Visiting Seattle in a few months. Need ideas!

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  1. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I and the family are going to Seattle in July. Can anyone give me ideas of places to go and see, and places to eat there? We're definitely going to the Space Needle, and take a day going to Mt. Rainier.

    Any other ideas?
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    Go visit the Microsoft Campus, of course.
     
  3. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    The Space Needle ride will cost $13 a head. And security will possibly be tight.

    Other places to see would be the EMP (you could just look around the outside and not pay the $$ to see the inside), the "Old Curiosity Shop" on the pier, you could go to the "Vera Project" an all ages music venue on Fri or Sat nights. The University District, Capital Hill, Fremount (sp?), and more I can't think of right now.

    Check out the local weekly papers The Stranger or Seattle Weekly for eating and/or events (like music) for the week you will be there.

    There was (possibly still is) a theater that Paul Allen helped build. Don't remember the name or whether it is still around.
     
  4. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    I gotta better idea.

    Screw Seattle and come up to Vancouver.
     
  5. craigdawg macrumors 6502

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    I love Vancouver! Reminds me a lot of SF. Some great restaurants up there.

    Every time I go to Seattle I try and catch a Mariner's game. If you're a baseball fan, Safeco is a great yard. Really good food too!
     
  6. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...whenever I go to Seattle I always spend a few hours browsing around at Elliot Bay Books.

    Depending on how long you are in the area, you can also do a day trip up to my town - Victoria. They run catamarans direct from Seattle - a really nice trip on a summer day....you can leave Seattle in the morning, spend the day touring Victoria, then get back on the boat in the evening. They also have some reasonable overnight packages too - check out http://www.victoriaclipper.com/ for all the info...some of their sailings go through the San Juan Islands too...nice day out on the water....oh yeah!
     
  7. saabmp3 macrumors 6502a

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    As far as I've been here (about 7 months) I havn't seen a drop of security at the space needle. The ride up there is pointeless, mind as well have dinner up there. However, don't expect food for the obnoxious prices they charge.

    The free part of the EMP is alright, never been inside. From what I've heard it's a big waste of money.

    The stranger is quite an alternative kind of newspaper. It's great for finding the shows of the week, some food reviews. It's not a conservative newspaper.

    You really need to go to pike's place. There's some good food in Pioneer Sq and I really like Anthony's on Pier 67 (think it's pier 67). You might also want to take a trip up to University Place, there's some good nightlife there too. There's an excellent sushi place on 2nd Ave about 10 blocks up from Pike's. I can get a better address for you if you want it.

    For bars, check out Mark's Martini bar for sure, it's hard to find but great. Pioneer sq is full of pop-ish bars, never really enjoyed them but they do stay pretty busy on the weekends.

    BEN
     
  8. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

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    And the award for biggest understatemnet goes to....

    j/k

    I agree though you have to visit Pike Place, the very first Starbucks is right across the street and that just one of the great things about it. Theres this great punk (talkin mohawk and everything) that sell donuts between the fish market and the magazine stand. Best. Donuts. EVER. Make sure you hit that.

    Some people might find me lame but if you have a group of people going that would want some quick fun Gameworks (a big arcade is always great to kill a couple of hours). :p

    Do try to catch a Mariner game though. At least just for the stadium. I have been to more than a few and I still think Safeco Field is the best. If they aren't playing you could always just take a tour of it.

    Theres alot more but its kinda hard to think of them all. :p
     
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    - Pike Place Market. See the fish/crabs/etc. throwing and lots of other interesting things.

    - Pioneer Square. Historic and fun.

    - Locks. Especially if the Salmon are running.

    - A ferry boat ride can be a nice diversion on a sunny day. Go over to the casino. Nice place. Cheap food. Free ferry boat ride.

    - Ye Old Curiousity Shop (Interesting items there)

    - Of course the Space Needle and the Science Center.

    - Ivars is always a fun place to eat.

    - On a nice day, go parasaling. Neat way to see the Seattle area.

    - Downtown Seattle can be a fun place to explore. Buses are free.

    - Olympia can be a nice diversion as well. Skip Tocoma.

    Anyhow, Seattle is a fun place to visit and/or live. Have fun!

    Sushi
     
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    Concur, the donuts are very very good. Get them piping hot right off the maker.

    Sushi
     
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    The Seattle underground tour is fun for children and the Seattle Aquarium is a great teaching oriented fun family place. Skip the IMAX there--the one across from the Space Needle is much better.

    The Asian Art Museum is located in a beautiful park area which has a brick water tower which is fun to climb and rewards with a nice view.

