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With scenic flight options for Lake Union, Lake Washington, the San Juan Islands and Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, Kenmore Air provides a scenic experience like no other! These uniquely Northwest views as well as up close and personal vantage points unavailable from the ground provide you experiences you will remember forever.
You’ll take off from our terminal in South Lake Union, one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the city with tech companies like Amazon and Google providing the horsepower for that growth. The lake sits at the heart of Seattle, serving as a reference point for four distinct neighborhoods. Seattle Center is located just to the southwest while Gas Works Park sits on the north shore at the site of the old Seattle Gas Light Company.
The Space Needle is a landmark that was constructed for the 1962 World’s Fair, which was held in Seattle. At 605 feet from ground to tip, it was the country’s tallest structure west of the Mississippi when completed. The observation deck is located 520 feet off the ground, and offers a panorama view of the city skyline, the Olympic mountains to the west, the Cascades to the East as well as Elliott Bay and the Puget Sound. It takes the elevator 41 seconds to go from the base of the needle to the top.
Standing at a staggering 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the Pacific Northwest’s reigning giant. It dwarfs its fellow Cascade Range peaks by more than 10,000 feet. Home to more than 36-square-miles of glaciers, Mount Rainier hasn’t had a major eruption in nearly 1,000 years. But don’t let the tranquil hillsides fool you. Scientists affirm this giant is still very much alive.
Mount St. Helens is smaller in stature. It tops out at 8,363 feet. But what it lacks in height, it has more than made up for inactivity. May 18, 1980 – its massive eruption became the biggest in modern history. Its plume rose 15 miles high and the mudflow created from its collapsed dome stretched to the Columbia River. Today, the ecosystem on the hauntingly beautiful slopes thrives as old-growth forests once again take root and wildflowers bloom.
Witnessing these two volcanoes is a quintessential Pacific Northwest moment. And, there’s no better view than from a Cessna Caravan.
An archipelago is the fancy way to refer to a group of islands, and the San Juans are composed of 172 different named islands and reefs that sit between Anacortes, Wash., and Vancouver Island, which is part of British Columbia. All told, there are 408 miles of shoreline on the islands, the most of any single in the United States. Our scenic tour will provide an incredible perspective, allowing you to see exactly why Orcas Island is known for hiking (it’s the hilliest) while Lopez is best for biking (it’s the flattest). You’ll find four lighthouses located on the San Juan Islands, but not a single stoplight.
Four of the islands in the archipelago are accessible by ferry, but our scenic tour will give you a glimpse of the entire region, which sits at the intersection of three different waterways. The Strait of Georgia is to the North, the Strait of Juan de Fuca is located to the West with the Puget Sound located to the south. The collective region is known as the Salish Sea. The islands were first charted in 1791 by a Spanish explorer, however, the fossil evidence shows that hunting was occurring on the islands more than 6,000 years ago. The islands are also home to three different orca pods who live in the Salish Sea region with more than 80 in the local population.
You’ll start at Kenmore Air Harbor on the northern tip of what is the second-largest lake in the state. This is where Kenmore Air started in 1946 with three friends from high school working on a single floatplane in a garage on the site of an old shingle mill. From there you’ll head South to Seattle, taking in the iconic sites of the Space Needle, the floating houses along Lake Union, and Husky Stadium.
To your West, you’ll fly over Fisherman’s Terminal in Ballard, and over the famous locks, connecting Lake Washington and Lake Union to the Puget Sound. On a clear day, enjoy fantastic views of Mt Rainier to the South and Mt Baker to the North. The best way to experience the Pacific Northwest is from a Kenmore Air floatplane. Book your adventure today!
Hop aboard our newest scenic flight tour! In partnership with the Puyallup Tribe, we proudly showcase the rich cultural heritage and deep connection to the land that this Native American community has nurtured for centuries. This 30-minute narrated flight adventure around the South Sound and Tacoma area will highlight a variety of landmarks set against the stunning backdrop of Mt. Rainier!
The Puyallup Tribe and Kenmore Air are partnering to bring seaplane operations to South Puget Sound.