Here Are Some Seattle Tours You Can Do In A Day

Seattle City Tours
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Seattle offers some of the most spectacular views that you will find anywhere. For this reason, a visit to Seattle is likely to encourage sightseeing. To get the most out of your sightseeing in the city, you will want to actively seek out sightseeing tours. There are plenty of sightseeing tours that will offer you unique views and experiences that can really help you get the most out of your trip. Below, we will be going over some sightseeing tours in the Seattle area.

Best Sightseeing Tours:

1. Underground History Tour

This is easily one of the top tours that you will be able to take in Seattle. This tour takes you on a 1-hour adventure where you will be able to experience Seattle’s first neighborhood. This tour is for those that really want to learn more about the history of the city and for those that enjoy learning about history in general. This tour makes it truly incredible to think about how far Seattle has come and how much it has grown since its inception. There is a reason it is often one of the highest-rated tours in the city as it really offers a unique experience you can’t find elsewhere.

2. Boeing Tour

This is another must-see when you visit Seattle. Seattle is well known for being the hub for the Boeing assembly plant which is home to some of the world’s most advanced planes and jets. Those that appreciate aviation would absolutely love this tour. The tour will take you throughout the entire aviation center where you can take photos and really see billions of dollars worth of plants and innovation in the aviation industry.

3. City Tour

Seattle itself is worth going to see. If you are interested in modern Seattle, you should think about hopping on one of the many available bus tours which will take you throughout the entire city. This tour will allow you to see some of the must-see sights that you would normally pass over and you will even be able to get a voice guide along the way. That way, you can learn about some of the places that you should see and some historical information about the places you are visiting throughout the tour. By taking a tour bus like a hop on and hop off bus, you will be able to take a lot of photos throughout the entire tour and really visit some of the essential places that you want to check out throughout the city.

4. Land And Boat Tour

If you have a family and are looking for some great fun and entertainment, you definitely want to consider a Seattle Duck boat. These tours are only about 90 minutes and the tour guide have a “quacky” style, telling jokes while giving a lot of interesting information about the city.

These unique Duck Boats as they are called, can travel on the road like a bus, but then also in the water like a boat. This is are reasonably priced and fun way to see the city of Seattle without breaking the bank.

5. Cruise

Another good option to consider would be a cruise tour. Seattle is easily accessible via water and you will be able to take a cruise to Victoria, British Columbia where you will be able to experience some beautiful sights. If you want to visit the beautiful town, you will be able to do so in under 3 hours. Taking this type of cruise is not only exciting but it can be a very relaxing trip and you will be able to experience a lot of excellent views along the way.

6. Walking Tour

Some might enjoy a little exercise with their tour. Taking a Seattle walking tour is always a good option for those that want to experience the city as a local would. There are even curated walking tour experiences that you could take which will take you to some of the finest places to check out in the city. That way, you will be able to have a curated experience by a professional tour guide in the area which can help you make the most of your trip. This type of tour can be very enjoyable especially if you are taking a food tour in the city.

7. Mount Rainier National Park

This is another option that you could consider if you want to take a nature tour. If you are someone that enjoys nature and being outdoors, this is one of the best options you have available in the Seattle area. For those that are interested in experiencing the best of Seattle, this is easily one of the best options that you could consider.

8. Snoqualmie Falls

This is another great option that you could consider when you are looking for things to do outdoors in and around the city. You will be able to experience one of the biggest waterfalls in the area and wander around in nature.

Overall, there are plenty of things that you can do and see in and around Seattle. Seattle offers a lot of unique experiences that you can partake in by taking a tour. If you are looking for some of the best tours, you should consider some of the options above. Depending on what kind of experience you are looking to have, you might enjoy one more than the other. If you want to find the best tours, you should look for reviews. Finding the tours with the best reviews will allow you to maximize your chances of having as good all-around experience. You should look to identify tours that you want to partake in based on the experience that you will get with it, what you enjoy doing, how much you are looking to spend, and the reviews that the tour has received on various review websites. If you want to make the most out of your trip to Seattle, a tour is a great investment to make.

