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Great place to go for a lunch buffet.
If you are craving Indian Buffet for lunch, this is the place to go.
India House Restaurant & Bar
25410 104th Ave SE
Sightseeing
This is your gateway to downtown Seattle, the downtown sports stadiums, Pike Place Market, and many Seattle neighborhoods. You can purchase a ticket from a kiosk at the station and ride the light rail to and from your destination. We are 1 mile from the Angle Lake Light Rail Station.
Angle Lake Light Rail Station
2702 S 200th St
Be sure to take the factory tour when the factory is in production (check their website schedule first) to see the crew making things like truffles and chocolate bars. You get to sample a lot of tasty chocolates, and when you take the tour you get 10% off any purchases in the store.
Seattle Chocolate
1180 Andover Park W
Be sure to take the factory tour when the factory is in production (check their website schedule first) to see the crew making things like truffles and chocolate bars. You get to sample a lot of tasty chocolates, and when you take the tour you get 10% off any purchases in the store.
A short drive south to Boeing Field in Tukwila is the largest independent air and space museum in the world. Walk the aisle of JFK's Air Force One and climb aboard the West Coast's only Concorde. Revel in the history and heroics of WWI and WWII. Sit at the controls of the world's fastest jet. This vast space holds scores of aircraft, many suspended from the ceiling. One of these is the Gossamer Albatross II, the backup aircraft for the first human-powered flight across the English Channel. There’s a cockpit from a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and a de Havilland Comet, the world’s first jetliner. There’s also a Space Gallery with NASA and Russian hardware, while the Personal Courage Gallery chronicles the feats of WWI and WWII fighter pilots. Finally, the William E. Boeing Red Barn is the birthplace of the Boeing Airplane Company, dating to 1909 and relocated from South Lake Union in Seattle.
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The Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
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A short drive south to Boeing Field in Tukwila is the largest independent air and space museum in the world. Walk the aisle of JFK's Air Force One and climb aboard the West Coast's only Concorde. Revel in the history and heroics of WWI and WWII. Sit at the controls of the world's fastest jet. This vast space holds scores of aircraft, many suspended from the ceiling. One of these is the Gossamer Albatross II, the backup aircraft for the first human-powered flight across the English Channel. There’s a cockpit from a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and a de Havilland Comet, the world’s first jetliner. There’s also a Space Gallery with NASA and Russian hardware, while the Personal Courage Gallery chronicles the feats of WWI and WWII fighter pilots. Finally, the William E. Boeing Red Barn is the birthplace of the Boeing Airplane Company, dating to 1909 and relocated from South Lake Union in Seattle.
About a 5-10 minute walk from the house, Angle Lake Park is a great place to go for a picnic with views. Ducks, geese, eagles, herons and other water fowl frequent the lake. During the summer you might get to hear some music or see a play (free scheduled events). Be sure to take a stroll on the Angle Lake Park Trail, located by the boat ramp. At the very end of the short trail is Val's favorite spot, a huge tree that hangs into the water and usually has ducks and geese swimming among the branches with their babies (sheltered from the Eagles). Trees along the trail are labeled, and there are some signs with interesting history. You may see locals fishing off the dock and children swimming on the beach or playing on the water pad.
Angle Lake Park
19408 International Boulevard
About a 5-10 minute walk from the house, Angle Lake Park is a great place to go for a picnic with views. Ducks, geese, eagles, herons and other water fowl frequent the lake. During the summer you might get to hear some music or see a play (free scheduled events). Be sure to take a stroll on the Angle Lake Park Trail, located by the boat ramp. At the very end of the short trail is Val's favorite spot, a huge tree that hangs into the water and usually has ducks and geese swimming among the branches with their babies (sheltered from the Eagles). Trees along the trail are labeled, and there are some signs with interesting history. You may see locals fishing off the dock and children swimming on the beach or playing on the water pad.
This beautiful 20 acre garden is an urban oasis of hills and valleys, criss-crossed with streams and paths, ponds and waterfalls, rock outcroppings, and a stunning collection of plants, rich with flora and fauna. This unique urban refuge displays over 60 years of vision, effort and commitment by the Kubota family. Free to visit. I recommend the self-guided tour.
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Kubota Garden
9817 55th Avenue South
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This beautiful 20 acre garden is an urban oasis of hills and valleys, criss-crossed with streams and paths, ponds and waterfalls, rock outcroppings, and a stunning collection of plants, rich with flora and fauna. This unique urban refuge displays over 60 years of vision, effort and commitment by the Kubota family. Free to visit. I recommend the self-guided tour.
Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. As well as being the highest mountain in Washington State, it’s also the most prominent peak in the continental United States. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous USA, spawning five major rivers. Mount Rainier is a Decade Volcano, one of 16 around the world considered worthy of study because of their history of destructive eruptions and closeness to built-up areas. Many people enjoy the hike on the light Nisqually Vista Trail. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
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Mount Rainier National Park
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Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. As well as being the highest mountain in Washington State, it’s also the most prominent peak in the continental United States. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous USA, spawning five major rivers. Mount Rainier is a Decade Volcano, one of 16 around the world considered worthy of study because of their history of destructive eruptions and closeness to built-up areas. Many people enjoy the hike on the light Nisqually Vista Trail. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
Seattle Center is home for the Space Needle, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and a treasured Seattle icon. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle recently completed the most extensive renovation in its history. With two observation decks, the world’s only revolving glass floor and open-air glass benches, the landmark continues to symbolize the innovative and forward-thinking spirit of Seattle. A trip to Seattle isn't complete without a visit to the Space Needle. While you are at the Settle Center you can also see Dreaming In Color, Grass Blades, Neototems, the Bird Song Listening Station, and visit the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Children's Museum, Artists At Play, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Museum of Pop Culture, Pottery Northwest, and the Artists Cooperative Gallery.
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Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
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Seattle Center is home for the Space Needle, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and a treasured Seattle icon. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle recently completed the most extensive renovation in its history. With two observation decks, the world’s only revolving glass floor and open-air glass benches, the landmark continues to symbolize the innovative and forward-thinking spirit of Seattle. A trip to Seattle isn't complete without a visit to the Space Needle. While you are at the Settle Center you can also see Dreaming In Color, Grass Blades, Neototems, the Bird Song Listening Station, and visit the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Children's Museum, Artists At Play, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Museum of Pop Culture, Pottery Northwest, and the Artists Cooperative Gallery.
Over 50 horse-drawn vehicles and artifacts from the 19th century. If you have a AAA card, you get a discount.
Northwest Carriage Museum
314 Alder Street
Over 50 horse-drawn vehicles and artifacts from the 19th century. If you have a AAA card, you get a discount.
Great place to look around, shop and watch glass blowers in action. Closed on Mondays.
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Tacoma Glassblowing Studio
114 S 23rd St
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Great place to look around, shop and watch glass blowers in action. Closed on Mondays.
Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
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Mount Rainier National Park
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Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
This 140.9-acre park has fishing, hiking, swimming and more. You can take a hike by the lake and through the forest at this public park in the city of Kent.
Lake Fenwick Park
25828 Lake Fenwick Road
This 140.9-acre park has fishing, hiking, swimming and more. You can take a hike by the lake and through the forest at this public park in the city of Kent.
Waterworks Gardens is a public park managed by King County Parks. Complete with trails, art, native plants and wildlife this park winds visitors through a series of garden "rooms" of ponds, wetlands and marshes.
Waterworks Gardens
602 Oakesdale Avenue Southwest
Waterworks Gardens is a public park managed by King County Parks. Complete with trails, art, native plants and wildlife this park winds visitors through a series of garden "rooms" of ponds, wetlands and marshes.
The 30 acre woods known as the Walker Preserve in Normandy Park offers a level easy trail, plus optional steep and narrow side trails that lead down to two small creeks. The land is home to squirrels, pileated woodpeckers, owls, coyotes, rabbits, raccoons, and river otter. Multiple Eagle Scout projects, and ongoing volunteer work combine to keep this trail enjoyable.
Walker Preserve
The 30 acre woods known as the Walker Preserve in Normandy Park offers a level easy trail, plus optional steep and narrow side trails that lead down to two small creeks. The land is home to squirrels, pileated woodpeckers, owls, coyotes, rabbits, raccoons, and river otter. Multiple Eagle Scout projects, and ongoing volunteer work combine to keep this trail enjoyable.
Best known for the glass sculptures by artist Dale Chihuly, Tacoma attracts glass connoisseur’s from all over the world. Visit the Museum of Glass, an architectural marvel and iconic Tacoma landmark. Explore the large displays of Dale Chihuly’s glass art at the 500-foot long Bridge of Glass, which connects Washington State History Museum, the Museum of Glass and historic Union Station.
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Museum of Glass
1801 Dock St
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Best known for the glass sculptures by artist Dale Chihuly, Tacoma attracts glass connoisseur’s from all over the world. Visit the Museum of Glass, an architectural marvel and iconic Tacoma landmark. Explore the large displays of Dale Chihuly’s glass art at the 500-foot long Bridge of Glass, which connects Washington State History Museum, the Museum of Glass and historic Union Station.
Olympic National Park is a natural slice of paradise with some of the lushest flora and fauna in the region, over several vastly different ecosystems, containing some of the oldest woodland in the United States.. Explore everything from alpine meadows, glacier-capped mountains and wild Pacific beaches to old-growth forests. You could spend a lifetime exploring the terrific natural beauty of Olympic National Park. Some must-see natural sites are Hurricane Ridge and the Marymere Falls near Lake Crescent. From some of the best hiking, biking, climbing and skiing in the Pacific Northwest to a leisurely day indulging in natural hot springs and treatments, Olympic National Park has something for every day-tripper. The journey entails a ferry trip through the waterways of Puget Sound and then a meandering drive up to Hurricane Ridge (weather permitting) for astounding panoramas of the mountains.
