Washington State Favorites

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    Selection of Walla Walla wines
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Washington State Favorites

  • Pike Place Market

    Seattle Favorites

    If you are heading to the Pike Place Market by a car, make sure to go early to get the Early Bird Special on parking fees. It cost only $6.00 per day. Otherwise, the parking fee is astronomical! The parking that has early bird special in Pike Place Market is located at the junction of Pike Place and Alaskan Way. I love Seattle because it is very...

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  • Downtown Seattle

    Seattle Favorites

    The map I used to explore downtown on foot is called Seattle Tourmap. It shows points of interests and even gives a little blurb of what it is. The free map can be found in any hotel, information center, and even in some tourist shops in the Seattle area. You can get a look online at www.tourmap.com and click on the Seattle link.

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  • Waterfront

    Seattle Favorites

    With a double decker freeway built right along a good portion of its waterfront, Seattle is reminiscing of San Francisco before its Embarcadero Freeway was removed. San Francisco’s Embarcadero Freeway obscured much of the San Francisco skyline. But the freeway was removed after suffering substantial damage during the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989,...

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  • Seattle City Pass

    Seattle Favorites

    It will be cheaper to buy the Seattle City Pass. It will only cost yu $59.00 A $111.60 Value. Youth 412- is #39.00 You can buy this at citypass.com or call 1-888-330-5009 With this citypass, you can go to 6 famous attactions in an amazing price. And, you skip ticket lines.

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  • Space Needle

    Seattle Favorites

    Make sure you have plenty of memory in your camera as the views from here are great. You can see pretty much all of Seattle from the Needle. The most eye-catching is overlooking downtown. Make sure you go around the whole thing and take pics from every direction. My fondest memories of Seattle would have to be the good times spent with my friends...

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  • National/Local - Parks/Gardens

    Seattle Favorites

    Small quiet park, at 2nd Ave and S Main (just off the trolley line). It's set behind a wall, which blocks the noise of the city. Here is a water fall and a small running brook. Sitting and reading. Letting my mind catch up with the sights and sounds that we'd been seeing all morning. It would be a great place for a cup of coffee or a light...

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  • Fremont District

    Seattle Favorites

    I probably lived in Seattle a year before I even knew about the troll, and it was even longer before I saw it - via the "Ride the Duck" site-seeing excursion I took during one of my parents' visits. Now it's a regular site I take my visitors to see. Seattle is full of public art, and the Fremont Troll was commissioned by the Fremont Arts Council...

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  • Seattle Center

    Seattle Favorites

    %Once you are at the Space Needle, you might as well go to the Seattle Center, Music Museum Project, and the Pacific Science Center, and the water fountain. These are all in one location. I bring my visitors here because of the famous Space Needle and because there are so much to see. There is the fountain nearby where the children can go down and...

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  • Puget Sound

    Seattle Favorites

    Bring your camera. Seattle plays like a seasoned musician..... when she's on, she's really ON. With a little help from Mother Nature in the weather department Seattle and PNW in general can be one of the most gorgeous places in America. The occasional rain only makes it more beautiful when it stops and the light comes up. Picture top/right:...

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  • Pioneer Square

    Seattle Favorites

    You can find many totem poles in the Pioneer Square district, but not as many compared to what you'll find up in British Columbia. The totem poles are part of the Pioneer Square's history, a lot of influence from the natives who inhabitated the Pacific Northwest a long time ago. A great sight to see; great photo opportunities here.

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  • Starbucks

    Seattle Favorites

    Not being a big Starbuck's supporter (I find them way over priced), we still couldn't help the nostalgia of actually walking into the original Starbucks for a coffee & a Frapuchino. I have to admit it was quaint. Original handwritten signs on chalkboard, items in bins, quaint tables and of course, the faithful patronage of local and tourist...

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  • Seafair

    Seattle Favorites

    Events include: Fleet arrival and maritime festival Milk carton derby Triathalon UPS Torchlight Run Parades Hydroplane racing on Lake Washington Airshow For 2005 the festival will start July 2nd and continue through August 7th. The fleet arrival will be August 3rd. This year they are adding a marathon on July 10th. Seafair Hotline: (206)...

