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    Things to see and do in Seattle

    I'll be going to Seattle for a 3 day meeting in mid-May. What are some things see and do while I'm their. I'm going to check out the fish market and a Mariners game if they're in town. Are there any touristy type ferry rides on Puget Sound?
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    Quote Originally posted by the north omaha star
    I'll be going to Seattle for a 3 day meeting in mid-May. What are some things see and do while I'm their. I'm going to check out the fish market and a Mariners game if they're in town. Are there any touristy type ferry rides on Puget Sound?
    When we were there we took the Washington State Ferry across to Bainbridge Island and hung out there for a few hours. It was an adorable little town with a great waterfront park and stunning views of the skyline across the sound. We also liked Fremont, the U District, Queen Anne, Green Lake (IIRC) and Kirkland (all easy bus rides from downtown or elsewhere). We were really turned off by Pioneer Square and the International District, which both reaked of urine and were filled with drunks and panhandlers.

    The U District had an unusual amount of young bums/runaways, a rarity on the East Coast.

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    We spent our honeymoon in the Seattle area. Granted, we were on Vashon Island, tucked in a great B&B, but we did take the ferry over to see some sights.

    Loved Pike's Market - spent the morning just walking around, eating lunch with a water view. I agree that Pioneer was a letdown, but Elliot's bookstore made up for it. Weather was great in late June, so our planned day at Mt. Rainier for hiking went without a hitch.

    Whatever you decide to do, enjoy!
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    Library

    I haven't been myself, but everyone I know is raving about the new Public Library designed by Rem Koolhaas.

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    There are many good ferry rides to various islands from Seattle. Any of them are interesting and fun, depending on your schedule and whim.

    For gifts to take home, Market Spice Tea is the classic from the Market Spice Tea shop at Pike's Street Market.

    The Fremont Troll is one of my favorite pieces of public art.

    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/WASEAtroll.html

    and yes.... we need to hear your review of the Public Library. (I really liked it, but not everyone does.)

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    A trip on that moveable bridge that leads to Mercer Island would be a nice diversion. Also, I would check out that new Experience Music museum that was built a couple of years ago.
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    There is the King County Trails. Best known is the Burke-Gilman: http://www.metrokc.gov/parks/trails/trails/burke.htm
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    My sister lives there and I've been a few times. I liked the EMP - Experience Music Project Museum. It's a somewhat horrendous Frank Gehry building, but has some really cool interactive music exhibits inside. I spent a whole day there by myself and wasn't bored.

    Bainbridge Island is pretty if you want to take a ferry somewhere. Capitol Hill is great to walk around- same with Fremont, Downtown and the U District. There is a lot of hipster and student culture all around there.

    West Seattle has a nice beach. Discovery Park is pretty. The Seattle Asian Art museum was nice.

    I hope this gives you a few ideas. I would check out the library, too. And Pike Place Market, Belltown area, etc.

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    Maybe because I'm used to it, living in the Greater San Francisco Bum Area, but Pioneer Square was fairly tame to me.- and Elliott Bay Book Company was an awesome bookstore. I really enjoyed the red brick architecture in Pioneer Square.

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    Vashon or Bainbridge Island

    Which of the two is more pedestrian friendly? While in Seattle, I will not have a bike or a car so that leaves my Reeboks and public transportation.
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    Quote Originally posted by the north omaha star
    Which of the two is more pedestrian friendly? While in Seattle, I will not have a bike or a car so that leaves my Reeboks and public transportation.
    On Bainbridge Island, we had no problem walking from the ferry into town and around the very small town of Winslow and nearby parks. I think you could probably rent bikes either in Seattle or on the island and there are public buses on Bainbridge that meet the ferry.

    Honestly, there wasn't much to see outside of nature and water, but I thought it was worth it.

    http://www.bainbridgechamber.com/Islandmapbig1.htm

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    Quote Originally posted by jmello
    On Bainbridge Island, we had no problem walking from the ferry into town and around the very small town of Winslow and nearby parks. I think you could probably rent bikes either in Seattle or on the island and there are public buses on Bainbridge that meet the ferry.

    Honestly, there wasn't much to see outside of nature and water, but I thought it was worth it.

    http://www.bainbridgechamber.com/Islandmapbig1.htm
    I agree, it's mostly an island suburb for Seattle. Still, the ferry ride is nice, gives a great view of the city and takes you out to a countryish looking community. It's very upscale, but pretty and makes a nice little trip if you want to get out of the city.

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    How about Vancouver, BC?

    While in Seattle next week, I decided that I will take a day trip to Vancouver for my first visit to Canada. What is there to do and see from a planning perspective within walking distance of the Amtrak station?
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    King B's sister lives there but doubt that you would want to visit her....
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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    Certainly.....

    Not (what they try to pass as professional) basketball.....
    .......SNAP!!!

    Ooops.....some spill over SMACK from that NBA thread......
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    I like Seattle. I like Seattle a lot!! The city is beautiful. I had a very good time there. I flew there last weekend to get a couple of days of sightseeing in before my meetings. I stayed in downtown Seattle adjacent to the Westlake Center and the monorail. I really enjoyed downtown but the price of food was stretching my meals budget. I went to a couple of Mariners games. I saw Manny Ramirez of the Red Sox hit his 400th HR. To see the roof close on SAFECO was worth the price of admission alone. I ended up going to Bainbridge Island. I walked around for an hour and had lunch at a Mexican restaurant. I enjoyed the views of Lake Union from the Space Needle and the Capitol Hill neighborhood. I enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of the Pike Place Market. I rarely eat fish, but I enjoy going to fish markets. Go figure. I enjoyed the Copper River salmon at Cutters Bayhouse on Western Ave. Our group had a table that overlooked Elliott Bay and the sun was out at the time. It seems as if the Copper River salmon was anointed food of the gods last week, so I had to try it. I enjoyed the free public bus service in downtown Seattle, because walking back from the Yankees/Mariners game was a b***h. I appreciated the architecture of City Hall, the symphony building, and the central library. I wasn't that impressed with Pioneer Square. Much props to the guy who sold me the ticket to the Red Sox game last Sunday. Ten rows above the home dugout for $15 can't be beat. Also much props to the Gray Line Shuttle for finding my digital camera and bringing it back to my hotel. I can gurantee that wouldn't have happened in Baltimore. I can't wait to go back.
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    Someday.....

    I do want to visit someday, I've heard its a great City. I would also make a point to visit Victoria when there.....
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