Seattle Travel Guide

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Seattle Highlights

  • Pro
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     Diversed City, Diversed Restaurants 

  • Con
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     Expensive parking, heavy traffic, confusing roads signs. 

  • In a nutshell
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     So much more than its rainy reputation 

Seattle Things to Do

  • Space Needle

    A really beautiful structure, a fast elevator, but the best pictures are taken from the ground, and the price you pay to go to the top is exaggerated for what you get there. However, even knowing that, everybody goes to the top, so... we did the same.

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  • Pike Place Market

    The book said that it was one of Seattle highlights, so we had to go there. Maybe it is something odd for the American way of life, but I must confess that I found no distinctive details comparing with dozens of Portuguese markets. Maybe because we arrived late? Maybe because we had excessively high expectations? I don't know. But what I saw...

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  • Pioneer Square

    One of the most interesting and off-beat things to do in Pioneer Square is to take Bill Speidel's "Underground Tour." We had read about this tour before coming to Seattle and were determined not to miss it while in town. While the tour begins above ground at Doc Maynard's Public House (a restored 1890's saloon) with a very interesting explanation...

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Seattle Hotels

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Seattle Restaurants

  • Space Needle

    SkyCity is open for lunch, dinner, and Saturday and Sunday brunch. Since I couldn't go for lunch and didn't want to waste a Saturday or Sunday on the Space Needle, I had dinner. The main draw for me was: "As always, your elevator ride and Observation Deck access are complimentary when dining at SkyCity." At that time the ride up was $6.00. Now it...

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  • Seafood Restaurants

    Known for their huge servings, the Crab Pot restaurant sits on the water overlooking the bay & harbor. Just down from the Seattle aquarium, it is what you think of when you think Seattle seafood. Wait staff bring your order to your table and dump the contents of a huge bucket of seafood on the table accompanied by wooden mallets and a board to...

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  • Chinese / Japanese Cuisine

    The "International District" as it is called is the old part of town where Asian immigrants from all over eastern Asia once came to do business, get their family associations settled, look for work, eat, and even arrange marriages. In recent days, there has been an effort to try to convert the "International District" to more of a tourist area,...

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Seattle Nightlife

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  • Downtown Seattle

    I was wandering around south downtown Seattle neighborhoods around SafeCo Field when I stopped in the Pyramid Alehouse, which is directly across the street from SafeCo House. With this kind of location, the beer just needs to be adequate in order for the place to flourish - and I can happily attest that the beer here is more than adequate. It's...

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  • Pioneer Square

    I had a pretty decent time at Volume Seattle. At first I wasn't so sure that I was going to enjoy my night, but at the end of it, it was pretty awesome. Went with a group of girlfriends. Im sure they had fun too. Just dress well! Its clubbing after all!

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  • Capitol Hill

    At one time this 1928 structure housed an auto dealership combined with the dealer's mechanic shop. In 2003 this became the first bowling alley to open in Seattle in 40 years. The market for this type of establishment has proven very brisk, and even on a Sunday night it was possible to find all of the billiard tables in use as well as all the...

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Seattle Transportation

  • Train / Monorail / StreetCar

    Amtrak long distance (Empire Builder to and from Chicago and points between, Coast Starlight to Los Angeles and points between) and regional trains (Amtrak Cascades north to Vancouver, British Columbia and south to Eugene, Oregon and points between) depart from King Street Station. It is also served by regional trains (south to Tacoma or north to...

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  • Bus/Shuttle Service

    Just an update on the Ride Free Zone in downtown Seattle. The Ride Free service was discontinued a couple of months ago. The busses are all pay-as-you-enter now, and no more free bus. Sad to see it go!

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  • Multi-Choice

    There are seven public transit operators in the Seattle area, and even more when you start to include some of the connecting services, such as Intercity Transit in the Olympia area. This doesn't even begin to count all the private operators of airport shuttles and cruise ship shuttle vans, private intercity buses, and the like. It also does not...

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Seattle Shopping

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  • Malls and Super Malls

    Bargain hunters are treated to rows of clothing racks, some devoted to well-known designers like DKNY and Ralph Lauren, while others are a mix of brand-name and generic labels. Merchandise is marked 20 to 60 percent below department and specialty store prices. Men's, women's and children's apparel are organized by type, such as shirts, pants and...

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  • Pike Place Market

    Should Pike Place Market be under the "Local Customs" section, or "Things to Do" or "Tourist Trap" or a "Shopping Tip"? In reality, it is all of the above. It has continuously operated as the Pike Place Market since 1907, yet parts of the market spirit date back all the way to trading between Native American tribes conducted through the region....

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  • Downtown Seattle

    With the amount of marine history in the Seattel area, it should not be surprising that there would be farmer's markets offered on boats. In fact there are several boats in the region that have farmer's markets scheculed at them. The one closest to downtown Seattle is the Lake Union Farmer's Market, which is located on board the Virginia V. It...

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Seattle Local Customs

  • Coffee Craze

    Just try and say Seattle without thinking of coffee. Even my beer-obsessed mind can't fathom a day without the java in this caffeine-infused culture. As you walk around town, you notice the number one accessory is the coffee cup. And when you don't have one of your own, you start looking for a place to get one. That's okay, you never have to look...

