Sightseeing in Washington

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Spokane

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 55% Off Wine and Chocolate Affair

Tacoma

$50 $25

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Sip wines and browse chocolates in a 1920s campus while viewing vintage cars from a collection on display

Helicopter Flight Lesson 46% Off

Multiple Locations

$165 $89

After 30 minutes of ground school, guests pilot an R22 helicopter for 30 minutes

Up to 50% Off Whale-Watching Cruise

Bellingham

$129 $64

70- to 90-mile whale-watching cruise travels around San Juan Islands, launching from marina about 2 miles from I-5, with free parking

Up to 45% Off Tour of Dry County Distillery

Downtown

$30 $17

Guests tour facility that crafts small-batch liquors before selecting bottles to take home

Up to 59% Tour of Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

Shoreline

$20 $10

Four-acre botanic garden creates a lush paradise of more than 2,000 species of exotic and native palnts

50% Off Botanical Garden Tour

Olympia West

$30 $15

Tours explore 12 water features and 22 themed gardens, guided by the master gardener who designed them

Up to 57% Off at Segway of Edmonds

City Of Edmonds

$75 $37

Learn about Edmonds history or snap pictures of beautiful waterfront sunsets during 90-minute Segway tours along Puget Sound

66% Off at Cougar Mountain Zoo

Montreux

$205 $69

After exploring cougar, macaw, and reindeer habitats, get up close and personal with ruffed lemurs of Madagascar for 15 minutes

Up to 46% Off Orca-Watching Tour

Friday Harbor

$96 $59

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Certified marine naturalists helm 3.5- to 4-hour tours explaining stories about wildlife witnessed throughout trip

Up to 51% Off Entry to Historic Flight at Kilo 7

HISTORIC FLIGHT FOUNDATION

$24 $13

Non-profit museum of fully restored, airworthy aircraft from 1927-1957 fill the airplane hangar

Up to 42% Off Animal Tour at Olympic Game Farm

Sequim

$24 $14

Visitors drive through habitats of bears, lions, elk, and wolves

Up to 51% Off from Chehalis Valley Wine Tour

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Design your own route through wine country, visiting any of seven participating wineries for tastings and tours

Up to 31% Off Visit to The Reptile Zoo

Monroe

$16 $11

Exhibits display tarantulas, lizards, gators, and turtles

Half Off Winery Passport

Yakima Valley

$10 $5

Winery passport unlocks benefits at more than 15 wineries; completion of passport warrants exclusive invitation to an event in August

Up to 42% Off Orca Whale-Watching Tour

Anacortes

$105 $65

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Five- to six-hour tour guarantees passengers an up-close view of orca whales as an onboard naturalist shares interesting facts

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum—Up to Half Off

Stevenson

$40 $20

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Museum tells the story of Columbia Gorge from the viewpoint of both 19th century pioneers and the Chinook people who lived there long before

46% Off Whale-Watching Trip

Multiple Locations

$109 $59

Veteran skippers welcome 12 tourists onto vessels and guarantee encounters with underwater giants during whale-watching tours

Up to 53% Off Wine Tasting at Four Wineries

Eye of the Needle Winery

$80 $39.99

Four area wineries welcome guests with premium wine tastings and 10% off regularly priced bottles of wine

41% Off Cruise and Salmon Bake from Argosy Cruises

Central Business District

$94 $55

Guests cruise from downtown Seattle to Blake Island for steamed clams, salmon bake, and Native American dancing and storytelling

Up to 53% Off Ghost Tour

Multiple Locations

$32 $16

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90-minute tours led by ghost hunters takes participants through the haunted buildings of Pioneer Square or downtown Tacoma

Half Off River Rafting from Triad River Tours

Happy Valley

$80 $40

Safety-focused rafting trips include energetic treks through Class III rapids

45% Off Family Admission for Five to Hands On Children's Museum

Downtown Olympia

$54.75 $29.99

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150 interactive exhibits in 9 themed areas teach kids about building, outdoor exploration, and art

Up to 38% Off Hop-On / Hop-Off Trolley Tour

Seattle

$28 $18

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Hop-on/hop-off tours whisk folks around town to museums, landmarks, and attractions

Up to 61% Off Segway Tour of Seattle

Multiple Locations

$75 $37

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Segways transport groups through Seattle neighborhoods as knowledgeable guides dish facts about passing landmarks and picturesque views

Up to 61% Off Segway Tour of Seattle

Multiple Locations

$75 $37

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Segways transport groups through Seattle neighborhoods as knowledgeable guides dish facts about passing landmarks and picturesque views

Up to 53% Off Distillery Tour with Tasting

Seattle

$50 $25

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Samples of handcrafted moonshine and vodka—both made entirely with local ingredients—follow a tour of the artisinal distillery

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

World Sports Grille

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

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EMP Museum is a tribute to cultural icons as well as a breeding ground for the next generation of musicians and societal shapers. Here, attendees don’t just stand before exhibits that explore Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, but throw down their own musical chops in interactive exhibits such as Sound Lab, where they riff on an electric guitar, bang on drums, and tweak acoustics behind a mixing console. On Stage also gets guests to grip instruments, but under the hot lights of the stage, where they can pretend to entertain legions of fans or accompany their nephew’s birthday party.

