Seattle Tourist Traps

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    View from the Smith Tower
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  • Pike Place Market
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  • Pike Place Market
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Most Viewed Tourist Traps in Seattle

  • 1. Space Needle

    It is fairly expensive to go up the Space Needle, and if it is just the view you are looking for, I would suggest visiting the Smith Tower at 506 2nd Street. It is a blast from the past, with an...

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  • 2. Pike Place Market

    Tourist Trap or shopping mecca...it's all in your interpretation. At the end of the day you can get some great bargans on the flowers. There are shops for most anything. Since the stalls seem to...

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  • 3. Waterfront

    The only reason to visit the Seattle waterfront is to catch a ferry, which is a fabulous and cheap way to get a great, romantic view of the city. (Bundle up, even in the summer). Otherwise, the...

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  • 4. Downtown Seattle

    It is hard to find parking in Seattle. When you are going to downtown Seattle, make sure to take the bus instead of driving. The bus is free if you catch the bus before the International District....

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  • 5. Experience Music Project (EMP)

    Despite the fact it is a simple ploy to attract tourists and their money, I had a great time probably because I am a full grown kid. http://www.seattlecenter.com/ The benefits of the Seattle center...

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  • 6. Seattle Center

    Seattle Center sounds like it should be the hub of activity in Seattle. It really isn't. It's just a fairgrounds without the fair, except on special occasions like Bumbershoot or Bite of Seattle,...

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  • 7. Pioneer Square

    Sure, Pioneer Square has a bad reputation, an undeserved one. It consists of beautifully preserved late 19th century structures that were clearly impacted by the dot.com dollars. I saw it ten years...

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  • 8. Ye Olde Curiousity Shop

    We only stopped through here 'cause we happened to be walking by and I remembered the hype from different travel websites. Hmmm. Creepy shrunken heads, a couple...

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  • 9. Science Fiction Museum/ Hall of Fame: Bad Science

    Our tickets to Experience Music Project covered this as well: good thing as it's not worth forking over $15 for. The museum is in the EMP complex and you enter...

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  • 10. Seattle Art Museum-nothing special

    Seattle is very proud of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). It does have an occasional worthwhile exhibit, but the standard collection looks like it could have been...

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  • 11. Check the Concorde and Air Force One first

    There are so many things to do inside the Museum of Flight. Sometimes it takes a lot of time to check and see on all the planes.It depends on what time you...

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  • 12. FOOD IN AMERICA IS BIG!

    If you order a coke - be warned it will be nearly 1 litre in size. If you order a regular coffee it will be huge, if you order a sandwich it will be stacked, if...

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  • 13. Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe

    This little shop is located on the waterfront in an area where lots of tourists come and go all day long. It is listed in all the guide books as a "must see",...

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  • 14. Where it all started

    The Original Starbucks While visiting Pike Place market you will probably pass by the original Starbucks which first opened in 1971, and still features the...

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  • 15. The First Starbucks

    This is the very first Starbucks located in the Pike Place Market. You may notice that the sign and logo are different from the normal Starbucks, but that's...

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  • 16. The 5 Point Cafe

    I didn't enter the 5 Point Cafe when I read the sign "We Cheat Tourist N Drunks Since 1929", LOL. Isn't that a great sign?In all seriousness this place on 415...

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  • 17. "Meals" on The Clipper :-P

    If you plan on taking The Clipper to or from Seattle and Victoria make sure to either (1)bring your own snack to eat on board or (2)plan to eat before or after...

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  • 18. Westlake Center Mall

    Its a mall, but it doesn't have the usual type of mall stores like Old Navy, Abercrombie & Fitch, etc. It has mostly touristy type shops. Which basically...

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  • 19. Ride the Ducks, Me Arse!

    This is a crap tourist trap. Its a ride around Seattle in an old military amphibius vehicle. The problem is it doesnt really touch on what I feel Seattle is all...

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  • 20. Agua Verde Restaurant

    Well not quite a tourist trap more like a local trap, people are drawn to this restaurant and I just can't figure out why. Located on Union Bay next to UW it's...

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  • 21. Starbucks!

    Stay away from Starbucks, any Starbucks! They are over crowded and the coffee is not all that great. People are constantly ordering those big sweet coffee...

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  • 22. Boeing Everett Factory -...

    Boeing Everett Factory - Everett, WashingtonThe Boeing 747 pretty much revolutionized commercial airtravel in 1967, because it was capable of carrying...

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