Washington State Things to Do

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Washington State Things to Do

  • Space Needle

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    One of the first places we wanted to see in Seattle was the "Space Needle", of course. When I think of Seattle, the Space Needle immediately comes to mind and as it has been the symbol of Seattle since opening for the 1962 World's Fair. Riding the elevator up to the top might just make you a little weak in the knees if heights bother you. But it...

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  • Pike Place Market

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    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

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    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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  • Ballard Locks

    Seattle Things to Do

    It interesting to see the locks, the fish ladder and the garden. Be mindful where you stand so that you are not in the way when they open the gates. It is best not to do a city tour because they do not take you deep into the garden.

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  • Experience Music Project - EMP

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    THE EMP MUSEUM Firstly You will be taken by the fantastic architecture of this building which houses this unbeleivable Museum. Located right beside the famous Seattle landmark of the Space Needle this wonderful music museum contains the most amazing and significant collection of guitars and Rock music and Rock legend memorabilia and pop culture...

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  • Downtown Seattle

    Seattle Things to Do

    When it was built, the Space Needle was certainly the dominant feature of the Seattle skyline. However, over the past 40 years, many newer and very tall buildings have been built in Seattle. Today, the Columbia Center offers Skyview, which claims to be the "tallest public viewing area West of the Mississippi" (obviously views from natural hills are...

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  • Museum Of Flight

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    This tip has to do with the "main campus" of the museum of flight. There are actually several other locations operated by the Museum of Flight, but this facility is the location most people think of when they think of the Museum of Flight. Naturally located south of downtown Seattle at Boeing Field (the old King County Airport), and still...

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  • Fremont District

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    Although Fremont started out as an independent city, it has been part of Seattle since 1891; however, I'm not sure that people there got the notice! There definitely is something special about that neighborhood that makes it feel like an entirely different town. The Fremont Chamber of Commerce, which has taken to promoting Fremont as "The Center of...

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  • Boeing Factory

    Seattle Things to Do

    We start our visit at the Future of Flight showcases the Boeing Company and the various jetliners it manufactures – the 747, 767 and 777. Comparisons between the original jetliners and the newest jetliner the 787 Dreamliner are awesome. A section of the Dreamliner fuselage sits next to an original PanAm fuselage dwarfing it. This new plane comes...

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  • Whale Watching

    Seattle Things to Do

    I grabbed an end-of-season ticket (late September) on the Victoria Clipper's Whale Watching trip. I had wanted to see the whales that are resident in the Puget Sound and San Juan Island region at some point. I selected the Victoria Clipper trip because this was relatively inexpensive: $65 + $1 for each docking at Friday Harbor = total cost of $67....

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  • Aquarium

    Seattle Things to Do

    NOTE: Pets and baloons are not allowed into the Seattle aquarium. Tickets are not valid for re-admission after you have left the building. Half of the Seattle Aquarium is located inside an extremely heavily remodeled old waterfront building, while a semi-outdoor section of the aquarium is located next door on the north side of the main building in...

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  • International District

    Seattle Things to Do

    The International District is one of the many places in Seattle that is very interesting and very diversed. Just bear in mind that Seattle is one of the cities in the United States where 59 languages are spoken! The International District is a place where you can taste different cuisines : Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Malaysian, Cambodian,...

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  • Seattle Center

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    Born in Tacoma in 1941 and with art installations in various parts of the globe (some temporary and others permanent), Dale Chihuly is perhaps the most famous of artists living in Seattle today. His studio is here, but now in 2012 there is a gallery / museum / sculpture garden dedicated specifically to his artworks. The museum was installed at the...

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  • Lake Washington

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    The first week of August in Seattle has the highest probability in the year for decent weather. These days are also the time when the Seafair community celebration peaks with hydroplane boat races and airshows. The I-90 floating bridge is closed to traffic during the Blue Angel's shows, and watchers walk out to have closeup views of the airplanes....

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  • Fremont Troll

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    This has long been one of Seattle's secret places that we hoped no one would discover. Alas, if it's in the Virtual Tourist list, it is now out in that dreaded public domain. No matter, if it has been outed, you might as well go there if you are visiting Seattle and have a chuckle. Beware: parking is hard to find; you'll need no more than 30...

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  • Argosy Cruise

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    There are several different boat trip companies operating in Seattle, but by far the largest is Argosy Cruises. They operate boats originating at the Seattle waterfront and several other locations scattered around, including Lake Washington. They have several different size boats, and a wide variety of tours - some of which operate most of the year...

