Maybe it’s because growing up in Boston having a city on the water is just a way of life, it’s easy to spend afternoons gazing out from the harbor, and the summers out sailing.
For me, one of my favorite ways to really enjoy a city is to get outside of it, and view it from the water. It holds true anywhere I go, especially in the US, when I get to a city that is on the water, I find a ferry or boat to get on, ASAP.
So, when I got to Seattle, the first thing I did was rush past Starbucks, the fish market, the hot spots from Grey’s Anatomy, and went right to the water on a local Seattle ferry.
Most cities are going to have a boat tour you can pay to go on. Generally they will be about an hour or so, and give you a pretty good view of the city.
If you are looking for to save some cash look into public transport, a lot of cities will have ferry systems that are pretty cheap, just a few bucks. Granted, you might not get the best view lines, but you will be able to enjoy some time out on the water having a nice view.
There are couple of reasons why I do this, the first, is simple, I love being out on the water. So, I’ll take it wherever and whenever I can. But, beyond that it helps you to really establish the lay of the land.
I am notoriously directionally challenged, so by getting a view of Seattle from the water first, I was able to have a much better sense of where I was going once I was back in the city.
Plus, can’t hurt to get some views like this, right?