Please..Please.. if possible dont rent a car or anything.. take taxi, cabs or metro bus! renting a car will give you a headache! it's hard to find parking spots anywhere and you have to pay ridiculous parking charges! Parking fees are ranging 6-10 dollars per hour. Driving in Seattle area is a no-no!
* Things to Consider *
- Heavy Traffic
- Expensive parking fees
1.Alki area of West Seattle, you can see all of the downtown, first hill, queen anne area layed out. Seattle looks alot bigger from this snapshot(mine coming soon)
2.On the back of a ferry to Bainbridge island. Its a nice side trip if you like biking, exploring around, and if its sunny you will have a great photo.
3.On top of Queen Anne Hill
Fondest memory: dark, cloudy, slightly rainy cool, foggy mornings on the way to class with a mocha in my hand, headphones in my ears, avoiding people asking me for change. Yep thats an average winter morning....
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.
Favorite thing: Seattle is the perfect urban experience. From downtown to Alki Beach to Freemont to Gasworks Park to Capital Hill to Seattle Center. It’s clean, friendly, fun with a great public transportation system. For a city of its size it is very safe.
See the Experience Music Project.
I didn't bother going in (ok ok I admit I turned up too early before they opened).
Just wandering around admiring Gehry's jaw dropping design was enough.
Fondest memory: The crab dinner .. mmmmmmmmmm .. with a glass of chilled Californian Chardonnay.
AIRFORCE ONE at the Air Museum was a surprise for me, YES! You can go on board to see inside the plane.
Allow two hours to see everything here.
Take the 1-5south to exit 158, turn right on marginal way S.
Fondest memory: Pier Place Market. And the walk along the shore of Puget Sound. The city parks & Union Lake. Watching seaplanes take off & land on Union Lake.
The quaint boat houses on Lake Union
Fondest memory: Missing the earthquake. I was in Colorado on a business trip (the story of my life), and I missed the earthquake that hit Seattle in February, 2001. Luckily, this was pretty much the extent of the damage in my apartment:
Sorry I don't have a photo for this tip. I usually do, but Seattle's International District was small and quite a disappointment that I didn't take one photo.
International District is Chinatown. Don't know why they changed its name; maybe they tried to be politically correct. Given the booming Asian population and influence in the Pacific Northwest, including a Chinese American Governor in the state of Washington, I was expecting a bigger, or at least more lively Chinatown. Perhaps they all moved to the suburbs for a political career.
If you have seen my other pages you'd know visiting Chinatown is my hobby. Later in my trip I travelled to Canada and saw more interesting Chinatowns in Vancouver, Victoria, and even Calgary.
Re; Keeping in touch via WWW. There are several cybercafes in the City Center area of Seattle (see link): http://www.cybercaptive.com/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/kireau/Inew. But, worry not if you do not expect to be in downtown Seattle. Whatever area you happen to be visiting in Washington State, nearly every library, community college, copy business (example: Kinko's) has internet access. This is the home of Microsoft afterall!
For additional information re; Seattle, try www.seeseattle.org or also recent article about Seattle April'02 issue of Budget Travel, www.frommers.com.
See the city by foot. Over the last five years, the downtown area has had a major make-over. Every year big business and buildings move in and make Seattle more modern and beautiful. One can do a lot of financial damage here. We boast a Nike Town, Nordstrom, Planet Hollywood, Eddie Bauer, and hundreds of other big and small shops. Check out some of the new specialty shops in the Belltown area, or see a local band perform in Pioneer Square.
Fondest memory: When I am away from home, I mostly miss the cool weather and awesome food. You can get any kind of food here, and I mean any kind. Thai is popular here, as is our great seafood. If you love seafood, don't leave town without having some Alaskan Halibut or Salmon.
Favorite thing: I lived in bellingham,wa for a few years and traveled the state,, mt. rainer, mt.st helens(a must see) the tulips blooming in the spring near mt. vernon,wa(a must) laconnor,wa! pike place market!, chuckanut dr(south of bellingham,a must) mt. baker glacier! (trail -hike 3hrs to the top..go past deming,wa to glaicer..turn right after you pass the town.. drive in 8mi to trail head.. dont miss this hike!)any ferry to the san jaun islands-go!! vancouver..gas town, U.b.C. archaological museum!(a must on ubc campus)
This really depends on your preference. If you like tourist sites, obviously check out the Pike Place Market to start and there's a several department stores all over downtown if you like to shop. There's a coffee shops and a homeless person on every block so be prepared to be overwhelmed if you are from the east coast.
Fondest memory: Rented a car to go outside of Seattle and checked out Snoqualmie Falls (sight of 'Twin Peaks' lodge). To be honest, I wouldn't want to live in Seattle but outskirts looked absolutely beautiful and if you like nature stuff, you'll probably want to live here.
Like any port, Seattle is liveliest along the waterfront, along the shores of Elliott Bay.
An Aquarium on pier 59.
Sooner or later, everyone comes to Pike Place Market, with fruit; vegetables, fish & flowers.
Go also to Pioneer Square, it's Victorian redbrick builds are surrounded by restaurants.
Explore Seattle's Undergound Tour from 610 First Avenue from Doc Maynard's Pub
Fondest memory: Oh goodness. While in seattle, we had these walkie-talkie things with a radius of 2 miles. we used them to keep track of each other on the highway- and they were great. We all had our own little 'code names' and names for the car. Inadvertantly, we picked up signals from around the seattle area, and ended up having numerous conversations with locals. it was great- until we somehow managed to insult one, got yelled at in spanish, and had to make a run for it as we recieved death threats. lol. it was great!!
Fondest memory: My first experience moving to The Big City was moving to Seattle. I lived there from 1991 to 2000. I still live within easy driving and busing distance, and I still have friends there who I visit regularly. It's small enough for me not to feel completely lost, but big enough to feel like there's always something to do somewhere.