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  • Mount Rainier

    Seattle Things to Do

    the Biggest and most Majestic Peak of the Cascades Mountain range, Mount Rainer is fairly visible from Seattle but it is about 80 miles far in the Town of Ashford. It is right in the Middle of the The 368-square-mile Mount Rainer national park, which is the fifth National park named from the 1800's. Visitors come to the national park for a wide...

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  • Alki Point

    Seattle Things to Do

    Here is a place that I've wanted to visit for a long time but just never did. The Nordic Heritage Museum is a three story old brick building that documents the immigrants of the scandanavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark. I found it pretty interesting. They also offer language classes to take and are the focal point for...

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  • Olympic Peninsula

    Seattle Things to Do

    Once again, if you are visiting Seattle, you might as well drive because the views are absolutely spectacular! There is about 100 million acres of forest at the Olympic Peninsula that is protected by the government. It has eight Indian reservations. The drive is long in winding roads that snake through rivers. The road passes through sparkling...

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  • Smith Tower Observation Deck

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    We didn't actually go into the Smith Tower, but walked by it in Pioneer Square on our way to the Underground Tour. I wish now that we would have gone in it! I really feel as though I missed a real architectural gem! The simple-looking Washington granite and white terra cotta exterior of the building seems to bely the beauty which awaits inside....

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  • Lighthouses

    Seattle Things to Do

    The Lighthouse at the Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island [Friday Harbor] is mesmerizing. Not to forget the Whale watching point nearby. You can almost always spot some orcas there. Beautiful and picturesque backdrop. Definitely worth a visit.

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  • Gas Works Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    One thing that you can appreciate in the City of Seattle are the arts and crafts! It's the one of the cities in the United States that value arts. Everywhere you go, there is an art or anything of that sort- murals on the walls, paintings at the airport, etc. At Gasworks Parks, there are many sculptures that you can see. The Gasworks Park is a...

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  • Zoo

    Seattle Things to Do

    I went to the Aquarium in 1994 and I may have eaten a meal there. Using a point and shoot film camera I had a problem with the reflections and sometimes with dirty window glass. They have a carousel there, but the photos I took were no good because of the reflections. Hours 9:30am to 5pm daily Last entry at 5pm, exhibits close at 6pm Aquarium...

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  • Safeco Field

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    Safeco Field and Quest Field are the home stadiums of Seattle's major sports franchises, the MLB's Mariners and the NFL's Seahawks. Safeco Field construction began in 1997 and was completed for the 1999 MLB season. The stadium features a retractable roof to enable baseball in all weather conditions, and it seats 46,600 spectators. Ticket prices...

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  • Olympic Sculpture Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    Seattle has a relatively new Sculpture garden in the central city area, down the hill from the Space Needle, just beyond Belltown and happily nextled into a corner of the shoreline. I read that this space was "reclaimed" over a period of decades from its former use as industrial land - a refinery and accompanying buildings that were gradually...

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  • Boating - Sailing

    Seattle Things to Do

    The residents and most of the visitors who come to Seattle take advantage of the good weather. On a clear sunny day, boating and sailing is one of the recreation of the residents. There are places to sail. There is the Lake Union, Lake Washington and the Puget Sound.

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  • Starbucks

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    Speaking of successful ventures, it's hard to believe that the mega coffee company Starbucks started out as a small coffee store located at the heart of Pike Place Market. The first store actually opened on Western Avenue in 1971, but it moved to its present location in 1977 and has been there ever since. Originally, Starbucks didn't serve...

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  • Capitol Hill

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    Capitol Hill (so named by a developer with political aspirations) is the counter culture heart of the Northwest. It's also the most densely populated neighborhood. The streets are lined with midrise condos and appartments, or old brick classics filled with young singles and gay couples. The gay center is split between Broadway and the Pike/Pine...

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  • Seattle Art Museum - SAM

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    You can't miss this downtown art museum. Just look for Jonathon Borofsky's Hammering Man, an animated three-story steel sculpture that pounds out a silent beat in front of the museum. Inside, you'll find one of the nation's premier collections of Northwest Coast Indian art and artifacts and an equally large collection of African art. Exhibits cover...

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  • Snoqualmie Falls

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    By driving, Snoqualmie Falls is about half an hour east of Seattle if traffic is good. It is an attractive waterfall, but it isn't something you can spend the entire day visiting. There is a trail from the park at the lower end of the falls to the upper part of the falls, but this has been closed for several years due to renovation of the...

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  • Tulip Fields

    Seattle Things to Do

    While it is an hour north of Seattle, and therefore not in Seattle proper, the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in April is an impressive and colorful display, and comes with a wide variety of auxiliary events, such as arts festivals. As the event is quite far north of Seattle (about halfway to Canada) I have actually put the bulk of the...

