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Sights of Seattle

An October 2006 trip to Seattle by elusivone

La Vita E Bella Ristorante & Pizzeria Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: Mid-fall 2006 in Seattle - Prime Season.

Sights of Seattle

Overview

Seattle Downtown from Waterfront Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Walking around the small downtown area was the biggest highlight for me. A quick trip up to the Golden Gardens State Park on Puget Sound on my last day - the sunniest of all three days - was wonderful. Following Golden Gardens, a drive out to Snoqualmie Falls was easy and worth it, though at that time the falls were not so impressive.Quick Tips: Don't avoid Seattle in October. Though during my three days I got rain, clouds, and finally sun, it gave me the best view of what the town has in store. Local 'downtown' transportation is mainly the bus line, free within the core area, but a small fee outside. Taxis are decent, but be prepared to walk a lot. The monorail doesn't work all the time....Read More
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I stayed here with a friend who was in town for business, so it wasn't my first choice to be in the heart of Seattle. However, it was a super-easy drive into Seattle proper, and I don't feel I missed out on much. Besides, fun to take the bridge into / out of town.The hotel was nice. Sheraton has those new beds they're advertising because of their quality. And, I slept wonderfully.Our key-cards kept deactivating, which was only one of two frustrations we incurred, and I view as relatively minor. The staff were polite and didn't question our issues, instead helping as much as they could.The other issue was billing. Because I had booked the reservation, my name was on the reservat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2006

Sheraton Bellevue Seattle East Hotel
100 112th Ave NE
Bellevue, Washington 98004
425-455-3330

La Vita E' Bella Ristorante & Pizzeria

Restaurant | "La Vita E' Bella Ristorante & Pizzeria"

La Vita E' Bella Ristorante & Pizzeria Photo, Seattle, Washington
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I've not had a better Italian meal in a long long time, perhaps my life. That, or the best red wine the three of us shared was blinding our taste buds, but I don't think so. I had a seafood dish, consisting of fresh clams, scallops, shrimp, and mussels. Served over a perfectly cooked bed of spaghetti in a light and brothy tomato sauce. Mouthwatering.The wine was a Tenuta Rapitala "Nu Har" - a well blended red that had us drinking two bottles. And they were a good deal - $25. The atmosphere was cozy and warm, great color scheme. We were seated at the back which allowed us to feel very welcome just hanging out and chatting away. There was a live jazz guitarist which added much casual amb...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 19, 2006

La Vita E' Bella Ristorante & Pizzeria
2411 Second Ave..
Seattle, Washington 98121
(206) 441-5322

Dick's Drive Ins

Restaurant

Dick's Drive Ins Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Great hamburgers! The fries were to die for. And the chocolate shake was killer.

Fast-fast service. But, only because you can't order anything 'special' because things are already prepared. So, no "no mayo"... can't remember how I got it in the end. Super good. Oh, I chose the mustard version.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2006

Dick's Drive Ins
111 NE 45th St.
Seattle, Washington 98107
(206) 632-5125

Portage Bay Cafe

Restaurant

Portage Bay Cafe Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The Portage Bay Cafe lies just on the skirts of the University of Washington's Seattle campus.They serve up a menu of organic items with a healthy spin, but definitely not lacking in flavor. I stopped by around 11:30am after walking over from the admin building of the school and had a bowl of organic granola with yogurt and fresh berries - the best I've ever had. As I ate, I downed several cups of coffee - something I rarely have done (1 - 1/2 is my limit generally). The coffee was to die for, reminding me that is what Seattle has become famous for over the years.The atmosphere is casual, with a nice caramel colored wood theme. It's not a large place, which makes it a bit more ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2006

Portage Bay Cafe
4140 Roosevelt Way Northeast
Seattle, Washington 98105
(206) 547-8230

Space Needle

Attraction | "The Space Needle "

