Seattle: In and Around the Lakes

Seaplane taking off on Lake Union. Photo by Richard Varr

Have you ever heard the roaring propellers of a seaplane as it slowly ascends above the water?  It’s a common sight on Seattle’s Lake Union.

Photo by Richard Varr

When visiting in late September, I booked a “Seattle Lakes Tour” with Argosy Cruises, a two-hour sightseeing cruise sailing across Lake Union and through a narrow waterway that leads into expansive Lake Washington.  The seaplanes I saw are those of Kenmore Air, a local carrier that flies to the San Juan Islands, Vancouver, Victoria and beyond.

Houseboats. Photo by Richard Varr

Some of the sights on Lake Union include trendy waterfront apartments and rows of houseboats including the one used in the movie Sleepless in Seattle.

Shores of Lake Washington. Photo by Richard Varr

We sail by popular Gas Works Park, once a coal gasification plant with its old rusted tanks still standing, and then along Portage Bay and Union Bay.  On Lake Washington, the tour passes near the home of Bill Gates and other homes of Seattle’s rich and famous.

Seattle downtown from Lake Union. Photo by Richard Varr

I’ve posted a few photos.  It’s a great trip for a relaxing afternoon, with a tour guide explaining many of the sights and some interesting history.

Seattle is all about the water, isn’t it?  With a bit of luck, you’ll have fair skies and late summer temperatures like I had during my tour.

For more information:  http://www.argosycruises.com

Houseboats. Photo by Richard Varr

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