Seattle’s Summer To-Do List

“How was the weather?” Every summer when I visit my family in Seattle, I'm asked this same question when I return to the East Coast. I know what everyone really means is, “Did it rain the entire trip?” Seattle, it seems, just can’t shake its rainy reputation. If you haven’t visited Seattle in the summer, you might be surprised to know that from June through September Seattle shines -- literally, as summer months are its dry season with the threat of rain much less prevalent. The Emerald City is an outdoorsy town no matter the weather, but if it’s summer and the sun is out in Seattle, so is everyone that lives here.

Take it from the locals and take advantage of the fleeting sunshine in Seattle with these things to do outdoors in the summer:

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1. Paddle Along Puget Sound.

From Puget Sound to Lake Washington to Elliott Bay to Green Lake, there’s no shortage of bodies of water in Seattle. So forget about touring Seattle on foot -- explore the city on water via stand-up paddle board (SUP). With a higher vantage point than a kayak, a SUP board will let you take in the city's best views and unique houseboats that line the coastline. You’ll get a different perspective of the city and an abdominal workout as you paddle along the Puget Sound with Surf Ballard’s 2-hour paddle tour.
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2. Dine on the Edge.

You’ll feel like you’re practically floating on Elliott Bay at The Edgewater Hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Six Seven’s waterfront patio. Incredible views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains as well as classic Pacific Northwest cuisine – cedar plank salmon and jumbo Dungeness crab and shrimp cake, I still dream of you -- aren’t the only things this stylish boutique hotel and restaurant are known for. Since it opened in 1962, the hotel has been famous for having rock ‘n’ roll legends as guests such as Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones. The hotel’s link to music icons began when The Beatles stayed here during their first world tour in 1964. The iconic photo of The Beatles fishing from their hotel room window and the Beatles Suite commemorates the visit forever.

3. Go Whale Watching.

The best time to spot the majestic orca whale pods on the Pacific Northwest is mid-April through September. You can find a number of boat charters that leave from downtown Seattle for half-day and full-day excursions that will take you to the area around San Juan Islands -- the best spot to see the killer whales. Orcas aren’t the only wildlife you’ll see: look out for porpoises, seals and bald eagles, too.

About the Author

Kathleen Rellihan is a digital producer, writer and editor for A Washington, DC, resident, Kathleen's love for adventure travel has inspired her to go dog sledding in Quebec, search for the northern lights in Iceland, learn to surf in Costa Rica and give elephants a bath in Thailand. Kathleen’s next adventure is volunteering as an English teacher in Haiti. Follow Kathleen on Twitter @k_rellihan.

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