The Port's International tourism efforts support both SEA International Airport and our cruise terminals as gateways to Seattle and Washington State. Key target markets are countries with direct air service into SEA and countries with high levels of cruising enthusiasts. Three in-market offices are currently maintained in the United Kingdom/Ireland, Germany/Mainland Europe, and Australia/New Zealand with a focus on informing and educating the travel trade and media on the benefits of cruising from Seattle to Alaska, the wide range of pre/post cruise tourism opportunities in Seattle and Washington State, and the advantages of SEA as the preferred gateway for the Pacific Northwest, Western USA, and Western Canada.
07 Feb 23Partner News
Culture, Cloudbreak and Capitol Hill: Seattle’s iconic festival calendar returnsKnown for its huge culture scene, music history and growing gastronomy ventures, Seattle’s festival ...Read moreCulture, Cloudbreak and Capitol Hill: Seattle’s iconic festival calendar returns - News & announcementsKnown for its huge culture scene, music history and growing gastronomy ventures, Seattle’s festival calendar is a true reflection of the exciting city. Below are five of the best festivals that will be returning to the cultural city for another year. PrideFest (24 - 25 June) Located in both Capitol Hill and at the Seattle Center, PrideFest welcomes an array of citywide celebrations and exciting events. With the central focus being the celebration of love in the LGBTQIA+ community, this year’s theme and events calendar is yet to be announced. However, travellers can expect colourful festivities with bright decor, outfits, excellent music, dancing, performances and special guests. Capitol Hill Block Party (21-23 July) Celebrating the Capitol Hill neighbourhood in Seattle, Capitol Hill Block Party has 100 local and national acts performing at bars, outdoor stages and restaurants in the area. Known for creating the world's most influential musicians, such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Seattle is the city for music fanatics and Capitol Hill is where the newest and best in the industry can be found. This year’s headliners are still TBC. Bumbershoot (Labor Day Weekend) Bumbershoot was named after an umbrella to describe the wide variety of arts and performances that the festival encompasses. Returning in 2023, attendees can expect an abundance of culture including comedy, film, dance, theatre, literature and visual arts events. The lineup is heavy on music and has previously featured icons such as Bob Dylan and Mary J Blige. Part of the primary focus of the lineup is regional Pacific Northwest talent. Bumbershoot will be held over the Labor Day weekend - seeing out a very busy season of summer festivals. Refract returns for a 5th year (12 - 15 October) Bringing together the art community, Refract returns for its 5th year. Celebrating a milestone and continuing to showcase the creative uses of glass in the Pacific Northwest, around 60 local artists will showcase their talent, shining a spotlight on the intricate medium of glass art. During, glass art enthusiasts and newcomers will enjoy artist parties, exclusive open studio tours, special gallery exhibitions, hands-on experiences and intimate glass blowing demonstrations at multiple locations across the city. Cloudbreak (tbc November) After a successful first year, Cloudbreak is due to return in late 2023. A true celebration of the city’s vibrant music venues, the once in a lifetime festival is a joint venture between Visit Seattle and King County, inviting travellers and locals to immerse themselves in Seattle’s much-loved live music scene. As part of the music-driven festival, hotel guests at 70 participating Downtown Seattle hotels will gain free access to over 60 concerts across the city throughout the course of the festival. Guests can show their hotel key card along with a special Cloudbreak card on arrival at participating music venues in order to enter, until full capacity is reached.
