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    The Enchantments

    by Paul1202 Written Jan 29, 2005

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    Just outside of Leavenworth and about an hour from Seattle is one of the most incredible hikes. It's called the Enchantments and is full of glaciers, alpine meadows, and lakes. You need to get a permit to camp overnight. Day hikes can be done without a permit, but It is fairly strenuous and you have to hike at least 6 miles to the bulk of the alpine lakes. If you go in early fall you can catch the larch trees changing colors.

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    Kayaking off Orcas Island

    by Paul1202 Updated Jan 27, 2005

    Take the Ferry out to Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands NW of Seattle. The Island itself is amazing to explore. There you can have a guided seakayak tour around Orcas and many of the other Islands. Ask to go to Yellow Island, a wildflower sanctuary that propagates wildflowers indigenous to the San Juan Islands. You might also paddle by Warren Miller's Home.

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    Discover the History of Law Enforcement in Seattle

    by Out.in.MN Written Dec 22, 2004

    Visiting this museum was an unexpected pleasure for us in two ways:

    - The history of Seattle, starting as a lawless goldrush town was well documented.

    - We met a constable visiting from Scotland and enjoyed swapping stories. We now have patches from the Strathclyde force. Judging from the museum's collection of patches, law enforcement professionals from around the world have visited.

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    Beyond the Wall bookstore

    by sageblue Written Dec 11, 2004

    I wanted to visit a queer outpost in the big city, so we stopped at the Beyond the Closet bookstore. I thought I would find something at Beyond the Closet that isn't available at A Room of One's Own, the feminist bookstore in my hometown (Madison, WI), but -- except for a huge gay porn selection and a kitty cat living in the store, I was wrong. The store seemed to have a fairly small inventory and not many customers. I did pick up a TG-themed comic book for a friend, though.  

    This seems like it could be a good place to visit if there isn't enough queer culture where you live.

    Beyond the Closet bookstore
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    Archie McPhee Store--ecclectic junk paradise!

    by bluecamper Written Nov 17, 2004

    Wierd and wonderful. I first discovered Archie McPhee when my sister would bring home their wacky catalogs from college. Their store is like a trinket wonderland. You can buy everything from bizarre candy to '50's cocktail mermaids to giant hand shaped chairs. I cannot do this store justice. It is a trip in itself and a one of a kind store. I picked it as my one must see when I went to Seattle and you should too. The tour guides can show you Seattle's underground, the Space Needle and Jimi Hendrix's grave but can they sell you a dancing Hula Boy for your grandma's Lincoln Towncar?

    Gifts for all your friends at all the right prices and they aren't the sort of thing you could pick up at the airport.

    Oh, and don't miss the photo booth. Tons of tiny stickers for letters to your VT friends. Show 'em what you're made of.

    Archie McPhee: Outfitters of Popular Culture
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    Native American Pow Wows!

    by racheljapi Written Oct 22, 2004

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    It's the greatest thing you'll ever see! The Native Americans of this area will have annual powwows. There is traditional music, food, dancing, crafts, ect. It's a full family event. Check out the local Native American centers to see when the next one is or look in the paper.

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    Golden Gardens

    by Summer33 Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    At the edge of Seattle you can visit this amazing beach on the ocean which hosts the most amazing sunsets possible. Bring some wood and have a fire while your at it, there are tons of firepits and bbq pits for you and friends. You will be missing out if you don't pay a visit to this park. And for the dog owners there is a huge off leash area for dogs.

    Busy Saturday at golden gardens
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    Friday Harbor / San Juan Islands by Plane

    by trvlhke Written Aug 24, 2004

    If you drive up to Ancortes (about an hour and a half) you can either take a ferry or plane over to the San Juan Islands. We missed the 11am ferry and the next one that had availability wasn't until 3:30 so we opted for the plane ride.

    For 1 or 2 people it's not that much more expensive once you factor in parking at the ferry port. We took San Juan Air and it was $25 per person each way. Beautiful Ride!

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    The Pinnacle @ REI

    by ejvigil Written Jul 20, 2004

    If you like rock climbing or new to the sport, check out the Pinnacle @ the REI flagship store. It stands at a whopping 65 feet, this man made rock is the biggest freestanding rock climbing wall in the world.

    It's worth your time and money!!! Beware though, you need reservations for it, so call ahead!!!

    What a climb!!!
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  • Take the best photos of the Seattle skyline

    by kxr173 Written Aug 5, 2003

    Take breathtaking pictures and see great views of the entire city from Kerry Viewpoint in the Queen Anne section. Go North from Seattle Center up Queen Anne Ave. North (up a large hill) and make a left on West Highland Dr. The small park is on your left and offers postcard-worthy views of Seattle and its amazing surroundings.

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    Go East my friend.Take I-90...

    by snmred Written Sep 12, 2002

    Go East my friend.
    Take I-90 east out of Seattle to Issequah. It's kinda a built on town meaning that it's full of shopping malls and tract homes but go through all that and go to Issequah Falls. There you will find beauty. It's a natural rainfall that you can climb down the side of the hill and stand at the bottom of. There's a hotel at the top which is great for afternoon drinks. But this is free entertainment. Very peaceful. There's other trails that are fun little hikes through the woods too.

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    Photo Opportunities a plenty!

    by jgemini65 Written Jul 20, 2008

    Seattle has been a city that has created many photo opportunities for me and my friends. Since I first visited this city 30 plus years ago my camera has been active!

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    Halloween Excitement

    by barney1974 Written Mar 17, 2006

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    Halloween is always a fun time of the year. I really enjoy it, the dressing up, scariness, and eating candy of course. People can be so creative as well. It's amazing.

    snow white and the seven dwarfs

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    Tall Santa

    by barney1974 Written Mar 13, 2006

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    Can't even remember where we saw this but it's a huge tall santa. Looks like maybe from Europer as the american santa is a big more round and jolly.

    Ho Ho Ho!

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    Japanese Garden

    by EdinburghRoc Updated Feb 12, 2006

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    I believe it cost two or three $$$ to enter.
    The garden is small but peaceful within a larger garden.
    Its worth looking out for.

    Japanese Garden
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