The following walking tour opportunities are available at “Circle Back to Seattle” 2018 Convention.

Walking Tour ONE:  Quiet spaces in the city – with art, books, or greenery.  Views.  Waterfront.  Pike Place Market.  Join Barbara, a Puddletown Squares member and long-time Seattle resident, for this 2-mile walk, 10:30 AM Tuesday, July 3.  We will start and end at the Sheraton Hotel, but you may want to drop out at the Pike Place Market and have lunch.

Walking Tour TWO: Start:  Seattle Sheraton, July 4, 1:30 PM.  Walk the streets of Seattle!

We’ll go by the Amazon Spheres, then through Belltown and down to the waterfront.  Enjoy spectacular panoramic views.  Next, ascend (stairs or elevator) to the Pike Place Market.  Explore the Market starting with the new addition, then return to the Sheraton.  2 miles; 1.5 – 2 hours. It takes me 1 hour 10 minutes.  From the roof of the Belltown International Conference Center you could almost touch the cruise ship docked there.


The following tour opportunities may be available “on your own” at “Circle Back to Seattle” 2018 Convention. Click on the link in the upper sections below to see a description of the tour and the link to that event website.

Around Town

Boeing Future of Flight  •  Museum of Flight •  Seattle City Tour •   Pike Place Market •  Seattle Streetcars  •  Seattle Underground Tour   •   Woodland Park Zoo  •  Seattle Japanese Garden


Alaska Cruise & Square Dancing  •  San Juan Island Whale-Watching Adventure   •  Tillicum Village Excursion  •  Argosy Cruises  •  Washington State Ferries  •  Ballard Chittenden Locks


Chihuly Garden and Glass  •  Museum of History & Industry  •  Seattle Art Museum  and Asian Art Museum  •  Coast Guard Museum Pier 36  •  Klondike Gold Rush Museum

Food and Drink

Taste Pike Place Market Tour  •  Theo Chocolate  •  Distillery Tour  •  Seattle Booze-n-Bites Tour  • Snoqualmie Falls and Winery Tour   •  Ste-Michelle Winery and Tasting Tour 

Seattle Center and Waterfront

Space Needle  •  Seattle Monorail and Seattle Center   •   Seattle Great Wheel  •   Seattle Aquarium


Alaska Cruise & Square Dancing

Ripple the Wave VII will depart on Sunday, July 8th (after the Fun Badge Tour) for a seven-day round trip cruise from Seattle via the Inside Passage with Square Dancing aboard the Emerald Princess.  Featured callers are Vic Ceder and Anne Uebelacker. Use the Ripple the Wave VII link above to view more information and book this cruise with our official Convention Travel Agent John G. Faulds 1-800-443-4644


Boeing Future of Flight [4 hours]

Take an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at large airliner manufacturing and the amazing face of future commercial aviation.  Round-trip transportation from our hotel if you book through:

Ride in comfort to Boeing’s massive factory in Everett, by volume the largest building in the world. From high above the factory floor you’ll view the assembly of Boeing’s wide-open body airplanes – the 747, 767, 777 and the technologically advanced 787 Dreamliner.

On the flight line, see airplanes being outfitted and painted for airline customers around the world. You may also see a Dreamlifter on the field, or a jumbo 747 cargo plane modified to transport the Dreamliner’s large parts from every corner of the world to Everett for final assembly.


Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world! It is located at Boeing Field with over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, dozens of exhibits and experiences and a world-class library, the Museum and its people bring mankind’s incredible history of flight to life.


San Juan Island Whale-Watching Adventure [3 hours]

See Wild Whales! Your guides are known for providing high quality, small group whale watching & wildlife tours from San Juan Island, just 80 miles north of Seattle.  San Juan Island is considered the best place to view Orca whales because salmon, the Orcas’ prime source of food, travel up and down the west coast of the island.

The boat is a new, fast 55-foot vessel with a large windowed cabin – warm and comfortable with a walk-around deck. Its faster speed gives greater range and more whale sightings. The success rate for whale sightings is over 95%.

Enjoy the thrill of seeing one of the most impressive animals on the planet – the orca whale.