The museum also curates rotating exhibits that celebrate modern cultural achievements. These have showcased the impact of Nirvana’s career alongside historic artifacts as diverse as Hendrix’s Stratocaster from Woodstock and Neo’s black futuristic coat from Matrix Reloaded. As home to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, the museum also spotlights luminaries such as Ray Bradbury and Steven Spielberg, who have shaped a generation’s imagination while warning people about the perils of suppressing ingenuity, ideas, and viewpoints.

All of the educational programming and special events unfold inside the architectural jewel that is the EMP Museum. Designed by Frank O. Gehry, the building’s 3,000 stainless-steel panels shimmer and seemingly swing through the air. This fluidity, which can alter its appearance depending on the time of day and light conditions, is about “reminding audiences that music and culture is constantly evolving,” as the museum’s website states.

325 5th Ave N
Seattle,
WA
US

Sprawling across 100 acres in the verdant, picturesque Spokane Falls, Riverfront Park beckons with awe-inspiring visual and auditory wonders. The newly constructed SkyRide invites visitors to survey the land from above, swooping across the Spokane River and past city hall, where they can wave to their favorite comptroller. Back on the ground, the historic Looff Carousel, built in 1909, whirls riders around on 54 horses, two Chinese-dragon chairs, one giraffe, and one tiger, and a tour train chugs through the park on a 30-minute narrated jaunt. Among other attractions, such as the Sculpture Walk and pony rides, Riverfront Park houses an enormous IMAX theater with one of the largest indoor screens in the Pacific Northwest. Standing 53 feet high and stretching 69 feet wide, the screen is slightly taller than the average human and displays crystal-clear two-dimensional images, which are complemented by the sounds of a booming, wraparound surround-sound system.

507 N Howard St
Spokane,
WA
US

The woods are full of hazards, from prickly bushes to wild animals. But all’s safe in the Woods at the Children's Museum of Tacoma, where a log pile leads to a play area where kids can build forts and send supplies to and fro with pulleys. The Woods is one of the museum’s five playscapes, which encourage children and their adult guardians to learn through self-directed play.

Youngsters can unleash their inner architects with blocks and tubes at the Invention station, and paint, clay, and other artistic tools at Becka’s Studio allow kids to tap into their creative sides. Aboard the Voyager, children can pretend to fly to the moon or parallel-park between two asteroids. Back on earth, the interactive Water playspace presents a world of tranquil waterfalls and streams.

Afterward, there’s more to explore through the museum’s programs. They range from summer camps to Play to Learn, where kids 6 and younger take part in group activities, sing-alongs, and group circle time.

1501 Pacific Ave
Tacoma,
WA
US

Cellar 55 cares for precious potables with 24-hour surveillance and a private, climate-controlled facility. Controlled access, private lockers, and personal locks keep each bottle of treasured toast-fodder secure from even the wiliest cat-burgling sommeliers. Constant conditions of 55 degrees Fahrenheit and 70% humidity preserve perfect taste and keep aged wines from complaining about the weather. For no additional charge, Cellar 55 will receive shipments of wine and place them in a customer’s private vault or hold them to be picked up. Wine collectors experiencing separation anxiety can check up on their favorite bottles seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

1812 Washington St
Vancouver,
WA
US

Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

800 118th Ave NE
Bellevue,
WA
US

On a childhood fishing trip with his dad in the San Juan Islands, Shane Aggergaard noticed a group of orcas swimming toward his boat. Rather than steering clear of human contact, they swam directly under the boat—one even looked Shane right in the eye. It was a moment of whale-human connection he never forgot, and nowadays tries to approximate through Island Adventures. The whale-watching tour company, which Shane founded with his wife, Jennifer, brings passengers into close contact with the aquatic mammals of the Pacific Northwest.

Depending on the season, wilderness-savvy guides—who’ve led more than 6,000 collective wildlife tours during their careers—can introduce passengers to minke whales and the San Juan’s three resident orca pods, migrating gray whales, or humpbacks. Their 101-foot vessel, The Island Explorer 3, boasts a large bow pulpit and a viewing deck with more than 400 feet of railing, ideal for seeing whales in their entirety, from their tails to their trusty sets of water wings. The team backs each tour with a whale-sighting guarantee and strives to ensure future sightings by making sustainable choices, from its ecofriendly cleaning products to the boat's cabin floor made from recycled tires.

1726 West Marine View Drive
Everett,
WA
US

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