Seattle in a Week

Cramming in as much as possible in our week-long trip to Seattle.


Sutton Suites

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by zeeterman on January 9, 2007

A great hotel for people on a budget. Located close to the SEATAC airport and bus stop. We stayed a week which got us a $50 a night rate. What's really great about this place is it comes with a full kitchen. We saved substantially by buying and cooking our own food. There's a nearby Safeway grocery to get your supplies. Also conveniently located across the street from a Dollar Car Rental place. Also nearby restaurants. Free WiFi if you have a laptop. Free continental breakfast. Free shuttle to and from the airport. Very friendly staff.
Sutton Suites
3423 South 160th Street
Seattle, Washington, 98188
(206) 431-6884

Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by zeeterman on January 9, 2007

A must if you're a science fiction fan. Plenty of original movie and TV props and displays of historic importance. Captain Kirks bridge chair from the original set. The Alien queen from Aliens. Planet of the Apes costumes. Plenty of weapons and costumes to see. You'll easily spend a couple of hours checking everything out. No photography allowed inside unfortunately. A bit pricey, but you can get 2 for 1 coupons from the Seattle Entertainment Book like we did.
Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame
325 5th Ave, N
Seattle, Washington, 98109
(206) 724-3428

Experience Music Project (EMP)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by zeeterman on January 9, 2007

A must for any Rock and Roll music fan. Plenty of original band outfits and instruments of historic importance to see here. Huge Jimi Hendrix collection including clothes, original letters and lyric sheets, instruments, a recording console and tapes from his studio, etc. Also there are a number of interactive things to do, like recording demos, playing instruments, etc. The kids will love that! A bit pricey, but you can get 2 for 1 coupons from the Seattle Entertainment Book like we did.
EMP Museum at Seattle Center
325 Fifth Ave North
Seattle, Washington, 98109
(206) 770-2700

Underground Tour (The)

Member Rating 1 out of 5 by zeeterman on January 9, 2007

I had high expectations for this. But I was a little disappointed. They basically take you down into several sub-basement rooms underneath existing buildings that used to be above ground. Seattle actually built on top of the old city after a major fire. I was expecting to see more old storefronts and more apparent evidence of a city that once was. But mostly it was just long extended basement rooms. I think the quality of the walking tour depends on which tour guide you get. This would be fine if it didn't cost more than say $5. Unfortunately, the cost is currently $11 with no discount coupons to be found. Worth maybe doing once if you never have. Otherwise skip it.
Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
608 First Ave.
Seattle, Washington, 98104
206 682 4646

Fremont

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by zeeterman on January 9, 2007

If you have half a day free when in Seattle, I suggest you go hang out awhile in a neighborhood called Freemont.
This seems to be a most interesting counter-culture type neighborhood. Lots of punks, artists, and musician types seem to gravitate to this area. There are some interesting shopping options here, but there are Roadside Attractions you don't want to miss.

-The Fremont Troll, located at N. 36th St.
-Under the Aurora Avenue Bridge (aka George Washington Bridge). This is a giant sculpture of a Troll made of cement. You'll be amazed at the size!
-The Rocket, located at Evanston Ave. & North 35th St. They've basically mounted a real cold war era Russian rocket onto a building!
-The Lenin Statue, located at 600 N. 36th & Evanston Ave. (a block from the Rocket).

All these are great photo opportunities and a more ecclectic activity to do than the usual sightseeing fare.
Fremont Baptist Church
717 North 36th St
Seattle, Washington, 98103
+1 206 632 7994

Twin Peaks TV Filming Sites

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by zeeterman on January 10, 2007

We took a day and drove out of Seattle on I-90 East thru the scenic mountains in search of TV filming sites. First on our list were Twin Peaks sites. Taking the Preston exit, we proceeded to Fall City. There at the intersection with 202 was The Colonial Inn (used as The Roadhouse). The Colonial was out of business, but looked as it did in the show. We also saw the small outbuilding behind the Colonial (The Bookhouse). We then turned right on 202 South East and proceeded to Snoqualmie Falls. At the base of the falls is the Salish Lodge. It appears on your right as you enter Snoqualmie City Limits. The Salish was used as the exterior for the Great Northern in Twin Peaks. Snoqualmie Falls itself was also featured prominently in the show. You should definitely get out and check out this magnificent waterfalls. It's the second most visited site in Washington!


We then continued east on 202, then made a quick left onto Mill Pond Rd. This took us to 3 important Twin Peaks sites. The (Ronnette Polaski) Railroad Trestle, Weyerhauser Mill (Packard Sawmill), and the Weyerhauser Mill Administration Building (Twin Peaks Sheriff's Office). You'll have no trouble finding the trustle as long as you keep turning left. Just past the trustle, turn left onto Renig Rd. Take the next left after that and you'll find the Administration Building. From the parking lot, there's a good view of the Mill. It's all quite desolate and quiet. We didn't manage to get inside the Administration Building as there was no one there. But you can peer thru the windows where you'll see Lucy's office and the hallways. These look virtually unchanged from the TV show! Head back the way you came, or in the direction toward 202 and you'll arrive in Snoqualmie.


In town you'll see the Railroad Depot and Northwest Railway Museum. All pretty cool just to browse thru. Across the road is The Gazebo (used in Twin Peaks). We then proceeded to the last Twin Peaks site. From Snoqualmie, take 202 East/South (North Bend Rd) to the town of North Bend. A little driving around took us past the Mt. Si Motel where some filming took place. We then finally arrived at the corner of North Bend Way & North Bend Blvd. where we found Twede's (formerly the Mar-T Cafe, the Double R Diner exterior used in Twin Peaks). They offer Twin Peaks Cherry Pie and a damn fine cup of coffee! We went inside and had coffee (which is just OK). That's it for the Twin Peaks part of our driving tour. Plese proceed to the Northern Exposure Roslyn TV Filming Sights to continue this day trip.


Northern Exposure Roslyn TV Filming Sites

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by zeeterman on January 10, 2007

We took a day and drove out of Seattle on I-90 East thru the scenic mountains in search of TV filming sites. First on our list were Twin Peaks sites. Go to Twin Peaks TV Filming Sites and read that first. From North Bend, follow the 202 (North Bend Blvd) South to get back to I-90 and head East. This will take awhile. Get off at Exit 80, follow Route 903 East for 4 miles into Roslyn. Roslyn was of course used extensively as the town of Cicely Alaska in the TV show Northern Exposure. This place is like a standing movie set as you'll instantly recognize the place. Most of the series' locations can be found in the one-block business district. On one end you'll find the Roslyn Cafe Mural on a building, seen in the opening of the show with the moose. The Brick (Holling's Tavern) is on one corner. Central Sundries (Ruth-Anne's store) is across the street. Then down toward the mural, you'll find the Northwest Mining Company storefront (Dr. Fleischman's office), now called Cicely's Gift Shop. You can go inside and buy souvenirs.


Check out the "Dr. Joel Fleischman" hand painted plexiglass in the store window. This is the REAL prop still in place! They're real friendly in there! Buy some stuff! And finally, cross over 903 past The Brick, to the other side of the block, and on the left you'll see KBHR! That's right! The storefront mock radio station used in the show is still intact! Complete with all the records, turntable, microphone, everything! The records are getting a bit warped and sun faded. They actually shot many of the interiors in the buildings themselves, not just exteriors!. Quite uncommon. It's such a bizarre feeling being in this little town out in the middle of nowhere that seems so familiar. But you'll be real glad you made the effort to visit!


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