Seattle is best seen from the water. So when you visit Seattle a great excursion is to take the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Enjoy a nice lunch off Clam Chowder at Ivar’s on the waterfront then catch one of the frequent ferries to Bainbridge. The fare is payable just one way (free on the way back).
Bainbridge Island has 53 miles of shoreline and is worth an overnite stay if you want to transport a car. When you arrive it is just a short walk up a hill to Winslow Way. This street has many charming shops and eateries. Try the Streamliner Diner for lunch or breakfast and spend the afternoon browsing the stacks at the Eagle Harbor Book Company.
Time your return for the sundown as the views on a clear day of Seattle and Mount Ranier are stunning. At the front of the boat passengers cram in for photos fro the 35 minute return trip.