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Olympic National Park
3002 Mt Angeles Rd
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Olympic National Park is a natural slice of paradise with some of the lushest flora and fauna in the region, over several vastly different ecosystems, containing some of the oldest woodland in the United States.. Explore everything from alpine meadows, glacier-capped mountains and wild Pacific beaches to old-growth forests. You could spend a lifetime exploring the terrific natural beauty of Olympic National Park. Some must-see natural sites are Hurricane Ridge and the Marymere Falls near Lake Crescent. From some of the best hiking, biking, climbing and skiing in the Pacific Northwest to a leisurely day indulging in natural hot springs and treatments, Olympic National Park has something for every day-tripper. The journey entails a ferry trip through the waterways of Puget Sound and then a meandering drive up to Hurricane Ridge (weather permitting) for astounding panoramas of the mountains.
Bellevue Arts Museum features a sculpture garden, craft and design exhibitions, and includes the KidsQuest Children’s Museum with interactive science, tech and art exhibitions. If you have time afterwards, the Downtown Park is worth a visit as is the Bellevue Botanic Gardens. Or you can go shopping at Bellevue Square, the largest shopping mall in the city. Bellevue also has an incredible selection of great dining options and culinary experiences.
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Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way Northeast
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Bellevue Arts Museum features a sculpture garden, craft and design exhibitions, and includes the KidsQuest Children’s Museum with interactive science, tech and art exhibitions. If you have time afterwards, the Downtown Park is worth a visit as is the Bellevue Botanic Gardens. Or you can go shopping at Bellevue Square, the largest shopping mall in the city. Bellevue also has an incredible selection of great dining options and culinary experiences.
A 2-hour drive from Seattle will take you to one of the most iconic landscapes in the region, the North Cascades National Park, a vast wilderness of rugged beauty. Characterized by conifer-clad peaks, lakes, forested valley’s, waterfalls and over 300 glaciers – more than any US park outside of Alaska. The park is also home to an abundance of wildlife including grizzly bears, lynx, moose, gray wolves, and more than 200 bird species. The North Cascades Highway will take you via scenic viewpoints to visit some of the best attractions like Ross Lake, Diablo Lake, or Thunder Creek Trail. There are plenty of hiking trails, picnic spots, boating, biking, and camping. There is also a popular skiing location near the park in Mount Baker Ski Area.
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North Cascades National Park
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A 2-hour drive from Seattle will take you to one of the most iconic landscapes in the region, the North Cascades National Park, a vast wilderness of rugged beauty. Characterized by conifer-clad peaks, lakes, forested valley’s, waterfalls and over 300 glaciers – more than any US park outside of Alaska. The park is also home to an abundance of wildlife including grizzly bears, lynx, moose, gray wolves, and more than 200 bird species. The North Cascades Highway will take you via scenic viewpoints to visit some of the best attractions like Ross Lake, Diablo Lake, or Thunder Creek Trail. There are plenty of hiking trails, picnic spots, boating, biking, and camping. There is also a popular skiing location near the park in Mount Baker Ski Area.
About 2 hours away, located to the south of Mount Rainier and inside the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, is Mount St. Helens, an unforgettable testament to the volcanic geography of Washington state. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument preserves the volcano and 110,000 acres of both devastated and undisturbed forests from the massive eruption in 1980 which spread volcanic ash over 22,000 square miles and scorched more than 200 miles of forest. There are a number of visitor centres where you can learn about the history of the volcano and subsequent eruptions. Other activities include lakes, caves and plenty of hiking trails including a hike through Ape Cave, a 2-mile long lava tube. There are driving routes that will show you the extent of the devastation of the 1980 eruption as well as different viewpoints of the volcano and even the possibility of a helicopter flight for a birdseye view over the only active volcano in the US.
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Mount Saint Helens
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About 2 hours away, located to the south of Mount Rainier and inside the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, is Mount St. Helens, an unforgettable testament to the volcanic geography of Washington state. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument preserves the volcano and 110,000 acres of both devastated and undisturbed forests from the massive eruption in 1980 which spread volcanic ash over 22,000 square miles and scorched more than 200 miles of forest. There are a number of visitor centres where you can learn about the history of the volcano and subsequent eruptions. Other activities include lakes, caves and plenty of hiking trails including a hike through Ape Cave, a 2-mile long lava tube. There are driving routes that will show you the extent of the devastation of the 1980 eruption as well as different viewpoints of the volcano and even the possibility of a helicopter flight for a birdseye view over the only active volcano in the US.
For the aviation enthusiast, the Future of Flight Aviation Center is a must-visit. About 45 minutes away, the aviation museum and education center offers an interesting insight into the history of the aviation industry. Boeing’s Seattle production facility opened up in Everett about half an hour north of downtown Seattle in the 1960s. The journey is worth every second, for the only publicly available tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in the whole of North America. No aircraft enthusiast should miss the sight of 747s, 767s, 777s and 787s on the assembly line. The plant’s employees work five-day weeks, which is worth bearing in mind because there’s less activity to be seen on weekends. The adventure begins at the Future of Flight Aviation Center, which is brimming with Boeing components and aircraft sections. There’s a cockpit from a 727 that you can sit in, while you can lay your hands on fuselage from the 707 and 787 Dreamliner. You can also inspect full-size models of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine from a 787 and a GE90 engine from a 777. The museum has loads of interactive features, like a station where you can digitally design your own aircraft, while the rooftop deck commands views over the factory and Paine Field airport. You’ll get a sneak peek into the latest aircraft technologies and flight models along with fun and fascinating interactive exhibits that will help you learn more about the aviation industry and its little known secrets. The aviation tour takes about four hours to complete. You can visit independently or take an all-inclusive tour from Seattle including entry, guide, and transportation.
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Boeing Future of Flight​ Museum​
8415 Paine Field Boulevard
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For the aviation enthusiast, the Future of Flight Aviation Center is a must-visit. About 45 minutes away, the aviation museum and education center offers an interesting insight into the history of the aviation industry. Boeing’s Seattle production facility opened up in Everett about half an hour north of downtown Seattle in the 1960s. The journey is worth every second, for the only publicly available tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in the whole of North America. No aircraft enthusiast should miss the sight of 747s, 767s, 777s and 787s on the assembly line. The plant’s employees work five-day weeks, which is worth bearing in mind because there’s less activity to be seen on weekends. The adventure begins at the Future of Flight Aviation Center, which is brimming with Boeing components and aircraft sections. There’s a cockpit from a 727 that you can sit in, while you can lay your hands on fuselage from the 707 and 787 Dreamliner. You can also inspect full-size models of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine from a 787 and a GE90 engine from a 777. The museum has loads of interactive features, like a station where you can digitally design your own aircraft, while the rooftop deck commands views over the factory and Paine Field airport. You’ll get a sneak peek into the latest aircraft technologies and flight models along with fun and fascinating interactive exhibits that will help you learn more about the aviation industry and its little known secrets. The aviation tour takes about four hours to complete. You can visit independently or take an all-inclusive tour from Seattle including entry, guide, and transportation.
Just 90 miles north of Seattle, the San Juan Islands are an archipelago of islands, islets and reefs between Puget Sound and Vancouver Island. There are 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan County that offer a temperate year round climate and a mellow island vibe world’s away from the city. The three main islands are San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez are the most populous with regular ferry access and offer the best array of dining and tourist activities. San Juan Island is distinguished by the lively seaside town of Friday Harbor and Lime Kiln Point State Park – an orca-whale lookout. Orcas Island is home to Moran State Park’s old-growth forest and Mt. Constitution. Lopez Island dubbed the “Friendly Island” lures visitors with its natural beauty and quality of life that has attracted an eclectic mix of year-round residents since the 1850’s. Shaw island is also accessible by ferry but offers limited camping and amenities. There is a wealth of activities on the San Juan Islands from whale watching, sea kayaking, hiking to wine tastings. https://www.viator.com/San-Juan-Islands/d30630-ttd?mcid=43010&awc=7038_1612885761_0f67353b452ae92128a059b8f833f6f2&aid=awinDEEPLINK_207397 There are several ways to reach the San Juan Islands. It is best to plan your trip in advance to make the most of your time: https://www.visitsanjuans.com/getting-here
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San Juan Islands
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Just 90 miles north of Seattle, the San Juan Islands are an archipelago of islands, islets and reefs between Puget Sound and Vancouver Island. There are 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan County that offer a temperate year round climate and a mellow island vibe world’s away from the city. The three main islands are San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez are the most populous with regular ferry access and offer the best array of dining and tourist activities. San Juan Island is distinguished by the lively seaside town of Friday Harbor and Lime Kiln Point State Park – an orca-whale lookout. Orcas Island is home to Moran State Park’s old-growth forest and Mt. Constitution. Lopez Island dubbed the “Friendly Island” lures visitors with its natural beauty and quality of life that has attracted an eclectic mix of year-round residents since the 1850’s. Shaw island is also accessible by ferry but offers limited camping and amenities. There is a wealth of activities on the San Juan Islands from whale watching, sea kayaking, hiking to wine tastings. https://www.viator.com/San-Juan-Islands/d30630-ttd?mcid=43010&awc=7038_1612885761_0f67353b452ae92128a059b8f833f6f2&aid=awinDEEPLINK_207397 There are several ways to reach the San Juan Islands. It is best to plan your trip in advance to make the most of your time: https://www.visitsanjuans.com/getting-here
A beautiful 150-acre botanical garden that is beautiful no matter what time of year you visit.
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The Bloedel Reserve
7571 Northeast Dolphin Drive
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A beautiful 150-acre botanical garden that is beautiful no matter what time of year you visit.