    Like Indian food--Chutneys in Wallingford. Italian--The Asteroid Cafe, I think also in Wallingford. The McCormick and Schmidt on Lake Union is top notch with a beautiful view as well.

    Kid would like the troll under the bridge, north end of Aurora at Lake Union; the troll has captured a VW. Have fun, it's a neat city!
     

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  13. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Agreed. I recommend patronizing the local shops around Hastings and Main, called the "Hub of the Universe". Places to visit include the Ovaltine Cafe, used in the filming of I, Robot, starring Will Smith, and the Carnegie Central Library, with generous access to all the amenities.
     
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    First of all, stealing "hub of the universe" from Boston just isn't cool. Second, don't ever relate a good city (Vancouver) to I Robot, that ****** movie.

    BEN
     
  15. clayj macrumors 604

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    Some suggestions not already made by others:

    - Seattle trails only Venice as a world center for glass art, so there are many galleries in town that have some AWESOME glass. You should definitely visit William Traver Gallery (First and Union, one block from Pike Street Market) and Foster/White Gallery (Jackson Street at Pioneer Square).

    - Also, Tacoma has the Museum of Glass, featuring some incredible Dale Chihuly installations as well as glass by artists from around the world.

    - Someone (Gary...) mentioned it facetiously, but the Microsoft Campus in Redmond is worth taking a look at, even if you just drive through it (which is pretty much all you can do, anyway).
     
  16. Lacero macrumors 604

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    I've never been to the EMP, but I was invited to a wedding in the Fall being held there. Looking forward to visiting the EMP. The wedding will also feature B.B. King. I thought he was dead, but what do I know.
     
  17. saabmp3 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes!! The museum of glass has got to be one of the best things out here. It's about a 5 minute walk from my apartment. If you want to drive down through Tacoma you really have to visit it.

    Eh, unless you have a reason to go there or have somebody whose willing to sponsor your visit it's a bunch of riding. It's really neat how much of a campus feel you really get tho.

    BEN
     
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    I would also suggest you go see the new library, it is one of the more innovative buildings i have ever seen.
     
  19. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...yeah, I forgot about that Seattle Underground tour mentioned a few posts up...it is quite interesting, not just for children either. If you get a really good guide (like I did) you get some really good history of Seattle...highly recommended, especially for the very inexpensive price they charge....oh yeah!
     
  20. JDar macrumors 6502a

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    Another neat place to visit--The Museum of Flight at the south end of Boeing Field, about 8 miles north of SeaTac airport. It's inexpensive and if you happen to be interested in airplanes a very good and extensive display, indoors and out.

    From all this talk about Seattle I'm getting more eager for our trip there in June.

    Oh, and if you are driving in Seattle get a map. It is unlike most other cities in my experience. A GPS unit in a rental car got us really confused--"take a slight right turn" and there were three choices.
     
  21. wrc fan macrumors 65816

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    I can't believe no one has mentioned Ride the Ducks :eek: :p :D ;)

    Really, who does go on that thing?

    Anyway, I'd recommend:

    1) take a ferry out in to the sound and back. You'll get a nice view of the sound, and some pretty views of the Seattle waterfront on the way back

    2) walk down 1st through downtown, then go to pike place market, watch the fish being thrown. take some pictures, then just wander around and explore... well i guess that might be scary if you don't know your way around, but i enjoyed doing that.

    3) go see the houseboats on lake union. then you can take a funny picture like this one: http://www.phoons.com/it/lakeunion.html

    4) wander around different areas like the university district, capital hill, and queen anne.
     
  22. camobag macrumors regular

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    Yeah, do all the things those other people said but if the "mrs." wants a little extra girl fun, she can go to Cristy Carner Salon in Fremont (it's still seattle). Or, for the "mr." you could get a massage. Nothing's better than a 2 hour massage. My wife goes there a lot and she loves it.
     
  23. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I wanted to add...

    IMHO, there are three breathtaking views of Seattle at night.

    1. From Magnolia. There is a little park area where you can look back at the city. Wonderful angle. On a clear night the view is superb.

    2. From Queen Anne hill. Again, another observation park that lets you look down on the city. Nice view, but not as breathtaking as #1.

    3. From a ferry boat returning to Seattle. On a calm night, the view is awesome with the reflection off the water.

    Also, if you visit the Farmer's Market (aka the Pike Place Market), be sure to go downstairs on the water side. Some interesting shops down there.

    Sushi
     
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    Also, you might want to check out hydroplane racing.

    Fun to watch.

    Sushi
     

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