Seattle cityscape with mountain in background.
Whale watching, sea kayaking and guided land tours are just some of the activities in the Northwest.
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Northwest United States

From Snowy Mountains to Vibrant Cities

While Alaska conjures images of frozen tundra, dogsled and the frostbite-inducing Iditarod run, most people tour Alaska during the more temperate summer months, arriving via cruise ships. Departing from Seattle, Washington or Vancouver, Canada, the ships cling close to the spectacular Pacific shoreline to provide stunning views of the snow-capped mountains and easy access to incredible shore excursions. Whale watching, sea kayaking and guided land tours are just some of the options.

If you board a ship from Seattle, you’ll want to book time to explore this fascinating seaside city. While the skyline is easily recognizable, thanks to the hit TV show Frasier, movie buffs will recognize Pike’s Place Market from Sleepless in Seattle. With or without cameras rolling, fabulous seafood, beautiful parks and a cutting edge music scene make Seattle a vibrant and eclectic city. For a magnificent view of The Emerald City, the distinctive Space Needle is open to visitors both day and night.

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Whether you tour the Northwest above or below the 49th parallel, you’ll want to return again and again.

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