award-winning boutique wineries in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. The focus is education and enjoyment as you meet with winemakers, tour wineries and, of course, taste great wine. Visit 3 of the following select wineries: Celaeno, Patterson Cellars, Tillan Cellars, or William Grassie Wine Estates. End the tour with return transport back to your accommodation in Seattle.

Seattle: The Ultimate Food Experience with Local Guide

9. Seattle: The Ultimate Food Experience with Local Guide

Join a local, who will share the secrets of the local Seattle food scene as you make your way through Downtown Seattle. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Begin your experience in Pike Place Market, where you will taste fresh oysters, the best clam chowder in the country, Chef Tom Douglas's signature salmon burger or crab cakes and Dungeness crab. You will also have the opportunity to taste locally made cheese and scrumptious mac n’ cheese, salted caramel, traditional hot donuts and real Italian gelato, all made with regional and sustainably sourced ingredients! Try the original Starbucks Cafe or indulge in Seattle’s other specialty brew - craft beer! Head to the Seattle Brew Co. or the Old Stove Brewing Co., where you can sample some craft beers, real ales and unique lager. Finally, explore Downtown and let your local take you to a specialty chocolate shop where you can indulge in a truffle or two and discover Seattle’s chocolate history. Finally, visit a bakery to pick up a final sweet treat for dessert!

Seattle: St. Helens National Monument Small Group Tour

10. Seattle: St. Helens National Monument Small Group Tour

Mount Saint Helen's is a volcano that forever lives in the minds of Americans and the world. During the events that surrounded the 1980 eruption, lives changed in an instant, and the mountaintop's geography was forever altered. Today, you can experience this unique volcano and all the flora and fauna that makes this impressive reforestation project so dramatic. You will arrive with your guide to the blast-zone, just 5 miles from the crater at the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Here, you can snap some photos of the mountain while your naturalist tells the story of that fated day. You'll also learn interesting and unique facts about this and other volcanoes and their ever-changing faces. After being outside, you'll head into the center's state-of-the-art interpretive displays and theater, where you can discover the volcano in a whole new way. You will walk on the Eruption Trail and learn how the eruption shaped the surrounding landscape.

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Prompt pick-up from hotel, followed by a 1.5hr drive to a small secluded lake for some pastries and coffee, followed by another 45min drive to the entrance of Mount Rainier. The drive through the National Park is staggeringly breathtaking, made better by an incredibly knowledgeable guide (shout out to Mal). Multiple stops were taken in the ascent, with the guide providing commentary on the history, views and flora and fauna of the area. Snow-shoeing is a must, as the view pay-off is incredible.

I had an amazing time and experience surprising my boyfriend for his 21st birthday here at the SkyView Observatory! The staff was friendly and helpful. The views and layout was great, and with enough space for privacy, not crowded. The bar/cafe was delicious, and the bartenders were lovely!! Will be back!

Chip was Ann excellent guide and he as very knowledgeable about the history of Seattle. The food was excellent and the vendors were awesome.

Great way to get oriented to the market! Our guide, Chef Brandon, was a delight. And so much delicious tastes! Highly recommend.

The snowshoeing was wonderful for my granddaughter.