Children and adults will enjoy this delightful local museum located in a 1908 Bainbridge Island schoolhouse. Whether you have come to see the Japanese American internment exhibit and accompanying Ansel Adams photos of Manzanar, or to learn about the Port Blakely lumber mill, the Native American families that used the island as their seasonal hunting and fishing grounds, the explorers who charted Puget Sound and anchored right off the island, the early families who homesteaded the island, or the Croatian fisherman who settled in Eagle Harbor in the 1880s, you won’t want to miss this museum. Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Once World War II ended, about half of the Bainbridge Island Japanese Americans who had been forced to leave returned to the island to resume their lives, raise families, and pick up where they left off. Burning in their collective conscience was the Japanese phrase Nidoto Nai Yoni, which translates to “Let It Not Happen Again,” and they vowed to honor and recognize the members of their community who spent part of their lives in incarceration centers because of their heritage.
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Bainbridge Island Art Museum
215 Ericksen Avenue Northeast
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Children and adults will enjoy this delightful local museum located in a 1908 Bainbridge Island schoolhouse. Whether you have come to see the Japanese American internment exhibit and accompanying Ansel Adams photos of Manzanar, or to learn about the Port Blakely lumber mill, the Native American families that used the island as their seasonal hunting and fishing grounds, the explorers who charted Puget Sound and anchored right off the island, the early families who homesteaded the island, or the Croatian fisherman who settled in Eagle Harbor in the 1880s, you won’t want to miss this museum. Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Once World War II ended, about half of the Bainbridge Island Japanese Americans who had been forced to leave returned to the island to resume their lives, raise families, and pick up where they left off. Burning in their collective conscience was the Japanese phrase Nidoto Nai Yoni, which translates to “Let It Not Happen Again,” and they vowed to honor and recognize the members of their community who spent part of their lives in incarceration centers because of their heritage.
Located in the northwestern part of Washington, Skagit Valley has the largest tulip fields in North America. The area is easy to reach because it’s only 60 miles north of Seattle, adjacent to I-5. It’s a perfect destination for a day trip. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is intended as a driving tour, and there is no one location to visit. Although the fields are centrally located in the valley, they don’t have addresses, and their location changes each year as the crops are rotated. More than 400,000 people from about 80 countries and all 50 states attend the festival each year to see roughly hundreds of acres of tulips and an equal number of daffodils. The Tulip Festival runs the entire month of April, but there is no specific date for the flowers to bloom because it varies from year to year. Some years, tulips bloom the last week of March. Depending on the weather, they may bloom as late as the second week of April. What’s more, different varieties of tulips bloom at different times, and daffodils bloom before tulips. Fortunately, tulip festival organizers frequently update their website with a bloom update map to help visitors make travel plans.
Skagit Valley
Located in the northwestern part of Washington, Skagit Valley has the largest tulip fields in North America. The area is easy to reach because it’s only 60 miles north of Seattle, adjacent to I-5. It’s a perfect destination for a day trip. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is intended as a driving tour, and there is no one location to visit. Although the fields are centrally located in the valley, they don’t have addresses, and their location changes each year as the crops are rotated. More than 400,000 people from about 80 countries and all 50 states attend the festival each year to see roughly hundreds of acres of tulips and an equal number of daffodils. The Tulip Festival runs the entire month of April, but there is no specific date for the flowers to bloom because it varies from year to year. Some years, tulips bloom the last week of March. Depending on the weather, they may bloom as late as the second week of April. What’s more, different varieties of tulips bloom at different times, and daffodils bloom before tulips. Fortunately, tulip festival organizers frequently update their website with a bloom update map to help visitors make travel plans.
Highline SeaTac Botanical Gardens
13735 24th Ave S
Sky View Observatory is the tallest public observatory in the Pacific Northwest. Guests ascend 73 floors in 70 seconds in an immersive elevator ride that whisks them to the Observatory, where stunning 360-degree views await. From Mt. Rainier to Mt. Baker, the San Juans to the Olympics, all of the Northwest’s magnificent scenery is on display. Sky View’s Plan Your Own Tour digital experience lets you explore the possibilities from 902 feet and save your favorite discoveries to a personal tour guide you create. Wall murals and infographics enhance your understanding of the views. Take in the breathtaking views of your surroundings while enjoying a local Northwest beer, boutique wine, or artisanal snack from Sky View Café. Enjoy as you stroll around the observatory or relax at the café tables. Food & drink specials available daily. Stop by the gift shop to grab an exclusive Sky View souvenir or quintessentially Seattle keepsake from your journey.
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Sky View Observatory - Columbia Center
700 5th Avenue
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Sky View Observatory is the tallest public observatory in the Pacific Northwest. Guests ascend 73 floors in 70 seconds in an immersive elevator ride that whisks them to the Observatory, where stunning 360-degree views await. From Mt. Rainier to Mt. Baker, the San Juans to the Olympics, all of the Northwest’s magnificent scenery is on display. Sky View’s Plan Your Own Tour digital experience lets you explore the possibilities from 902 feet and save your favorite discoveries to a personal tour guide you create. Wall murals and infographics enhance your understanding of the views. Take in the breathtaking views of your surroundings while enjoying a local Northwest beer, boutique wine, or artisanal snack from Sky View Café. Enjoy as you stroll around the observatory or relax at the café tables. Food & drink specials available daily. Stop by the gift shop to grab an exclusive Sky View souvenir or quintessentially Seattle keepsake from your journey.
Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state’s most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year. At the falls, you will find a two-acre park, gift shop, observation deck, the Salish Lodge and the famous 270 foot waterfall. The free parking and free viewing area are open from dawn until dusk. Leashed pets are allowed. Lights illuminate the falls in the evening. The distance between the free parking lot and the viewing platform is approximately 200 feet and is wheelchair accessible.
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Snoqualmie Falls
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Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state’s most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year. At the falls, you will find a two-acre park, gift shop, observation deck, the Salish Lodge and the famous 270 foot waterfall. The free parking and free viewing area are open from dawn until dusk. Leashed pets are allowed. Lights illuminate the falls in the evening. The distance between the free parking lot and the viewing platform is approximately 200 feet and is wheelchair accessible.
For the ultimate view of Seattle this is the place to go. Kerry Park is on a south-facing terrace on leafy Queen Anne Hill, with a panorama that takes in all of the things people associate with Seattle. In the foreground is the Space Needle, before the towers of Downtown Seattle. To the west is the open water of Puget Sound, while rising in the background is the snow-capped bulk of Mount Rainier. The little park was donated to Seattle in 1927 by the lumber magnate Albert Kerry and his wife Catherine “so that all who stop here may enjoy this view”. Come in the evening when the Space Needle and wheel are dazzling, and you can trace the brightly lit ferries crossing the Puget Sound. An unsurpassed view of Elliott Bay and the Central City, with an occasional backdrop of Mount Rainier, draws camera buffs to this spot. At sunset they often line the wall just as the city and the sound are beginning to glow with lights. At night it becomes almost a fantasy scene, with brightly lit ferries gliding across the water and the Space Needle shining from its 500-foot pedestal. 211 W Highland Dr., Seattle, WA 98119
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Kerry Park
211 West Highland Drive
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For the ultimate view of Seattle this is the place to go. Kerry Park is on a south-facing terrace on leafy Queen Anne Hill, with a panorama that takes in all of the things people associate with Seattle. In the foreground is the Space Needle, before the towers of Downtown Seattle. To the west is the open water of Puget Sound, while rising in the background is the snow-capped bulk of Mount Rainier. The little park was donated to Seattle in 1927 by the lumber magnate Albert Kerry and his wife Catherine “so that all who stop here may enjoy this view”. Come in the evening when the Space Needle and wheel are dazzling, and you can trace the brightly lit ferries crossing the Puget Sound. An unsurpassed view of Elliott Bay and the Central City, with an occasional backdrop of Mount Rainier, draws camera buffs to this spot. At sunset they often line the wall just as the city and the sound are beginning to glow with lights. At night it becomes almost a fantasy scene, with brightly lit ferries gliding across the water and the Space Needle shining from its 500-foot pedestal. 211 W Highland Dr., Seattle, WA 98119
The Tacoma-born glass artist Dale Chihuly has earned worldwide acclaim for his colorful and logic-defying glass sculptures. Established at the Seattle Center in 2012, Chihuly Garden and Glass is a dazzling museum dedicated to his work. The exhibition comprises eight galleries, a lush garden and the Glasshouse, the attraction’s astounding mainstay. This glass and steel structure was inspired by Chihuly’s fascination for conservatories, and suspended from the ceiling is a 30-metre work in yellow, red, orange and amber that seems to change with the light throughout the day. In the eight galleries you can get to grips with Chihuly’s career and discover how he rewrote the rulebook for glass art. The Garden, planted with handkerchief trees, fuchsias, camellias and day lilies, is a stage for four monumental works, while the Theater screens videos with interviews and glassblowing demonstrations.
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Chihuly Garden and Glass
305 Harrison St
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The Tacoma-born glass artist Dale Chihuly has earned worldwide acclaim for his colorful and logic-defying glass sculptures. Established at the Seattle Center in 2012, Chihuly Garden and Glass is a dazzling museum dedicated to his work. The exhibition comprises eight galleries, a lush garden and the Glasshouse, the attraction’s astounding mainstay. This glass and steel structure was inspired by Chihuly’s fascination for conservatories, and suspended from the ceiling is a 30-metre work in yellow, red, orange and amber that seems to change with the light throughout the day. In the eight galleries you can get to grips with Chihuly’s career and discover how he rewrote the rulebook for glass art. The Garden, planted with handkerchief trees, fuchsias, camellias and day lilies, is a stage for four monumental works, while the Theater screens videos with interviews and glassblowing demonstrations.
The Museum of Pop Culture or MoPOP is a nonprofit museum in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to contemporary popular culture. It was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000 as the Experience Music Project. Since then MoPOP has organized dozens of exhibits, 17 of which have toured across the U.S.
