Seattle City Pass
Favorite thing: If you're one of those people who really likes to see as much as possible (barely making restroom stops!) for the least amount of money, then the Seattle City Pass may be just right for you! For one all inclusive price, you get admission to several attractions in Seattle: Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruise Harbor Tour, the Pacific Science Center, and the Woodland Park Zoo! Options can be added such as the "Experience Music Project," and Science Fiction Museum. Can you top that?!?! (NOTE: Please check their website for any changes!!!! The included admissions have changed substantially since 2006!) You have 9 days from first use of a ticket to use all remaining tickets in the booklet. Check for other discounts for restaurants or tours in the booklet as well.
This ticket can be bought on-line and at all the above mentioned attractions. Prices for 2004 range from $44.00 for adults to $29 for youths 4 -13 yrs old (2008 prices).
Fondest memory: I have to say I'm really sorry that I was the only one in the family who wanted to go to the aquarium so naturally, I didn't get to see it!
Golden Gardens Beach & Park
Favorite thing: North of the Ballard neighborhood, Golden Gardens Beach & Park is a good place to watch the activity in Puget Sound, to take in a game of beach volleyball, or just to sit and enjoy a book. 8498 N. Seaview.
not so racially diverse.
Favorite thing: seattle is not very racially diverse when compared to other US cities.
for a european it's still quite multicultural though and you don't need to worry that it's all beavis and butthead there.
as the photo shows there are some racially mixed hot chicks to be found there too :O)
Fondest memory: hot chicks.
Favorite thing: Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau
One Convention Place
701 Pike Street, Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98101
- Tel.: (+1) 206 461 5840
- Fax: (+1) 206 461 5855
- E Mail: email@example.com
Spend time in the Red Barn.
Favorite thing: The original Boeing Factory building, a large red barn, has been relocated to Boeing Field in south Seattle. It now sits at the centre of the fantastic Museum of Flight. The interior of the barn as been modelled to replicate the original, with mock ups of the old fashioned production areas (when planes were made mainly of wood and cloth). The information in here reveals an absorbing insight into the history of a great aviation company.Related to:
- Museum Visits
Favorite thing: If you care to, hop aboard a double decker bus that takes you all over the Downtown area. It's a great way to hop on and off around and conserve your energy. There's bus stops throughout. Just look for the signs. I used the one by Bell Street Pier 66 to book my ride.Related to:
- Family Travel
Pick Up a Stranger
Favorite thing: Seattle has two free weekly newspapers - The Seattle Weekly, which is the more mainstream publication and The Stranger, which is.... well....stranger : ) When I first moved to Seattle and picked up my first Stranger I was a little surprised. Not by the excellent live music section, and informative yet sometimes off beat restaurant reviews, but by the boldness and obvious lack censorship regarding its content and language. This is not a publication for those easily offended. But it is a breath of fresh air compared to safe, unchallenging, white-bread content of most papers. And it's free. Pick one up in a coffee shop, in a bar, in a music store. The Stranger comes out every Thursday. (The Weekly comes out every Wednesday).
You can also check it out online: www.thestranger.com
Seattle that I love so much!
Favorite thing: I live in Queen Anne in Seattle and was very hurt in the crusifying reviews of my city when I got on this website. I have been to almost every state in the US and many outside and Seattle is by far the most beautiful that I have ever seen. I think that the most important thing to do when you visit my city is to take a moment and absorb the pulse. Observe the people, the lifestyle, the huge variety of population genre, and the energy that roars in Seattle. It is this connection to the people that sets Seattle apart from most other cities. Naturally we have our highrises, skyscrapers, traffic, and chaos, but out of all the cities I have ever been to there is none that are so flavored by the people as Seattle. When I was reading I saw a lot of complaints about the homeless, parking costs, and overpriced tourist traps. Here is my advice on all of the above: The homeless are harmless, give them a dollar or don't they are just as greatful for a smile. In Seattle we do our best to solve homelessness, not shun those who happen to fall into that trap. Parking costs are inevitable and ridiculous, but there is a free busline that goes from end to end of the city, if you ever get confused ask anyone on the street and they will happily help you find your way (the only city I have ever had anyone offer their assistance without asking for it). Or better yet, give a homeless guy a dollar and they will give you directions anywhere in the city. If nothing else, there are practically no areas in Seattle that are not sneaker safe, and it is a compact city, walk a little, you will get the best views in the city.
