Northern California to Alaska
OREGON AND WASHINGTON BEGINNING WITH PUGET SOUND AS THE GATEWAY TO SOUTHEAST ALASKA, MORE AND MORE VISITORS ARE DISCOVERING WHAT LOCALS HAVE KNOWN FOR YEARS.
The serenity and expansiveness that the region offers brings with it a feeling of exploration and discovery. Coupled with the level of high-end refit, repair and provisioning possibilities and the number of amenities and activities in the Northwest, you will discover what the locals are tempted to keep secret. Boating there changes lives; stirs emotions and adds a dimension of boating unmatched in the world.
Seattle waters, except for two 40-mile areas, are inland, which provide for calm, peaceful waters. Many of the pristine spots are accessible only by boat, ensuring that you will find the solitude that may be exactly what you have been longing for. If the glitz and glamour of a big city are your thing, you have two of the most cosmopolitan cities on earth in the backyard: Seattle, home of many of the world’s largest companies and the Canadian crown jewel, Vancouver. The temperate climate and bug-free environment are the perfect backdrop to breeching whales, soaring eagles and breathtaking gardens.
Maybe salmon fishing is on your bucket list? Or how about anchoring near a glacier? For some, it’s getting up close and personal with a salmon-bearing stream or reclining in natural hot springs, cracking open a locally handcrafted beer and recounting the memories that you have just added to your book of life.
This is no dream. This is the Northwest.
CRUISING THE NORTHWEST:
From Northern California’s rocky coasts with the Golden Gate Bridge welcoming yachtsmen from the world over and the charming wineries in Napa and Sonoma Valleys, to one of the country’s tallest peaks (Mt. Ranier) and finally to the expansive waters of Alaska, this region is one of the country’s most picturesque. You can revel in the excitement of whale watching in Puget Sound, or rise to the challenge of glacier hiking in Alaska. Take in the wonders of nature’s bounty while dining on Dungeness crab and King Salmon and experience the excitement of world-class arts and entertainment.
THERE IS VIRTUALLY NO PLACE IN THE WORLD THAT HOLDS MORE WONDER AND SPLENDOR THAN AMERICA’S LAST FRONTIER: ALASKA. A land of extremes from amazing glaciers to temperate rain forests, mountains and over 34,000 miles of shore line. Alaska’s vast richness beckons. Spectacular vistas, Northern Lights, dramatic icebergs and mountains, towering totem poles, majestic forests, wildlife-filled fjords, lush island scenery and a rich Native American heritage await. There is something for every interest in Alaska’s great wilderness. From fishing, bear and whale watching, hiking and kayaking, Alaska has it all. There is also a prolific arts community throughout Alaska with a strong Russian cultural influence, onion-shaped spired churches, native music and dance. Alaska is the experience of a lifetime.
Cities to visit:
• Alaska: Anchorage, Seward, Valdez, Juneau, Homer California: Carmel, Monterey, San Francisco, Sausalito, Napa & Sonoma
• Washington: Seattle, San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles
Mount Rainer National Park. Longmire
Klondike Gold Rush National Park, Seattle
Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Cowlitz County
United States Naval Undersea Museum, Keyport
Coast Guard Museum, Seattle
Puget Sound Naval Museum, Bremerton
Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum, Port Townsend
USS Turner Job, Bremerton
Flying Heritage Collection, Everett
Burke Museum, Seattle
Living Computer Museum, Seattle
Nordic Museum, Seattle
Wing Luke Museum, Seattle
Museum of Flight, Tukwila
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle
The Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle
LeMay’s America’s Car Museum, Tacoma
Seattle Center (home of MoPOP, Space Needle, Pacific Science Center and much more)
Pike Place Market, Seattle
Boeing Factory Tour, Everett
San Juan Safaris Whale Watching Cruise, Friday Harbor
Kenmore Air Seaplane Tours
Seattle Japanese Garden
Discovery Park, Seattle
University of Washington Huskies
Seattle Seawolves (Rugby Team)