Seattle, the Great Northwest

Mt. Rainier as a backdrop, coffee shops on every corner, restaurants along the Puget Sound, this is Seattle.

Seattle, the Great Northwest

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by cindylou11157 on September 28, 2007

Seattle is one of the largest cities in the Great Northwest. It sits on the Puget Sound on one side and Lake Washington on the other and Mount Rainier as a backdrop. This bustling city has one of the most active ports in the country because of its proximity to Japan. It takes 3 days less to ship from anywhere on the west coast. Some of the highlights to see is Pikes Place the renowned fish market, The Space Needle and Seattle Center, Pioneer Square, The Water Front, Mt. Rainier, house boats on Lake Washington and much much more.

Ride up the Space Needle and see the magnificent skyline of Seattle and if you are lucky and it is a clear day Mt. Rainier in the distance. Take a stroll to Pikes Place and have a cup of java at the original Starbucks or watch the workers at the fish market put on a performance as they throw the fish to each other as the orders are called. Next go down Pikes Street Hillclimb (instead of going up the steps) and you will find yourself along the waterfront. Eat at famous Elliot’s and have what the Northwest is noted for, HALIBUT. Coffee shops on every corner, one tour I took I was told by the guide we will pass 78 Starbucks, you will never go thirsty. Try some of the local beer.
Small bistros are all over the city and the small neighborhoods. Take a seaplane ride over the city or go as close or as far at the San Juan Islands or Victoria in Canada. Ride out to Mt. Rainier and see the glaciers and the summit. As you can see, there are many things to see and do in Seattle.

${QuickSuggestions} Seattle does not rain like everyone thinks it does. It has no more rain then the Northeast but it does have many grey days. If you plan on taking a ride to Mt. Rainier and expect seeing the summit, I would check before you go. Out of 360 days a year only 180 days can you see the summit so you only have a 50 percent chance of seeing it. If you are traveling in the winter, check and see if the roads are open in the park. I visited Seattle in the summer and it was unusually cold, so make sure you pack accordingly. ${BestWay} I rented a car. Seatle does offer public transportation. Depending on were you stay, you can walk to most major sights. I stayed near the Space Needle and I walked down to the waterfront but I would suggest wearing good walking shoes. You can take the monorail from the Seattle Center to the downtown area. Taxis can be expensive.

Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Downtown

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by cindylou11157 on October 5, 2007

The Hampton Inn is centrally located in the heart of Seattle. Only steps away from the famous Space Needle and within walking distance to downtown and the fish market.
Do not want to walk, take the monorail, only two blocks away at the Space Needle.
The hotel provides free internet access, computers in the lobby with a printer, continental breakfast and even a breakfast to go.

We lucked out an got a suite, the room is large with a king size bed, TV/cable, sofa, and a desk. The beds are very comforatble, you will have a great night sleep. We also had a view of the downtown area but no balcony. This hotel does have a fitness room put no pool. If you rent a car, the parking is FREE!!!

For only $170.00 a night, I would recommend saying here.
Hampton Inn and Suites Seattle Downtown
700 Fifth Avenue North
Seattle, Washington, 98109
(206) 282-7700

Ride the Ducks of Seattle

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by cindylou11157 on November 5, 2007

See the city by land and water. You will climb aboard an amphibious vehicle operated by a nutty captain. He/she will quack your way around the city as the captain tells historical information playing funky music with his funky outfit. You will see all the major sights starting across from the Space Needle then to Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square (the coffee house in Frazier) Seattle’s waterfront, Safeco and Qwest Fields, the downtown shopping area then head out the funky Fremont then splash into Lake Union and see Seattle’s skyline and the famous house boats. On the lake is the boat used on the most Deadliest Catch and the houseboat used in Sleepless in Seattle. This is a fun way to see the city and would recommend it for families with children.

The tour runs 90 minutes. This is not a hop on hop off tour. You remain on the vehicle.
The cost is $23.00 for adults and child 12 and under $13.00.
The quacker is an additional $2.00. You need to reserve in advance.
Ride the Ducks of Seattle
516 Broad Street
Seattle, Washington, 98109
+1 206 441 3825

Mount Rainier National Park

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by cindylou11157 on November 6, 2007

Mt. Rainier is an active volcano only 1 hour outside the city of Seattle. This mountain has it all, meadows of wild flowers, cascading water falls, glaciers, hiking trails, rainforest and historic sites.

Why are there no pictures of the summit???
The summit is only visible 180 days out of the year. I picked the wrong day to visit Mt. Rainier; the guide told us it has been two weeks since he last saw the summit. I was very disappointed but on my last day in Seattle as I ascend up the Space Needle I finally saw it in all its glory.

You can hike trails as long as 93 miles and as short as .7 miles. You will pass through major life-zones from forest to subapline meadows. There are two short trails to view the summit if visible and the glaciers. The best time of year to visit and the driest time are July and August. In the winter some of the roads are closed due to the large amount of snowfall; check before your trip.

Campgrounds are available with running water and facilities. Again check conditions, because of snow and rain it does cause roads to close.

The most popular destination is Paradise.
Here there is a visitor center and easy access to the glacier view and the view of the summit. This area is surrounded with wild flowers. The visitor center has a souvenir shop and fast food counter. There is an observatory to view the mountain and the surrounding area.

Only 2 miles outside of the park is the quaint Copper Creek Inn, stop by for a piece of their famous blackberry pie. The inn has a full service restaurant, gift shop and rooms if you plan on staying overnight and would not want to rough it on the mountain.
This is a great place to end your day.
Mount Rainier National Park
55210 238th Ave. East
Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, 98304
(360) 569-2211

Space Needle

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by cindylou11157 on November 29, 2007

Looks like something out of the Jetsons, it towers over 600 feet and can be seen from anywhere in Seattle. Built for the 1962 World's Fair still is a major attraction. Ascend up the glass elevator in seconds and have magnificant views of the city. There are two observatories, one outside and one inside. At the top you will see the skyline of the city including Safeco Field, the Olympic Mountains and Mt. Rainere, Puget Sound and the waterfront district, the lake area incuding Lake Victoria and Union and look straight down and see the Seattle Center.
You can eat lunch and dinner at the top and the admission is free. At the bottom of the needle is a gift shop ranging from T-shirts to fine art.

The needle is in the middle of the Seattle Center so there is lots to do. Stop in the Sicne Fiction Museum, or watch the eruption of Mt. St. Helen at the I-Max, The Center House has shops and restaurants and on the grounds are amusements like a county fair. Ready to go downtown, take the monorails for on $2.00.

You can spend as little time or a day in this area. It is great place for families because of the diversity of attractions. The cost is $16.00 for just the Space Needle but there are all kinds of packages you can purchase. Check the web-site and decide what would best fit your trip.
Space Needle
400 Broad Street (seattle Center)
Seattle, Washington, 98109
(206) 905-2111

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