When I get to Seattle
What am I going to see?
- Seattle Center
The legacy of the '62 21st Century Exposition - Go up the Space Needle (600somthin' feet???). Check out the Pacific Science Center, with an IMAX theatre and planetarium/Laser Fantasy. Take the monorail from Westlake Center downtown, as the center also hosts the symphony, ballet, Sonics, opera, children's museum, International Fountain, the Experience Music Project Jimi Hendrix museum (live overhead cam), and the Fun Forest amusement park.
- The Pike Place Market
The Market is a great place to check out. It has nooks and crannies all over (or under) the place. Fresh fish. Amazing vegetables. A magic shop. Jade shop. Click here for a live cam. A brass pig. More fish. Crafts, all local and handmade. Flying fish (see big picture). Antiques. Restaurants. Walk down the hillclimb to the waterfront. We discover new things every time we go there!!
- The Seattle Mariners
My, Oh, My!!! Click above and see the schedule.
Click here for my view on Seattle, the land of stadiums.... Here is a view
- Museum of Flight
My favorite. I've been a member for years. The original Boeing red barn, and a huge glass gallery with many planes suspended. Also on display is the last remaining MD-12 variant of the A-12 (SR-71 Blackbird), with the drone on top. I am somewhat familiar with it, as I volunteered in the restoration for several weeks. The museum also has the country's only control tower exhibit.
- Seattle Art Museum
This multi-story downtown museum is visually beautiful interesting. The museum frequently displays incredible glassworks
The fourth of July is always an exciting one to stay for! Seattle is famous for the huge fireworks shows, this one put on by Ivar's over Elliot Bay, with another simultaneous one over Lake Union. Click for the BIG picture!
- The Locks
The Hiram Crittenden Locks provide access between the salt waters of Puget Sound and fresh waters of Lake Union and Lake Washington. Watch boats, big to small, barge to dinghy, yacht to kayak traverse one of two lock channels. Also check out the fish ladder, with windows to watch the salmon.
- Tour the Boeing factory
You can't believe how big it is! The place where the 747, 767 and 777 are built is the largest building (volume wise) in the world (click me). The ends each have 6 doors, each the size of a football field! Everett is about 30 miles North of Seattle.
- An amazing place! You've got to see the world's tallest climbing pinnacle, bike test trail, and building itself to believe it! Click here to see their site or here to see where it is.
- The City
The Waterfront (take a ferry ride!), Old Seattle from The Underground Tour and the adjacent Pioneer Square, Niketown,
Video game virtuality at Spielberg's GameWorks
For several weeks in Summer occurs the civic celebration of Seafair, a series of parades and events leading up to a Blue Angels airshow over the Unlimited Hydroplane race course. During lunch some of us from work viewed the Navy flotilla steam in to Elliot Bay for port call, with the USS Ohio leading the way, and the carrier Lincoln actually performing carrier operations!
There are many places from which to see the city in addition to the Space Needle and Kerry Park (see pictures at bottom). Some ideas: The Chinese room and observation deck at the Smith Tower; or a view from the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center (the tallest building west of the Mississippi, and north of Houston); the water tower at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill (see the conservatory while there) or take a drive just west of Kerry park, up on the Queen Anne.
- Food and Libations
Restaurant, beverage (and other brew) info
- A short drive away
Just east of town, on the way into the Cascades, you might see
Snoqualmie Falls (the highest in the U.S.!) and the lodge Check out the view from below!
, or The Herbfarm.
What's a Bumbershoot? Only one of the biggest music festivals, happening Labor Day Weekend!!!
Click the elephant!!!
Nordstrom, Eddie Bauer, Banana Republic, Patagonia
Click on the pic!! These views are taken from Kerry Park, toward the top of Queen Anne at 200 W. Highland Dr.,
looking to the south. Go there if you want to see the most picturesque views.
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Updated September 13, 1999 ©commentary and photos by Doug