Seattle City Tour  [3 hours]

Get an up-close and personal introduction to the wonders of the Emerald City the way it is meant to be experienced! That’s why you will have plenty of time to do just that. This tour will allow multiple stops where you can get off the bus and experience the city first hand. You will be shown the big sights, such as the Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and Pioneer Square, as well as the diverse neighborhoods that give Seattle so much character – Fremont, Queen Anne, Ballard, Chinatown and more.

You’ll love Seattle’s charming shops and distinctive neighborhood eateries. And if you like coffee (Seattle’s most famous drink), you’re in luck – there’s a coffee shop on almost every street. By the end of the day, you’ll know Seattle like a native – its history, its legends, its many fascinating sights and all the best places for food, shopping and entertainment.


Pike Place Market

Welcome to Seattle’s Public Market, our epicenter of fresh produce, specialty foods and independent businesses. Established in 1907 to connect citizens and farmers, the Market continues its “Meet the Producer” tradition with a year-round farmers market, owner-operated bakeries, fish markets, butcher shops, produce stands and specialty food stores. Within the nine-acre historic district you’ll discover dozens of farmers, a bustling crafts market, and more than 200 unique owner-operated shops. There are more than 80 restaurants to tempt you, from take-out counters specializing in donuts to fine dining establishments. Bring your appetite and enjoy exploring Pike Place Market.


Taste Pike Place Market Tour  [2 ½ hours]

The small group Taste Pike Place Market Tour in Seattle is an intimate guided food tour of the back alleys, narrow corridors and tiny storefronts of Seattle’s world-famous Pike Place Market.

With 8+ tastings that add up to a light lunch, you’ll experience the best that the market has to offer while a friendly local guide shares entertaining stories of the market’s checkered history, its legendary characters and one-of-a-kind small businesses with you.


Chihuly Garden and Glass

Located at Seattle Center at the base of the Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass offers the most comprehensive selection of Dale Chihuly’s work. Admission includes access to Exhibition Galleries, Glasshouse, Garden and Collections Bistro.


Argosy Cruises

Sightseeing Tours in and around Seattle.  Including Harbor Cruise, Locks Cruise, Lake Union Cruise, Lake Washington Cruise and Tillicum Excursion.  Length of time varies based on cruise route or destination.

Tillicum Village Excursion

A 4-hour vacation just outside the city!  Cruise to nearby Blake Island State Park to explore the 475-acre island which lies north of Vashon Island and south of Bainbridge Island. Eat a Northwest flavors-inspired buffet meal featuring traditionally-prepared alder fire roasted fish and experience a Northwest Native American dancing and storytelling show. Don’t forget your camera because the peek-a-boo views of Seattle and of Mount Rainier from the island are spectacular!


Space Needle

After short Monorail ride from downtown, it’s hard to take Seattle for granted when you see it from 520 feet on our Observation Deck. Trace the outlines of the Cascades against the misty horizon. Instagram Mt. Rainier. Track ferries and boats as they cruise through Elliott Bay. Listen to the distant hum of people, cars, trains, buses, and bikers bustling around Downtown Seattle. It’s all up here, ready and waiting to be seen.


Seattle Monorail and Seattle Center

Seattle Center Monorail is the nation’s first full-scale commercial monorail system and a beloved Seattle landmark. The Monorail provides a fun, quick, and convenient link between downtown Seattle and Seattle Center, home to the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Pop Culture, KeyArena, The Children’s Museum, and a host of theatrical and cultural experiences.


Seattle Streetcar

South Lake Union Line (S.L.U.T.)

The South Lake Union Trolley, open for service since 2007, is the first segment of the Seattle Streetcar. The line connects the fast-growing South Lake Union neighborhood to Seattle’s vibrant downtown core, consisting of 1.3 miles, seven stops, and full of shops and restaurants as well as Lake Union’s 12-acre waterfront park. The South Lake Union line also conveniently connects to other public transit systems such as Link light rail, Monorail, and Metro Transit.

First Hill Line

The First Hill line of the Seattle Streetcar connects the diverse and vibrant residential neighborhoods and business districts of Capitol Hill, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, Central Area, Chinatown-International District, and Pioneer Square. It also serves major medical centers, local colleges and universities, and athletic event venues.


