When it comes to natural endowments, Seattle is flat out spoiled. Surrounded by watery wonders, situated on a narrow isthmus of land between Puget sound and lake Washington.
Ever since the Klondike gold rush, Seattleites have been known to lend a helping hand to travelers. If people on the street cant point you in the right direction, try the citywide concierge center at 710 pike street. Seattle boasts a distinct collection of neighborhood. at the cities heart stands the famous pike place market, an authentic smorgasbord of food, flowers, entertainment, and art that has served local residents and visitors for nearly a century .
At the southern end of downtown lies historic pioneer square (along 1st and 2nd aves, between James st and S Jackson street) the first area of Seattle to be rebuilt after the great fire of 1889. In February 2001 a 6.8 earthquake that shook this part of town caused a rain of bricks from crumbling facades and considerable damage to some of the oldest buildings But most were left intact including the many shops, bars and galleries in the area.
Home to the pacific science center, the new digs of the Seattle opera and pacific northwest ballet, Marion Oliver McCaw hall; experience music project museum; and a wide variety of festivals and fairs as well as Seattle's best-Known for landmark, The space needle located on broad st and 5th Ave N. The Seattle center is on the lower slopes of queen Anne hill, to the west of magnolia and in between queen Anne and magnolia is the area called interbay.
A few blocks east of downtown, the capitol hill neighborhood rises up from I-5 and is packed with hip people, stores, coffee shops and nightspots.
It is exceptionally easy to get around downtown Seattle without a car, METRO operates more than 300 bus routes in Seattle and surrounding country. many of the coaches are wheelchair accessible and all are equipped with bike racks. The monorail which connects the Seattle center to the downtown retail district was a space age innovation of the 1962 world's fair . The two minute, 1.2 mile ride presently the only stretch of rapid transit in town is a great thrill for kids and passes through the experience music project museum.
Seattle is a bicycle friendly city. depending on the weather, between 4000 & 8000 bikers commute to work each day. bike lanes on arterial streets throughout the city are fairly safe routes for cyclists, and bike trails offer a reprieve from huffing and puffing up Seattle's steep slopes. For both commuting and recreation the burke Gilman trail is the bicycling backbone of Seattle.
Bainbridge island - take the Washington state ferry from downtown Seattle's waterfront at Colman dock to Bainbridge island and enjoy 35 minutes of scenery. Lush and green, Bainbridge is bubbling with arts, crafts, and eateries. in July, catch the islands festivals of flora, Bainbridge in bloom. you can ask the person at the ferry dock when you get there for an island map. make sure you get the new waterfront trail map as well.
Olympia - The state capital, located 60 miles south of Seattle. A thriving city that goes unnoticed. since the Nisqually Earthquake shook thongs up in 2001, Olympia has since been restored and is in full swing. The main draw of this capital town still happens in late winter, when both the legislature and citys three college campuses are in season.
The legislative building - located in Olympia on 14th ave SW and capital Wy offers free tours to the public sevan days a week, featuring a plant conservatory, tivoli fountain, temple of justice and views out over the capitol lake and memorials.
Washington state library - which is definitely worth a look - particularly to see the Kenneth Callahan mural. Washington state for the performing arts -offers a range of performances, including dance, symphony, and theater. located 512 Washington st SE.
The Boeing factory tour- located 30 minutes north of Seattle in Everett. The Boeing factory is the largest building in the world by volume. it is so big that without ventilation in the factory, it would generate its own weather inside and form rain clouds. Tour prices start at $60, a tour guide will escort you on a bus through the factory which includes several stops, you will be able to view airplanes in various stages of assembly, manufacture and flight test for airline customers around the world. sorry no cameras allowed on the tour.
Woodland park zoo - A great place to take the kids! located 15 minutes north of downtown Seattle on phinney ave N. The zoo is open daily except Christmas day. Prices start at $20 for adults and $12.25 for children.
The toughest job in Seattle is being a weather forecaster - everyone suspects you're a liar, an idiot, or both. Predictions are difficult because a torrential downpour in west Seattle might occur at the same time as blinding sunshine in Wallingford. If you're trying to avoid the rain altogether then July and august are the warmest and driest months with temperatures ranging from 25 -35 degrees Celsius. Things get wet in the winter, with averages of around 100-150mm of rain per month from November through to January, but temperatures are mild enough that snow and ice are infrequent.
Seattle is considered by many as the home of coffee, thanks to many branches of Starbucks, tullys and seattles best coffee, there is no risk of having to go cold turkey for even a block.
There are several choices when it comes to holiday accommodation these days.
With the introduction of Airbnb in 2008, there is no shortage of places to stay, whether it's for just one night, or for a couple of weeks. With competitive pricing & now available in over 180 countries, Airbnb is certainly worth a look before booking any motels outside of downtown Seattle. Chances of finding a motel or hotel located in an area your wanting to spend most of your time is unlikely.
A good place to start is Wallingford / Fremont area, located about 4 miles north of the downtown core, situated within walking distance between green lake, lake union & woodland park zoo. A popular neighborhood for university students With the university of Washington just a few miles away. Plenty of bars, food outlets and burger joints located on N 34th st and Stone way N (be sure to swing by RoRo's BBQ & grille) . There is also a Brewing company located on the corner of 34th and Albion place N.
Gas works park is 20 acre park located at the south end of Wallingford boarding lake union. A public park on the former site of the Seattle gas light company gasification plant. With picnic facilities and stunning views of downtown Seattle is a great place to chill out.
The famous Freemont troll is located on N36th street under the freeway. A good place to take the kids for a photo on top of the troll
Hotel / Motels
Ace hotel - located on 1st Ave, Belltown. the 30 room Ace is a Clockwork Orange without the bright colors. This futuristic, hostel-like hotel is so hip it hurts. White wood floors, White walls (some rooms have black & white Andy Warhol-like murals), mostly white bedding, and white robes give the ace a stylishly clean, spare look. Prices start at $119 P/N with a deluxe room setting you back around $219.
Fairmont Olympic hotel - probably the most up market hotel in settle. located at 411 University street, downtown. May be a cliché, but "old world luxury" is the perfect description for the 80yr old Fairmont Olympic. situated on the site of the original University of Washington, and formerly named the four seasons Olympic was purchased by Fairmont Hotels is 2003. Impeccable service and exceptional pampering are hallmarks of this 1924 Italian renaissance icon. Huge chandeliers ,rich fabrics, creamy white walls and warm wood accents make you feel as if you've stepped back in time when travelers expected opulent accommodations. housing 450 guest rooms (219 of them suites) including baths with showers, soaking tubs and terry robes. The Fremont's prices are steep, starting at $419 P/N but this is seattles one world classic contender. And it's not just for grown-ups. The hotel goes out of its way for children and infants, including providing them with their own welcome bag with toy and edible goodie.
By: Kyle Billot