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Get to Know Seattle with these Awesome Experiences

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By , October 7, 2015 10:34 am

Seattle is an outdoor lover’s retreat, a foodie’s dream, and a sightseer’s paradise. Although the city has a reputation for rainy days, the weather doesn’t get locals down because there’s so much to do at all times of year.

Whether you’re visiting Seattle for the first time, are just passing through, or are reuniting with old friends, there are some experiences that define a perfect stay in Seattle. These are some of our favorite local experiences to get to know the city in new and exciting ways.

Funky Fremont Experience

Fremont is an eclectic neighborhood in Seattle that’s worth a visit, no matter how many times you’ve been to the city. Take a Sunday morning stroll on our Funky Fremont Experience to learn about all the hot spots and take in the local culture. On this tour, you’ll get to see the Lenin statue, Theo Chocolate, and the infamous Fremont Troll. You’ll end your off-the-beaten track walk after about two hours at the Fremont Sunday Market. This tour operates year-around, regardless of the weather.

Photo credit: Roshan Vyas via Flickr

Photo credit: Roshan Vyas via Flickr

Seattle Boeing Factory Tour

Seattle is also known for being the home to the Boeing aircraft factory, so why not take a tour and learn more about its fascinating history and technology? The Boeing factory tour lasts about 1.5 hours and introduces you to 747, 767, and 777 planes that are flown around the world. Expect to spend a few hours at the factory, and this tour operates year-around as well.

Capitol Hill Food Tour

Another neighborhood worth checking out in Seattle is Capitol Hill, which is a favorite among foodies. Take a Capitol Hill Food Tour to sample the goods from some of the area’s best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and cafes. You’ll get at least 15 food tastings, including delicious local favorites like pork belly mac ‘n’ cheese and spicy Korean-style tacos. This tour runs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3 pm and lasts about two hours.

Seattle Craft Distillery Tour

Seattle also has a buzzing craft brewery and spirit scene, which you can learn all about on a Seattle Craft Distillery Tour.  Hop in a luxury Mercedes-Benz to visit three local craft distilleries in the area and learn about the process of distilling gin, vodka, and whiskey. You’ll get to sample over a dozen locally-produced liquors and a couple craft cocktails too. This is a great way to kick off happy hour in Seattle, starting at 3:30 pm Wednesdays through Sundays.

Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery

The Seattle area also produces some top-notch wines, and you don’t have to travel far to find them. Sign up for a Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery Tour for tastings at the Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia wineries. This is an ideal tasting tour for nature lovers because you’ll get to see the Cascade foothills, ranches and farms, scenic winding roads, Mount Si, and the Snoqualmie Falls. This experience lasts about six hours and operates year-around.

Photo credit: Blake Stearman via Flickr

Photo credit: Blake Stearman via Flickr

Yakima River Floats

To spend even more time in nature, join one of the Yakima River Floats, which offers breathtaking views of the Rattlesnake Hills, rock canyon walls, and the desert terrain of the Pacific Northwest. You can hop out for a swim near the Smiley Face cliffs too. This experience is family-friendly and only has an occasional Class 2 rapid. Visit Seattle between April and October to try out this float!

Beyond the Weird Stereotypes: This is the Real Portland

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By , November 20, 2013 6:45 pm

The city of Portland has developed a long-running reputation for its progressive politics, environmental activists, starving artists, bike enthusiasts, and vegan diners. These liberal and artsy stereotypes were further solidified with the release of the Independent Film Channel’s 2011 satirical sketch comedy series, “Portlandia.”

Whether you’ve been a loyal local for years or if you’re a total Portland newbie, there’s always something new to see and do around town. Now’s the time to shake your preconceived notions about the city and organized tour groups. At FunSherpa, we’re connected to all the hottest tours to help you discover Portland for the first time and continue rediscovering everything you love about the city. Here are a few of the Portland tours that we’re excited about right now:

Bike Tours

Bikes are a huge part of Portland’s culture, so it should come as no surprise that biking is one of the best ways to experience the city. Hit the highlights of the city and you breeze past historic Old Town, the Waterfront Esplanade, Green Park Block, the Pearl District, and more. Most bike tours last a couple hours and ride along exquisitely-maintained bike paths with scenic skyline vistas.

portland bike

Food Tours

Portland is a foodie’s paradise! Sample the city’s finest food and drinks, as you take a leisurely 8 to 10 block stroll around the city. Food tours generally last 3 ½ to 4 hours, and include samples of everything from martinis to chocolate truffles and olive oil. Get the insider’s scoop about local events, cultural traditions, and historical anecdotes from your tour guide along the way.

Underground Tours

Uncover the mystery and scandal for yourself inside Portland’s Shanghai Tunnels. Portland Underground tours take you below the streets to walk the unique network of passages that once aided slave trade, prohibition liquor trades, and illegal labor schemes. These 1 ½ hour tours are run by the experienced cascade Geographical Society and provide a unique glimpse into Portland’s dark and checkered history.

Waterfall Tours

Head over to the Horsetail Falls trail head to experience some of Portland’s most scenic natural beauty. Waterfall tours are usually scheduled for 3-4 hours on Monday mornings, and they follow an easy two-mile round-trip hike. You’ll begin your adventure inside the lush, green forest and make your way to the secluded Ponytail Falls, where you can walk behind the waterfall and feel the refreshing mist on your skin.

ponytail falls

If you have a little more time, interest, and cash on hand, you should definitely check out our 7-day Porltand Tour Experience as well. Venture outside the city limits and come face-to-face with the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Hood, Multnomah Falls, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Lewis and Clark National Scenic Area. You won’t just veer off the beaten path, you’ll uncover everything you never knew you didn’t know about the Pacific Northwest! So open your mind, try something new, and experience what Portland is truly all about.

Photo credit: Paul Ottaviano, Terry Chay via Flickr

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