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Seattle has a plethora of attractions. But for those who seek adventure, I-5 Colonnade will satiate their adrenaline rush. 7.5 acres (3.04 hectares) of space has been designed as a mountain biking trail. The park is a great place to watch enthusiastic bikers in action.
Like the state in which it resides, Lake Washington is named after our first president, George Washington. The second largest lake in Washington, it attracts numerous visitors daily. While the lakeside is a perfect spot to idle away time, active people can indulge in boating, kayaking, sailing and other sporting activities offered at the lakefront. Pack a lunch, bring the family and let the sun envelop you as you enjoy one of Seattle's most famous spots.
Gas Works Park is an example of urban renewal at its best. Take an old gas-processing plant that has outlived its usefulness, and transform it into something everyone can enjoy. Located on the north shore of Lake Union, the park has excellent water views and a spectacular, unobstructed view of the city skyline. It is a popular spot for concerts, bikers, kite flyers, families on picnics and just about everyone else. This is also a prime spot from which to view the fireworks on the Fourth of July.
This 200-acre (80.93 hectare) park is a must-see for every Seattle visitor with even an hour of free time. With its lush green spaces, its breathtaking Japanese Garden (open 10a daily), and its abundance of rare trees, plants and flowers (more than 40,000 species), it is one of the brightest jewels in the Emerald City. Scenic and aptly named Azalea Way cuts a path through the park. The Graham Visitor's Center can be rented for social events, meetings and seminars for 45-75 guests. Rates include kitchen and audio-visual equipment. Call or visit the web site for detailed information and hours.
Experience white water rafting on water bodies like the Tieton River, the Wenatchee River, the Salmon River and the Methow River with the Blue Sky Outfitters. A perfect spot for adventure sports enthusiasts and thrill seekers, the rafting happens in batches of 4-5 people. After a day out in the water, you can enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch. Aside from white water tours, Blue Sky Outfitters also organizes snow shoe tours and wine tours.
A major landmark in West Seattle, Alki Point is constantly brimming with locals and tourists. Alki Point Lighthouse and Alki Beach being the major tourist attraction, this location offers a plethora of options to spend a delightful day. Alki Point sees numerous swimmers and surfing enthusiasts indulging in their favorite sport. Besides, concerts and live acts held here are a major crowd puller.
There is nothing quite like the thrill of turning acrobatics in mid-air in an airplane. BruceAir, owned by Bruce Williams, is an aerobics company which offers a variety of thrill rides on their Extra 300L. This plane is considered to be one of the best aerobics planes around. The 45-minute ride includes thrilling maneuvers like loops, hammerhead turns, rolls, inverted flight, tumbles, point rolls and spins. Flights are only available during the summer as the rain acts as a hindrance during other times.
Enjoy adventure sports at the Stone Gardens Seattle. The place offers recreational activities like bouldering, huge rock climbing, top roping and various other obstacle courses that you will absolutely love. The major attraction here however remains the rock climbing, which has been a major crowd puller. The wall has seen many climbers in its lifetime and is one of the largest indoor rock climbing walls. The ambiance is very rustic with most of the place been done in stones.
Tiger Mountain is part of the Issaquah Alps and has six peaks. There are several trails on the mountain, ranging in difficulty. However, make sure you research your trip since some of the hikes take all day and only experienced hikers should attempt them. On the other hand, some trails are wide with a nice slope and can easily be hiked by less experienced adventurers.