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Washington Cruises

Nicknamed the ‘evergreen state’, Washington is on America’s west coast and is home to some of the USA’s most exciting cities, as well as immense natural beauty in the form of mountains, lakes and bays in the 215 state parks. And best of all, you get to come into port in Seattle, just a 10-minute drive from the heart of the city. 

Washington has much to offer the modern-day traveller and Seattle itself is known as a thriving hub for technology and music lovers. Home to Microsoft and Amazon, tech-heads can enjoy seeing the latest in digital technology while coffee enthusiasts can sample what are hailed as some of America’s best roasts.

Just an hour’s drive from the port, the tall buildings soon give way to mountainous terrain, with the usually snow-capped Mt Rainier National Park and Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest drowning out the sounds of the cities.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • There are 6 national forests and 215 state parks.
  • The state motto is Al-Ki, which translates to ‘by and by’.
  • Washington is the only state to be named after a president.
  • The state is the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix and Bing Crosby.
  • It is against the law to pretend that your parents are rich.
 

Highlights

Shopping

Known as the ‘Emerald City’, as it is surrounded by water on the Puget Sound, Seattle glistens with entertainment. From downtown boutiques to quirky markets, Seattle’s streets ooze style and have much to offer the seasoned shopper.

Abstract & artisan

In the Belltown area, the Canlis Glass Gallery and Studio, and the Seattle Glassblowing Gallery showcase the best of the city’s art for those looking to buy the latest abstract piece, while Ballard is perfect for any lovers of all things vintage, indie and hipster.

For those coming off a Washington cruise and looking for more mainstream stores, Seattle’s downtown area is the place to aim for, whereas the Pike Place Market and Waterfront area offer more unique items that make for treasured souvenirs. Think artisan crafts and bespoke jewellery as well as detailed pottery and tasty jams. 

 

Landscapes

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Washington cruises arrive into Seattle, which means visitors don’t have to travel far to explore the natural wonders of the state. A short drive from the city there are pretty bays and sandy shorelines, but venturing further inland means visitors swap golden beaches for snow-capped mountains, dense forestry and glittering lake life.

Kayaking and canoeing are great ways to explore areas such as Lake Union and Portage Bay and offer views of colourful houseboats and pretty flora. Lake Washington is 15 minutes from the city and one of only two freshwater lakes in the state. Many islands sit alongside the lake with boats of all sizes scattered across the water. 

A little further out, the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and Tiger Mountain State Forest have crystal falls, towering trees and rocky paths perfect for exploring by foot or by bike.

Rattlesnake Ridge and Mount Si are two more of the area’s unique natural offerings that promise stunning views, wildlife and intricate trails that have visitors in awe of Washington State.

 

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