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1st Time to Seattle

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1st Time to Seattle

Wife and I are planning a long weekend in Seattle in early October, probably stay at the W, will arrive Wednesday afternoon and depart on Monday am which will give us Thursday - Sunday to explore and eat some good seafood. Would like some ideas on what to do and not miss, we can rent a car or is there enough to keep us busy for 4 days? Also some good seafood restaurants and places that have good happy hours, 1st time to this area and looking forward to our time there.

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1. Re: 1st Time to Seattle

I'd imagine you already have the Space Needle and Pike Place Market on your list? Columbia Tower and Smith Tower are also two great observatories, and give you a different view of the city (and Columbia Tower is much cheaper than the Space Needle). For more views, a short ride on the Water Taxi over to West Seattle gives you a great view of downtown, and then you can walk along the water for a bit. There's also Kerry Park in Queen Anne - it's really just a viewpoint, and not much of a park, but every stock image of Seattle tends to come from there. If you go up there, make sure to go to the end of the street, as there's another small overlook looking towards the Olympics. Gas Works Park is one of my favorite spots in the city as you get a great view from Lake Union and downtown.

As for food... it's really personal opinion. Ivars is great, and Pike Street Fish Fry in Captiol Hill has some of my favorite fish fry. If you want to spend a little more but have a great meal, Dahlia Lounge is delicious. I don't frequent bars in that area, but there's a pretty cool speakeasy place in Belltown called Bathtub Gin that has really good drinks. It's located in an alley right behind Robbins Bros. (used to be E.E. Robbins).

If you can rent a car, I'd highly suggest taking a drive out to Snoqualmie Falls. It's really a beautiful drive, and the falls, while touristy, are beautiful.

A walk around the Arboretum would also be a nice way to spend an afternoon. October should be a good time for fall colors as well.

Forgot to mention.. the Chihuly Glass Garden at the Space Needle is really great. I'm not a big fan of tourist attractions, but it's really beautiful and worth the admission.

There's also the underground tour.. it's pretty cool, but I don't know if it's absolutely necessary.

Edited: 30 June 2014, 21:03
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Here are several items for your consideration.

1. SEATTLE AREA “MUST SEES” A personal sampling, there is much more; excludes the national parks. Up to 2 full days.

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

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

Chihuly Garden and Glass http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/

Victoria, BC http://www.hellobc.com/victoria.aspx

Victoria Clipper http://www.clippervacations.com/

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

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

Museum of History and Industry (south end of Lake Union)

Center for Wooden Boats (south end of Lake Union)

Museums (Google “Seattle museums”)

2. Whidbey Island, as a day loop trip; iconic Pacific NW. tripadvisor.com/Travel-g58824-s2/Whidbey-Isl…

3. Mt. Rainier National Park, a full day trip.

Added up, that's your four days.

Edited: 30 June 2014, 21:14
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3. Re: 1st Time to Seattle

thanks for your suggestions and here I was worried that 4 days was too much......we are not the type to schedule things one after the other but I appreciate your lists, lot to do and see.

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4. Re: 1st Time to Seattle

where can we find some good oysters on the half shell, anyplace close to the W or we can take a taxi....

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After you check the listed items out, inquire. Or ask which would be the highest priority items to experience uniquely Seattle.

Edited: 01 July 2014, 01:14
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6. Re: 1st Time to Seattle

Ballard/Chittenden Locks

Pike Place Market

Museum of Flight

Seattle Center

Chihuly Garden and Glass

these are a few that interest us, its a start....

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7. Re: 1st Time to Seattle

Smiling, those would have been my suggestions. Here's a few more from that list...

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

Why? Striking views of Seattle from the water and, if clear, Mt. Rainier to the south, and a nice little town of BI to walk around. It's a short, 1/2 hour, ride, so you could do it all in about 2 - 3 hours.

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

Why? Seattle history, galleries, dining. There is an underground tour, as well, if that's of interest; i.e., how the city was "built up".

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

Why? Nice narrated, short, ride to the island, a decent salmon meal, a show re: Native American/First Peoples heritage.

Edited: 01 July 2014, 02:10
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8. Re: 1st Time to Seattle

McCormicks on 4th and Columbia or First and Seneca are both in walking distance and would be a good spot for oysters. Also Elliott's down on the water is known for their oysters. Distance wise it's walkable but it would be all up hill after dinner.

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The city's best oysters on the half shell are in Ballard at Walrus and the Carpenter. It opens at 4:00 pm and has a good happy hour, with tasty, if somewhat precious, drinks. Tell the staff to turn down the noise (Oh, sorry, I mean music), and you will enjoy the oysters of the gods. Order every oyster in the house; the selection is varied and pristine. Ballard is a fascinating neighborhood, and you could combine your divine bivalve feast with a walk at the fabulous Ballard Locks.

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10. Re: 1st Time to Seattle

How far is Ballard from the W in Seattle and best way to get there if no car?