View of Seattle, Space Needle and Mt. Rainier

Outside Seattle

View our list of Seattle attractions for you to explore during your stay at The Edgewater.

Mount Rainier

The Edgewater Hotel is at the doorstep of the great northwest. The skiing selections are abundant in the Seattle Washington area in the winter months, with numerous hiking activities available in the warmer months. The winter and summer activity opportunities are endless and we’ll be happy to help you plan your excursions.

Winery and Brewery Tours

Some of the state's largest wineries and breweries are located in Woodinville, a 35-minute drive from Seattle. These include Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Columbia Winery and Redhook Ale Brewery.

Sea Kayaking

Paddle Seattle. Rent sea kayaks by the hour from the Northwest Outdoor Center on Lake Union, just north of Seattle's downtown district. Sights include the city's formidable houseboat communities, lakeshore restaurants, the Center for Wooden Boats and dramatic views of the city. Guided tours are also available.

Mount St Helens

May 18 marks the anniversary of this volcano's fiery eruption in 1980. Today a visitor and interpretive center explains dramatic geologic and human stories and their legacies. Flight seeing tours are available.

Parks

Seattle lies within a couple of hours of three spectacular national parks. Mt. Rainier is just a two-hour drive south of Seattle and features the highest peak in the Northwest at an elevation of 14,411 feet. Gray Line Sightseeing offers a guided day tour to the visitor center located at Paradise.

Olympic National Park, on the Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle, features the only temperate rain forests in the lower 48 states; the park also features 8,000-foot mountains and wild ocean beaches. North Cascades National Park, north of Seattle, boasts a necklace of turquoise glacier-fed lakes with a backdrop of jagged mountains and a scenic highway (Cascade Loop) which runs from beach to mountains to desert.

Northwest Trek

View indigenous Northwest wildlife from the safety of a guided tram tour in this 600-acre wildlife preserve, located 45 minutes south of Seattle.

Skiing

The Cascade Mountain ski slopes, including Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass and Snoqualmie Pass offer day and night skiing November through mid-April. Snoqualmie Pass is just 90 minutes east of Seattle.

Snoqualmie Falls

More than a hundred feet higher than Niagara, Snoqualmie Falls beckons visitors from Seattle, just 25 miles down the highway. Hiking, canoeing and horseback riding and packing are nearby.

Washington State Ferries

Discover Puget Sound with over 80 islands and scenic peninsulas. Travelers can drive, walk or bike aboard the nation's largest ferry system. Two routes - Bainbridge Island and Bremerton - are served from Pier 52 on the Seattle Waterfront.

Whale Watching

Seattle lies within a couple of hours of three spectacular national parks. Mt. Rainier is just a two-hour drive south of Seattle and features the highest peak in the Northwest at an elevation of 14,411 feet. Gray Line Sightseeing offers a guided day tour to the visitor center located at Paradise. Olympic National Park, on the Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle, features the only temperate rain forests in the lower 48 states; the park also features 8,000-foot mountains and wild ocean beaches. North Cascades National Park, north of Seattle, boasts a necklace of turquoise glacier-fed lakes with a backdrop of jagged mountains and a scenic highway (Cascade Loop) which runs from beach to mountains to desert.

Orcas (sometimes called killer whales) hold a special place in the hearts of Seattle residents. More than 80 of the elegantly black-and-white mammals live in the waters of Puget Sound, gathered into three "pods," or extended matriarchal families, each communicating in its own dialect of sounds. The orcas you will see in the San Juans belong to pods J, K and L. Each individual whale in the three pods has both a number and a name, to help scientists track them. Generally, the lower the number, the older the whale, and some of the females are thought to be older than 80.