Alki Peninsula (Seattle, WA)
The Alki Peninsula is one of the most interesting places to paddle near Seattle, according to Greg Whittaker, owner at Alki Kayak Tours. "While you're enjoying stellar views of the skyline, learning the industry of the Duwamish industrial area, curious seals and hunting sea lions emerge from the salt water," says Whittaker. "When you're rounding the head and going west towards the Alki Point Lighthouse, you'll see the snow-capped Olympic Mountain range and enter deep water where it's common to greet Dall's porpoise, grey whales, and resident orca pods." And with the freight and tugboat wakes enabling you to surf the shore break, you're almost guaranteed a wild ride — one that will likely become your new favorite escape from the Emerald City.