The Cascade Bicycle Club bolsters the Puget Sound biking community through educational programs, community action, and organized events and rides. A 14,000-rider-strong nonprofit organization, the club advocates cycling as a worthy alternative for fitness routines, daily commutes, and backup power generators. Every year, volunteers lead more than 1,000 free club rides, ranging from short joyrides to multiple-day tours, in addition to their yearly schedule of special events, including the Seattle Bicycle Expo in March, the Bike Month Commute Challenge in May, and the High Pass Challenge in September.
The Bavarian Ice Festival blends winter activities, snow sculptures, and holiday lights into two days of revelry amid Leavenworth's ivory snowflakes. Busses operated by Alki Tours depart at 8 a.m. and deliver Saturday visitors to downtown Leavenworth, where the annual Smooshing contest finds teams of four atop 8-foot wooden planks as they glide merrily down Front Street and safely away from escaped dinosaurs. Guests can relax under warm blankets and sip hot chocolate or coffee during a 40-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride. First day visitors also take in the artwork of an ice-sculpting contest, a slippery footed tug-of-war, and an ice cube scramble or frisbee sweep for the kids.
Big Rig Peddler sends passengers on a bike tour unlike any other, with patrons working as a group to send an ironclad, American-made, pedal-powered vehicle on two-hour crawls of local bars. Guests work out their calves as they visit local Tacoma watering holes and breweries, with the option for a motor-powered engine or on-board sound system to help out tired muscles. Just like a real truck, the Big Rig Peddler barrels down the road with its path lit by twin headlights, and can be powered by up to 14 people at a time.
Charles Mickelson knows Seattle so well, he can unearth trolls hiding under its bridges—specifically, the Fremont Troll, an 18-foot-high stone troll statue nestled beneath the Fremont Bridge. This is just one of the landmarks that Charles’s company, Seattle Qwik Tour, showcases on its signature 90-minute mini-coach tours. Their tour routes also pass the Space Needle, the Central District, and Viretta Park, one of Kurt Cobain’s old haunts. As the group rolls through the city, passengers learn statistics and historical tidbits from their guides while snapping photos of the scenery during periodic stops.
The story of the Mary Adda is one of heartbreak, tragedy, mystery, and above all, redemption. With her stunning make and Nordstrom-Franck influence, the vessel was born in 1928, just before the Great Depression ravaged the boat-building industry. Some 60 years later, while awaiting her official demise, the Mary Adda was discovered in a boatyard on the banks of Lake Union, not far from her original birthplace. Her interior stripped out and her planking rotted, Mary Adda was in need of significant repairs, if not a complete overhaul. She received just that, and today, she sails on as a link to bygone eras while toting small groups across the waters of Lake Union, Lake Washington, and the San Juan Islands during tours and customizable trips.
Waterways Cruises offers a unique and unforgettable way to experience Seattle aboard its beautifully appointed yachts. Our Dining Cruises will treat you to the best of fresh Northwest cuisine and spectacular sights along the way, while our private charters will accommodate groups up to 200 guests for special celebrations.