Fondest memory: As far as tourist traps go, sure there are some, but most of Seattle can be enjoyed for free or very little cost. I think that all of the things that people complained about: the Space Needle, Chinatown, Pike's Place, and EMP have easy solutions. The Space Needle is best enjoyed from the top of the South Slope of Queen Anne, take it for what it is (an architectural masterpeice), but don't try to make it something more. Chinatown, I was shocked to hear someone say that all of the Asian Americans in our community must have moved to the suburbs to join the political force. Seattle is a very liberal city and the Asian Americans in our community are not confined to owning shops in the international district, but nor are they confined to political careers. Pike's Place translates a great amount of Seattle's energy and no matter what you think of it in the end, it is free, and an experience unlike any other. The market is chaotic at times, a little bit of everything, and often noisy, but it really allows you to indulge in the pace of Seattle. Many people (my self included) shop there for their daily groceries and can never get enough. EMP is always worth the money, granted you will get more out of it with musical background and a little bit of pop history know how. It is one of those things that is great to look at even if you don't want to drop the cash, go to city center and just walk around. Seattle breathes innovation, hope, and refreshment into every one of its residents, I would hope that you as guests would give the city the same oppurtunity. If nothing else, buy a Starbucks (which is completely environmentally and culturally coherent) and walk the waterfront, up through Belltown, hit Queen Anne, back through City Center, and on to Downtown, and back up through the crazy, liberal, old school punk (but very safe) Capitol Hill. Above all enjoy your visit to the lovely Seattle, Washington.
Favorite thing: Here in Canada on satelline we get the Komo 4 news all the time. http://www.komotv.com/
But I really liked this picture I got. This is their news helicoper but I got this view of it from the Space Needle.
When I went back down on the street I got some more pictures then as it took off and went to get some news I guess.
Washington State License Plate
Favorite thing: I know some people collect weird things like license plates so if you are curious about those sorts of things here is a Washington State plate.
It's the Evergreen State!
When your from rural Canada you tend to say from time to time, "hey look that car is from Florida!" and so on. LOL.
I thought the owner of the vehicle might not of wanted they plate number on line so I messed up that part. Cheers!
Favorite thing: I remember really enjoying the feel of the streets in Seattle. They were very lively with lots of activity and the performers make the trekking around more enjoyable that's for sure.
This guy was playing some jazz in one of the small park areas.
Waterfront Interpretation in Seattle
Favorite thing: All this tip is; is to mention as you walk along the waterfrong you'll see all these anchors. They have some neat interpretation about the history of the port.
So as your walking around down there stop to read a few. Cheers!!
Washington State Ferry View
Favorite thing: I have another tip with lots of information on the Washington State ferry but I wanted to give you another picture.
As you can see you get another great angle on the city from Elliott Bay.
The cruise ship in the pictures didn't seem all that big when I was there but looking at it now in comparison to the downtown buildings, that is one big cruise ship!!
Cheif Seattle and I
Favorite thing: In all the places I visit I think it is always interesting to learn how it got its name. Seattle was no different so I was paying close attention to things and I can tell you it was named after and old chief who¡¦s name was Seattle and he happened to be friends with a famous character in Seattle history Doc Maynard.
In the book the Sons of the Profits by Bill Speidel they talk about Chief Seattle and his relationship with the early white pioneers. Everything then and now was about making money, money, money. It turns out the Chief was no different. He was very upset that they were actually going to name the town after him. According to his spirits every time someone speaks your name after death you would role over in your grave. If that is true Chief Seattle is spinning around frantically right now.
There were other possible names for the town. At one point they even tried calling in New York but it was having negative implications for the town. People like Doc Maynard where set on using the name Seattle so they agreed to pay the chief a royalty for the use of his name. Ever resident of the town actually paid an extra tax to pay for it. Apparently the Chief died a very rich man but the pioneers where not stupid. This among other strategic moves saved Seattle from sure battles with the Indians throughout its early history.
Living a privileged life didn¡¦t make Chief Seattle exactly popular amongst his people. He was often thought of as a traitor for selling out to these white pioneers but as I mentioned in Seattle it was all about making money, money, money!
So there you have a little bit of history as I remember it from oral and written history and here in the picture I am with none other than Chief Seattle himself ƒº.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: For all those dot com lovers and aspiring entrepreneurs you will know that Seattle is the place to be. You and Bill Gates could possibly stroll the University of Washington campus together, LOL.
In this picture you can see the Amazon.com headquarters. I took this picture from the Smith Tower. The building used to be a hospital that the company renovated but it’s a little piece of evidence how well those that survived the dot com boom really done.
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