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One week in Seattle with kids (7&10) in second week of July

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One week in Seattle with kids (7&10) in second week of July


we are from Norway and are having a week in Seattle in the second week of July this year.

The kids are 7 (girl) and boy (10).

We are staying at a house in West Seattle, about 15 minutes west of downtown Seattle.

I am looking for ideas on what to do. We have 6/7 full days to do stuff. None of us have ever been in this area before, so we need some tips and guidence.

What must we really do? Is Twin Peaks worth a visit? Remember that show from growing up...

All feedback is appreciated.


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1. Re: One week in Seattle with kids (7&10) in second week of July

I would recommend exploring Seattle for 3 days (Pike Place Market, Aquarium, EMP, Troll, Museum of Flight,...) and renting a car for day trips for the remaining days.

Do you want to shop? My Norwegian friends found everything was so cheap that try ended up shopping A LOT.

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2. Re: One week in Seattle with kids (7&10) in second week of July

Take the ferry out to Bainbridge Island or if you want a day trip away from Seattle, Whidbey island is beautiful! Don't miss going up in the Space Needle, we were there last month and really enjoyed being there after dark.

Dahlia Lounge, Etta's, Pink Door, Pike Place Chowder are a few of our favorite places for meals in Seattle. Have a great trip! :)

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3. Re: One week in Seattle with kids (7&10) in second week of July

This info from your other thread will help Seattle folks to give relevant ideas

>>We are not the typical museum folks, so rather outdoors then indoors. Some hiking we'd love to do... the kids could easily hike a couple of miles.

Getting great outdoors experiences would really be something to look back at and remember.<<

Day trip to Mt Rainier NP (on a clear day only!)

Rent canoes at the University of Washington and paddle around the Arboretum and under Hwy 520. washington.edu/ima/wac/canoe-boat-rentals/

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4. Re: One week in Seattle with kids (7&10) in second week of July

>> Is Twin Peaks worth a visit? Remember that show from growing up... <<

Well of course there is no such place, but you can take in some of the landmarks in a very enjoyable day. The Salish Lodge - http://www.salishlodge.com/ - was the "Great Northern" hotel in the series, and its location next to beautiful Snoqualmie Falls makes for a great outing. After visiting the falls, you can have a piece of cherry pie and a d@mn good cup of coffee at Twede's in North Bend - a few miles from the falls - http://www.twedescafe.com/ Then maybe finish with a drive north through the Snoqualmie Valley (downstream from the falls) where in July there will probably be raspberries available for picking at some of the "U-pick" fields.

Another very enjoyable day trip is a loop drive to Whidbey Island, via Deception Pass (marvelous gap between Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands) and home via the Mukilteo ferry, or v.v. Use Hwy 526 (the "Boeing freeway") as part of the route, past the Boeing Everett factory, biggest building in the world. Your kids might enjoy touring the factory where the big jets are built.

With a week and staying in West Seattle I'd probably have a car the whole time. You can use "carpool" lanes on the freeways, and parking downtown, while expensive, will probably equal in cost what you'd spend for 8 bus tickets (to and from) but things will go more quickly.

Also you can explore the West Seattle shoreline - from the Fauntleroy ferry dock (a day trip to Vashon Island would be a lot of fun) around past the Alki lighthouse, to the cafes along Alki Beach (bike and kayak rentals if interested). There are lots of fun places in West Seattle - cool shops and cafes along California Avenue SW, one of the best farmers markets in town (Sundays) and wonderful viewpoints to see the city skyline, passing ferries, the Olympic mountains, and - rarely - even some whales out in Puget Sound. I think it's a great part of town in which to stay.

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5. Re: One week in Seattle with kids (7&10) in second week of July

West Seattle is a big area, and contains quite a few different neighborhoods. If you let us know roughly where we are staying we can help with some specifics. It will be more than 15 minutes to downtown if you are staying at the far end of the area.

As ibgardyloo says, there is lots to do in West Seattle. Alki is a sandy beach with views of the mountains and the space needle. Close by there are lots of tidepools at low tides (and you have some nice low tides in early July). There are restaurants at Alki, as well as Alaska St/California Ave and at some other locations.

A car will be very helpful for getting around. For trips to downtown, I personally would use the bus to avoid parking and the traffic (there is no carpool lane to downtown, but there is a bus lane!). Depending on where you are staying, you might be able by pass all traffic and take the water taxi to downtown.

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6. Re: One week in Seattle with kids (7&10) in second week of July

A few "must sees" that are unique to Seattle. If you have questions about any of them, or which to choose from the list and the ideas provided by others, post again.

Ballard/Chittenden Locks www.myballard.com/ballard-locks-seattle/

Pike Place Market www.pikeplacemarket.org/frameset.asp…

Ferry Ride to/from Bainbridge Island (short and scenic, then walk the little town of BI)

Pioneer Square http://www.pioneersquare.org/ http://goo.gl/maps/wflb

Museum of Flight A world class museum, for all ages. http://www.museumofflight.org/

Seattle Center (site of the 1962 World's Fair) and Space Needle

Woodland Park Zoo http://www.zoo.org/

Seattle Aquarium http://www.seattleaquarium.org/

Argosy Cruises (Tillicum Village) argosycruises.com/publiccruises/tillicum.cfm

Future of Flight and Boeing Plant Tour, Everett, WA

Snoqualmie Train Museum and Rides (Seen on the way to or from Snoqualmie Falls.)


Snoqualmie Falls East of Seattle less than one hour. Bring a jacket, it can be misty and cool. http://www.snoqualmiefalls.com/

Wine Country, Woodinville After the Falls, go through the Snoqualmie River Valley (Rte. 203) and on to Woodinville for “Wine Country”. http://www.woodinvillewinecountry.com/

Archie McPhee Store http://www.mcphee.com/shop/

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7. Re: One week in Seattle with kids (7&10) in second week of July

If you go to North Bend (which is the name of the real city which is Twin Peaks), you can find a great many hikes in the mountains that are fun for the kids if you are interested in that: http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Day+Hikes&find_loc=North+Bend%2C+WA I have done most of these in the event you want to know anything about them. Of course, as a previous poster mentioned, you'd want to go to Twin Peaks café right there in town, where they filmed, as well as Snoqualmie Falls which has had some remodeling done & is quite beautiful. Most people take a day out of the city to go out that way & see what the Pacific Northwest looks like out in the mountains. If you need any hiking stuff, downtown Seattle (and Issaquah on your way to North Bend) has an REI which is our great outdoor sporting store.

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8. Re: One week in Seattle with kids (7&10) in second week of July

Thank you so much for all the feedback... I will use the rest of the weekend to set up a plan for our stay in Seattle :-)

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