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  • Boeing Factory

    Seattle Favorites

    If you get time take a coach trip from the tourist office to the Boeing factory at Everett. There you'll see the wide body aircraft (747, 777) production line in the largest building by volume in the world. The picture shows the planes lined up ready for acceptance testing after being painted.

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  • Experience Music project (EMP)

    Seattle Favorites

    Experience Music Project (EMP) is a museum dedicated to music. The 140,000 square foot facility was created to celebrate creativity and innovation as expressed through American popular music and culture. The building was designed by architect Frank O. Gehry, who also designed the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain (in case you were wondering why does the...

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  • Ball Games

    Seattle Favorites

    If its baseball season, see a ballgame. Baseball has become very very popular in Seattle, since the new stadium was built and Seattle acquired some great players, like Ichiro from Japan. If its clear outside and warm, the stadium has a roof which is pulled back, and so its an outdoor stadium:) And its only cost 550 million dollars. oh well, its a...

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  • Harbor District

    Seattle Favorites

    You must go to the downtown piers and in and around where the aquarium is. There is a lot of shops, restaurants, baseball and football teams that play around there. My fondest memory of Seattle is just talking in the sights. It's just amazing looking at the arcitecture.

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  • Though you will invariably...

    Though you will invariably enjoy Seattle, you have to get out of the city to really see Washington State. Get out to the Olympic Peninsula and down to Mt. Rainer. They're only a few hours away and could be done as day trips, but why rush back when there is so much to see and do. Linger awhile, you won't regret it. We had been gawking at Mt....

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  • the Historical Capital

    In and around The Mall, there are many grand sites to attract visitors. These include white marble buildings that can be seen from anywhere within the city.

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  • Puget Sound

    Puget Sound is the inland waters between the Pacific Ocean and much of northwest Washington. Seattle is on the shore of Puget Sound. The sound was explored by George Vancouver in 1792. Vancouver named it after one of his officers, Lieutenant Peter Puget. The San Juan Islands can be found within its waters and offer an off the beaten path location...

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  • Washington Countryside

    This was supposed to be a picture of Mt. Ranier, but as you can see, it did not turn out. It still is a nice pic, so I decided to keep it. A lot of Washington looks like this, especially around the cascade region.

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  • Fort Ebey State Park

    My fondest memories of being in Washington state are always when my family discovers places we've never been to before. During a trip to La Conner back in July of 1998, we drove over the bridge to Whidbey Island and discovered Fort Ebey State Park. While Fort Ebey State Park is rather small, it's a gorgeous rocky beach on Puget Sound with...

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  • Good Morning?

    This little feller woke me up every day while I was there! .

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  • February weather window

    To enjoy western Washington in February you have to either head to the mountains for snow or out to the beach for a taste of salt air. In the latter case, you'll want to find a weather window that will give you the greatest probability of sun -- or at least no rain. Luckily, the Internet age has made home forecasting not only possible but very...

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  • Vancouver

    Vancouver is a small city across the Coumbia River from Portland, Ore. The big attraction in Vancouver is the Fort.

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  • Columbia River Gorge

    Ride along WA Route 14 from Vancouver along the Columbia River. The Columbia Gorge is absolutely spectacular.

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  • Fantastic Scenary

    Washtingon, like BC, has some amazing scenary.. Make sure your digicam is fully charged, or that you've brought lots of film.. Driving down south on my big adventure, and seeing a snow-capped Mt. Baker in the distance..

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  • BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN VISTAS

    Hiking in the beautiful Wenatchee range in the Central Cascade mountains was a great experience. The weather was cool and the only people we saw were bow and arrow hunters. We didn't see any elk as they were already in hiding -- they know when it's hunting season.

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  • Cascade Loop Map

    Washington State’s Scenic Loop Highway. This 400 mile self-guided driving tour circles through the heart of Washington from the waters of Puget Sound across the Cascade Mountains and into the high desert climate of the Columbia River Valley. You will see incredible scenery, National Parks, quaint towns and enjoy diverse activities. Explore the...

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  • catch in a ferry to any one of...

    catch in a ferry to any one of the islands and rent a bike....most of the islands have bridges that connect them....return the bike the next day.....a real work out but a great treat.

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  • The OLYMPIC NATL.PARK is a...

