Seattle is an exciting urban city in the Pacific Northwest region surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. Washington State’s largest city is eclectic, outdoorsy, artsy, urban, quirky, and eccentric. From the magnificent beauty of Puget Sound to the unique charm of Lake Washington, Seattle has the perfect backdrop for your yacht charter excursion. With spectacular sea and mountain views, pristine beaches, and iconic architecture, the Emerald City is a site to delight every member of your family or group. The city's vaunted music scene, amazing art galleries, impeccable lakes and estuaries, and high-end restaurants on the sea front make Seattle tourism more desirable than ever. The possibilities of what you can do in Seattle is as wide as the blue sky, and here we have provided just a few ideas about how you can spend your next yacht charter trip in the Emerald City.
Seattle Lakes and Rivers: Seattle is surrounded by bodies of water. The city has both fresh water and salt water lakes that offer amazing recreational activities to enjoy while on your private yacht charter. Open to fishing year-round, Lake Washington is located between Seattle and Bellevue. It is a treasure trove for old planes. Lake Union, located in downtown Seattle, offers stunning views of the Seattle skyline and kayaking opportunities. Whether you want to enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, or waterskiing, Lake Sammamish is a popular spot for all sorts of water sports. Green Lake is ideal for walking, bicycling, and roller-skating. If you're looking to see salmon migration in Seattle, the best place to visit is the Ballard Locks. In addition to lakes and Puget Sound, numerous rivers cut through the area too. Sammamish River is famous for flat water paddling. If whitewater rafting is your favorite activity, then Skykomish River is the place to go. Other scenic rivers located in and near Seattle include Snohomish River, Snoqualmie River, and Nisqually River. With so many locks, creeks, rivers, lakes, and bays, Seattle has earned a great reputation for providing water sports activities such as fishing, sailing, kayaking, whale watching, paddle boarding, surfing and more.
Tourist Attractions: Seattle offers the best of both worlds: spellbinding great outdoors, and a plethora of indoor options. After you check off the Space Needle and Seattle’s Great Wheel, get your dose of arts and culture at Seattle Art Museum, Capitol Hill's Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History, Culture on the UW campus and the Experience Music Project. Other tourist attractions include Woodland Park Zoo, Pike Place Market, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Aquarium, Discovery Park, Gum Wall, Fremont Troll, Smith Tower, Seward Park, and Lincoln Park to name a few.
Best Beaches: One of Seattle's best-kept secrets is its serene, pristine beaches. The city is home to the country's most stunning beaches. Alki Beach is a quintessentially beautiful beach that boasts miles of sand, with tables, fire pits, and provides colder water and fresher views. Golden Gardens is a classic beach with spectacular views as well. Newcastle Beach is a great place to host a family reunion or an extremely large gathering. Idylwood Beach Park is perfect if you want to explore nature or just swim. Seward Park beach is ideal for those looking to enjoy biking, walking and diving. Some of the best beaches for swimming include East Green Lake Beach, West Green Lake Beach, Madison Park Beach, Mardona Park Beach, Matthews Beach, and Mount Baker Park Beach among others.
Dining and Shopping: With local produce, fresh seafood, inventive chefs, and imaginative techniques, Seattle is the culinary capital of the country. The city is particularly known for its delicious New American, French, and Asian cuisines. Visitors can try ripe fruit – raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples, and cherries – grown by Washington State farmers. Restaurants offer tasty seafood such as crab, salmon, oysters, mussels, clams and other seafood. Seattle is famous for its flavorful coffee and refreshing craft beer and wine. To get a true taste of Pacific Northwest cuisine in Seattle, visit Tilikum Place Cafe, The Pink Door Metropolitan Grill, Pike Place Chowder, Lola, Din Tai Fung, Serious Pie, or Dahlia Lounge. Beer lovers will get plenty of options to toast Seattle. It is home to various breweries including Pike Brewing Company, Elysian Brewing, Nano-breweries, Populuxe Brewing, and Fremont Brewing Company. Seattle is home to virtually every type of shopping venue. Some of Seattle's best malls and shopping centers include International District, Pike Place, Everett Mall, Fremont Vintage Mall, or the University District. Local retail stores sell books, home decor, antiques, jewelry, and gifts.
Outdoor Activities: In most US metropolis’, you have to venture miles outside the city to enjoy the outdoor environment and water sports activities. However, in Seattle, you can enjoy any water sport imaginable within the city as it boasts a number of lakes, rivers, and miles of Puget Sound shoreline. From boating, water skiing, wind surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, to swimming, and other various water sports, Seattle offers great outdoor opportunities to visitors. You can scuba dive to explore a renowned underwater park at Edmonds Beach. Explore the waterways by kayak or enjoy river rafting in Seattle's four major river systems (Skykomish, Snohomish, Sauk, and Stillaguamish). Lake Union is a favorite among water lovers who enjoy windsurfing. Swimming, boating, fishing and golfing await outdoor enthusiasts at Lake Ballinger and Lake Stevens in Snohomish county. If you want to enjoy sunset views, rent sunset charters and explore Lake Union, Lake Washington, Green Lake, Ballard Locks, and Puget Sound and the San Juan’s. Experience Seattle on a stand up paddle board, which is becoming a very popular activity in Seattle. Seattle also offers a perfect playground for watching marine animals in their natural habitat, and whale watching is a must do activity. You can expect to see either gray whales, orcas, humpbacks, minkes, sea lions, porpoises, and seabirds.
Fishing: If you and your family are fishing enthusiasts, you’ll find a number of amazing fishing spots in and near Seattle. Green Lake is a popular lake and fishing spot, where you can catch rainbow and brown trout, carp, catfish and rock bass. Fairview Park is five minutes from downtown Seattle and you may catch steelhead trout and migratory salmon in this location. Elliott Bay is a phenomenal fishing spot which is filled with numerous fish species including squid, Dungeness crab, salmon, rockfish, halibut, sturgeon and others. The 20-mile long Lake Washington boasts 40 fish species such as bass, trout, salmon, coho, chinook and many more. You can find largemouth and smallmouth bass, sometimes black crappie, and the coastal cutthroat while fishing in the waters of Lake Union.
Day Trips: Bainbridge Island is a perfect day trip from Seattle. Hop on your private yacht charter and take in the mesmerizing views of Seattle skyline, Elliott Bay, Mt. Rainier, and the looming white-capped Olympic Mountains on your way to Bainbridge Island. Mount Rainer is a favorite day trip location among savvy travelers. There is plenty to see and do in Mount Rainer Park – hiking, guided walks, wildlife spotting, and snowshoeing. Port Townsend is as tranquil as it is scenic. Take your private yacht to this beautiful port town and explore its Victorian-era buildings and maritime heritage. Whale watching is a popular activity in Port Townsend, so you can expect to see pods of orcas and gray whales. Other extended charter places include Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Vancouver, Victoria, Whidbey Island, Desolation Sound, Westport, and Lake Chelan among others.
A yacht charter is a great way to enjoy the unique charm of the city of Seattle. At Pacific Northwest Yacht Charters, we provide luxury yacht charters to cruise around Lake Union, Lake Washington, Ballard Locks, Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest in general including the San Juan’s Victoria and Vancouver B.C. We have different rental options for your charter needs. So, whether you want to host a special event in Seattle, or wish to enjoy its waterways from the deck of your private yacht, you can book one of our luxury yachts at a competitive rate. To see our collection of luxurious yachts, click on the link provided here. You can go to our Contacts page here and provide us with your charter needs so that we can best assist you in planning your Seattle charter excursion. We look forward to hearing from you soon!