Seattle tour and travel guide, Vicki Sims

Seattl Washington tour and travel guideHello!

I’m Vicki and I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest near Seattle, WA. I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, camping, bird-watching, gardening, traveling, sports, spending time with friends and family and and of course, my pets! I love this part of the world because it’s so beautiful with so many fun things to do. I like sharing the wonders around me with others so feel free to ask me any question about Seattle and the surrounding areas that you want! Hope to see you soon, come Say Gudday!

Pike Place Market in Seattle Washington, USASeattle’s Pike Place Market: With over 10 million visitors each year, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the top Seattle attraction for visitors to the city. But it is not just for tourists! It is also frequented and enjoyed by the local residents of Seattle and the surrounding area. The Pike Place Market is one of the oldest farmer’s markets in the US, but it is much more than just a collection of fruit and vegetable stands. It is a window into the history and culture of Seattle. The market is what some have called “the soul of Seattle”.

The Space Needle: The Space Needle is Seattle’s most recognizeable landmark and the symbol of the city. Naturally, it is also one of the most popular Seattle attractions. On a clear day visitors can enjoy views of the surrounding city, Puget Sound and mountains over 100 miles away.

Skagit River, Washington State, USAThe Skagit River Bald Eagles in Winter: Every winter large numbers of bald eagles gather along the Skagit River in Washington State. It is the wintering area for the largest number of eagles in North America. The bald eagles migrate south to the Skagit from colder areas to the north in Canada and Alaska. They congregate along the Skagit to spend the coldest winter months in the milder climate and to enjoy the habitat and plentiful food supply found at the river. The bald eagles start arriving in November and reach their peak in December and January.

The Bainbridge Island Ferry: One of the unique activities that many visitors to Seattle, WA enjoy doing is taking a trip on a Washington State Ferry from Seattle across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island. The Bainbridge Island ferry departs approximately every hour from the Washington State Ferry Terminal at Colman Dock on the Seattle waterfront. The journey on the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island takes approximately 35 minutes each way and offers spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains, Cascade Mountains, Mt Rainier, ships passing by and a totally different view of Seattle, WA from Puget Sound. Upon arriving at the dock on Bainbridge Island, all passengers disembark and can immediately re-board the ferry for the return trip to Seattle or enjoy the sights of Bainbridge Island and return on a later ferry.

Mukilteo Lighthouse, Washington, United StatesMukilteo Lighthouse: The Mukilteo Lighthouse is located on Elliot Point in Mukilteo, Washington. Mukilteo is a small town on the shores of Puget Sound about 25 miles north of Seattle and about 3 miles south of Everett, Washington. It is the only lighthouse in Snohomish County and is one of the most accessable and easy to visit lighthouses in the Seattle area. Built in 1905, the Mukilteo Lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and also listed on Washington State’s Heritage Register. It underwent a rennovation in 1987 which returned it as closely to its original appearance as possible, so it looks very much today like it did when it was built .

How much do you know about Seattle WA?: Take this little trivia quiz to see how much you really know about Seattle, WA. If you have never visited Seattle, or maybe even if you have, you might find some of the answers surprising!

Washington, United StatesEdmonds Washington: I live near Edmonds, WA, a quaint, historic little city nestled along the shores of Puget Sound about 20 miles north of Seattle. I spent some time doing some research and was amazed to find how many activities are available practically in my own back yard.

Wild Horses Monument in Washington State : More than 5 million vehicles a year travel on Interstate 90 between Vantage, WA and George WA and pass by the stunning view of what appears to be a herd of wild horses running on top of a plateau on the east side of the highway. They are actually metal sculptures that are commonly referred to as the Wild Horse Monument. The official name of the art work is “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies”, and it was created by artist David Govedare in 1989.

Haunted Port Townsend Lighthouse: Point Wilson is a finger of land jutting into the sea where the Straight of Juan de Fuca meets Puget Sound in Washington State. Located near Port Townsend, Washington, the Point Wilson Lighthouse is an important navigational aid to ships traveling to Seattle and other ports in Puget Sound.

Seattle Sculpture Park: A few blocks west of the Seattle Space Needle lies the Olympic Sculpture Park, a gem of a park in the middle of the city to enjoy both art and nature. The Olympic Sculpture Park was created on nine acres of land that was formerly a contaminated industrial site by the Seattle Art Museum. The project was made possible by donations by many companies and individuals and the cooperation of several private and public organizations including The Trust for Public Land, the City of Seattle, King County, the State of Washington and the US Government.

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