Whales, Planes and Flying Fish; Seattle’s Got it All

Spotting Orca whales in the wild. Navigating class-5 rapids. Hiking Skyscraper Pass on Mount Rainier.

The Emerald City – Seattle, not OZ – was recently named one of TripAdvisor’s top 10 U.S. travel destinations, offering vibrant metropolitan culture and amazing outdoor recreation.

Verizon Wireless customers traveling to Seattle can rest easy knowing their phones, fitness trackers and other connected devices will run on the top performing mobile network in the city, according to a June RootMetrics Report.

Seattle is a boating paradise made up of freshwater lakes, white water rivers, and saltwater Puget Sound, a large inland waterway extending to Canada and the Pacific Ocean. Tourists will find numerous whale watching, sight-seeing and adventure activities on the water. Back on land, if you’re planning a hike around 14,410-foot Mount Rainier, wear some technology to track your progress like the Jawbone UP. This device tracks your steps, distance and calories burned.

Don’t forget to pack the Belkin Slim-Fit Armband as you go on other outdoor excursions. From bike rides on Alki Beach or around Green Lake to kayak tours on Lake Washington, the armband will help keep your hands free and your smartphone connected during any activity.

Browsing at the world-famous Pike Place Market downtown? You can use the PayByPhone Parking app at any city parking meter from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. That way, if you visit the Space Needle, ride the elevator 520 feet up, then dine at the revolving SkyCity Restaurant, you can easily extend your parking meter time remotely from your mobile phone.

The free transit app OneBusAway can help you navigate public transportation anywhere in the city. The popular app, created by two University of Washington graduates, provides access to real-time arrival information for public transit. Consult this app for the quickest transit route to your next tourist destination, from the Museum of Flight to the Experience Music Project and CenturyLink Field, home of the 2014 Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

Additionally, consult the Seattle City Guide app and the Top 25: Seattle app. The City of Seattle website also lists helpful apps for when you are mapping out your Seattle travel guide.

There are many ways to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest through the use of mobile technology. No matter where you go for your next summer getaway, consider your smartphone the best, most accessible source of information.