26 Jan 23Partner News
New beginnings for Seattle, WashingtonThe new year is all about new beginnings and the city of Seattle isn’t ...Read moreNew beginnings for Seattle, Washington - News & announcementsThe new year is all about new beginnings and the city of Seattle isn’t taking this lightly. Whether that be the return of some of the city’s favourite events such as Museum Month and Taste Washington or the celebration of iconic anniversaries, from Sleepless in Seattle to the Seattle Opera - there’s every reason for travellers to add this exciting destination to their bucket list this year. Key events Seattle Opera celebrates 60th anniversary (Now - 11 March) In celebration of Seattle Opera’s 60th anniversary, an extensive events calendar has been announced for its 2023/24 season. Marking the key occasion, Seattle Opera is offering a range of experiences which take attendees back in time to relive the rich history of opera. From the eighteenth century to the 1980s, and intimate character portraits to fantasy epics, this season's works have never before been seen in Seattle. A roster of some of opera’s most celebrated creators, including over 20 company debuts, will see stories such as The Life and Times of Malcolm X and The Barber of Seville brought to life. Museum Month is back (1 - 28 February) For the whole of February, guests who stay at participating downtown hotels in Seattle will receive half-price admission to the region’s favourite museums and attractions. Immerse in history, discover the very best of pop culture and stroll through a garden of intricate glass with Seattle’s Museum Month. Travellers can choose from an array of venues including the Museum of Pop Culture, The Museum of Flight and Seattle Aquarium. Taste Washington returns (6 - 12 March) Taste Washington, one of the biggest and best food and wine festivals in the Pacific Northwest will this year make its return. From 6-12 March, the event will feature over 250 wineries alongside a large portion of the state’s best restaurants. New this year, the festival welcomes Pacific Standard - a highly anticipated dinner series - bringing wine lovers and makers together to enjoy a meal prepared by premier chefs. Travellers can expect talks, tasting and much more. Countdown to the FIFA World Cup 2026 (June) Seattle’s legacy as a premier sporting destination was cemented last year, following its selection as one of the host cities for the FIFA World Cup in 2026. In June, FIFA will announce the number of matches, and rounds in which Seattle will host in the tournament. 30 years since Sleepless in Seattle (September) September will mark 30 years since the release of the classic romcom, Sleepless in Seattle, which saw iconic performances from Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of the characters by strolling around the famed Pike Place Market, spotting the skyline at Gas Works Park and seeing Lake Union, where Sam Baldwin (Hanks) and his son lived in their houseboat. New openings Seattle Art Museum hosts first new American Art Installation in 15 years (now - 26 March) Art lovers can experience a milestone at the Seattle Art Museum by viewing its new installation of American art galleries, the first in 15 years. The result of an extensive collaboration among curators, American Art: The Stories We Carry brings SAM’s historical American art collection into conversation with its native, modern and contemporary art collection. The gallery is curated by artist Inye Wokoma and features new commissions by artists Wendy Red Star and Nicholas Galanin. The exhibition presents America’s complicated history across several themes including how people interact with land and places, how objects reflect histories of trade, migration and exploration and the multiplicity of American identities. RailSpur, Pioneer Square (opening date TBC) Named after the railways that once ran through the area, RailSpur encompasses three historic buildings in Pioneer Square, Seattle’s first ever neighbourhood. Focusing on preservation and sustainability, the transformative micro-district includes office, retail, restaurant, residential and hospitality experiences. With most of it now complete, later this year will see the arrival of a new sophisticated boutique hotel teamed with a rooftop bar and restaurant. The accommodation set in 100 S.King St’s Westland Building will offer views of the Puget Sound and include a multi-storey living wall that will connect guests to nature. InterContinental Bellevue at the Avenue, Bellevue (opening date TBC) Occupying floors three to eleven of a 28-storey tower, InterContinental Bellevue at the Avenue is a 252 room hotel, decked out with luxurious rooms, 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including a grand ballroom, a junior ballroom and additional meeting rooms, not to mention the business centre, fitness centre and outdoor deck on the same floor. The hotel tower will elevate luxury and sophistication for locals and visitors alike.