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Museum of Pop Culture
325 5th Avenue North
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The Museum of Pop Culture or MoPOP is a nonprofit museum in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to contemporary popular culture. It was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000 as the Experience Music Project. Since then MoPOP has organized dozens of exhibits, 17 of which have toured across the U.S.
Anchored in downtown Seattle, the Seattle Art Museum has two other locations, at the Olympic Sculpture Park and the Asian Art Museum (closed for renovation at the time of writing). The SAM’s inventory is wide-ranging, but has an exceptional collection of Native American art from the Pacific Northwest, including basketry, textiles, masks, totem poles and other delicate carvings in stone and wood. Gothic and early-Renaissance Italian painting is also well-represented, with works by Giovanni di Paolo, Puccio di Simone and Paolo Uccello. Also in the collection is painting, decorative art and furniture from the Northwest, and 20th-century American art by the likes of Mark Tobey and Jacob Lawrence.
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Μουσείο Τέχνης του Σιάτλ
1300 1st Avenue
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Anchored in downtown Seattle, the Seattle Art Museum has two other locations, at the Olympic Sculpture Park and the Asian Art Museum (closed for renovation at the time of writing). The SAM’s inventory is wide-ranging, but has an exceptional collection of Native American art from the Pacific Northwest, including basketry, textiles, masks, totem poles and other delicate carvings in stone and wood. Gothic and early-Renaissance Italian painting is also well-represented, with works by Giovanni di Paolo, Puccio di Simone and Paolo Uccello. Also in the collection is painting, decorative art and furniture from the Northwest, and 20th-century American art by the likes of Mark Tobey and Jacob Lawrence.
In a Minoru Yamasaki building dating from the World’s Fair, the Pacific Science Center is a family-oriented museum bringing scientific concepts to life through hundreds of hands-on exhibits. For a brief example, at the Insect Village you’ll discover the almost supernatural feats that insects are capable of, from carrying air in bubbles on underwater dives to lifting objects many times their weight. “What is Reality” is a window on immersive technologies, confronting the mind-bending questions that are shaping our future. The Tropical Butterfly House is warm and humid all year round and has hundreds of free-flying butterflies, with a different mix of species every few months. The Pacific Science Center is one of the few attractions in the world with two IMAX theaters, planetarium and laser dome equipped with a shuddering 10,000 watt concert sound system.
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Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Avenue North
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In a Minoru Yamasaki building dating from the World’s Fair, the Pacific Science Center is a family-oriented museum bringing scientific concepts to life through hundreds of hands-on exhibits. For a brief example, at the Insect Village you’ll discover the almost supernatural feats that insects are capable of, from carrying air in bubbles on underwater dives to lifting objects many times their weight. “What is Reality” is a window on immersive technologies, confronting the mind-bending questions that are shaping our future. The Tropical Butterfly House is warm and humid all year round and has hundreds of free-flying butterflies, with a different mix of species every few months. The Pacific Science Center is one of the few attractions in the world with two IMAX theaters, planetarium and laser dome equipped with a shuddering 10,000 watt concert sound system.
The giant Ferris wheel at Pier 57 is the tallest on the West Coast at more than 53 meters. The Seattle Great Wheel may seem like a tourist trap at first glance, but has a lot going for it. The scenery is of course spellbinding, but you’ll be able to enjoy it from a fully enclosed capsule, which is good news on rainy days or chilly nights. The pods don’t swing, even in blustery weather, and on Friday and Saturday evenings the wheel stays open until midnight all year. If you fancy an upgrade there’s a VIP pod with a glass floor, leather seats, champagne and line-jumping privileges.
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The Seattle Great Wheel
1301 Alaskan Way
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The giant Ferris wheel at Pier 57 is the tallest on the West Coast at more than 53 meters. The Seattle Great Wheel may seem like a tourist trap at first glance, but has a lot going for it. The scenery is of course spellbinding, but you’ll be able to enjoy it from a fully enclosed capsule, which is good news on rainy days or chilly nights. The pods don’t swing, even in blustery weather, and on Friday and Saturday evenings the wheel stays open until midnight all year. If you fancy an upgrade there’s a VIP pod with a glass floor, leather seats, champagne and line-jumping privileges.
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour is one of Seattle’s most unusual attractions, a humorous stroll through intriguing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889 (when a cabinet-maker accidentally ignited a glue pot, wiping out 31 blocks). The reconstructed city’s streets were re-graded one to two storys higher than the original city streets. This helped keep the central Pioneer Square dry, as it had been built on mudflat, and prevented toilets from backing up at high tide. It also left a cavernous subterranean space where the old storefronts used to be. The only way to venture into the brick-lined bowels of the city is with this 75-minute guided walking tour.. The tour begins beneath Doc Maynard’s Public House, then spills into historic Pioneer Square, Seattle’s birthplace, before plunging underground for an exclusive, time-capsule view of the buried city. It’s the only way to tour the interconnecting tunnels of the world-famous Seattle Underground. All the while, tour guides regale you with humorous anecdotes and corny jokes about Seattle’s earthy and roguish pioneers. The tour is named for its founder, self-taught historian Bill Speidel (1912-1988) who helped to preserve and restore Seattle’s original city center at Pioneer Square in the 1960s.
Seattle Underground Tour
102 Cherry Street
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour is one of Seattle’s most unusual attractions, a humorous stroll through intriguing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889 (when a cabinet-maker accidentally ignited a glue pot, wiping out 31 blocks). The reconstructed city’s streets were re-graded one to two storys higher than the original city streets. This helped keep the central Pioneer Square dry, as it had been built on mudflat, and prevented toilets from backing up at high tide. It also left a cavernous subterranean space where the old storefronts used to be. The only way to venture into the brick-lined bowels of the city is with this 75-minute guided walking tour.. The tour begins beneath Doc Maynard’s Public House, then spills into historic Pioneer Square, Seattle’s birthplace, before plunging underground for an exclusive, time-capsule view of the buried city. It’s the only way to tour the interconnecting tunnels of the world-famous Seattle Underground. All the while, tour guides regale you with humorous anecdotes and corny jokes about Seattle’s earthy and roguish pioneers. The tour is named for its founder, self-taught historian Bill Speidel (1912-1988) who helped to preserve and restore Seattle’s original city center at Pioneer Square in the 1960s.
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Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
860 Terry Ave N
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Dating to 1917 and constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the busiest set of locks in the United States allows water traffic to travel between the tidal waters Puget Sound and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. This waterway passes through Seattle’s inland freshwater lakes, via Lake Washington, Portage Bay, Lake Union and Salmon Bay, where it meets Puget Sound. The locks have permanently changed Seattle, lowering the water level on Lake Washington and Lake Union by 2.7 meters, giving rise to many miles of new land on the lakefronts. There’s a visitor center detailing this eight-year project, while the sight of trawlers and pleasure yachts and barges navigating the locks is a real spectacle. On the south side of the channel is a fish ladder used by salmon to swim to freshwater lakes or streams to spawn, and then for the juvenile fish to return to the ocean. Spawning season is from around early June to the middle of August, and you can view the salmon through underwater windows.
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Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks
3015 Northwest 54th Street
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Dating to 1917 and constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the busiest set of locks in the United States allows water traffic to travel between the tidal waters Puget Sound and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. This waterway passes through Seattle’s inland freshwater lakes, via Lake Washington, Portage Bay, Lake Union and Salmon Bay, where it meets Puget Sound. The locks have permanently changed Seattle, lowering the water level on Lake Washington and Lake Union by 2.7 meters, giving rise to many miles of new land on the lakefronts. There’s a visitor center detailing this eight-year project, while the sight of trawlers and pleasure yachts and barges navigating the locks is a real spectacle. On the south side of the channel is a fish ladder used by salmon to swim to freshwater lakes or streams to spawn, and then for the juvenile fish to return to the ocean. Spawning season is from around early June to the middle of August, and you can view the salmon through underwater windows.
The University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the City of Seattle work together to maintain these magnificent 230 acres on the shores of Lake Washington. Established in 1934, the Washington Park Arboretum has a top-notch winter garden, as well as world-class collections of maples, oaks and camellias. The arboretum’s most treasured feature is the Azalea Way, a 3/4 mile walk bordered by flowering cherries, magnolias, dogwoods and of course azaleas, all framed by second-growth conifers and evergreens. As you’d imagine, the Azalea Way is a delight in spring. In late spring, the Rhododendron Glen is obligatory, with dozens of rhododendron bushes grouped according to species and accompanied by ferns, hardwood trees, firs, shrubs and magnolias.
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Washington Park Arboretum UW Botanic Gardens
2300 Arboretum Drive East
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The University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the City of Seattle work together to maintain these magnificent 230 acres on the shores of Lake Washington. Established in 1934, the Washington Park Arboretum has a top-notch winter garden, as well as world-class collections of maples, oaks and camellias. The arboretum’s most treasured feature is the Azalea Way, a 3/4 mile walk bordered by flowering cherries, magnolias, dogwoods and of course azaleas, all framed by second-growth conifers and evergreens. As you’d imagine, the Azalea Way is a delight in spring. In late spring, the Rhododendron Glen is obligatory, with dozens of rhododendron bushes grouped according to species and accompanied by ferns, hardwood trees, firs, shrubs and magnolias.
In 2004 Rem Koolhaas’s glass and steel central library building became a new symbol for Seattle. Eleven storys and 57 meters high, the Seattle Central Library is bold, with a reflective glass skin, sharp planes and overhangs caused by discrete “floating platforms”. The building is majestic from the inside, not least because of its surfeit of natural light, and can be explored on a self-guided tour or group tour (Monday to Saturday). Just inside the 4th Avenue entrance, take a peek at a piece of the automated materials handling system whisking books up to Level Two. The Faye G. Allen Children’s Center is a wonderland for kids where they can browse books, use games and puzzles and attend story times and other programs. On Level Three is the Norcliffe Foundation Living Room, an inviting public space with cozy seating areas, a cafe and indoor garden and sunlight issuing through the diamond-pattern windows. Most of the computer terminals are on Level Five at the Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber, while the Red Floor on Level Four has 13 different shades of red on its floor, ceiling and walls.
