Somehow, I’ve managed to make it to Seattle twice in the last two months – first for a job interview and more recently just for fun. This last visit was a bit spontaneous; a friend invited me and I decided to tag along at the last minute. I’m glad I did though, because my last visit left me with less than a day to explore the city, which simply wasn’t enough!
Obviously not a lot had changed since I was last there in March. But I did get to see Seattle from a whole new point of view this time: from above!
My friend and I went on a seaplane tour over the city. Though the tour was only twenty minutes long, it was amazing! The tour operator, Seattle Seaplanes, offers a variety of tours. We did the Scenic Seattle tour, which covered a 31 mile loop over around the city from an altitude of roughly 1,700 feet.
If you’re into aviation, you can sit in the co-pilot seat. If not, you can hang out in the back – every seat is a window seat!
Aside from taking in the amazing views, my favorite part of the flight was the take off! I have been in smaller, recreational planes before, but I really enjoyed the nautical aspect to this flight. The sensation of taking off on water is hard to describe. It was so cool watching the water splash up from behind during the ascent.
Since the plane takes off from Lake Union, you can also catch a glimpse of the house boats aligning the shore. Maybe it’s common knowledge that Seattle has floating neighborhoods but as a visitor from the East Coast, I had no idea!
If you find yourself in Seattle soon, I highly recommend doing the city tour! AT $97.50 per person, it’s a great activity if you’re limited on time, or if you are looking for a unique way to experience Seattle.
The company also offers flights to Mount Rainer, Vancouver, San Juan Islands, and more. Check out Seattle Seaplanes’ website for more information!