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  • Discovery Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    From the Visitor's center enter the loop trail going counter clockwise. Head toward the North Meadow and the entry to the North Beach Trail (these will be marked on your map). Once you have made your way down to the water, follow the trail out to the lighthouse. If the tide is low you may be able to walk on the beach. You will see stairs leading to...

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  • Tillicum Village

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    This place has totally changed over the past couple of years due to bankruptcy. It's not worth the money. The show is basically a video with a few guys coming out to do a few dances. The ferry trip over and the setting are gorgeous but the show is not worth the money.

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  • Volunteer Park

    Seattle Things to Do

    With many plant species from around the world, and one of the few places that are registered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service for the purpose of taking in plants confiscated from smugglers, there is quite a variety here - only some of which are on public display. The plants with the cages around them are the carnivorous plants. You will...

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  • Underground Tour

    Seattle Things to Do

    I grew up here and never did the Seattle Underground Tour. It is the kind of thing you only do when tourists are in town. When I returned as a tourist, of course I had to do the tour. It's worth it - you'll learn some history of Seattle, and it is pretty interesting to learn how the original city sunk and then the present city was built on top of...

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  • Science Fiction Museum

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    Before entering the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, I wondered just how would one go about setting up a museum about something seeming intangible as science fiction. I soon found out. The museum has displays covering the timeline of science fiction, from its earliest contributors to the present day. Its hall of fame display includes many...

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  • Puget Sound

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    Puget Sound is a large salt water system of many estuaries, fed by highly seasonal freshwater from the Olympic and Cascade Mountain watersheds. The northern boundary is Admiralty Inlet, between Point Partridge on Whidbey Island and Point Wilson on the Olympic Peninsula. A second entrance is Deception Pass, between West Point on Whidbey Island and...

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  • Pacific Science Center

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    The entire Seattle Center (the facility of which the Space Needle is a part) has been turned into a very successful venue for a number of different activities and events, including various performance groups, the Space Needle (of course), several museums, and various event spaces. The Pacific Science Center is only one museum of several on the...

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  • Green Lake

    Seattle Things to Do

    Located on near Lake Washington, the Arboretum is a world-class collection of trees and plants, some native and some not. There are paths for walking through collections of azaleas and rhododendrons. Plants are identified for the most part. A Japanese Tea Garden is located nearby if you wish to see a formal garden. Most Sunday visitors make a loop...

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  • Go Seattle Card

    Seattle Things to Do

    This card was a great idea when i visited Seattle. I was a bit worried that I was going to end up making a huge mistake, but it really was worth it. I ordered the card online and it was sent to my house before my trip. The card included admission to the Space Needle, Grayline Tours, Underground Tour, EMP and a trip to Mt. St. Helens. I also got to...

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  • Cascade Region

    Seattle Things to Do

    One of my favorite winter time activities is snowshoeing. It can be inexpensive and a very good workout. There are many marked trails to follow. I went to Gold Creek just East of Snoqualmie Pass. It is approximately 45mins East of Seattle. This is also a site for cross country skiing. Animals are welcome on the trails as well. There is also an...

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  • Ferry

    Seattle Things to Do

    Riding the Washington State Ferry is a great idea to get some rest and good views after walking all day. The shortest ride is a 30 min (one-way) ride to Bainbridge Island. If you are just going to ride the ferry to the island and back to Seattle, it costs $6-$7. You can really tell the tourists from the locals on the ferry. The tourists are the...

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  • Bill Speidel Underground Tour

    4 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    This tour takes less than an hour and is nice to do for something a little different. You get a pretty good lesson in Seattle history as well. Things that most people don't learn about Seattle are told by the tour guide as you tour the parts of the city that were buried when the surrounding hills were flattened. I went in the afternoon after doing...

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  • Central Library

    Seattle Things to Do

    Reaction to the Seattle Central Library has been mixed among the public and critics but in 2007 the building was voted # 108 in the AIA’s list of 150 favorite structures in the US (only 3 years after it was built). It has about 8,000 visitors per day and roughly 30% of those are from out of town. The building is 11 stories or 185 feet (56 meters)...

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  • Frye Art Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Seattle Things to Do

    Since I was already planning on visiting the Portland Art Museum, I decided to skip the Seattle Art Museum and visit the Frye Art Museum instead. This museum located in the First Hill area first opened in 1952 to present the private collection of Charles and Emma Frye. The Fryes owned 232 paintings, most of them by German artists, and they left...

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