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Things to Do in Seattle

post #1 of 20
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Going to be in seattle for a few days next week right before thanksgiving...Going to get some turns in at Baker or Crystal if the weather is right, but as far as the city goes I was wondering if people could provide some things that should not be missed...not really interested in stuffy museum stuff, but more off beat, outdoor oriented stuff...Oh and I love coffee.

so far Pikes Market and the underound tour are on my list.

Thanks ALL!
post #2 of 20

Seattle and sundry

Go see Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe on the waterfront, stay away from Star*ucks, get some fish and chips at Spuds on Greenlake, find a copy of The Stranger to find odd local scene, Google around you'll find stuff...
post #3 of 20
for a day trip, the drive up to Paradise (at Mt. rainier) is pretty cool. I think the road is still open
post #4 of 20
Shop for raingear.
post #5 of 20
If you really, really, really like coffee. Caffe d'Arte at 2nd and Stewart. You can thank me later...

Also, the very first Starbucks is down around the corner at the market - just to say you were there.

Hop a ferry, maybe to Bainbridge or Bremmerton, walk on RT. Just because.

The Museum of Flight south of town is a cool non-stuffy museum.

Maybe visit Bruce Lee's grave.
post #6 of 20
B&O Espresso on Capital Hill (corner of Olive Way and Belmont)- THE best coffee, pastries,atmosphere
Torrefazione Italia- coffee
The Dilletante- coffee and incredible chocolates (on Broadway, Capital Hill)
second vote for the underground tour- very cool, and the market is fun
ferry rides are nice, too
Elliot Bay Books (Pioneer Square) is one of the best book stores in the US
Arboretum- nice place to walk; take the path down to Foster Island
post #7 of 20
If you're looking for an urban hike, start at the Seattle Center, walk through Bell Town to the Public Market, walk through downtown to Pioneer Square, tour the waterfront and climb the stairs back to the Market. Then walk over to Westlake Center and take the Monorail back to the Seattle Center. That'll keep you busy.

If you have a twisted sense of humor go to Archie McPhee's in Ballard. It's a bit hard to explain, but you can buy rubber chickens and X-ray glasses along with all kinds of other great stuff. I got my propeller beanie and my rocket ship lunch box there. Check out their web site:
post #8 of 20
Check out the best new ski shop around, Evo.
post #9 of 20
That's a ski shop? It looks somewhat abstract and high-concept. If it works, they'll be hailed as geniuses and trend-setters.
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Since I've never been in the State of Washington, obviously I'm not posting to answer the inquiry. However, I looked into skiing out of a flight to Seattle. However, I found that the resorts were a long drive from the city. I hate driving and that ruled skiing that state out. Now, why would anyone want to visit Bruce Lee's grave? Yuhhhk!!! I visited Jim Morrison's grave which was quite the experience, mainly as it is very hard to find in a tremendous and historic cemetary. Cemetaries like Mount Auburn in Cambridge, Ma. are worth the visit due to the tremendous tomb architecture, but I doubt Seattle's boneyards are all that fascinating. Now, why didn't anyone mention the needle tower?
post #11 of 20
Originally Posted by ATskier
Now, why didn't anyone mention the needle tower?
It didn't fit into the request for information. It's in the Seattle Center which I recommended. Also, once you're in it you can't see it and the best part of it is the way it looks from the outside. It's visible from all over town. It's called the Space Needle.

Just how close do you want to be to skiing? Alpental is about 45 minutes from downtown and it's a kick when the weather is right. Crystal and Stevens Pass are 1.5 hours from the center of town, but less if you live or stay south or north.
post #12 of 20
Two things you should do--
1. Spend some time at Pike's Place Market--it is kitsch but has great fish and flowers.
2. Ride the Ferry.
post #13 of 20
Originally Posted by wilbanba
Go see Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe on the waterfront, stay away from Star*ucks, get some fish and chips at Spuds on Greenlake, find a copy of The Stranger to find odd local scene, Google around you'll find stuff...
Yes, the Ye Olde Curiosity shop is a must (my wife always gets a kick out of the whale penis). I prefer the outside Ivars for fish/chips, but Spuds is good too. You can hop a ferry to Bainbridge for the ride, check out Winslow then ride back (if you've never done the ferry ride thing, its kinda cool). Pike market is just a walk from the water front, so just hanging out at the waterfront can be a full day of stuff to do w/o needing to drive. If you feel energetic you can even walk a few more blocks NE from Pike Market to see the Space Needle.
post #14 of 20
my wife always gets a kick out of the whale penis
not touching that with a 10 ft....never mind
post #15 of 20
I would recommend renting a of the best ways to see Seattle is on a boat...all the waterways connect in some way. Maybe start in lake Union, go thru garbage bay past University of Washington into Lake Washington, tool around then come back the same way and go thru the cut past fremont and ballard and go through the locks, head thru shilshoal bay and out into commencement bay and elliot bay and check out the seattle skyline from the water. Coffee: No better than (a) Uptown Espresson (numerous locations), (b) Cafe Ladro (Queen Anne and Fremont are cool), and for a small neighborhood gem, check out (c) Lighthouse Coffee in may run into Dave Matthews there, as I have many times.

have fun in Seattle!
post #16 of 20
Speaking of Fremont, there's always the Troll...
post #17 of 20
You can't vist the PNW without stopping at some microbreweries. Here's a link to some of the ones in Seattle.
post #18 of 20
indoor climbing tower at REI
post #19 of 20
If you like salmon, go check out a salmon ladder (see here). If you like hot springs, there are Olympic Hot Springs on the Penninsula and Goldmyer Hot Springs North of North Bend. The aforementioned ferries are a great way to see the area. In addition to breweries and brew pubs, there are a couple of wineries you could check out (although less fun in the rainy weather).
post #20 of 20
as previously posted, the best way to see the Seattle skyline is from the WATER!
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