Seattle Cruises – San Juan Islands Whale Watching

“Get out on the water!” Anyone who lives in Seattle or visits often will tell you the same thing: take a cruise! This city is built on the water. There is a busy port and a vibrant waterfront. There are lakes and rivers scattered throughout the countryside–and a big ocean right at your doorstep in downtown Seattle.

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Take a cruise on Lake Washington and Lake Union with Argosy Cruises. These two lakes are connected by locks to Puget Sound. Over on the Puget Sound waterfront, take a super-fast catamaran up to Victoria with the Victoria Clipper. You can go for the day–or spend the night with a number of creative getaway options.

Sail from the waterfront to Blake Island. There, you can enjoy an interesting demonstration of Native American culture at Tillicum Village. You’ll feast on delicious Pacific Salmon–and learn how salmon played an integral role in native life.

Several cruises depart Seattle’s waterfront for the San Juan Islands to watch for whales. This is a fun trip–and you’re likely to see other wildlife, including sea otters and porpoise, so be sure and bring your camera!

The Washington State Ferry also sails from the Seattle waterfront. Commuters take the ferry over to Bainbridge Island. You can drive your car on board for the 15-minute journey. It’s a quick way to reach the Olympic Peninsula. Drive up to Port Townsend–or plan a longer trip to Olympic National Park!

You also can cruise in the San Juan Islands by driving north from Seattle to Bellingham. From there, you can sail with Victoria-San Juan Cruises over to Vancouver Island, with a stop in Friday Harbor. Chances are good you’ll see whales along the way!