23 Nov 22Partner News
Snow and Spiced Lattes: How to spend Christmas in SeattleWhether it's enjoying a pumpkin spiced latte at the original Starbucks or shielding from ...Read moreSnow and Spiced Lattes: How to spend Christmas in Seattle - News & announcements
Whether it's enjoying a pumpkin spiced latte at the original Starbucks or shielding from the cold in one of the many museums on offer including Chihuly Garden and Glass or Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle has a plethora of ways to celebrate this festive season. The friendly city is a beautiful destination to visit during the winter, with its surrounding snow-covered mountains and trees.T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle Why not have a bucket-list experience this New Year with T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle? The largest structurally launched fireworks and light display in North America, travellers can watch bright colours bleed into the sky to ring in the new year. For the best view, watch from the Seattle Center or see the Space Needle light up from one of the many viewing spots around the city. Magic at the Market, Pike Place Market (26 November) One of the most famous markets all year round, Pike Place Market at Christmas is even more remarkable. Kick off the festive season with the 27th annual Magic at the Market, where families can meet Santa whilst listening to the sound of carolling and sipping on eggnog. Taking place on the 26 November with a vast artisan craft offering, it’s the perfect place to purchase Christmas gifts for loved ones. The unforgettable day will lead up to a famous Market lighting ceremony, which will take place at 5pm. WinterFest (25 November-31 December) The five weeks of WinterFest at Seattle Center are bound to lift seasonal spirits with the Winter Train and Village - a yearly tradition which has been displayed for over 40 years. Its annual lighting display, ice sculpting, fire pits and food vendors are sure to keep visitors entertained during the opening day celebration on the 25th of November, while each weekend will feature live performances and more. Entertainment will be supplied by local dancers, musicians and comedians, providing the perfect seasonal line-up. Downtown Holiday lights and delights Enjoy magical moments all season long in downtown Seattle with events by the Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District. Get in the spirit with the annual Tree Lighting Celebration at Westlake Center on 25th November presented by Alaska Airlines. Be mesmerised by over 140,000 dazzling lights at Holiday Lights & Delights, presented by Amazon. Snap the perfect selfie under larger than life illuminating light sculptures in Westlake Park. Westlake and Occidental Square will host family friendly activities every weekend including live holiday concerts, meet & greets with costumed characters and many sweet treats. All events are free and open to the public. Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival A Northwest tradition since 1949, Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival is a ship-to-shore holiday celebration that shouldn't be missed. The official Christmas ship, the Spirit of Seattle is decorated with hundreds of beautiful white lights and sails to around 40 different Puget Sound waterfront communities. Talented choirs on board perform to guests, other boats and communities that gather on the shores. WildLanterns Explore the zoo like never before at WildLanterns - an all immersive experience featuring large scale animal and nature cape lanterns. Offering a larger than life event, visitors can experience wild places from around the world in a new light. A journey can be taken through the glowing Garden Delights to A Walk Among African Animals, where beautiful flora and fauna can be found. The Asian Safari and Oceania Animal Odyssey offers a new perspective on the world's most beautiful animals. Festive sweet and savoury treats will also be available to keep guests suitably refreshed.
16 Nov 22Partner News
Seattle closes successful season – expects growth in 2023The Port of Seattle marked the end of its successful 2022 cruise season, announcing a ...Read moreSeattle closes successful season – expects growth in 2023 - News & announcementsThe Port of Seattle marked the end of its successful 2022 cruise season, announcing a 6% growth in passenger volume compared to the last full pre-Covid season of 2019, with 1.28 million revenue passengers, or 640,000 individual travellers passing through the Port of Seattle for an Alaskan cruise. Strong health and safety provisions played a major role in the success of Seattle’s cruise season. The Port and cruise lines adopted COVID prevention and response protocols prior to the season to ensure protection for passengers, crew, and the local community. Cruise passenger spending benefits local businesses. Seattle and the Seattle southside region saw dramatic recoveries in tourism activity this year. Year over year hotel occupancy in downtown Seattle showed improvements of 67 percent in May and 63 percent in June. Overall, cruising from Seattle supports nearly $900 million (£756,302*) a year in local economic activity and approximately 5,500 local jobs. Looking ahead to 2023 Demand for cruises to Alaska and stays in Seattle and Washington State remain very high, indicating strong economic activity potential for the 2023 season. While slightly fewer ships will sail from Seattle in 2023, ship occupancy will continue to increase to an estimated 85 percent next year. Preliminary forecasts call for 1.3 million revenue passengers (650,000 guests) with the season potentially stretching from April 15 to October 30. This schedule may change as cruise lines refine itineraries. First movers for a Cruise-led Green Corridor While the full return of cruise has significant economic benefits, the Port is equally focused on its goal to be the greenest and most energy-efficient port in North America. Earlier this year, the Port of Seattle — alongside Alaskan and Canadian port communities, cruise industry partners, and environmental experts — launched a collaborative effort to explore the feasibility of a fully decarbonised maritime green corridor. The concept of shipping Green Corridors came out of Conference of Parties (COP) 26 meetings in Glasgow. The first-ever cruise Green Corridor is aimed at accelerating maritime decarbonisation through the deployment of low and zero greenhouse gas emission solutions between Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington. Throughout the year the Port continued its industry-leading work on environmental initiatives related to water quality, electrification, and more. Additional information on cruise environmental, economic development, and community initiatives can be found on the Port's cruise sustainability blog.
