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Seattle is known for its excellent coffee. The name Starbucks is linked to Seattle. Seattle nearly borders Canada in the Pacific Northwest. Seaside it was a known for excellent fishing grounds. Its fish market is a bit unusual. The vendors "throw" the fish – without damaging them!



Seattle is known for its excellent coffee.  The name Starbucks is linked to Seattle.
Seattle nearly borders Canada in the Pacific Northwest.  Seaside it was a known for excellent fishing grounds.  Its fish market is a bit unusual.  The vendors "throw" the fish – without damaging them! 

Seattle was named after the Indian Chief Seattle, who was known as one of the world's first environmentalists.

One of America's most popular western cities, we've compiled a list of great things to do while you are in town. 

The "Must Sees"

Take the Route 99 Waterfront Street Car which escorts you to some of Seattles most historical and well known areas.  Between 6 and 7 pm, all downtown buses are free.  Check out the waterfront, China Town and Pioneer Square for a song.  Even free one way and paid return is a 50% savings.

Chinatown is a cultural landmark, with Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese residents.  A feast for the senses and the culinary appetite, you can find fantastic authentic restaurants for a less than average cost.  Plan to eat at least one meal while you are here.

Pike Place Market
The fish mongers have a ball selling their fishy wares and entertaining the troop while they're at it.  A part of Seattle culture for the past 100 years, it's a site you won't find anywhere else.  It's also a greta place to buy fresh fish!

Seattle Center
Here is the place where the sites of Seattle can be easily seen.  In one complex, the former home of the 1962 World's Fair, you can explore the Space Needle, Seattle Opera, Children's Museum, Pacific Science Center, Fun Forest Amusement Park and other options.  These each have their own cost of admission, but offset these splurges with the freebies and all will be fine.


Weekend Wonders:

Fremont Sunday Market
A great bazaar of fruit, flowers, international items and cool crafts every single Sunday from 10 am. 

The "I Heart Rummage" fair is held the first Sunday of nearly every month at the Belltown Crocodile Cafe known for great crafts and bargains in an alternative style setting.  Go check it out – you may be pleasantly surprised.

Bainbridge Island Vineyards are located a few miles outside of Seattle.  All its wine producing grapes are grown on location.  Come on Sunday at 2 pm when the tours are free.
8989 Northeast Day Road  Bainbridge Isle, WA 98110
(206) 842-9463

Arts and Culture

In Seattle's downtown district, there are plenty of free museums to have a look through on a damp and cloudy afternoon.  The weather in Seattle is known to change, so take advantage of the great opportunities to recharge your cultural batteries while you are here!

Gallery Walk is a year round event – except for January – held on the first Thursdays of the month.  Most crowded in the after work hours from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – try to attend earlier for a great artistic compilation. 

Seattle Art Museum – First Thursdays are free.  It's known for its unusual indigenous art collections - especially Asian and Aboriginal Australian.
GPS: 100 University St., Seattle, WA; 206-344-5275.

Seattle Asian Art Museum – First Thursdays and Saturdays are free to the general public, so plan accordingly.
GPS: 1400 East Prospect Street, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA; 206-654-3206.

Frye Art Museum – Admission is always free.  Tours of the museum are on Wednesday through Sunday from 1:30 pm, also free of charge.
GPS: 704 Terry Avenue  Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-9250

Bellevue Art Museum – First Fridays are free.  Specializing in artwork done by local artists, general admission is from 10 am to 9 pm.
GPS: 510 Bellevue Way Northeast  Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 519-0770

Seattle Museum of Flight
If aviation interests you, mark your calendar for the first Thursday of the month when the museum offers free admission between 5 pm and 9 pm.
GPS: 9404 East Marginal Way South  Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764-5720


Music

The Seattle Symphony allows visitors to attend its bimonthly recitals, held on Monday at 12:30 – check the schedule for availability.  Following the Tuesday and Friday tours, you may hear an organ recital at noon or at 1 pm. 

Shopping

Did you know that world famous Nordstroms began in Seattle in 1901?  As a service to its guests, six personal stylists – or professional shoppers – are available to help you get the the most complementary clothing items and help create a personal brand or best look.  First come, first served.

University of Washington

Self guided tours and walking tours are given by UW students around the lovely Jesuit university.  Cherry trees are in bloom during the early springtime.  The tours last 90 minutes.  What a lovely way to experience the beautifully landscaped campus!

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