Taxi across Lake Union in an amphibious aircraft, then soar through the air and over the city. "Flightseeing" is the best way to take in the surrounding woods, waterways, and glittering skyscrapers—all cradled by two snowcapped mountain ranges. Kenmore Air runs 20-minute tours for prices that are unsurprisingly reasonable. Bank past the Space Needle, then over the Sleepless in Seattle houseboats and the lush University of Washington campus. Pilots often circle over the sports stadiums and the busy piers of Elliott Bay before landing back on the massive, glacially carved lake right in the city's heart. Feel like really splashing out? Charter a floatplane picnic trip to the spectacular San Juan Islands.
Seaplanes are an incredible way to travel--they're relatively cheap, very fast, and unburdened by all of the usual airport bureaucracy and security. They also offer a dramatic take-off from the center of a city, in this case Seattle.