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Seattle Public Library-Central Library
1000 4th Avenue
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In 2004 Rem Koolhaas’s glass and steel central library building became a new symbol for Seattle. Eleven storys and 57 meters high, the Seattle Central Library is bold, with a reflective glass skin, sharp planes and overhangs caused by discrete “floating platforms”. The building is majestic from the inside, not least because of its surfeit of natural light, and can be explored on a self-guided tour or group tour (Monday to Saturday). Just inside the 4th Avenue entrance, take a peek at a piece of the automated materials handling system whisking books up to Level Two. The Faye G. Allen Children’s Center is a wonderland for kids where they can browse books, use games and puzzles and attend story times and other programs. On Level Three is the Norcliffe Foundation Living Room, an inviting public space with cozy seating areas, a cafe and indoor garden and sunlight issuing through the diamond-pattern windows. Most of the computer terminals are on Level Five at the Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber, while the Red Floor on Level Four has 13 different shades of red on its floor, ceiling and walls.
Before the Space Needle the tallest building in Seattle was the Neoclassical Smith Tower, the city’s first skyscraper. This 38-story building on Pioneer Square was the city’s first skyscraper, 148 meters high and one of the tallest towers outside of New York City at that time. The Smith Tower is named for its financier, Lyman Cornelius Smith, who made his fortune in the typewriter business. The Smith Tower may have been overtaken almost 60 years ago, but a visit to the observation floor 35 storys up is something you have to do in Seattle. For one thing, this is one of the last buildings on the West Coast to still employ elevator operators. The tower is rich with period fittings, like latticed doors on the brass-coated elevators, banisters fashioned from onyx and the carved teak ceilings in the observation floor’s bar, which reopened with a speakeasy theme in 2016.
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Smith Tower
506 2nd Avenue
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Before the Space Needle the tallest building in Seattle was the Neoclassical Smith Tower, the city’s first skyscraper. This 38-story building on Pioneer Square was the city’s first skyscraper, 148 meters high and one of the tallest towers outside of New York City at that time. The Smith Tower is named for its financier, Lyman Cornelius Smith, who made his fortune in the typewriter business. The Smith Tower may have been overtaken almost 60 years ago, but a visit to the observation floor 35 storys up is something you have to do in Seattle. For one thing, this is one of the last buildings on the West Coast to still employ elevator operators. The tower is rich with period fittings, like latticed doors on the brass-coated elevators, banisters fashioned from onyx and the carved teak ceilings in the observation floor’s bar, which reopened with a speakeasy theme in 2016.
Washington State Ferries (WSF) maintains the largest fleet of ferries of any operator in the United States (23), running 12 different routes on what is the fourth-largest ferry system in the world. All of the ferries can carry a minimum of 64 cars, and even the smallest vessel can accommodate 750 passengers. Perhaps the best trip is the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry, departing from Pier 52 and taking 40-45 minutes. Looking back, you can appreciate the skyline and the beautiful homes and beaches of West Seattle.
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Washington State Ferries
2901 3rd Ave
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Washington State Ferries (WSF) maintains the largest fleet of ferries of any operator in the United States (23), running 12 different routes on what is the fourth-largest ferry system in the world. All of the ferries can carry a minimum of 64 cars, and even the smallest vessel can accommodate 750 passengers. Perhaps the best trip is the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry, departing from Pier 52 and taking 40-45 minutes. Looking back, you can appreciate the skyline and the beautiful homes and beaches of West Seattle.
No other zoo (except the Bronx Zoo) has picked up as many prizes from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as Woodland Park Zoo. Many of the individual habitats have garnered awards, like the penguin enclosure where you can view Humboldt penguins darting underwater from a window. Observe the species of the Northwest at the Northern Trail habitat, including gray wolves, elk, North American river otters and brown bears. The largest section is Tropical Asia, for the likes of Malayan tigers, Indian rhinos, tapirs, sloth bears and orangutans, while African Savanna hosts favorites like African lions, zebras, giraffes and ostriches. There’s always something going on each day like penguin feeding, a walk-through bird experience and bird of prey demonstrations with owls and hawks.
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Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Avenue North
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No other zoo (except the Bronx Zoo) has picked up as many prizes from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as Woodland Park Zoo. Many of the individual habitats have garnered awards, like the penguin enclosure where you can view Humboldt penguins darting underwater from a window. Observe the species of the Northwest at the Northern Trail habitat, including gray wolves, elk, North American river otters and brown bears. The largest section is Tropical Asia, for the likes of Malayan tigers, Indian rhinos, tapirs, sloth bears and orangutans, while African Savanna hosts favorites like African lions, zebras, giraffes and ostriches. There’s always something going on each day like penguin feeding, a walk-through bird experience and bird of prey demonstrations with owls and hawks.
At the south end of the Washington Park Arboretum is a magical 3.5-acre garden laid out in the late-1950s on the supervision of the respected landscape architect Jūki Iida. Meandering paths and benches encourage you to go slow and appreciate the garden’s water, stones, lanterns, plants, fauna, bridges and buildings. This is one of the oldest Japanese gardens in the United States, but also one of the most authentic, and a venue for all sorts of celebrations in the Japanese calendar, like Children’s Day (5 May) and Respect for the Aged Day (16 September). On the fourth Saturday of the month in summer you can also take part in a traditional tea ceremony at the teahouse.
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Seattle Japanese Garden
1075 Lake Washington Boulevard East
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At the south end of the Washington Park Arboretum is a magical 3.5-acre garden laid out in the late-1950s on the supervision of the respected landscape architect Jūki Iida. Meandering paths and benches encourage you to go slow and appreciate the garden’s water, stones, lanterns, plants, fauna, bridges and buildings. This is one of the oldest Japanese gardens in the United States, but also one of the most authentic, and a venue for all sorts of celebrations in the Japanese calendar, like Children’s Day (5 May) and Respect for the Aged Day (16 September). On the fourth Saturday of the month in summer you can also take part in a traditional tea ceremony at the teahouse.
At Pier 59 on the Waterfront, the Seattle Aquarium shines a light on the diverse marine life of the Pacific Northwest. The enormous tank built for the attractions in the 2007 expansion is Window on Washington Waters, showcasing local Pacific species like rockfish, lingcod, wolf eels, salmon and sea anemones from a depth of 1.5 metres to just over 18 meters. There are dive shows three times a day, and the divers answer visitors’ questions using modified masks. Life on the Edge presents all the life found in tide-pools on the Pacific coast and around Seattle’s inland, allowing you to touch sea cucumbers and sea urchins. In Life of a Drifter there are moon jellies and a giant Pacific octopus, while Marine Mammals is inhabited by sea otters, river otters, northern fur seals and harbor seals.
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Seattle Aquarium Gift Shop
1483 Alaskan Way
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At Pier 59 on the Waterfront, the Seattle Aquarium shines a light on the diverse marine life of the Pacific Northwest. The enormous tank built for the attractions in the 2007 expansion is Window on Washington Waters, showcasing local Pacific species like rockfish, lingcod, wolf eels, salmon and sea anemones from a depth of 1.5 metres to just over 18 meters. There are dive shows three times a day, and the divers answer visitors’ questions using modified masks. Life on the Edge presents all the life found in tide-pools on the Pacific coast and around Seattle’s inland, allowing you to touch sea cucumbers and sea urchins. In Life of a Drifter there are moon jellies and a giant Pacific octopus, while Marine Mammals is inhabited by sea otters, river otters, northern fur seals and harbor seals.
The best of the monuments in Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park is a stunning conservatory modelled on London’s Crystal Palace and completed in 1912. This wrought iron and glass wonder is composed of 3,426 glass panels and houses the park’s collections of bromeliads, ferns, palms, cactuses/succulents and seasonal plants. The heat and humidity varies from area to area and is computer controlled, rising to 27°C in the cactus house. In this space, look for the historic jade tree, while the sago palm in the Palm House is also older than 75 years. Other must-sees are the carnivorous plants in the Fern House, and the Palm House’s striking collection of orchids, first put together in 1921 and expanded down the years with specimens confiscated by customs.
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Volunteer Park Conservatory
1400 E Galer St
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The best of the monuments in Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park is a stunning conservatory modelled on London’s Crystal Palace and completed in 1912. This wrought iron and glass wonder is composed of 3,426 glass panels and houses the park’s collections of bromeliads, ferns, palms, cactuses/succulents and seasonal plants. The heat and humidity varies from area to area and is computer controlled, rising to 27°C in the cactus house. In this space, look for the historic jade tree, while the sago palm in the Palm House is also older than 75 years. Other must-sees are the carnivorous plants in the Fern House, and the Palm House’s striking collection of orchids, first put together in 1921 and expanded down the years with specimens confiscated by customs.
Seattle’s first free art museum opened in 1952 after the meatpacking entrepreneur Charles Frye and his wife Emma donated their collection of more than 230 paintings to the city. The Fryes had rather conservative tastes, even for the time, and were into moody and dramatic representational art. A big portion of the museum’s inventory is devoted to late-19th-century Munich School artists like Franz von Lenbach and Wilhelm Leibl. They are accompanied by the likes of French landscape painter Eugène Boudin, Academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau, along with later acquisitions, from Edward Hopper to early-phase Picasso. The Fryes had exacting conditions for their donation, one being that the galleries could only be illuminated by natural light. The long-term Frye Salon exhibitions, with walls crowded with paintings, recreate the viewing experience at the couple’s home in the early 20th century.
