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Soaking Up Seattle

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A September 2002 trip to Seattle by Harry Potter

Museum of Flight Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: Seattle is an interesting small city with lots of diverse neighborhoods to give it character and many sights to keep a visitor entertained. We hit just about every place listed in our guidebook and several of them are mentioned below.

Soaking Up Seattle

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Overview

Farmers Market Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The Space Needle rules the skyline of Seattle - go up it on a clear day to appreciate the array of downtown buildings with Mt. Rainier in the background Pike Place Market is renowned in Seattle, the stalls and stores offers lots of fresh foods and souvenirs typical of the Pacific Northwest Boeing is a major manufacturer here and both the Museum of Flight and the Boeing Tour are musts for flight enthusiasts Ballard Locks is an unusual, educational sight and you won't find anything like it in most cities Another unique place in Seattle is underground, the 2 hour Underground Tour in Pioneer Square went quickly and the comical tour guides kept us thoroughly entertained ...Read More

Pike Place Market

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Pike Place Market Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The entrance to the Farmers Market area of the Pike Place Market is guarded by Rachel, the bronze pig, and I couldn't resist the temptation to have my picture taken sitting on top of her. Just behind Rachel is the famous Pike Place Fish stalls where fish are tossed into the waiting hands of the fishmongers amidst cheers from the crowd after successful catches. Walking further along (north) up this usually overcrowded section of the market, you will reach the local food specialities such as Chukar Cherries and Snoqualmie Valley Honey Farm. Continuing on you will pass by painters, jewelers, florists and other artists and craftspeople. This section of Pike Place ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2002

Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 682-7453

Seattle Center

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Seattle Center Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The Seattle Center is a large complex that encompasses the Space Needle, Experience Music Project, Pacific Science Center, Key Arena, Children's Museum, Fun Forest Amusement Park and several theaters. Each of these entities is separate and requires its own admission fee. For events going on at the Key Arena and other current happenings, check out Seattle Center . We were lucky to find free daily parking just outside the Pacific Science Center, and we visited here first. Admission to the Pacific Science Center can be for exhibits only, IMAX only, or both. See Pacific Science Center for prici...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2002

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St
Seattle, Washington 98109
+1 206 684 7200

Johnston Ridge Observatory

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Johnston Ridge Observatory Photo, Castle Rock, Washington
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The Johnston Ridge Observatory is closest to Mount St. Helens with its crater only six miles away. It is located at the end of State Highway 504 at milepost 53.8. It took us three hours to drive the 175 miles from Seattle to this observatory. The observatory was named after volcanologist David Johnston, who was heard to have said his final words "Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it." from this sight, just before the volcano blew and he was never heard from again. Upon entering the observatory to the left is a large interactive model which demonstrates the events that led up to the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. There are also several displays explaining geographic activi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 24, 2002

Johnston Ridge Observatory
Spirit Lake Memorial Highway
Castle Rock, Washington
(360) 274-2140

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour

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Attraction | "Underground Tour"

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Bill Speidel's Underground Tour takes place under the sidewalks of a district known as Pioneer Square. The tour lasts between 1 1/2 - 2 hours but the time seems to go by quickly. Making reservations and buying tickets ahead of time are recommended, but we went on a Sunday afternoon and managed to buy our tickets just before our tour began. However, we did have to squeeze onto a bench with others in the crowded Doc Maynard's where the tour began. After a 15 minute tongue-in-cheek lecture, the crowd was split into groups and our group was comprised of about 25 people. Our guide, Jo, led us across the street and opened a door numbered 115 and we descended down under the sidewalks. The 15 foo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 24, 2002

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
608 First Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98104
206 682 4646

Museum of Flight

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Museum of Flight Photo, Seattle, Washington
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At the southwest corner of Boeing field is the inspiring Museum of Flight. Parking is free at this airport and you can stand just beyond the gate and watch flights that have just taken off or are landing on the runways further down. Also available here are rides in a bi-plane with the costs ranging from $99 - over $300 per person depending on the tour. Admission to the museum is $9.50 for adults, though the discount booklet offers $2 off each ticket. The museum is open 10am - 5pm daily and until 9pm on Thursday plus the first Thursday evening of each month is free. For a schedule of events, visit Museum of Flight A free 1 hour tour is included i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2002

Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way S.
Seattle, Washington 98108
(206) 764-5700

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks/Ballard Locks

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Attraction | "Ballard Locks - FREE"

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks/Ballard Locks Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Officially known as the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, this unusual free tourist sight contains a beautiful botanical garden, a visitors center, a fish viewing room, and the locks themselves on the Lake Washington Ship Canal. A free parking lot is about 100 yards from the entrance to the visitors center where a free lecture and guided tour are offered. Check their website Locks for seasonal schedule of hours of operation, temporarily closures and further information. The tour started inside the visitors center with a 20 minute lecture including visual aids led by a friendly, passionate, uniformed guide named Jay Wells. From there he took u...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2002

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks/Ballard Locks
3015 Northwest 54th Street
Seattle, Washington 98107
(206) 783 7059