Space Needle Photo, Seattle, Washington
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The Space Needle is probably the most widely recognized landmark of Seattle. If you're not from the area you probably at least know of the Space Needle.The Needle is a structure erected for the 1962 World's Fair. It's main claim to fame is the observation deck, which gives one the opportunity to view 360 degrees of the Seattle and adjacent areas. Compared to The Empire State Building or Sears Tower, I didn't feel it was quite as impressive. I mean, you're high up, but just not AS high.That said, the view is still beautiful. You'll be able to look out onto Elliot Bay and if the clouds let you, Mount Rainier can be seen. (On my visit I was unable to see the mountain's profile, though it ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 19, 2006

Space Needle
400 Broad Street (seattle Center)
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 905-2111

Golden Gardens Park

Attraction

Golden Gardens Park Photo, Seattle, Washington
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A friend of mine who frequents Seattle on business recommended I check out this park. It's on the northern tip of the Seattle "central" area (as far as I could tell on the maps), and a very easy drive to get to. In fact, the drive up there was just as enjoyable.I'm glad I decided to spend some time there. I arrived there after meandering the hillside streets around 11:45am. The sun was fairly high in the sky by then - yes, it was SUNNY! - and the beach was lightly populated. There was no fee to park and walk around, so I found a spot near what seemed to be the restrooms (there's a building down in the end of the parking area with facilities).Turns out, that building, while it does host...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2006

Golden Gardens Park
Seaview Avenue Northwest
Seattle, Washington 98107
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Snoqualmie Falls

Attraction

Snoqualmie Falls Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Snoqualmie Falls is known for how deep it plunges. I believe the information I read states it drops 100 feet lower than Niagara Falls. That said, I had to check it out.From Seattle, it's a short 30 minute drive (mid afternoon, Saturday in fall) along Interstate 90, East. I didn't have any real directions other than a guide book that aimed me in that direction. Being the sort to figure signs will get me where I want to go, I took the chance and succeeded.The park that contains the falls is relatively small. There's a narrow parking lot on the south side of the street where the falls are, and an overflow lot up on the hill behind, with a pedestrian bridge over the road to get you there w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2006

Snoqualmie Falls
6501 Railroad Ave Southeast
Seattle, Washington 98065
(425) 888-2556

Pike Place Market

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Attraction

Pike Place Market Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Overall, the Pike Place Market is awesome. However, as I approached it from the waterfront, it took me quite some time to figure out how to get to "it." I wandered around an indoor-only portion of tacky shops that said it was the "Pike Place Market" (Shops?) and was initially disappointed.If you come from the waterfront, you need to climb ALL the way up the stairs (the Pikes Place Hill Climb) and push your way through the "shops" (unless you like tacky souvenirs and missing out on the fun of the real market). It's very confusing, but if you're smarter than me, you'll find your way out to the street and into the cacophony that is the Market.You'll be overwhelmed by the scents of fresh f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 20, 2006

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

Snoqualmie Falls

Attraction | "Interstate 90, Washington"

Snoqualmie Falls Photo, Seattle, Washington
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One of the most beautiful drives I've taken in my life was heading east on Interstate 90 out of Seattle on my way to Snoqualmie Falls.

It was late October and I had left Golden Gardens State Park around 2:30 for a late day sight-seeing excursion. The sun had that perfect angle in the sky which only heightened the colors on the mountains. Returning towards the west was just as beautiful, only you're not "approaching" the mountains so much as you're leaving.

If you get a chance while in Seattle and have a car, take the drive. It's only about 30 minutes to Snoqualmie, and the towns along the way are inviting to drive through as well.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2006

Snoqualmie Falls
6501 Railroad Ave Southeast
Seattle, Washington 98065
(425) 888-2556

University of Washington, Seattle

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U-Dub, The Quad Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Visiting the University of Washington in Seattle was the main intent of my trip. I had decided I’d like to move to a city with a good state school (cheaper I’d hope!), and Seattle hit on much of what I wanted. So I spent my first day – a misty-rainy one, typical weather I had heard – meeting people on campus and enjoying the walk around the tree and ivy lined property.The school itself is like an ivy-league institution set in the middle of the urban area of Seattle. Sure, Harvard isn’t far off from a similar setting, but that’s an IVY LEAGUE school. To find a state school in this setting was unbelievable! It is truly a beautiful campus, even in the rain. Walking around I couldn’t help b...Read More