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Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue
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Seattle’s first free art museum opened in 1952 after the meatpacking entrepreneur Charles Frye and his wife Emma donated their collection of more than 230 paintings to the city. The Fryes had rather conservative tastes, even for the time, and were into moody and dramatic representational art. A big portion of the museum’s inventory is devoted to late-19th-century Munich School artists like Franz von Lenbach and Wilhelm Leibl. They are accompanied by the likes of French landscape painter Eugène Boudin, Academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau, along with later acquisitions, from Edward Hopper to early-phase Picasso. The Fryes had exacting conditions for their donation, one being that the galleries could only be illuminated by natural light. The long-term Frye Salon exhibitions, with walls crowded with paintings, recreate the viewing experience at the couple’s home in the early 20th century.
The University of Washington campus is only a few minutes from downtown Seattle and was joined to the Link light rail network in 2016. Besides being a beautiful campus, there's other reasons you may want to visit. For starters there’s the highly regarded Henry Art Gallery, which has a strong collection counting more than 25,000 pieces and exhibiting the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Alexander Calder and Buckminster Fuller (before they gained wider acclaim). A permanent installation is the James Turrell Skyspace, Light Reign. This work blends architecture, lighting and sculpture, with an oval aperture open to the sky that can be sealed by a retractable roof. You could also catch a concert at the Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater, by a renowned artist or a UW ensemble, while the Hec Edmundson Pavilion and the 70,000-seater Husky Stadium are home to the university’s basketball and college football teams, both known as the Huskies.
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Πανεπιστήμιο της Ουάσινγκτον
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The University of Washington campus is only a few minutes from downtown Seattle and was joined to the Link light rail network in 2016. Besides being a beautiful campus, there's other reasons you may want to visit. For starters there’s the highly regarded Henry Art Gallery, which has a strong collection counting more than 25,000 pieces and exhibiting the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Alexander Calder and Buckminster Fuller (before they gained wider acclaim). A permanent installation is the James Turrell Skyspace, Light Reign. This work blends architecture, lighting and sculpture, with an oval aperture open to the sky that can be sealed by a retractable roof. You could also catch a concert at the Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater, by a renowned artist or a UW ensemble, while the Hec Edmundson Pavilion and the 70,000-seater Husky Stadium are home to the university’s basketball and college football teams, both known as the Huskies.
Starbucks is a famous Seattle export, opening its first store at Pike Place in 1971. On Capitol Hill, nine blocks from that historic location you can drop by the swish Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room. This flagship can best be described as a craft distillery, but for coffee, and looks like no Starbucks you’ve ever seen. You can watch beans being roasted, while the friendly staff can tell you anything you want to know about the Roastery’s globe-trotting selection. There’s an “experience bar”, main coffee bar and an enticing Milanese bakery, and the menu is a little more upmarket than you might be accustomed to at Starbucks. Think long blacks with cardamom syrup, whiskey barrel-aged cold brew and trendy coffee/tea cocktails like a limoncino shakerato or a gin matcha. All reserve coffees are roasted on that same day, and you can order ahead to sample three in one go.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery
1124 Pike Street
Starbucks is a famous Seattle export, opening its first store at Pike Place in 1971. On Capitol Hill, nine blocks from that historic location you can drop by the swish Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room. This flagship can best be described as a craft distillery, but for coffee, and looks like no Starbucks you’ve ever seen. You can watch beans being roasted, while the friendly staff can tell you anything you want to know about the Roastery’s globe-trotting selection. There’s an “experience bar”, main coffee bar and an enticing Milanese bakery, and the menu is a little more upmarket than you might be accustomed to at Starbucks. Think long blacks with cardamom syrup, whiskey barrel-aged cold brew and trendy coffee/tea cocktails like a limoncino shakerato or a gin matcha. All reserve coffees are roasted on that same day, and you can order ahead to sample three in one go.
Right on Puget Sound, the Golden Gardens Park has knockout views over the water and across to the Olympic Mountains. The park’s story goes back to 1907 when it was developed as a spot at the end of the new electric car lines where people could take day trips for walks, picnics and bathing at the beach. Those activities attract Seattleites more than a century later, even if the Puget Sound water can be on the chilly side. There are pieces of rugged coastline, grassy areas, woodland for walks, two wetlands, a pier for fishing, a boat launch and fire pits for campfires. As with Alki Beach, there’s no better way to watch the sun slipping behind the Olympic Mountains than from the warmth of a beachside campfire.
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Golden Gardens Park
8498 Seaview Place Northwest
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Right on Puget Sound, the Golden Gardens Park has knockout views over the water and across to the Olympic Mountains. The park’s story goes back to 1907 when it was developed as a spot at the end of the new electric car lines where people could take day trips for walks, picnics and bathing at the beach. Those activities attract Seattleites more than a century later, even if the Puget Sound water can be on the chilly side. There are pieces of rugged coastline, grassy areas, woodland for walks, two wetlands, a pier for fishing, a boat launch and fire pits for campfires. As with Alki Beach, there’s no better way to watch the sun slipping behind the Olympic Mountains than from the warmth of a beachside campfire.
At South Lake Union, the Center for Wooden Boats promotes the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest, but is also a centre of excellence for sailing. You can visit the docks and workshop here for free, to see traditional boatbuilding skills in action and find out about all the tools and methods that go in to building wooden boats. Children can make a little boat of their own on the upper floor, while out on the dock you can peruse a small fleet in perfect condition. Most of these vessels are available for rent, and if you aren’t qualified for a sailboat you can hire a rowboat or pedal boat for a little scenic voyage on Lake Union. Keep an eye on the Center’s program as it provides a variety of field trips, as well as the free “Sunday Sail”, a cruise aboard one of the center’s many vessels.
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The Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley Street
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At South Lake Union, the Center for Wooden Boats promotes the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest, but is also a centre of excellence for sailing. You can visit the docks and workshop here for free, to see traditional boatbuilding skills in action and find out about all the tools and methods that go in to building wooden boats. Children can make a little boat of their own on the upper floor, while out on the dock you can peruse a small fleet in perfect condition. Most of these vessels are available for rent, and if you aren’t qualified for a sailboat you can hire a rowboat or pedal boat for a little scenic voyage on Lake Union. Keep an eye on the Center’s program as it provides a variety of field trips, as well as the free “Sunday Sail”, a cruise aboard one of the center’s many vessels.
Bookended by the Seattle Aquarium and the Seattle Great Wheel on Elliott Bay, Waterfront Park is one of the many great places to watch the sun go down in Seattle. There are two pink metal viewing platforms here for you to appreciate downtown Seattle’s skyline, the West Seattle Bridge, the Waterfront and out onto the Puget Sound to Blake Island and the Olympic Mountains. You can use coin-op telescopes for a closer look, while the abstract Waterfront Fountain (1974) is made up of cast and welded bronze fashioned into cuboid forms.
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Waterfront Park
1401 Alaskan Way
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Bookended by the Seattle Aquarium and the Seattle Great Wheel on Elliott Bay, Waterfront Park is one of the many great places to watch the sun go down in Seattle. There are two pink metal viewing platforms here for you to appreciate downtown Seattle’s skyline, the West Seattle Bridge, the Waterfront and out onto the Puget Sound to Blake Island and the Olympic Mountains. You can use coin-op telescopes for a closer look, while the abstract Waterfront Fountain (1974) is made up of cast and welded bronze fashioned into cuboid forms.
Pike Place Market is a public market in downtown Seattle. It opened on August 17, 1907 and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States. Overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront on Puget Sound, it serves as a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street. Pike Place Market is Seattle's most popular tourist destination, and the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world, with more than 10 million annual visitors. One of the Market's major attractions is Pike Place Fish Market, where employees throw three-foot salmon and other fish to each other rather than passing them by hand. When a customer orders a fish, an employee at the Fish Market's ice-covered fish table picks up the fish and hurls it over the countertop, where another employee catches it and preps it for sale. Parking can be a challenge, so we usually take the Sound Transit Link Light Rail when we visit. The Westlake station is located about four blocks from the Pike Place Market.
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Pike Place Market is a public market in downtown Seattle. It opened on August 17, 1907 and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States. Overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront on Puget Sound, it serves as a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street. Pike Place Market is Seattle's most popular tourist destination, and the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world, with more than 10 million annual visitors. One of the Market's major attractions is Pike Place Fish Market, where employees throw three-foot salmon and other fish to each other rather than passing them by hand. When a customer orders a fish, an employee at the Fish Market's ice-covered fish table picks up the fish and hurls it over the countertop, where another employee catches it and preps it for sale. Parking can be a challenge, so we usually take the Sound Transit Link Light Rail when we visit. The Westlake station is located about four blocks from the Pike Place Market.
Food scene
One of our favorite places to go for lunch. Small family neighborhood restaurant serving authentic Latin food. I recommend their Loroco & Cheese Pupusas. I put lots of the cabbage and green salsa on mine. Delicious. My husband likes the Chicken Quesadillas. They have very good Margaritas on the Rocks also.
Las Palmas Restaurant
19840 International Blvd
One of our favorite places to go for lunch. Small family neighborhood restaurant serving authentic Latin food. I recommend their Loroco & Cheese Pupusas. I put lots of the cabbage and green salsa on mine. Delicious. My husband likes the Chicken Quesadillas. They have very good Margaritas on the Rocks also.
Great seafood restaurant with beautiful views of the Des Moines Marina. They have good Happy Hour specials, and you can walk along the Marina after you eat all that good food.
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Anthony's HomePort Des Moines
421 South 228th Street
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Great seafood restaurant with beautiful views of the Des Moines Marina. They have good Happy Hour specials, and you can walk along the Marina after you eat all that good food.
My favorite Thai restaurant in the area. Located on Southcenter Parkway (in a strip mall), not far from Westfield Center Mall. The most delicious Pad Thai and my personal favorites - Chicken Red Curry and Chicken Pad Ke Mao.