The Heyburn Plan

An urban renewal agency is required to file with the local governing body, on or before March of each year, a report of its activities for the preceding calendar year, which shall include a complete financial statement setting forth its assets, liabilities, income and operating expense at the end of the calendar year. By virtue of certain amendments to  the fiscal year of an urban renewal agency has been established as October 1 through September 30. Consequently, any formal financial statement would be limited to a report through the end of the Agency’s fiscal year. Under the amendment an urban renewal agency is required to prepare certain audited financial statements as described in that section depending on the agency’s overall expenditures. Agencies with expenditures that do not exceed this amount have no audit requirements. Given these requirements, the Agency has not yet been required to prepare audited financial statements. The budgetary process, which the Agency completed on August resulted in a budget approval that depicts budgeted figures for Fiscal Year. A copy of the approved budget is attached as Exhibit 1 to this report.

The City Idea Group formally approved the Industrial Urban Project, through Ordinance Plan B. The ordinance became effective upon publication. Ordinance Plan B was amended by the City Idea Group to correct the description of the Industrial Urban Project in December,, and became effective upon publication on January. Since that approval, the Industrial Urban Agency has commenced with the implementation of the Plan.

AGENCY BOARD MEMBERS, OFFICERS, CONSULTANTS AND SUPPORT STAFF

Board members for calendar year  included Gary Carter, Sam Smith, Steve O’Harrington, and Dan Wiggins. Officers for the year were Gary Carter, Chairman and Ben Carnac Secretary/Treasurer. Osirus Scott of the law firm of Ellis and Dugan served as legal counsel and Manny Mayweather, Senior Consultant, provided urban renewal consulting services. The Agency also received support from Bob Hopen, City Superintendent and Amanda Later, City Clerk.

AGENCY ACTIVITIES

Much of the Agency’s activities in the fiscal year focused on approving the Plan. In addition, the Agency worked closely with the property owner and developer on the development of the Industrial Urban Project. The Agency has also examined on a preliminary basis the potential of a second project area. The City has provided funding in the total amount.

REVENUES

Tax Increment Revenue

The only source of Agency income is Tax Approximation Estimator generated within the urban renewal area and certain funds advanced by the city of Bern. Because of the provisions of the Local Development Plan and the ad valorem tax system, the Agency received no tax increment revenue. The Agency has relied on the advance from the City for operating funds.

EXPENDITURES

Leverage of Agency Dollars

An integral component of the Agency’s program is to develop outside funding sources to leverage Agency dollars for improvements within the urban renewal area. The Agency has commenced the process to coordinate with property owners and public entities in an effort to determine redevelopment opportunities.

Review and Approve Requests for Agency Funding of Projects

The Agency intends to seek, review and approve funding, where appropriate, for other projects that positively impact the urban renewal area and its residents.

OPERATING EXPENSES

The Agency has minimal operating expenses as it has no paid staff members, instead utilizing services from consultants during this time. Those expenses are shown on Exhibit 1 to this report.

ASSETS

The Agency’s Assets are comprised solely of cash accounts and property taxes receivable. The major portions of property taxes are received twice per year (end of January and end of July) with smaller amounts of delinquent taxes received during the course of the year.

LIABILITIES AND DEBT

The Agency’s liabilities consist only of current accounts payable and deferred revenue. The Agency’s only long-term debt is the obligation to repay the City for the funds advanced as described above. The Agency expects to enter into a reimbursement agreement for the public improvements in the Industrial Urban Project.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN AGENCY’S FINANCIAL POSITION

Except for the repayment of the City advance, the Agency continues to operate in a “pay-as-you-go” environment, committing only those funds to projects that can be funded out of current funds or projected tax increment revenues in a given fiscal year, though the Agency continues to consider how to better leverage Agency funds.