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  • Seattle Weather

    They say it rains a lot in Seattle! That's so true! We got used to it already except that our drivers don't. So be careful driving! So, when you come to Seattle, choose the right season then you don't have to bring an umbrella. The best time to come to Seattle is the month of July, August and September. It is bright and sunny but, sometimes, it...

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  • Friendly Seattelites

    Seattle has amongst the best street performers and some of the most colourful people we've ever encountered on our travels. Take the time to stop and enjoy the creative music and wonderful sounds that some of these young up and coming stars provide to the onlookers for small tips or with the hopes of selling a cheap CD.

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Seattle Warnings and Dangers

  • Beggars / Panhandlers / Homeless

    There are so many social services that are taxpayer funded in Seattle, such as very nice apartment complexes built to house "chronic public inebriates," food kitchens, shelters, etc.. Also, a small but loud contingent of homeless choose to live in tent cities that the city basically "tolerates" due to intense political pressures from far-left...

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  • Parking

    Today, I received a $44 parking ticket on "The Ave" by UW while at the paying station paying for my ticket! I was having problems with the credit card, then realizing it didn't take Discover Card... so it took me a little longer while looking for another card. I turned and saw an officer placing a ticket on my windshield. My car was running with my...

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  • Downtown Seattle

    While I realized that Seattle is a big city but I was surprized that it fit my expectations of New York City. Perhaps coming from a small town I really had no idea. The city was very busy. There is the feel that everyone is trying to work, and make the american dream while other areas feel like you have been at the fair 6 hours past your ready to...

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Seattle Tourist Traps

  • 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 elevator man who takes you up in the old fashioned elevator, with a peak at each floor as you pass. The view from the top is spectacular, not the mention...

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  • 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 change places almost daily, sometimes it difficult to get back to "just that right place" to find something. Visit the fish market at the entrance on Pike....

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  • 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 waterfront has nothing to offer except a few restaurants (not all bad, but a restaurant is not s tourist attraction) and a couple of crappy souvenir shops....

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Seattle What to Pack

  • Wetproof Gear

    Even though Seattle is often described as one of the rainiest cities in the US, it's not exactly true - it's not that it rains a lot, it's that it rains a little bit, almost all the time! On average, it rains over 150 days a year in Seattle, and clouds are present almost 300 days a year. Locals are so used to the rain coming and going (for it...

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  • Travel Light / Layers

    Comfortable Shoes, Sweatshirt/Blazer, and lightweight pants/shorts. We always travel in August or September, which in all reality is truly the perfect time. It's a bit warm still but there is seldom rain. Pack a windbreaker or sweatshirt just in case... or don't and buy a souvenir that will brighten up your rainy days when you return home!

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  • The Full Works

    Obviously- the 2 carry-on minimum if traveling by air. Otherwise, feel free to pack yourselves silly. You may look like a Grand Canyon donkey, but you are the one that gets to carry it all, lucky you! Layers, layers, layers! WINTER- definitely scarf/hat and mittens/gloves with thick parka/overcoat. Its downright cold! Always helps to have hot,...

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Seattle Off The Beaten Path

  • Downtown Seattle

    Pike Place Market is one of Seattle's most well known attractions. However, one part of the market that isn't well marked, unless you go down one level and out a door in the side, is a place called "The Gum Wall". This is a brick wall towards the south side of Pike Place Market where generations of people have left their chewing gum tacked onto...

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  • National/Local - Parks/Gardens

    Located inside Volunteer Park, one of the city's oldest water towers has been rebuilt with an observation deck at the top. There is no elevator, but the two half-spiral staircases that lead to the top will provide you with lots of free exercise as you climb to the top. There is no elevator or other alternative to climbing the stairs as the...

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  • Snoqualmie

    Somewhat off the beaten path is Snoqualmie Falls, which is about 30 miles (50 km) east of Seattle. It is taller than the famous Niagara Falls but not as wide. During the spring and early summer, it's much wider than in the later summer when the river level is lower. Unlike most waterfalls in the area, there is no need to hike to see the falls. It...

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Seattle Sports & Outdoors

  • Baseball / Basketball

    Safeco Park is one of the newer ballparks and it's a great park to visit. When we went to a Mariners game the weather was very nice but sadly the Mariners lost. I'm a Mariners fan (except when they play the Giants) and I hope they have a better season in 2011. Anyway, it was a fun time, and we got a free baseball as we were leaving the park.

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  • Kayaking / Canoeing / Boating / Sailing

    Even if you don't know how to sail you can still explore Lake Union in a beautiful wooden rowboat The Center for Woodben Boats, located in south Lake Union has a fleet of rowboats at your disposal. Just hand over your $12/hour and you're off exploring houseboats, seaplanes and Lake Union's extensive pleasure and work fleet.

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  • Soccer / Football

    Seeing a Sounders game at Qwest Field has to be one of the most fun sporting experiences in the city. The entire stadium get into the game, standing and chanting the entire time. Be sure to stop by Pioneer Square pre-game, where the supporters gather and march to Qwest together.

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Seattle Favorites

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  • Pike Place Market

    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

    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

    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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