Puget Sound, Lake Washington
Seattle calls itself two cities in one, a metropolis surrounded by natural allure. Who might better appreciate both than the boater?
This largest city in the Pacific Northwest stands on an isthmus between the Pacific Ocean’s Puget Sound and freshwater Lake Washington, which flows into it through the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
Seattle is called “the Emerald City” for its lush forests. It has a reputation for a literate population (more than half its residents are college graduates), high-tech savvy, green outlooks and healthy appetites for outdoor activities. When you add a temperate climate, it’s no wonder boating’s big here.
The city’s main harbor, Elliott Bay, is an inlet of Puget Sound, which draws salmon anglers and cruising boaters and serves as a send-off point for those sailing to the San Juan Islands or to wild Alaska.
Seattle even has an official opening day of its boating season, a tradition since 1895. Crafts of all types pack Lake Washington and the Montlake Cut for the Windermere Cup Opening Day Regatta and Boat Parade. First there’s a blessing of the fleet, and then hundreds of athletes compete in crew.
Then, many of the spectators fire up their powerboats to further explore and celebrate Seattle.
Need to Know
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Fun Fact: Known for spacecraft and aircraft, computer software and coffee, Seattle is also famously the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix and home to the grunge rock movement led by Nirvana, Pearl Jam and others.