Mali Thai Cuisine
17310 Southcenter Pkwy
My favorite Thai restaurant in the area. Located on Southcenter Parkway (in a strip mall), not far from Westfield Center Mall. The most delicious Pad Thai and my personal favorites - Chicken Red Curry and Chicken Pad Ke Mao.
My favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Food is cooked fresh and portions are generous. I recommend the fresh spring rolls and the Chili Lemongrass Chicken. Amazing food. The owner, Rose, will bless you coming and going.
Rose Pho
19865 1st Pl S
My favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Food is cooked fresh and portions are generous. I recommend the fresh spring rolls and the Chili Lemongrass Chicken. Amazing food. The owner, Rose, will bless you coming and going.
A bit of a drive, but the food is amazing. West Seattle neighborhood restaurant (where we used to live) that serves creative and delicious Italian meals.
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La Rustica
4100 Beach Dr SW
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A bit of a drive, but the food is amazing. West Seattle neighborhood restaurant (where we used to live) that serves creative and delicious Italian meals.
They serve breakfast 24 hours a day. They also serve lunch and dinners, but are known for their breakfasts (benedicts and omelettes). We went to 13 Coins the night we met, so this place is special to us. My favorite is the 13 Coins Eggs Florentine.
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13 Coins SeaTac
18000 International Boulevard
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They serve breakfast 24 hours a day. They also serve lunch and dinners, but are known for their breakfasts (benedicts and omelettes). We went to 13 Coins the night we met, so this place is special to us. My favorite is the 13 Coins Eggs Florentine.
Good family restaurant to go for rotisserie chicken, turkey and other meats. Prices are reasonable and food is good.
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Sharps RoastHouse
18427 International Boulevard
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Good family restaurant to go for rotisserie chicken, turkey and other meats. Prices are reasonable and food is good.
This restaurant is expensive, but great for a romantic or special occasion dinner. Delicious food and excellent ambiance. Don't come here if you are in a hurry. Be prepared to wait a while for your meal to be served, but it will be well worth it.
Copperleaf Restaurant
18525 36th Avenue South
This restaurant is expensive, but great for a romantic or special occasion dinner. Delicious food and excellent ambiance. Don't come here if you are in a hurry. Be prepared to wait a while for your meal to be served, but it will be well worth it.
Known for their island themed food and cocktails. The seafood paella is quite good. Located in the parking lot of Westfield Mall (north side).
Bahama Breeze
15700 Southcenter Parkway
Known for their island themed food and cocktails. The seafood paella is quite good. Located in the parking lot of Westfield Mall (north side).
Open on Saturday mornings during Summer and Fall. Check online for their schedule. Great place to buy fresh produce from local farmers.
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Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market
22307 Dock Avenue South
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Open on Saturday mornings during Summer and Fall. Check online for their schedule. Great place to buy fresh produce from local farmers.
My favorite place to buy produce. If I don't have it in my garden, I get it here. Open year round with plant growing stuff, open in Summer and Fall with fresh produce.
Carpinito Brothers
1148 Central Avenue North
My favorite place to buy produce. If I don't have it in my garden, I get it here. Open year round with plant growing stuff, open in Summer and Fall with fresh produce.
While on Bainbridge Island, be sure to visit Mora Iced Creamery for the best ice cream of your life. Food and Wine magazine named it as one of the nation’s best (Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S., Dec 11, 2018). Made in small batches, it is decadent. Try the Double Dulce de leche, which combines caramel and shaved chocolate.
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Mora Iced Creamery
139 Madrone Ln N
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While on Bainbridge Island, be sure to visit Mora Iced Creamery for the best ice cream of your life. Food and Wine magazine named it as one of the nation’s best (Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S., Dec 11, 2018). Made in small batches, it is decadent. Try the Double Dulce de leche, which combines caramel and shaved chocolate.
Saltys on Alki is expensive, but it still offers the best view of downtown Seattle and one of the best brunches in the Pacific Northwest. We find the dinners over priced for what you get and usually go for lunch instead. For special occasions, we sometimes go to the ridiculously expensive all-you-can-eat brunch offered on weekends only.
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Salty's on Alki Beach
1936 Harbor Avenue Southwest
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Saltys on Alki is expensive, but it still offers the best view of downtown Seattle and one of the best brunches in the Pacific Northwest. We find the dinners over priced for what you get and usually go for lunch instead. For special occasions, we sometimes go to the ridiculously expensive all-you-can-eat brunch offered on weekends only.
City/town information
About 2.5-3 hours away, the town of Leavenworth has an interesting history to it. The first thing you’ll notice is that it looks like a small town right out of Germany. The village was formed in the early 1900s as a small timber community but struggled to stay afloat once the railroad moved away from it. In the 1960s, the idea was formed to revitalize the town by making it a Bavarian-themed city to draw tourism. The rest is history, as you’ll see droves of people here year-round. There are several different ways to get to Leavenworth, including driving your car, taking the train or a bus. There are various tours and trips to Leavenworth available because it’s easy to get around without a car if you are able to walk. However, if you plan on going on hikes or doing other Leavenworth activities that aren’t right in town, it’d be best to have a car for your Leavenworth trip. Waterfront Park is my favorite places as it’s a peaceful area with several trails that loop around the river. You can access this by walking down a hill behind the main part of town on Commercial Street and crossing a bridge. There’s no parking in the park, so I recommend keeping your car in your spot in town and walking. There are over 6,000 different nutcrackers in the Nutcracker Museum, making it one of the more unique Leavenworth attractions. A great place to shop, experience an authentic feeling Bavarian beer garden or sample wine from a variety of local and Washington state vineyards. During the warmer months, you can often find people dressed up in traditional German clothing playing accordions and other types of instruments. They tend to be at Front Street Park Gazebo, so grab a bench and watch the show when looking for what to do in Leavenworth. You can also check out Art in the Park, where local artists bring their paintings, jewelry, and more from May until October. One of the most lively times to visit Leavenworth on the weekend is during Oktoberfest in the fall. The town holds one of the best Oktoberfests in Washington, so you’ll want to check it out if you have the chance. Come here for beer, dancing, and other festive things to do in Leavenworth at night. Val's favorite restaurants: Breakfast at Good Mood Food Cafe, Old Mill Cafe, or Gingerbread Factory; Lunch at Pavz Creperie, Yodelin Broth Co, or Parsley's Pantry; dinner at the Los Camperos (Mexican), the Alley Cafe (Italian, romantic), or Mozart's Steakhouse; and of course ice cream at Whistlepunk, (or gelato at Viadolce).
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Leavenworth
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About 2.5-3 hours away, the town of Leavenworth has an interesting history to it. The first thing you’ll notice is that it looks like a small town right out of Germany. The village was formed in the early 1900s as a small timber community but struggled to stay afloat once the railroad moved away from it. In the 1960s, the idea was formed to revitalize the town by making it a Bavarian-themed city to draw tourism. The rest is history, as you’ll see droves of people here year-round. There are several different ways to get to Leavenworth, including driving your car, taking the train or a bus. There are various tours and trips to Leavenworth available because it’s easy to get around without a car if you are able to walk. However, if you plan on going on hikes or doing other Leavenworth activities that aren’t right in town, it’d be best to have a car for your Leavenworth trip. Waterfront Park is my favorite places as it’s a peaceful area with several trails that loop around the river. You can access this by walking down a hill behind the main part of town on Commercial Street and crossing a bridge. There’s no parking in the park, so I recommend keeping your car in your spot in town and walking. There are over 6,000 different nutcrackers in the Nutcracker Museum, making it one of the more unique Leavenworth attractions. A great place to shop, experience an authentic feeling Bavarian beer garden or sample wine from a variety of local and Washington state vineyards. During the warmer months, you can often find people dressed up in traditional German clothing playing accordions and other types of instruments. They tend to be at Front Street Park Gazebo, so grab a bench and watch the show when looking for what to do in Leavenworth. You can also check out Art in the Park, where local artists bring their paintings, jewelry, and more from May until October. One of the most lively times to visit Leavenworth on the weekend is during Oktoberfest in the fall. The town holds one of the best Oktoberfests in Washington, so you’ll want to check it out if you have the chance. Come here for beer, dancing, and other festive things to do in Leavenworth at night. Val's favorite restaurants: Breakfast at Good Mood Food Cafe, Old Mill Cafe, or Gingerbread Factory; Lunch at Pavz Creperie, Yodelin Broth Co, or Parsley's Pantry; dinner at the Los Camperos (Mexican), the Alley Cafe (Italian, romantic), or Mozart's Steakhouse; and of course ice cream at Whistlepunk, (or gelato at Viadolce).
Less than an hour away, Gig Harbor is the name of a bay and a small town in Puget Sound in Peirce County known for their friendliness and hospitality. Dubbed “the Venice of Washington” – yes, there are even gondolas, the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula offers a wealth of reasons to visit. With Mount Rainier as the backdrop, stunning vistas are par for the course, there are endless outdoor activities on both land and the water and an amazing food scene along the historic waterfront. Other than taking a scenic gondola ride, there are ample hiking and biking opportunities. There are lots of different water craft for hire to reach some of the towns otherwise inaccessible gems such as Cutts and Kopachuck Islands. Visit the Harbor History Museum to learn the story of the city’s maritime history or browse the boutiques and galleries along the scenic historic waterfront.
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Gig Harbor
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Less than an hour away, Gig Harbor is the name of a bay and a small town in Puget Sound in Peirce County known for their friendliness and hospitality. Dubbed “the Venice of Washington” – yes, there are even gondolas, the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula offers a wealth of reasons to visit. With Mount Rainier as the backdrop, stunning vistas are par for the course, there are endless outdoor activities on both land and the water and an amazing food scene along the historic waterfront. Other than taking a scenic gondola ride, there are ample hiking and biking opportunities. There are lots of different water craft for hire to reach some of the towns otherwise inaccessible gems such as Cutts and Kopachuck Islands. Visit the Harbor History Museum to learn the story of the city’s maritime history or browse the boutiques and galleries along the scenic historic waterfront.