28 Sep 22Partner News
Spot the seasonal changes in SeattleTravellers can expect colours of red, orange and yellow in Seattle throughout the Autumn ...Read moreSpot the seasonal changes in Seattle - News & announcements
Travellers can expect colours of red, orange and yellow in Seattle throughout the Autumn season. Beginning to transform in mid-to-late September, colours are at their most vibrant in October and November. Grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte from the Starbucks capital of the world, wrap up warm and discover autumn in these beautiful spots in the Emerald City.Washington Park Arboretum Running along Lake Washington, this natural attraction has 230 acres of unique plants. Washington Park Arboretum is free to visit and is home to some of the best walking trails in the city where the changing seasons can be enjoyed. Also, home to the Seattle Japanese Garden, visitors can see Japanese style landscape installations at the Arboretum. Discovery Park Boasting 534 acres of land, Discovery Park is Seattle’s biggest and boldest park. Overlooking the Puget Sound, the park has plenty of offerings for autumn visitors including panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west. For travellers wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Discovery Park offers moments of tranquillity in its open meadows, forest groves, streams and saltwater beach Bellevue Botanical Gardens, Bellevue Made up of 53 acres, Bellevue Botanical Gardens has several small gardens, each with their own unique character. Revel in the last blooms of summer and the ever-changing leaves of autumn at Bellevue Botanical Garden whilst smelling the brown sugar from the Katsura trees and witnessing the new colours on the maples. Guests can also partake in guided tours or visit the interactive garden which educates through digital plant identification which can be accessed via smartphone. Mount Rainier National Park Any season is amazing at Mount Rainier National Park but autumn is a particularly special time to visit. Just a two hour drive from the city, the scenic route offers once in a lifetime views of the Pacific Northwest. Set sights on the stunning mountain teamed with colourful valleys and waterfalls. At 14,410ft, Mt. Rainier has more than 130 trails to explore on foot, ranging from easy to challenging, but all with scenic autumnal views. Taste a Pumpkin Spice Latte at the original Starbucks Nothing says autumn like a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. What better way to soak up the new season than enjoying one from the very first Starbucks. Located at Pike Place Market, the store is a central hub for coffee and gastronomy and has been serving Seattleites since 1971. After grabbing a coffee, travellers can discover the fresh, seasonal produce on display at the Market.
21 Aug 22Partner News
Port Of Seattle Appoint UK Marketing Company to Represent them In the UK and Irish MarketsThe Port of Seattle situated in Washington State in the USA, have announced that ...Read morePort Of Seattle Appoint UK Marketing Company to Represent them In the UK and Irish Markets - News & announcementsThe Port of Seattle situated in Washington State in the USA, have announced that the successful bidder to represent their interests in the United Kingdom and Irish Markets is Cellet Marketing and Public Relations Limited. They will also be responsible for overseeing the German market, which will be managed by Cellet through the German marketing company Get It Across based in Cologne. Port of Seattle has a long-standing relationship with Core Communications, another UK based marketing agency and their expertise and knowledge played a vital part in securing a new contract, when Cellet and Core decided to join forces to bid for the role. Caroline Corfield Rose Managing Director of Core said. “I wanted to continue to react quickly to the changing market conditions and provide a strong, rounded team of professionals to maintain a very high standard for our client Port of Seattle. I felt it important to identify how we could strengthen our relationship and better serve the Port and therefore the choice to work with Cellet, a likeminded, committed, and innovative company, was the ideal option.” The Port, situated on the United States western seaboard, and is home to world class facilities and is the prime departure point for 45% of the Alaskan market departing from its two cruising terminals. With companies such as Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceana Cruises, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International, utilizing its facilities, the Port is a vital component in the Cruising industry. A world leader in handling people and cargo it is firmly focused on great customer service and maintains an ethos of environmental sustainability and embracing diversity. Their continuing commitment to the UK, Irish and German markets is testimony to the importance of cruising within these areas. Yolanda Fletcher Managing Director of Cellet Marketing said. “We are delighted to be working with The Port of Seattle who have endorsed Cellet as their choice to lead marketing efforts in three vital countries, together with our partners Core and GIA who have been the bedrock of these efforts for many years, we will be able to build on this excellent work, and ensure that the Port maintains its preeminent position in the cruising world, and across all of the other aspects of the ports’ work.” Cellet will also focus on developing cruise and stay development, including opportunities for cooperative marketing, media, trade familiarization trips, and gaining high quality coverage on behalf of the Port and its extensive portfolio, which includes the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
