SPONSORED — There’s nothing quite like a beautiful summer day in the Pacific Northwest, but when the days grow shorter and the weather gets nippy, there’s still plenty to see and do in Seattle. In fact, with fewer crowds and plenty of autumn-inspired festivals, events and activities, the coming months might be the best time of the year to experience this neck of the woods.
Have a whale of a time
… literally. If you thought whale watching was exclusively a summer activity, think again. The Pacific Northwest provides the optimal backdrop for viewing some of nature’s most beautiful and amazing creatures. Through the fall, you’ll have the opportunity to sneak a peek at orcas, humpbacks and maybe even a gray whale or two. Puget Sound Express runs whale-watching tours through the end of the year, with boats leaving from Seattle and Port Townsend. Don’t let the season keep you from experiencing the amazing wildlife this area has to offer; visit Puget Sound Express for schedules and pricing.
Experience Fremont’s Oktoberfest
If you can’t make it to Munich this year, there’s no reason to cry into your stein. Now in its 21st year, Seattle’s largest Oktoberfest celebration will have you thinking you’re in the heart of Bavaria. This year’s festival, which runs Sept. 22–24, will feature more than 80 craft beers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, as well as several varieties of genuine German brews. Tickets range from $20 to $50 per day. Get more information or buy tickets online at Fremont Oktoberfest.
Get a taste of Seattle
If there’s one thing Seattle does well (aside from football), it’s food. And this autumn, you can experience all the tastings your palate can handle — and your tummy can hold — at Seattle’s Restaurant Week. This highly anticipated yearly event features more than 165 restaurants, and $33 gets you three courses at any of them. For the lighter eater, many restaurants also feature a three-course lunch menu for just $18. For more information, visit Seattle Restaurant Week online.
Check out Twin Peaks
Fall is the perfect time for spooky exploration, and around here, that wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Twin Peaks, the iconic location of the famous television show. With the show returning after 25 years, there’s no better time to experience all the mysteries hidden in those woods for yourself. The Twin Peaks Tour offers 29 possible locations to visit, including Laura and Donna’s picnic spot and a stop at Twede’s Café for cherry pie. For pricing and information, visit Twin Peaks Tour.
If you’ve ever taken a ghost tour in Seattle, you know some spooky stuff goes on in this town. Experience that heritage — with a little fun mixed in — with Spooked in Seattle. This haunting experience takes you through various historical locations, including the Pioneer Square Hotel, the Smith Tower and Merchant’s Café and Saloon — Seattle’s oldest restaurant. Get ready to hear true tales of ghostly happenings, and top it all off with a trip to Seattle’s famous “underground,” equipped with nothing but a flashlight. Your tour will be guided by a real paranormal expert and is the perfect way to celebrate the season — and the city.