    The OLYMPIC NATL.PARK is a very unusual place which is definitively worth to visit. Here in the north of the USA, you'll feel like if you are in a...jungle !Huge trees and dense vegetation will make you feel really in untouched nature. Be aware that this Park is one of the wettiest place in the USA, it rains and rains and rains.The pretty port of...

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  • Go see Mt. Rainier and Mt. St....

    Go see Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. Definitely a before and after kind of sequence. If you have a choice see Rainier first. It will help you to appreciate what an erruption of a volcano can do to an area.Also a must see is the Puget Sound and the towns around the 'Sound' as well as the incredibly beautiful San Juan islands in Puget Sound, where...

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  • If you are a sailor or just...

    If you are a sailor or just like sailboats you have to take in the Whidbey Is. Race week in Oak Harbour it is a must.The scuba diving is great and the Penn Cove muscles are mouth watering. My fondest memory is XXX rated but my second fondest memory was each year my buddies and I charter a 38' power boat in Vancouver Canada. We would cruse down to...

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  • Go to the ocean beaches. Then...

    Go to the ocean beaches. Then drive east until you hit Idaho. Until you do that, you will have no clue as to what kind of place Washington STATE is. The mountains and the water are what make Washington STATE special. There are only a few places that you can't find one or the other, unlike many states that don't have either one!

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  • Notice that many buildings in...

    Notice that many buildings in downtown Seattle have below streetlevel floors. In 1928, street levels were raised and a seawall was built to save the town from 12 foot high tides.

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  • Hike the cascade pass. It is...

    Hike the cascade pass. It is a beautiful hike that can be completed by all levels of hikers. The reward for your labors is a beautiful view of a valley and beyond! Taking the ferry to Olympic National park and seeing whales in the channel.

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  • Olympic National Park has...

    Olympic National Park has some 50 miles of wilderness beaches, and while most are out-of-the-way, Second is relatively easy to reach via a 0.75-mile hike through Sitka spruce and hemlock rain forest from the town of La Push.

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  • WFTR's General Tip

    In 1988, I was making a big trip across the country during October and November. Early voting wasn't easy then, and my relatives and I went to a great deal of trouble to allow me to vote an absentee ballot. I wanted to watch returns, and on election night, I checked into Paul's Motel in Anacortes, Washington so that I could watch. The reception...

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  • Visit the Wildlife Parks...

    Visit the Wildlife Parks around Mt. Ranier. They are not only adventurous. But they will be well worth the money spent. If you like the outdoors. The Parks have trails that you can hike through and many diffent animals that can be seen. My fondest memory of Washington is the snow that fell while I was visiting Mt. Ranier. It was so awsome to see...

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  • The best thing to do in...

    The best thing to do in Seattle, is not as many people beileive, to see the Space Needle. The Space Needle can be seen from most places in the city. The best thing to do really depends on the season. If it is the summer, go on a boat ride or take a hike. If it is the winter, go skiing.

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  • Crossing the Columbia River. ...

    Crossing the Columbia River. It is amazing to see such a vast river with no kind of vegetation around it.

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  • Take the ferry ride to...

    Take the ferry ride to Bremerton or one of the other Puget Sound Islands. The ferry ride is a treat in itself. My one night stay at the Edgewater Hotel. Its such a romantic setting and the perfect place to take a girlfriend,wife or lover.

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  • Go to Pikes Market in Seattle....

    Go to Pikes Market in Seattle. At the end of the market there is a restaurant named Cutters don't miss it. Excellent food and the homemade bread is to die for. Pikes Market and touring the navy ships in the harbor

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  • If travelling here during the...

    If travelling here during the winter months I recomend you head out to one of the ski areas for a day.Spokan has Mt.Spokane within 45min of downtown and though small for west coast standards is as big as anything you would find in the mid atlantic states.If you are looking for better head over to Idaho and hit Swietzer,or silver mountains for great...

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  • Drive around the state(the...

    Drive around the state(the topography will change in front of your eyes this way)driving through the center of the state from Grand coullee to Moses lake you will pass by lakes with cliffs hanging over you on both sides

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  • On the eastern side of the...

    On the eastern side of the state make sure to visit Spokane it's a medium size city(over 100,000) and has a beautiful downtown. Make sure to visit riverfront park while in Spokane(when downtown central just go north a few blocks and you should hit it,the river goes right through downtown and has gorgeous waterfalls at the west end of the park)

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