Photo by Brent Champaco
Zip between downtown's Pier 50 and West Seattle—or over to Vashon Island—on these adorable catamarans. The routes crisscross Elliott Bay and reveal views of the city skyline, Space Needle, and the Olympic Mountains that can't be seen from anywhere else. Not only is this the cheapest way to cruise Puget Sound, these pedestrian-only boats don't charge extra for bikes (but leave Fido at home: Only service animals are permitted onboard). Riders on the m/v Sally Fox to Vashon can squeeze in a quick game of cribbage on the 22-minute crossing. The vessel's famous with commuters for its game boards and hotly contested tournaments.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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