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Tours for NCSL Attendees

Enjoy the city’s innovative and rich history with tours that showcase the best of Seattle. Tours can be selected during online registration. And browse the Visit Seattle website for more information on attractions and events.

 
Seattle City

Seattle City Highlights Tour
Monday, Aug. 3, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm | $30
This is your chance to see the sites of the city! A local expert will take you through Seattle’s must-see attractions. The tour begins with a drive through downtown en route to Seattle’s International District and historic Pioneer Square, the city's oldest residential area and now a major visitor attraction. Next is a ride along Seattle’s bustling Elliott Bay waterfront to view the maritime activities and the Seattle Aquarium.

Next is a stop at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where you will have time to explore the grounds and watch boats travel between the saltwater of the Puget Sound through the freshwater of the Ship Canal and on to Lake Union and Lake Washington. In addition to the botanical garden, a highlight of this stop is the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and saltwater. Finally, the coach will embark on a scenic tour of Seattle's best neighborhoods, then on to Pike Place Market, a celebrated treasure among locals and tourists alike. There will be time to shop and explore this fascinating area. 

Boeing Plant and Aviation Tour

Boeing Future of Flight Tour
Thursday, Aug. 6, 8:30 am - 1 pm | $55 (adult) $48 (youth)
Don’t miss the only public tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. Soar into the world of commercial aviation in the home of The Boeing Company – one of the world’s greatest aviation dynasties. At Boeing’s newest high-tech facility, the Future of Flight Aviation Center, you will enjoy everything from exhibits and interactive stations to digitally designing your own jet. Then watch the world's largest jets—including the 747, 767, 777 and 787—be assembled at the Boeing Assembly Plant. (Children must be at least 4 feet tall to attend the Boeing Everett Plant Tour).

Locks Cruise

Cruising the Locks on the Puget Sound
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1:30 - 5 pm | $68 (adult) $49 (youth)
Enjoy live narration of Seattle’s history and learn how locks operate as you cruise through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Built early in the 20th century, the locks connect the saltwater of Elliott Bay in the Puget Sound—a port for ships from around the world—with the freshwater of Lake Union and Lake Washington. Along the way, you’ll view the historic waterfront, city skyline, one of the world's largest shipping terminals and the majestic Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. On Lake Union, you will see charming fishing communities, the “Sleepless in Seattle” houseboat community, and sometimes even the “Deadliest Catch” boats.

Lakes Cruise

Lakes Cruise and Shopping in downtown Kirkland
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 10:30 am - 4 pm | $75 (adult) $57 (youth)
Travel through Lake Washington and Lake Union and learn the fascinating history of the surrounding area. Cruise alongside the world’s longest floating bridge while viewing beautiful scenery, from the University of Washington Husky Stadium to Mt. Rainier to the Seattle skyline. You’ll get a close-up view of the homes of the area’s rich and famous, including Bill Gates’ waterfront mansion. In Lake Union, you will cruise by kayakers and float planes taking off and flying overhead. Highlights include Seattle’s historic houseboat community and famous glass artist Dale Chihuly’s Houseboat and Studio. 

After the Lakes Cruise, you will have time to explore the picturesque town of Kirkland. With its downtown waterfront along Lake Washington's shoreline and its many wonderful shops, art galleries, public parks, beaches and famous bronze sculptures, Kirkland is a must see for locals and visitors.

Wine Tour

Boutique Wineries of Washington Tasting Tour
Monday, Aug. 3, 1 - 5 pm | $110 (adult)
Woodinville Wine Country is only 40 minutes from Seattle and offers a combination of small town charm, natural beauty, and more than 90 world-class wineries, tasting rooms, craft breweries, and distilleries. Knowledgeable guides will escort you on an exceptional wine tour experience, with unparalleled access to boutique wineries and their winemakers, private tastings, wine releases, and barrel samplings. You will visit three labels and sample their exquisite selection of wines.  Possible winery visits include JM, Woodhouse, Patterson Cellars, Mary Ryan, Bookwalter or DeLille. 

Wine Tasting Tour

Wines of Washington Tasting Tour
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 12:30 - 5 pm | $70
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery and Novelty Hill | Januik are three of the area’s top attractions. These vineyards run grape-producing operations throughout Washington. You will enjoy private tours and tastings at these amazing locations.

Novelty Hill | Januik
The tour begins at Novelty Hill | Januik, two independent wineries that share a tasting room and production facility. Here you will sample wines from distinguished winemaker Mike Januik, who has been producing wine in the Columbia Valley since 1984.

Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington State’s founding winery, with some of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in the Columbia Valley. See where winemaker Bob Bertheau creates award-winning whites, witness the art and science of wine-making, and visit the wine and gift shop.

Columbia Winery
Columbia Winery is one of Washington’s first premium wineries, producing distinctive Washington wines from European vinifera grapes since 1962. Guests will enjoy a private 30-minute tutorial, learning about the history of the winery and how to taste and enjoy wine.

Waterfalls, Chocolate and Wine Tour

Waterfalls, Chocolate and Wine Tasting Lunch
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 9 am - 3 pm | $105
The day begins with a visit to one of Washington’s most popular scenic attractions, Snoqualmie Falls. Here, the Snoqualmie River cascades 270 feet through a spectacular rock gorge into a 65-foot-deep pool. On top of the falls sits one of Seattle’s most romantic getaways, the Salish Lodge & Spa, which may look familiar to fans of “Twin Peaks,” as it was featured in the ‘90s TV hit.

The tour will continue to Boehm's Candy Kitchen, where you will sample the region’s premier Swiss chocolates, watch the candy-making process and tour the property. The tour will continue to Januik Winery where guests will enjoy a wine tasting lunch. The final stop of the day is nearby Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery.  Here you will learn the fine art and science of wine-making, enjoy a wine tasting and stroll the beautiful, arboretum-like grounds.

Tillicum Village

Tillicum Village: Spirit of the Pacific Northwest
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 11 am - 4 pm | $98 (adult) $58 (youth)
Tillicum Village presents an authentic view of the indigenous Coast Salish people and their culture. Your adventure begins with a scenic cruise across Puget Sound to Blake Island.  On the cruise you will enjoy views of the bustling waterfront and one of the world's largest shipping terminals.

You will be welcomed with an appetizer of freshly steamed clams and hot clam nectar. As you explore Tillicum Village, you’ll see totem poles, masks and other Native American works. Lunch takes place in an authentic cedar longhouse featuring artifacts and woodcarving displays, and you’ll be able to watch whole salmon being cooked over an alder-wood fire in the traditional Northwest Coast Indian Style. After lunch, the lights dim and myth and magic come to life in a spellbinding performance highlighting the customs, beliefs and dances of the Coast Salish.

Ride the Ducks

Private Ride the Ducks City Tour
Monday, Aug. 3, 9:30 - 11 am | $32 (adult and youth)
The Duck Tour is reserved private just for NCSL!  The DUKW or Duck, is an amphibious landing craft developed by the U.S. Army during World War II. It was designed to maneuver with great agility and deliver cargo from ships at sea directly to the shore. Now visitors can tour Seattle by land and by sea in these historic vessels. This interactive tour is led by entertaining Coast Guard Certified Maritime Captains who will make touring Seattle a riot for all ages. The tour will begin in downtown Seattle, and will include historic Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, as well as Seattle’s Harbor. Next, it’s onto funky Fremont before splashing into Lake Union to see Seattle’s houseboat community up close.

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