United States Articles & Reviews
Touring the Pacific Northwest
Washington State Ferry
The country's largest ferry system would have to be in a city surrounded by water. With twenty terminals, eight routes and over 15 million passengers a year, Washington State Ferries are both practical and fun. If you're considering hopping over to Bainbridge, Bremerton, Mercer or any of Seattle's interesting islands, a peaceful ferry ride is a far cry from sitting on a bridge in traffic.
tel:+1 206 464 6400 / +1 206 515 3400
Eagle Island Tours
Through tours to Eagle Island, visitors are able to explore the summer home of famed arctic explorer and Portland native Robert E. Peary, who claimed in 1909 to be the first person to reach the North Pole. (His accomplishments continue to be the cause of lengthy debates among arctic scholars). In 1904, Peary built a simple home on a remote, 17-acre island at the edge of Casco Bay; in 1912, he added flourishes in the form of two low stone towers. Following his death in 1920, his family kept up the home; they later donated it to the state and it became a state park. The home is open to the public, maintained much as it was when Peary lived here. Eagle Tours takes one trip daily from Portland. The 4-hour excursion includes a 1 1/2-hour stopover on the island.
Seattle Center Monorail
The trip is brief, but the view and convenience can't be beat. The first monorail in the country links the Seattle Center (and Space Needle) to Westlake Center in the heart of downtown Seattle. The monorail is $2 to ride and runs every 10 minutes from both stations between 9:00am and 11:00pm, seven days a week.
tel:+1 206 905 2620
Casco Bay Lines