18 Aug 22Expert Hub
Pacific Northwest Ultimate Fly/Drive/Cruise Tour – Port of SeattleLife's short … so our advice is to go big before you go home ...Read morePacific Northwest Ultimate Fly/Drive/Cruise Tour – Port of Seattle - News & announcementsLife's short … so our advice is to go big before you go home and combine two peak experiences into one epic adventure. First, fall in love with the natural beauty of Washington State's tallest peaks, majestic national parks, rugged coastline, and charming towns with this Ultimate Pacific Northwest Road Trip itinerary. Then trade the open road for the open seas. And board your cruise to relax in Alaska and discover stunning glaciers, captivating wildlife, and quaint seaside towns. Here’s a roadtrip itinerary that we created just for you that can be combined (or not) with an Alaska cruise. Fly into SEA Your adventure begins when you land at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The Port of Seattle owns and operates SEA, gateway to the Pacific Northwest. SEA just opened the International Arrivals Facility (IAF) in 2022 to meet the growing demand for international service, enhance the passenger experience, and to advance Seattle as a leading tourism and business gateway. This new facility includes one of the longest aerial walkways over an active taxiway in the world, views of Mt. Rainier to welcome you, and a 450,000-square-foot grand hall for expedited baggage claim and customs processing. Here’s more information:
- Fast Facts on the IAF Grand Hall
- Five Fast Facts about the IAF Pedestrian Walkway
- Bags First for International Arrivals at SEA
- Disembark cruise ship in Seattle
- Pick up rental car in downtown Seattle
- Catch the Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge Island
- Drive 15 minutes to Suquamish Museum
- Visit Finnriver Farm & Cidery
- Arrive in Port Townsend, a charming village-by-the-sea with an artistic soul. It's steeped in fascinating history, from its early Native American roots to its Victorian architecture and maritime legacy, while boasting two National Historic Landmark Districts
- Depart Port Townsend for Sequim
- Visit Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm
- Have a picnic with a view at Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge
- Stay in the historic Lake Crescent Lodge
- Walk to Marymere Falls
- Have a picnic in Forks, the location for the Twilight novels
- Drive to the Hoh Rainforest, one of the largest temperate rain forests in the USA
- Feed your Instagram at Ruby Beach, one of the most photographed beaches on the west coast with its sea stacks, huge surf-tossed logs, and bald eagles
- Spend the night at scenic Kalaloch Lodge
- Drive to Aberdeen, Washington, the childhood home of Kurt Cobain
- Walk with ocean views on the longest silver sand beach on the West Coast
- Enjoy world famous and locally harvested seafood and shellfish
- Visit Cape Disappointment Park, the graveyard of the Pacific, with a history of more than 2,000 shipwrecks
- Explore Oysterville, on the National Register of Historic Places
- Drive to Astoria, Oregon, the last stop for the Lewis and Clark Expedition
- End your day in Portland
- Portland is known for its parks, beautiful gardens, microbreweries, and coffeehouses
- Join an interpretive talk at Mt. Saint Helens, scene of the most famous volcanic eruption in modern history
- Explore Olympia, where hand-crafted is a way of life in its coffee roasters, brewpubs, and eateries
- Visit Tacoma for the car museum and Bridge of Glass
Download the FlySEA App to get updated information on your flight and checkpoint wait times before you head to the airportDay 9: Return the rental car and head out
- Drive to Crystal Mountain, take the gondola to unforgettable views of the mountain, and dine at the highest elevation restaurant in the state
- Drive to 6,400 feet (2,300 meters) for an epic view from the Sunrise Visitor Center, the highest point in the national park where vehicles can drive
- If you’re taking a cruise, head to your cruise terminal
- Drive to the rental car facility to return your rental car. The rental car facility is open 24 hours a day.Map link to car rental facility | Directions to rental car facility
- Take the rental car shuttle to the main terminal
- To Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66: Six minutes by car; 20 minutes by foot
- To Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91: 15 minutes by car
Visit the Port’s website for up-to-date information on COVID-19 safety and protocols at the cruise terminals.The two downtown cruise ship terminals, Bell Street and Smith Cove, make Seattle ideal for Alaska or Pacific Northwest cruises. The Port of Seattle recently received the Cruise Critics Award for the Best North American Home Port and the Top-Rated Destination for the U.S. and Canada. Bell Street Pier 66 Located downtown along Seattle’s waterfront, Bell Street Pier is home to Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises. Pier 66 is walking distance from iconic city landmarks such as Pike Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium, and excellent restaurants. Smith Cove Pier 91 Smith Cove is home port to Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International. The terminal is a 15-minute taxi ride from the city’s retail core and is closer to trendy districts like Ballard with its historic locks, salmon ladder, Fishermen’s Terminal, and hip eateries. Enjoy Seattle luggage free After your cruise (and if you are flying out of Seattle on a U.S. domestic flight), make your last day hassle free with the complimentary Port Valet program. You can sign up on board and check your luggage directly from your cabin to your domestic (only) U.S. flight and enjoy your last day in Seattle without dragging your luggage around.
