Bicycling on the waterfront
Seattle's waterfront on a clear summer day is a paradise for bicyclists -- and walkers -- but also for anyone sitting at a sidewalk cafe watching the people strolling and biking on the bay. You're never too far from a shop, a restaurant, a coffee shop or a bar or something to see or do. Have a beer or a coffee and watch the cruise ships or the local ferries come and go. If you're lucky, you just might get to see Mt. Rainier if the clouds perpetually surrounding its dome move away. Just down Alaskan Way a few blocks on the waterfront, visit the Seattle
Aquarium, where you can enjoy a close up look at the creatures who live in Puget Sound. The Aquarium, a marvelous aquatic education for any age, is a great place to spend time if it happens to drizzle a bit. Children always enjoy the "touching pond" where they can actually handle starfish, sea urchins and crabs while a docent explains how the marine animals live and eat in the water. Visit Ivar's Acres of Clams for the best seafood on the waterfront (Halibut Fish and Chips are my personal favorite) and don't forget to go check out the Egyptian mummy at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. To be close to everything, stay at the Marriott on Alaskan Way. There's something for everyone at any time of the year at the Seattle waterfront... and you can visit all within a few blocks and without having to park anything bigger than a bicycle.