10 things I love about the Pacific Northwest
Seattle Native, not many of us left. These are the not-so-trendy things to do around here.
- •Take a walk in the park. Any park. Best in order for walking: Greenlake, Alki, Golden Gardens, Myrtle Edward's, Carkeek, Volunteer, Madison-Lake Washington. Bike too.
- •Check out some colorful neighborhoods. Start with Ballard, Alki, Broadway, (Capitol Hill), Fremont. Uber or take Metro transit. Don't try to park, it's difficult in these hip places.
- •Get out of town by boat. Washington State Ferries cross Puget Sound to/from the Olympic Peninsula. The Ho Rainforest Trail is on the North end, GO, you won't regret it.
- •Drive 2 hours north to Anacortes and find Deception Pass State Park. Spend some time in this amazingly beautiful place. Bring your camera. Camping here is great! Noisy jets from NAS Whidbey can disrupt your peace.
- •Drive 3 hours east to Lake Chelan. The gorgeous beauty of this mountain Lake coupled with its burgeoning winery businesses makes it worth a night or two visit. It's part of the beautiful Cascade Loop Highway, mountain scenery you'll never forget.
- •Charter salmon fishing at Westport is a family favorite. All the gear and bait included, your catch is packed for travel for an extra fee. Ask when booking. Expect high seas, not for those who get seasick easily, like me.
- •Head south to Tacoma and take a right toward Gig Harbor. This sleepy little community is a former fishing tpwn. Rent a kayak and get out into the harbor. Looking back toward town you'll see the most beautiful view of Mt. Rainier in the region.
- •Everett is north of Seattle about 35 minutes. Head to the waterfront and take a walk at the marina while taking in the northern Olympic Mountains across the Sound. Have lunch or dinner at either of the Anthony's outside decks. Sunsets are especially beautiful here in spring & summer.
- •Head to Crystal Mountain via Enumclaw, SE of Seattle. Take the gondola to the top and such in the view of Mt. Rainier from the next.mountain across. Many couples choose to get married here, at sunset, with a pink Rainier as a backdrop.
- •Whether you live here, arrive by air, boat or car, traffic in Seattle is terrible during rush hours and parking is getting expensive. Uber & Lyft, transit, taxis and Metro or Sound Transit will get you just about anywhere. Car 2 Go for weekend trips. Orca Card is convenient for paying fares online and reloading by credit card. Buy ahead.