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8 urban adventures to sample in Seattle

Seattle’s growing popularity with the British and Irish markets, fuelled by fast growth in direct non-stop flights from the UK and Dublin, will see more people heading to the city this year either as a gateway to cruising to Alaska or for Pacific Northwest adventures. But before heading out of town, here are the best unique adventures to enjoy in the city, courtesy of the Seattle and Washington State Official UK Tourism website. Sleepless in Seattle with coffee, coffee, coffee Not only is it 25 years since Sleepless in Seattle hit the big screen, it is the coffee in Seattle that keeps the city buzzing 24/7! Home to the first ever Starbucks in the world, Seattle is proud to showcase the company’s 15,000 square foot Reserve Roastery, which demonstrates how they source, roast and craft the finest coffee. See the production and enjoy some unusual coffee tastings. Road Dog Brew Tour Washington State is the leading producer of hops in the USA and provides hops not only to its thriving micro-brewers but even to German brewers! Celebrating this, go on a Seattle Road Dog Brew Tour to visit three great breweries in 3 hours, with of course, samplings. The cost is $79 per person. Chocolate galore Located in Seattle’s Fremont neighbourhood, Theo’s chocolate offers a one-hour tour showcasing the amazing transformation of the cocoa fruit into delicious chocolate products. Costing $10; chocolate sampling is of course included! Whale watching Enjoy an experience of a lifetime with Puget Sound Express Whale watching tour! For just $135 per adult or $85 per child, enjoy a half-day tour which guarantees whale watching with species including Orcas and humpback whales. Puget Sound Express is located just north of Seattle in Edmonds. Ducking in and out of the water The Ride the Ducks tour of Seattle uses an amphibious vehicle to take visitors around the city and out onto the water of Lake Union, famous as the home to Tom Hanks’ houseboat featured in Sleepless in Seattle. $35 for adults; $20 for children (4-12 years). Dirt and scandal underground Seattle not only has land based and water based city tours, it also has an Underground City Tour that tells the history of why the city was raised by 12-15 feet and how the seamstress industry helped fund the city’s development! Tickets around $19 for an adult or $9 for a child. Soaring over Seattle There are overhead tours too — take off on a seaplane from Lake Union on a Kenmore Air seaplane ride over the city – 30 minutes from $99 per person. Savor Seattle food tour of Pike Place Market Visit the heart of downtown Seattle and Pike Place Market to experience one of the oldest continuously operating markets in the United States. Take the two hour ‘Savor Seattle’ food tour and see, smell and taste the unique and award winning foods of Seattle. From only $41.99.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Always love my trips to Seattle (even if it usually raining!!). The coffee culture is amazing. Will definitely be looking up some of those tours on my next visit – they sound amazing.

  2. I must admit I haven’t visited Seattle yet. It does look like a very artsy place to visit. I enjoy coffee , chocolate and beer so they are all fantastic reasons to take the trip. The food tour sounds fantastic what a great way to see new places. I never would have linked whale watching to Seattle either and I hav always wanted to go so that’s another great reason to go. Seeing Seattle from the sky looks like a must as well everything looks great from the sky.

  3. Add the Boeing tour to the list … strictly speaking the factory is 25 miles out of town but if you are in the neighbourhood it is a must see. There’s a lot of walking and a lot of steps but it is fascinating and thought-provoking: the past, present and future of aviation. The numbers, such as the components in a 747, are mind-blowing.

  4. I love nature and I love chocolate, so whale watching and Theo’s for me. Of course, when in Seattle you must Pike Place Market! How can you not, right? It’s the quintessential Seattle experience. Oh, and also coffee.

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