Like the monorail at Disneyland built on a long string of concrete posts, this ride is more efficient than beautiful over its 1.2-mile course; the 90-second ride has only two stops -- north downtown and Seattle Center; given that new theme attractions have recently been added, the Space Needle has been refurbished and Key Arena has been completely upgraded, you can count on long lines to and from Seattle Center; rides depart every 15 minutes from Westlake Center MAP and Seattle Center MAP
ADMISSION: $4 Round-trip Adults, $1.50 Ages 5-12, $2 Age 65+; One-way rates are 1/2 of the round-trip price; Age 4 and under ride Free.
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-11p
Seattle Monorail exiting Experience Music Project
The Streetcar starter line connects to the region's light rail system at Westlake Station and proceeds on a 1.5 mile route. Over the next 5 years, anticipate more tourist-friendly streetcar lines opening and lengthening that will travel north, east, northwest and west by Pike Place facing the waterfront.
Stretching along Alaskan Way from Pier 70 on the north to Pier 48 on the south, Seattle’s waterfront overlooks deep-water harbor, Elliott Bay. The bay teems with trade, ferry boats, cruise liners, sightseeing tour boats and pleasure craft – the views are astounding from all; you can overlook the harbor from the Pike Place Market; Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 48 is homeport for luxury cruise liners bound for Alaska’s Inside Passage; Departing from Pier 55, Tillicum Village offers a scenic boat trip to nearby Blake Island for a Northwest Coast Native American stage show. The Seattle Waterfront also features souvenir and gift shops and an array of Northwest seafood.
Elliott Bay Water Taxi
Along the trolley route in summer months you can catch a water taxi from Piers 54 and 66 to Seacrest Park; the ride gives a spectacular view of the downtown skyline and West Seattle; small fee, runs daily in the warm months
Washington State Ferry
The nation's largest and finest ferry system is so well used, it is often overtaxed on weekends and fair-weather days. In addition to ferries running throughout Puget Sound, this ferry system is known for delightful and relatively inexpensive trips to Victoria and Vancouver, Canada. If you take a car with you, the wait to board may take longer to board the vessel than the trip time. Knowledgeable passengers remember their passport and board the ferry by foot. Use other ground transportation when you arrive in Vancouver. Schedules are less frequent in the winter and fees vary by distance - cash only; piers 52 and 48 adjacent to Downtown and Pioneer Square; 800-843-3779
Argosy has provided cruises for the past 50 years; cruises include Harbor Tour (1-hour narrated cruise of Elliott Bay and Seattle Harbor), The Lakes (2-hour cruise with view of Lake Washington and luxurious waterfront homes), The Locks (two hour narrated cruise through the Locks, Lake Union, Puget Sound, Lake Washington Ship Canal), Tillicum Village (four hour cruise to Blake Island for Northwest Indian culture dinner and dance show); Departs Pier 55 on Alaskan Way; 206-623-4252