Find information on the variety of outdoor recreational activities, such as bicycling, boating diving and whale watching (to name a few) in the Puget Sound (part of the Salish Sea).
Voted #1 Eco-Adventure company in the Northwest! Conveniently located on BOTH sides of the San Juan Ferry route! Join us on a fun trip from Anacortes or Friday Harbor. Beginners are welcome, no experience necessary. We keep our group sizes small to ensure the best possible experience every day. Make the most of your vacation time; join us as we explore the Secret Side of the San Juan Islands.
Kayak the beautiful west-side of San Juan Island with our naturalist guides. Crystal Seas offers 3 hour, day (6 hour) and multi-day tours and provides free transportation from Friday Harbor to our kayak docks on Mitchell Bay. While kayaking be on the lookout for orca whales, harbor seals, sea lions, porpoise, bald eagles and a variety of sea birds. We specialize in small groups but can take large private groups as well. Book both your kayaking and a whale watching cruise though us and receive 10% off. Owner operated since 1994 by second generation islanders.
The Cascade Bicycle Club is based in Seattle, Washington, and serves 5,500 members throughout the Puget Sound region. There are club rides virtually every day of the year, and are open to anyone wearing a helmet. Their most famous event is the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP). Web site includes ride calendar and many bicycling stories.
Bicycling club for the LGBT community in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. To join the club you must email them through the website.
Non-profit club with an emphasis on recreations, exercise and safety. Meetings are usually once a week with socializing opportunities. Guests are welcome on their regular rides to try out the club.
Audubon Washington Puget Loop
Featuring over 220 species, the Puget Loop consists of over 40 main sites plus over 2 dozen more birding locations where you may spot Bald Eagles, Pileated Woodpeckers, Pacific Wrens, Anna's Hummingbirds, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, and Pigeon Guillemots. Puget Loop reaches from Seattle to Mt. Rainier, plus Lake Washington, Kitsap Peninsula; and Vashon, Bainbridge, Whidbey and San Juan Islands.
*See Go Northwest! Boat Charters and Cruises page for a list of tour guides offering a variety of cruises and charters.
Sail and Power Squadron
Provides public instruction classes in safe boating in Seattle's Eastside area. In addition to teaching public boating courses, Squadron members also participate in Advanced Grades and Elective Courses for their own education.
Boating News, Marinas, Boats or Yachts, Accessories, Yacht Clubs, Destinations, Service, Events or anything else.
Craft Association, Puget Sound Chapter
Meetings, events, latest news and group activities for traditional small craft enthusiasts.
Club members reside all around the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands and incorporate a broad spectrum of dive interests, levels of experience, certification and age groups.
Seattle's and the Puget Sound's annual premier community celebration dating from 1950. This month-long celebration of summer is usually held from the second week of July through the first week of August and features parades, art festivals, music festivals, fun runs, and more. Main events include the Torchlight Parade, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels air show, and the Seafair Unlimited Hydroplane Race. Read a travel article detailing the Seafair's Torchlight Parade written by a Northwest resident.
The Pacific Northwest Golfer's Online Magazine features golf instruction plus Pacific Northwest news, course reviews, tournament listings, and course and driving range directories.
Web site for this non-profit outdoor recreation and conservation club, headquartered in Seattle and with over 15,000 members in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Club activities include climbing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, sailing, bicycling, nature study, adventure travel, dancing and theater. Includes photo gallery.
Running club on the Eastside of Lake Washington open to all ages and levels.
Kayaking to Puget Sound's best kept
Go Northwest! travel article with detailed charts describing a kayaking trip to Hope Island. Find out how you can paddle with seals and see ancient cedars.
*See Go Northwest! Whale Watching page for a list of tour guides offering a variety of whale watching cruises and charters.
*See Go Northwest! Whitewater Rafting page for descriptions of the beautiful rivers to raft and a list of the guides and outfitters running rafting trips and adventures.
Note: See individual cities and towns for additional visitor information as well as information on accommodations, activities and attractions in specific cities. When looking for a city or town, you can choose from either an alphabetical list, or, a list by region.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Birds of the Puget Sound Region Coast to Cascades by Dennis Paulson, Bob Morse, Tom Aversa, Hal Opperman and Christina Dunchese Morse. This is a pocket size guide with descriptions, similar species, habitat, behavior and photographs of birds in western Washington. Order now...
Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans, 2nd Edition by Bill Thorness. This Mountaineers book highlights 60 of the best routes with amazing scenery along with the Handy at a Glance chart including the routes features, difficulty level, length, elevation gain, time and points of interest. Order now...
Best Hikes Near Seattle, 2nd Edition by Peter Stekel. From easy nature walks to strenuous day hikes, this guide offers something for every hiker and all within easy reach of Greater Seattle. Each featured hike includes a description, useful trail specs, maps plus much more. Order now...
A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands: Olympia to Port Angeles, 2nd Edition by Migael Scherer. This edition contains many color photographs, nautical chart segments along with information on weather, tides, currents, commercial traffic patterns, local history and attractions plus a larger size book with a lay-flat binding for easy use. Order now...
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle: Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens. In addition to the Cascade Range and Puget Sound, this authoritative guide also leads to lesser-known destinations, including high bluffs and tide pools along the Pacific, abandoned mines and railways, and stands of old-growth forest inside the city limits. Order now...
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