Getting on/off motorcoach; approximately 15 miles total; about 1/2 hour between stops. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; periods of standing for about 1 hour at field trip locations; mostly paved paths.
In the hotel restaurant, we’ll use vouchers to choose from a selection of plated dishes featuring eggs, breakfast meats and potatoes, pancakes and waffles, hot and cold cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and pastries, milk, juice, coffee, tea and water.
We’ll begin our morning by traveling via motorcoach to the Hiram Chittenden Locks for a docent-led field trip. Known locally as the Ballard Locks after the neighborhood to their north, they are a complex of locks that sit in the middle of Salmon Bay, part of Seattle's Lake Washington Ship Canal. The locks and associated facilities serve three purposes: to maintain the water level of the fresh water Lake Washington and Lake Union; to prevent the mixing of sea water from Puget Sound with the fresh water of the lakes (saltwater intrusion); to move boats from the water level of the lakes to the water level of Puget Sound, and vice versa.
At a local restaurant on the Seattle waterfront, we’ll enjoy a special plated seafood lunch with soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Aboard the motorcoach with our group leader, our city exploration will continue to points of historical and cultural interest, including the Museum of History and Industry. MOHAI has grown to become the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington. Its engaging exhibits and programs, collection of nearly 4 million historic artifacts, archives and photographs, and its award-winning educational programs have aimed to enhance an appreciation for the Northwest's diverse cultural, social and economic history. In 2013, MOHAI reopened in its new location on Lake Union, in the heart of Seattle. MOHAI is accredited by The Alliance of American Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliate.
At a nearby local Mediterranean-inspired restaurant approx. 1 block from the hotel, our meal served family-style will feature delicious entrees, sides, vegetables and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
At the restaurant, an expert on Seattle’s history will give a presentation on an interesting aspect of Pacific Northwest history. We’ll then return to the hotel.