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10 Things to Do In Seattle

Occasionally, friends who are visiting from out of town ask me: “What is there to do in Seattle, aside from getting rained on?” Here’s my ever-updated list!

1)   Go stroll next to the Ballard Locks, and then skip back to Fremont. Stop under the bridge to see the Fremont Troll, then get your picture with a statue of Lenin.  

2)   Visit a few of Seattle’s unique vistas: Gasworks Park on Lake Union. The park is a gem, and good photo op. Next, zip over to the University of Washington campus, and check out the Drumheller Fountain, Red Square, Suzzallo Library, and The Quad. Walk up and down “The Ave,” and check out the college vibe.

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3)   Head up I-90 about 45 minutes to Snoqualmie Falls. Get lunch nearby in North Bend or on the way back in Issaquah.

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4)   Go up in the Space Needle! Skip lunch up there, it’s spendy. Lots of fun sights and attractions in Seattle Center.

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5)   Go up to the observation deck at the Columbia Tower or Smith Tower.

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6)   Visit Pike’s Place Market. Get lunch at a panini shop like Michou or Le Panier (French bakery). Pop in to DeLaurenti if you want Italian. Get your picture in front of the original Starbucks store. Don’t miss the fish throw, or the cafe where scenes from Sleepless in Seattle were filmed.

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7)   Hit up the Seattle waterfront boardwalk. Walk-on a ferry over to Bremerton and back, or Bainbridge Island! Or just zip over to Alki Point on the Water Taxi. Now open: The Seattle Great Wheel.

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8)   Visit Pioneer Square, check out the local art scene, and look for a sandwich shop called Salumi nearby. If you are feeling adventurous, wander down to the International District, and find The Tamarind Tree, for a charming experience and a taste of provincial Vietnamese cuisine.

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9)   Grab a drink and check out the nightlife, or grab a late-night bite to eat at one of these fine establishments: The Ballroom (Fremont), Ozzies (Queen Anne), Pike Brewing Co. (Pike’s Place Market), Wasabi Bistro (Belltown), or Dick’s Drive In (3 locations).

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10)   Get your BEST Seattle skyline photo, day or night, at Kerry Park on Queen Anne. Then, stick around and check out The Sitting Room, or any of the fun diners (Mecca Cafe, 5 Spot) in the neighborhood.

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If you make quick work of this list, check out the Seattle Bucketlist.

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