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    Re: Seattle Vacation

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    Re: Seattle Vacation

    If you decide to go the cheap hotel out of the city route, make sure you find a place near a Sounder (light rail) station. It will drop you off downtown right next to The Clink. You can walk to a lot of the touristy attractions from there, and possibly take the monorail or taxis to Seattle Center/elsewhere. Are you renting a car? If so, this info is obsolete. There are places to park almost everywhere but it's a pain in the *** sometimes.

    If you're renting a car I'd recommend driving around and getting lost in the city for a day, or get out of the city and enjoy the beautiful scenery as others have said. Rainier will be a full day trip pretty much though so be prepared for that.

    Don't underestimate the surrounding neighborhoods. There is cool stuff to be experienced all over the city. If you're into college campuses, UW is beautiful and it's right on the lake.



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    Re: Seattle Vacation

    Eat Dungeness Crab. I forgot that part.



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    Re: Seattle Vacation

    The Mulkilteo ferry to Whidbey is my favorite ferry ride, and Whidbey is a beautiful island but you DO have to drive up there to catch the ferry. You can walk onto ferries at the terminal on the waterfront. We like to ride over to Bremerton...takes you past the Naval shipyards by way of a couple of inland passages in Puget Sound. If you're interested in a little history about Seattle's roots, take the underground seattle tour. It starts in a storefront on Pioneer Square...takes you literally underground to the early structures that modern Seattle rests on. Point Defiance down by Tacoma is a nice waterfront park. If you're interested in alternative living space, check out the houseboats on Lake Union. Some pretty impressive "boats" there. If you have kids with you, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on the waterfront is a fun place to go. Make sure you stop and see Sylvester while you're there.

    Someone else mentioned going to Rainier & hiking around. It's cool & all, but I like the Olympics better. On the very tip of the Olympic peninsula is a great park, Cape Alava. Hike about two miles from the parking (mostly flat) and you're at the Ocean. Try to time it for low tide if you go. And that holds true if you go to any beach area on the Sound or out on the coast. The tide pools are a blast. :)

    For food, Dungeness Crab, and FRESH salmon. Once you've had fresh salmon you'll laugh at what they serve here in the midwest.



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    Re: Seattle Vacation

    As far as activities - I'm actually getting married out here in August and prepared a google maps for my wedding website of things I think my guests woudl enjoy (most are either family or twenty something year olds, for reference). Here is a link to it - it is coded by color for different activities - eg: yellow=parks/things to see, green = my favorite food and purple for drinking. Orange is Woodinville, which is the wine country so to speak.

    https://mapsengine.google.com/map/vi...A.k7KrfRdkmWCw

    Another thing to note is that UW's campus was designed by the same person that designed ISU's campus (granted there is a little more natural beauty to work with out here), if you are into that sort of thing. UW football is always fun and will be occurring in September as well. Tailgating on boats is a little different than the grass fields of Jack Trice.



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    Re: Seattle Vacation

    Quote Originally Posted by danrog View Post
    As far as activities - I'm actually getting married out here in August and prepared a google maps for my wedding website of things I think my guests woudl enjoy (most are either family or twenty something year olds, for reference). Here is a link to it - it is coded by color for different activities - eg: yellow=parks/things to see, green = my favorite food and purple for drinking. Orange is Woodinville, which is the wine country so to speak.

    https://mapsengine.google.com/map/vi...A.k7KrfRdkmWCw

    Another thing to note is that UW's campus was designed by the same person that designed ISU's campus (granted there is a little more natural beauty to work with out here), if you are into that sort of thing. UW football is always fun and will be occurring in September as well. Tailgating on boats is a little different than the grass fields of Jack Trice.
    That map is awesome, thanks! And thanks to everyone else too. Some great suggestions...



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    Re: Seattle Vacation

    Quote Originally Posted by danrog View Post
    As far as activities - I'm actually getting married out here in August and prepared a google maps for my wedding website of things I think my guests woudl enjoy (most are either family or twenty something year olds, for reference). Here is a link to it - it is coded by color for different activities - eg: yellow=parks/things to see, green = my favorite food and purple for drinking. Orange is Woodinville, which is the wine country so to speak.

    https://mapsengine.google.com/map/vi...A.k7KrfRdkmWCw

    Another thing to note is that UW's campus was designed by the same person that designed ISU's campus (granted there is a little more natural beauty to work with out here), if you are into that sort of thing. UW football is always fun and will be occurring in September as well. Tailgating on boats is a little different than the grass fields of Jack Trice.
    Very cool map!



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    Re: Seattle Vacation

    Ferry ride, EMP, Sci Fi museum. There is a place called something like Unexpected Productions that has a gum wall that you can add to. Pike's Market is iconic. There is a lock and dam. Space Needle was okay.

    Down on the piers, I forget which one, there is a good fast food fish place that is right next door to where the Seattle Real World house stands.


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    Are you talking about Ivar's,Angie?



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    Re: Seattle Vacation

    Go to a Sounders match.



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    Re: Seattle Vacation

    Instead of going all the way to Rainier, you could go to Snoqualmie or Steven's Pass. Both are typically considered skiing destinations by Seattlites, but during the summer I believe the parks are open to hiking. FYI, Whidbey Island is able to be accessed by land as well as ferry, but you'll have to drive a long way north to get around Skagit Bay. IF you do go up there, there is an awesome park called Deception Pass with a bridge about 100' high over a narrow inlet from the Sound to Skagit Bay. The views are breathtaking, and there are two beaches you can get to. FYI these are not swimming beaches - the water is like 55.


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    Are you talking about Ivar's,Angie?
    That's it!!


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    One of the places my boys always wanted to visit whenever we went home. They loved feeding the fries to the seagulls.



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    Re: Seattle Vacation

    My wife and I went to Seattle for our honeymoon. We stayed at the Inn at the Market and spent the vast majority of the time just wandering around, checking out bars, restaurants, shops etc... We did have our one touristy dinner in the Space Needle. Lots of days just grabbing a snack at the Market and roaming the streets. We also took a ferry over to the San Juan Islands and spent two nights at Friday Harbor. I don't remember the names of any bars or restaurants we went to, we just wandered. We had a great time and met a zillion really cool people.

    We also did a hike near Lake Hancock, where my grandfather died in a training accident as a fighter pilot instructor in 1945 when he was stationed there. Not exactly touristy obviously but I'll never forget that day.

    One of the most enjoyable mornings I had was getting up early and renting a sea kayak on Lake Union. My wife wanted a morning to just sleep in and enjoy some room service, so I enjoyed a beautiful and peaceful morning on the water. It was pretty amazing.



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    Re: Seattle Vacation

    Didn't read all the replies so far but here is my list of things you could do...sorry in advance if these are duplicates

    Have this beer (African Amber)
    http://www.macandjacks.com/beers.php

    Places to see....

    See Gas Works Park
    http://www.seattle.gov/tour/union.htm

    Fremont Troll
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fremont_Troll

    Snoqualmie Falls
    http://www.snoqualmiefalls.com/

    The Gum Wall
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum_Wall

    The First Starbucks
    http://www.starbucks.com/coffeehouse...n/1st-and-pike

    Places to drink....

    Shorty's Bar (Creepy Clowns & Pinball Machines)
    http://www.shortydog.com/

    Lava Lounge Bar
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/lava-lounge-seattle

    The Dray Bar (Squirrel Bar)
    http://thedray.com/

    Pyramid Brewery
    http://www.pyramidbrew.com/alehouses/seattle/

    Red Door
    http://www.reddoorseattle.com/



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