Coast Guard Museum Pier 36

The exhibits on display include thousands of Coast Guard related items: Uniforms, Ship’s wheels ship models, portions of historic vessels, and the largest public display of Coast Guard patches.


Klondike Gold Rush Museum

The Seattle unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Pioneer Square, preserves the story of the stampede to the Yukon gold fields and Seattle’s crucial role in this event. The headlines of a Seattle newspaper on July 17, 1897, Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold! ignited dreams of easy riches in the minds of thousands with word of a rich gold strike in northwestern Canada.  It is the smallest park in the National Park System.


Distillery Tour  [2 1/2hours]

If you’re looking for a taste of excitement, then this Seattle distillery tour is the one to choose. Ride in comfort to three amazing Seattle distilleries and learn all about the fascinating process behind the world’s favorites spirits. Taste the best whiskey, gin, and vodka the Seattle area has to offer.

Now that distilling is legal in the state of Washington, more than 70 new distilleries have popped up in the last few years, each with its own unique spirits to share with the public. On this unique Pacific Northwest tour, you can explore three of Seattle’s premier distilleries. While there, you’ll be given the full VIP treatment as you tour the facilities where all the action takes place. Learn all about the distilling process from the experts who make it happen. Try samples of the region’s best whiskey, gin, and vodka. These craft spirits are sure to leave an impression. Luckily, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride to and from each distillery as your friendly driver leads the way.

This fascinating Seattle tour delivers a unique experience for anyone interested in the world of craft spirits. Now that the local experts have brought their moonshine stills down from the Cascade Mountains, you can tour three of the area’s most unique distilleries and try a taste of your favorite drinks.


Seattle Booze-n-Bites Tour  [2 hours]

See what the buzz is all about! Join us on a progressive jaunt through five of Seattle’s best bars and locals’ secret hang outs. Including appetizers and tasty cocktails, this is a roving Happy Hour with like-minded, laid back friends.

Learn about Seattle’s cocktail history and how tastes have changed over the years. Walk on the cobblestone road of the Pike Place Market as you make your way to the next tasty location. Cut loose, mix n’ mingle, and enjoy tasty finger foods paired with serious drinks.

Enjoy a relaxed pace and the comfort of sitting down at nearly every stop of this restaurant-focused evening tour.

Highlights Include:

  • 5 cocktails – including a Montana Mule and a spun sugar drink
  • Visit a bar that was once a speakeasy and brothel
  • Learn about the local man who shaped Seattle’s cocktail scene and became America’s best bartender
  • Understand how alcohol influenced Seattle’s early history and how the police handled Prohibition


Snoqualmie Falls and Winery Tour  [6 hours]

Visit Washington’s award-winning estate-wineries.  This comfortable tour will take you over Lake Washington on Seattle’s famous Evergreen Pt. Bridge, the world’s second longest floating bridge, to Woodinville, home to dozens of Washington State’s 700+ premium wineries.

You will visit an independent family run winery as well as the beloved world-class Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. You will enjoy tastings at the Chateau as well as at least one other award- winning winery.

After lunch (not included) and a sightseeing drive, you will take in one of Washington’s most visited sights at Snoqualmie Falls, a waterfall of 270 feet. You’ll also enjoy a stop at Boehm’s Chocolates in Issaquah for tasty samplings of fine chocolates, with time to make memento purchases, before returning to Seattle.


Seattle Underground Tour

It’s the only way to tour the interconnecting tunnels of the world-famous Seattle Underground.  It includes a humorous stroll through intriguing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889.  The 75-minute guided walking tour begins beneath Doc Maynard’s Public House, then spills into historic Pioneer Square, Seattle’s birthplace, before plunging underground for an exclusive, time-capsule view of the buried city.


Seattle Great Wheel

Take a ride on the iconic Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57 on the waterfront and see the city of Seattle like never before. Each gondola can fit 8 people and provide an amazing ride that lights up the sky at night.


Seattle Aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium on the waterfront is the ninth largest aquarium in the U.S. by attendance. Since our opening, they’ve hosted over 22 million visitors and provided marine conservation education to over 1.6 million school children.


Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

Take the S.L.U.T. to South Lake Union and rediscover history and get immersed in the lives and stories that made the Pacific Northwest the unique place it is today.  MOHAI tells Seattle’s story through exhibitions and interactives. True Northwest: The Seattle Journey examines the trials and successes of Seattle’s colorful, sometimes bumpy trek from wilderness to world city. The Bezos Center for Innovation investigates Seattle’s role as a nexus of big ideas and new directions.

MOHAI is respected nationally and treasured locally as a dynamic, innovative museum where historical exploration inspires people to create a better future for themselves and their communities.


Woodland Park Zoo

More than 1 million people visit Woodland Park Zoo each year. Nationally award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is a 92-acre zoological garden dedicated to the conservation of wildlife. Featuring more than 1,000 animals representing nearly 300 species from around the world, a visit to Woodland Park Zoo will make your day and a difference.


Theo Chocolate

You will learn about the amazing transformation of the cocoa fruit into what we know and love as chocolate! We also touch on the social and environmental issues related to cocoa and cocoa farmers. Best of all, you’ll get to try our amazing products! The first half hour of the tour is seated, while the second half hour is a guided walking tour through our facilities where you’ll see where we make chocolate from bean to bar.


Mount Rainier Tour  [10-12 hours]

Enjoy a full fun-filled day at Mount Rainier National Park.

Heading south from Seattle, you’ll enter through the Nisqually park entrance and continue up the scenic, winding road to the new Paradise Jackson Visitor Center at an elevation of 5,400 feet.

Mt. Rainier will delight you with its vast expanses of pristine old-growth evergreen forests, gorgeous subalpine flower meadows and spectacular alpine vistas. Our nation’s fifth-oldest national park features magnificent rivers, mountain lakes, waterfalls and wildlife, and boasts the greatest single-peak glacial system in the United States. Glaciers radiate from the summit of the 14,411-foot dormant volcano, many of which are visible from your tour.

The seasons, weather, and elevation partially determine what you’ll see on your tour. Paradise is usually snow-free by July, with alpine flowers appearing shortly thereafter. Mount Rainier itself may be shrouded in clouds at any time of year.


Ste-Michelle Winery and Tasting Tour   

Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville is Washington state’s founding winery featuring award-winning wines and an unparalleled tasting experience at our historic chateau and grounds near Seattle.  Enhance your wine knowledge as you learn about our rich heritage, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of winemaking, and see what makes the Columbia Valley such a premier grape growing region.


Seattle Art Museum and Asian Art Museum

SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Visit SAM to see a museum carved into the city, as much a part of Seattle’s landscape and personality as the coffee, rain, mountains, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle.

Our three distinct locations (SAM Downtown-located just 4 blocks from our host hotel; the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park; and the Olympic Sculpture Park at the North end of the waterfront.) celebrate the region’s position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. Our collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries.


Washington State Ferries

Ride a ferry’ and see the sights all around Puget Sound and Elliot Bay.  Sailing schedules, fare rates, and destinations are listed. From its main terminal at Colman Dock on the waterfront, the Washington State Ferries operates the largest ferry system in the United States. Twenty-two ferries cross Puget Sound and its inland waterways, carrying more than 22 million passengers to 20 different ports of call. From Tacoma, Washington, to Sidney, British Columbia, we travel up and down the Sound, acting as a marine highway for commercial users, tourists and daily commuters alike.


Ballard Chittenden Locks

Construction of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks was completed in 1917 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Connecting the waters of Lake Washington, Lake Union, and Salmon Bay to the tidal waters of Puget Sound, the canal and locks allow recreational and commercial vessels to travel to the docks and warehouses of Seattle’s busy fresh water harbor. The complex of locks is located in the middle of Salmon Bay and are part of Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship Canal. They are known locally as the Ballard Locks after the neighborhood to their north.


Seattle Japanese Garden

Seattle Japanese Garden is 3.5-acre urban sanctuary in the Arboretum. Winding paths and benches invite you to view the garden slowly and mindfully, in all of its detail – stones, water, lanterns, bridges, buildings, plants and animals. Seasonal changes are constant, and every visit refreshingly unique. Located near the Madison Park neighborhood of the City of Seattle, the garden is accessible by car or bus.



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