Get a Seattle CityPass
This was a great idea for us. It gave us money off tickets to all the places we wanted to go to.
Six attractions, including The Space Needle, The Museum of Flight, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium and Woodlands Park Zoo for $42.
We didn't manage to get to all the places cos we only had a few days. But it was still worth the money and saved all that queuing up for tickets. www.citypass.com
I really loved this city and...
I really loved this city and wished ZI had planned to spend mor time here. The history of the underground just blew me away. Where else in the world would the future of a city depend on the flush toilet. The value of this tour is great and it was so interesting.
Take the skybridge and/or elevator
This is what I discovered just recently and I have to share with you travelling to Seattle. Since driving here is crazy and the parking is super expensive, you might as well park to a place where it is close to everything and you don't have to do a lot of walking! (Especially those who have children who are in strollers or those who have disability).
Park on Western Avenue close to the World Spice Market. Then take the elevator down to go to the Waterfront or the sky bridge. You can, again, take the elevator to go up to the Pike Place Market. The Waterfront includes the Seattle Aquarium, Argossy Cruises, Waterfront Park, Pier 57 and Pier 59, the ferry terminals to Bainbridge Island, the Fisherman's Wharf, the Carousel, the Crab Pot, Pirates' Plunder, etc. I just love walking around the waterfront and look at the Puget Sound. The ferries come and go.
Strange Street Stories!
After spending a lot of time exploring the downtown of Seattle, I mean hours of time doing this you meet a lot of people and you see a lot of odd scenes. One of the funnier, gross, odd or whatever you want to call it was when the blond in this picture decided to expose one of her cheeks for one city block to show off her tatoo to everyone in sight. I wasn't able to get a picture of the tatoo for you VTers, sorry :-)
At the bus stop I witnessed some guy hollering obsenities at the world, a homeless person not asking people for money but for them to smile, another guy claiming the police where communist, young travelers requiring money for dogfood, an angry couple after being questioned by the police, a nice guy from Alaska in Seattle on a stop over and now taking route 174 to the airport while I was heading to the Museum of Flight. On the way back a young girl in a panic to get to a job interview needed my cell phone to let them know she would be late :-( She was a volunteer at the museum and interested in aviation industry and almost caught her mother who drove by while she waited for route 174. A family from Bainbridge Island who visited Mount St. Helen's for the first time, a young student tourist from Asia and a graduated engineering student from the UK. I am sure there were probably many more!
I always wonder where people are off to and in Seattle it was nice chatting with a few of them. A hospitable crowd to say the least.
Bow to the Java God(dess)
Yes, Seattle is the coffee craziest place in the world probably. Until recently, it was monopolized by 3 major companies: Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Tully's. But recently, the almighty hand of Starbucks reached out and grabbed up Seattle's Best as well, so now there's Starbucks posing as Seattle's Best. It was a sad day in Seattle, let me tell you. (Especially since Seattle's Best was my fav -- they're the only ones who give you chocolate sticks with your coffee.)
If you have a spare hour or two in Seattle, try walking around downtown counting how many coffee shops there are, and figure out things like # of coffee shops per 100sq ft, or # of coffee shops per capita, or # of coffee shops/days of the year, or... :-)
Starbucks #1 pick: Grande non-fat mocha chocolate brownie frappaccino with mint, light whip.
Seattle's Best #1 pick: Grande decaf mocha no whip.
Seattle's Best #2 pick: Tall eggnog latte (only in the winter).
Tully's #1 pick: Medium Spin.
For those of you who prefer the less established brands, it's best to get out of downtown Seattle. (Although Nordstrom does have a tasty coffee place at street level).
I recommend going to Capitol Hill, Wallingford, Fremont, or the University District, and just walking around until you find a place that strikes your fancy. It shouldn't take long!