- Carnival Cruise Line
- Celebrity Cruises
- Holland America Line
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Oceania Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Royal Caribbean
- Directory of SEA Airport restaurants and stores
- Download the FlySEA app for directions, checkpoint wait times, and airport updates
14 Jul 22Expert Hub
Itinerary: Wandering Washington Waterways – Port of SeattleFrom Puget Sound to the Salish Sea, Washington’s waterways include captivating seaport towns lined ...Read moreItinerary: Wandering Washington Waterways – Port of Seattle - News & announcementsFrom Puget Sound to the Salish Sea, Washington’s waterways include captivating seaport towns lined with unique shops and restaurants plus historic and cultural attractions. World-class whale watching, kayaking, cycling, hiking, farm-to-table dining, and historic to luxury accommodation await. This itinerary showcases the state’s iconic waterways as a fly-drive tour. Experience 1: Arrive at SEA Airport Begin your adventure by landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
Download the FlySEA App to check security wait times, get an interactive airport map, and find places to dine and shop
- If you are coming from an international destination, you will land at the brand new and soon-to-be iconic International Arrivals Facility
- Get your first glimpse of Mt. Rainier from the glass Pedestrian Walkway
- Review the new Bags First arrivals process that will get you on the road sooner
Experience 2: Pick up your rental carSEA Airport has two passenger pick-up areas outside on the lower drive on the baggage claim level. One at the north end (near Alaska Airlines ticketing) and another on the south end (near the international airlines desks) of the terminal. From there, shuttles will take you and your luggage on a short five-minute to the rental car facility. All rental car companies at SEA Airport operate at a separate rental car facility, with dedicated shuttle buses operating on a 24 hour a day schedule. Directions to the freeway when leaving the rental car facility
- Follow the overhead signs to exit the facility onto S160th St.
- After turning right on S. 160th St, go up the hill THROUGH the stop light, and take your next right for the on-ramp towards I-5/I-405
- Follow signs to Interstate 5 South towards Tacoma
- Drive 103 miles to Port Townsend; allow 4-5 hours to see the sights
If you dare, stay at Manresa Castle, a grand home, now hotel, that is reported to be haunted
Or follow the footsteps of the original Native American people on the Chetzemoka Trail, honouring the S’Klallam leader who welcomed the 19th century European settlers to the area. The trail offers 3-mile, 6-mile and 12- mile loops that can be accessed by car, on foot or by bicycle.
Puget Sound Express is a whale watching tour in its third generation of providing life-changing experiences with some of the most majestic creatures on the planet. They run whale watching trips from Port Townsend
More ideas on where to stay, eat, and shop from Enjoy Port TownsendExperience 4: Take the 30 minute ferry ride from Port Townsend to Coupeville
- Stay a spell in Coupeville, Whidbey Island’s second most historic town right on the water, with buildings more than 100 years old
- Don’t miss the beautiful downtown area and stop for mussels and other delicious seafood. Take a look at the Top 10 Things to do in Coupeville from Small Town Washington and Beyond
- From Coupeville, it’s four miles to to Ebey’s Landing, a 554-acre National Historic Reserve which includes one of Western Washington’s most popular coastal trails
- From Coupeville, drive north around 20 miles to Deception Pass
- Find lodging and restaurants at the Whidbey and Camano Islands Visitors Bureau site
- Google waypoint for Anacortes Ferry Terminal
- For a short stay on San Juan Island, you can leave your car at the ferry terminal and walk on the ferry
- For a longer stay, make a ferry reservation for your car from Anacortes to Friday Harbor
- Learn about the ferries and how to make a ferry reservation from the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
- View alerts, ferry status, and updates from the Washington State Ferries
The ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday Harbor is around one hour.Experience 8: Slow way down in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Ferry passage from Anacortes is a little over one hour and will take you directly to Friday Harbor, the largest town on the island Travel & Leisure named the San Juan Islands in the #2 spot for “Top 15 Islands in the Continental US.” The archipelago is loved for its dense evergreen forests, breathtaking views from both water and land, plus the abundance of wildlife, including a robust orca population. Orcas Island was included in the New York Times list of “52 Places to Go in 2019” for its tide-to-table culinary scene paired with experimental wines. USA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice ranked the San Juan Islands #1 as “Best Washington Attraction” for its more than 400 islands and stunning sunsets, pristine wilderness, sandy beaches, and stellar wildlife viewing. Friday Harbor Friday Harbor is the main town and gateway to San Juan Island, the most populated island. Historic and just one square mile, the town is walkable and full of great spots to relax and learn. Here are a few tips and links, courtesy of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau.
