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.
With a fleet of planes, trains, automobiles, and boats stationed across the Pacific Northwest, Clipper Vacations unveils the signature sights of the region, from the quiet ocean side vistas of the San Juan Islands to the bustling metropolises of Seattle and Vancouver. Three sea-going crafts—the Victoria Clipper, Victoria Clipper III, and Victoria Clipper IV_—watch whales and cruise between islands while historians try to discover why the _Victoria Clipper II was disowned. The company's overland vehicles provide transportation to and from local events and festivals such as pop culture mecca of Emerald City Comicon or the Leavenworth Wine Walk, which serves fermented vintages from 25 local wineries.
After his first time riding a Segway, 11-year-old Gregg Jantz Jr. was hooked. There weren’t Segway tours in his hometown of Edmonds, so he and his father went to the company’s headquarters in New Hampshire to learn more about the self-balancing transporters. They were excited about what they learned there, leading to the creation of Segway of Edmonds.
Today, visitors can take 90-minute tours of Puget Sound. By day, the tours take a historical angle, and educate groups about Olympic Beach and the mills that used to sit along the coast. Sunset tours create beautiful photo ops, and can be arranged to end with dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants. All tours begin with a 30-minute orientation session, and guides stop occasionally to take photos of groups and make sure no one has fused to their Segway. Visitors can also rent Segways for self-guided tours.
Finding a ride home from the bars can be a tricky situation, but at CycleSaloon the bar is your ride home. Designed to look like a rustic Western saloon, the group bike sits up to 16 people during leisurely paced tours of the city’s bars and nightlife. Under the guidance of a steering driver, the vehicle transports bachelor parties, birthday guests, or up to two octopuses through the easily navigable landscape of the Ballard neighborhood. When guests get thirsty for more than the BYO soft drinks they packed inside the onboard coolers, they can stop off at a bar for drink before continuing their two-hour jaunt.
Wings Aloft BFI's experienced flight instructors share their love of cloud wrangling during hands-on lessons that help pupils log hours of in-flight and ground instruction. The instructors are matched with students based on personality fits, and their instructional flight programs mix and match ground and in-flight lessons to teach students that staying airborne requires more than a pair of pigeon wings. The membership program also grants access to Wings Aloft's Cessnas, and rental of their planes allows pilots to fly from city to city with proper clearance and large jet-stream hearts.