Kirkland is a lovely lakefront town with a very walkable downtown. It is filled with galleries, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms. Adjacent is Marina Park, which has a nice grassy area as well as a sandy beach with magnificent views of Lake Washington and Seattle. You can access boat tours of the lake or take a dinner cruise in season from the marina. The dining scene is truly a foodie heaven. From Turkish kebabs and baklava to fine dining, there is something for everyone. When the weather is nice, brunch is immensely popular with outdoor patios and lakeside dining. There are numerous opportunities to try some great Washington wines. There are more than two dozen sculptures downtown. Many are whimsical, and children love the variety of animals.
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Kirkland
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Kirkland is a lovely lakefront town with a very walkable downtown. It is filled with galleries, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms. Adjacent is Marina Park, which has a nice grassy area as well as a sandy beach with magnificent views of Lake Washington and Seattle. You can access boat tours of the lake or take a dinner cruise in season from the marina. The dining scene is truly a foodie heaven. From Turkish kebabs and baklava to fine dining, there is something for everyone. When the weather is nice, brunch is immensely popular with outdoor patios and lakeside dining. There are numerous opportunities to try some great Washington wines. There are more than two dozen sculptures downtown. Many are whimsical, and children love the variety of animals.
If you want to try some Washington wine without having to drive all the way to Eastern Washington, go to Woodinville. To make their wine more accessible, many have opened tasting rooms in Woodinville due to its proximity to Seattle. Go northeast of downtown Seattle and in as little as 30 minutes you’ll be in Woodinville Wine Country. More than 100 wineries have tasting rooms in the area. With so many 90+ rated vintages, people come from all other the world to imbibe here. You can try wines from Washington pioneers of the wine industry or the new kids on the block. Woodinville is broken up into districts. The Hollywood District is a good place to start. Named after the old Hollywood School House, this district is jam-packed with destination restaurants. You won’t go wrong with any of the tasting rooms from small artisan wineries to the epic Chateau Ste. Michelle with its chateau tasting room (the first winery to be founded in Washington State).
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Woodinville
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If you want to try some Washington wine without having to drive all the way to Eastern Washington, go to Woodinville. To make their wine more accessible, many have opened tasting rooms in Woodinville due to its proximity to Seattle. Go northeast of downtown Seattle and in as little as 30 minutes you’ll be in Woodinville Wine Country. More than 100 wineries have tasting rooms in the area. With so many 90+ rated vintages, people come from all other the world to imbibe here. You can try wines from Washington pioneers of the wine industry or the new kids on the block. Woodinville is broken up into districts. The Hollywood District is a good place to start. Named after the old Hollywood School House, this district is jam-packed with destination restaurants. You won’t go wrong with any of the tasting rooms from small artisan wineries to the epic Chateau Ste. Michelle with its chateau tasting room (the first winery to be founded in Washington State).
Neighborhoods
Arcing down to Alki Point at the tip of West Seattle, Alki Beach is a sweep of sand angled towards Elliott Bay. The raised promenade behind has the sort of views you expect from Seattle’s coastline, encompassing Blake Island, the Olympic Mountains and the constant stream of water traffic on Puget Sound. There’s a scaled-down version of the Statue of Liberty, while at the beach’s northern end on Duwamish Head is a 2.3-anchor salvaged by the Nor’West Divers’ Club. A beautiful place to watch the sun set and do some star gazing beside a campfire. There are fire pits on the beach on a first-come-first-served basis. You'll find a bunch of local favorite restaurants ranging from casual (Spud Fish & Chips, Sunfish, Pegasus Pizza, Ampersand Cafe) to romantic (Salty's on Alki, Il Nido).
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Alki
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Arcing down to Alki Point at the tip of West Seattle, Alki Beach is a sweep of sand angled towards Elliott Bay. The raised promenade behind has the sort of views you expect from Seattle’s coastline, encompassing Blake Island, the Olympic Mountains and the constant stream of water traffic on Puget Sound. There’s a scaled-down version of the Statue of Liberty, while at the beach’s northern end on Duwamish Head is a 2.3-anchor salvaged by the Nor’West Divers’ Club. A beautiful place to watch the sun set and do some star gazing beside a campfire. There are fire pits on the beach on a first-come-first-served basis. You'll find a bunch of local favorite restaurants ranging from casual (Spud Fish & Chips, Sunfish, Pegasus Pizza, Ampersand Cafe) to romantic (Salty's on Alki, Il Nido).
Green Lake was scooped out by the Vashon glacial sheet some 50,000 years ago, and at the beginning of the 20th century was landscaped as part of the Olmsted Plan to lay out a sequence of interconnected green spaces around Seattle. The lake itself is 259 acres, flocked by waterfowl, and ringed by a freshly relaid 2.8-mile path for walkers, cyclists, skaters and joggers. You can rent a canoe, dinghy, pedal boat or rowboat, and there are facilities for baseball, soccer, lawn bowls and golf (pitch & putt). The elegant bathhouse by the water is from 1927 and is now occupied by the Seattle Public Theater, for modern and contemporary plays in an intimate setting.
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Green Lake
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Green Lake was scooped out by the Vashon glacial sheet some 50,000 years ago, and at the beginning of the 20th century was landscaped as part of the Olmsted Plan to lay out a sequence of interconnected green spaces around Seattle. The lake itself is 259 acres, flocked by waterfowl, and ringed by a freshly relaid 2.8-mile path for walkers, cyclists, skaters and joggers. You can rent a canoe, dinghy, pedal boat or rowboat, and there are facilities for baseball, soccer, lawn bowls and golf (pitch & putt). The elegant bathhouse by the water is from 1927 and is now occupied by the Seattle Public Theater, for modern and contemporary plays in an intimate setting.
Fremont is a must-see neighborhood in Seattle. Located on the northwest side of Lake Union along the water, Fremont offers great views, public art, local unique shops and eclectic local restaurants. Fremont is sometimes referred to as "The People's Republic of Fremont" or "The Artists' Republic of Fremont," and was a center of counterculture; however, the neighborhood has become somewhat gentrified since the 1990s. It remains home to a controversial statue of Vladimir Lenin (salvaged from Slovakia by an art lover from Washington state who was teaching in the area at the time). The Fremont Troll is an 18-foot-tall concrete sculpture of a troll crushing a Volkswagen Beetle in its left hand, created in 1990 (under the north end of the Aurora Bridge). The street running under the bridge and ending at the Troll was renamed Troll Avenue N. in 2005. First proposed in 2006, the J.P. Patches Statue was funded primarily through fan donations. It was unveiled in Fremont on August 17, 2008, to a crowd of 1,500 “Patches’ Pals,” decked out in their fan gear and giddy to catch a glimpse of the childhood TV pal. They cheered wildly, they laughed, they cried. The show developed quite a following in the Puget Sound area, boasting an audience of over 100,000 in local markets. The "Mayor of the City Dump,” J.P. Patches was popular with children and parents alike, thanks to his use of double entendre and understated subversiveness mixed with useful life lessons. The show aired live, twice a day, Monday through Saturday, for 13 years. Val, her sister & her brother were diehard Patches Pals & fans, and even have an engraved paver brick (surrounding the statue). See if you can find it! The neighborhood also features various signs giving advice such as "set your watch back five minutes", "set your watch forward five minutes", and "throw your watch away." Other landmarks include the Fremont Rocket, a Fairchild C-119 tail boom modified to resemble a missile, local favorite JP Patches & Gertrude statue, and the outdoor sculpture "Waiting for the Interurban." Since the early 1970s, Fremont residents have referred to their neighborhood as "The Center of the Universe" (which also appears on a large "Welcome" sign).
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Fremont
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Fremont is a must-see neighborhood in Seattle. Located on the northwest side of Lake Union along the water, Fremont offers great views, public art, local unique shops and eclectic local restaurants. Fremont is sometimes referred to as "The People's Republic of Fremont" or "The Artists' Republic of Fremont," and was a center of counterculture; however, the neighborhood has become somewhat gentrified since the 1990s. It remains home to a controversial statue of Vladimir Lenin (salvaged from Slovakia by an art lover from Washington state who was teaching in the area at the time). The Fremont Troll is an 18-foot-tall concrete sculpture of a troll crushing a Volkswagen Beetle in its left hand, created in 1990 (under the north end of the Aurora Bridge). The street running under the bridge and ending at the Troll was renamed Troll Avenue N. in 2005. First proposed in 2006, the J.P. Patches Statue was funded primarily through fan donations. It was unveiled in Fremont on August 17, 2008, to a crowd of 1,500 “Patches’ Pals,” decked out in their fan gear and giddy to catch a glimpse of the childhood TV pal. They cheered wildly, they laughed, they cried. The show developed quite a following in the Puget Sound area, boasting an audience of over 100,000 in local markets. The "Mayor of the City Dump,” J.P. Patches was popular with children and parents alike, thanks to his use of double entendre and understated subversiveness mixed with useful life lessons. The show aired live, twice a day, Monday through Saturday, for 13 years. Val, her sister & her brother were diehard Patches Pals & fans, and even have an engraved paver brick (surrounding the statue). See if you can find it! The neighborhood also features various signs giving advice such as "set your watch back five minutes", "set your watch forward five minutes", and "throw your watch away." Other landmarks include the Fremont Rocket, a Fairchild C-119 tail boom modified to resemble a missile, local favorite JP Patches & Gertrude statue, and the outdoor sculpture "Waiting for the Interurban." Since the early 1970s, Fremont residents have referred to their neighborhood as "The Center of the Universe" (which also appears on a large "Welcome" sign).