FROM LAKE WASHINGTON TO ELLIOTT BAY
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A floatplane is the perfect way to see all the different ways in which Seattle is a city on the water. In fact, 41 percent of the city’s total area IS water.
This flightseeing tour starts at Kenmore Air Harbor on the north shore of Lake Washington. From there, you’ll head south to the University of Washington and its lakeside stadium and then on over to the Puget Sound to see Shilshole Bay and Discovery Point.
Your flight adventure includes music and narrated highlights about Seattle before returning to the Kenmore/Lake Washington Seaplane Terminal.
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. There are three floating bridges that cross Lake Washington, separating Seattle on the west from the Eastside communities like Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland.
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.