If you want to escape to a slower pace, you’ll be enchanted by Friday Harbor — a charming, historic, walkable seaport just steps from the ferry landing, with small, friendly shops and restaurants, and a refreshing absence of fast-food chains. In this visitor-, family-, and dog-friendly town, you’ll find many of the San Juans’ whale and kayaking tour headquarters, The Whale Museum, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, the San Juan Community Theatre for plays and musical events, the San Juan Historical Museum, and so much more. There's no need for a car to see Friday Harbor. Everything is within walking distance of the ferry landing, and it is easy to get around, including shuttle buses and a trolley to take you around the island, as well as bike, three-wheeled Scootcoupe, and moped rentals. From Friday Harbor you can also catch an inter-island ferry to Lopez, Orcas and Shaw Islands. If you do bring your car, use this parking map to find available spaces.Whale watching Washington state is home to several species of whales and it’s an amazing experience to see them in their wild habitat. Orcas, also known as killer whales, are as iconic to the Pacific Northwest as the Space Needle, Mt. Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains. Two different ecotypes — Transient and Resident orcas — live in Puget Sound year-round. There are an estimated 300 Transient orcas that separate into pods and roam the region. The Resident orcas are known and loved in this area because they’ve been here for generations, from calves to parents to grandparents and even great-grandparents. The Transient orcas are newer to the Sound.
- Friday Harbor Map and visitors guide
- Head to Lime Kiln State Park and the interpretive center for a chance to see orcas and other wildlife (in season)
- Scientists have worked for decades researching the lives of orcas. The Center for Whale Research was founded and is based in Friday Harbor. And the Orca Network was also developed in the Puget Sound area
- Take the ferry from Friday Harbor to Anacortes
- From the ferry terminal, head to Interstate 5 North and drive 40 miles to Bellingham
- Google Maps waypoint for Bellingham
- Mountain bike on Galbraith Mountain, ranked among the “Top 10 Places to Ride in the US” by Singletracks Magazine.
- For birders, Whatcom County is home to six key locations on the Audubon Society’s Great Washington State Birding Trail, Cascade Loop. Go bird watching
- Get out on the water in a kayak or on a specialty cruise or whale watching excursion
- Experience the best of the Northwest on the Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway and stop for oysters
- Head for the hills on a leisurely drive up Mt. Baker Scenic Highway. At Glacier, the road passes into the evergreen framed Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, a National Forest Scenic Byway.
- Other scenic drives
- Take the nearest escalator or elevator to the 5th floor of the Facility near the customer service center
- Rental Car shuttles pick up on the OPPOSITE side of the facility from where you were dropped off. (Located near the colorful spinning circles )
- Shuttles operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please board the next available shuttle. If a shuttle is departing as you approach, please wait for the next shuttle which should be arriving shortly
- Shuttles drop off on lower drive outside of baggage claim at the north end (near Alaska Airlines) or at the south end (near the international airlines) of the terminal
- To reach your airline’s ticket counter, take the nearest elevator or escalator up to the ticketing level
- Be sure to arrive at the airport at least two hours before your boarding time; more with your vehicle return
- Download the FLYSEA app for checkpoint wait times and find a restaurant
- On your way home, check in to SEA Spot Saver to get an assigned check in time and skip the security line
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