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Old 08-12-2014, 02:05 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

So taking a lady friend to Seattle and need CP's help to plan the weekend.

We arrive at 530 local time on Friday and fly out monday at 11am.

We are checking out the Mariners game on the saturday evening but need some advice on filling the friday evening and sunday day/evening.

Any good restaurants, bars things i need to see! all would be appreciated!

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Old 08-12-2014, 02:13 PM   #2
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There is good old Pike Place Market (visit the first Starbucks, although the line up can be long), take a pic at Kerry Park, visit Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center to get 360 degree view of the city or Space Needle, or Outlet shopping at premium outlet in Tulalip.

But I am sure you can find more here as per Tripadvisor:

http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction...ashington.html

If you are renting a car, the rush hour traffic can be real bad so I'd avoid it as much as possible.
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parking is expensive too.....don't miss the wall of gum if you visit pike place market. you can also get a city pass where you get admission to a few attractions for a discounted price
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The Underground tour was fun and very interesting.
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Like Rhettzky, I'd recommend the underground tour. Very interesting stuff, lasts about 2 hours (if my memory serves me correct) and is under $20pp.
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Old 08-12-2014, 02:35 PM   #6
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Been to the Chihuly Garden & Glass and Museum of Flight. Both cool places. The glass garden is near the Space Needle, so you can take the monorail over there from downtown. They have Duck Tours which are WW2 amphibious vehicles. Neat way to see landmarks around Seattle and they also take you into water as part of the tour. Did an Argosy Cruise around the harbor. They have tour maps in all the hotels or you can view it at http://www.tourmap.com. They have a list of restaurants, bars and tourist attractions around Seattle. Just a cool city to walk around as well.
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Eat a Seattle style hot dog. You're welcome.
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Was also going to ask, are you staying downtown? If you are, I recommend not getting a car. You can walk everywhere or take public transit. As Secol said, parking is expensive. I stayed at the Westin and parking was something like $40 (could be less, but remember it was ridiculous).
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Old 08-12-2014, 02:43 PM   #9
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Was also going to ask, are you staying downtown? If you are, I recommend not getting a car. You can walk everywhere or take public transit. As Secol said, parking is expensive. I stayed at the Westin and parking was something like $40 (could be less, but remember it was ridiculous).
We are staying about 13 minutes south of Safeco if that helps at all so not right in downtown but plan on using public transit/Car2go. We were debating renting a car but im worried about the traffic, any suggestions on this ?
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Old 08-12-2014, 02:44 PM   #10
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Damn, thought of another. If you're a fan of seafood, check out the Crab Pot on the wharf. Sit outside, look at the ocean, drinking some nice microbrews, eating seafood with your hands. Great times.

Man, I need to go back to Seattle!
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The new train they have goes right to the Airport, only costs $2.75 a trip and stops right downtown so I'd probably avoid renting a car unless you're commuting outside of the downtown core (Car2Go makes sense though for in city driving).

The only thing I'd add that others haven't mentioned is the Experience Music Project (EMP) at the Seattle Center (where the Space Needle is at). It's only 20 bucks and there's some great memorabilia and the rooms where you can go rock out on the drums or guitar is always fun times.

Oh and you could always swing by the dope store and pick up a joint now that it's legal...
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I liked the underground tour. I was expecting a little more to it; it seemed like they took a 45 minute tour and stretched it into 2 hours. However it was still worth doing once.

I really enjoyed the Museum of Flight I'm not sure if we just hit a good day, but they had a former Shuttle astronaut explaining the ISS replica/exhibit and how everything worked. Nice to have a guy who actually went into space telling you how everything worked.
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We are staying about 13 minutes south of Safeco if that helps at all so not right in downtown but plan on using public transit/Car2go. We were debating renting a car but im worried about the traffic, any suggestions on this ?
Some hotels in that area actually have shuttles that will take you downtown and drop you off. If yours has this, I would use it or public transportation. I had a friend who stayed in the same area before and he said by the time he was done paying for the rental and the parking, it would have been cheaper to cab it or use public transit. Not sure what time bus routes would stop going to your hotel. If you were out late, worse thing is you would have to cab it.
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when my wife and i went we bussed into downtown (as others mentioned - parking is expensive)

we bought a 'citypass' - it was great - gets you into lots of stuff

http://www.citypass.com/seattle?crea...FQUFaQodfEkAhA

pike place is pretty cool. this is one of my favourite pics i got there...




if i recall correctly, transit in the downtown core was free too
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when my wife and i went we bussed into downtown (as others mentioned - parking is expensive)

we bought a 'citypass' - it was great - gets you into lots of stuff

http://www.citypass.com/seattle?crea...FQUFaQodfEkAhA

pike place is pretty cool. this is one of my favourite pics i got there...




if i recall correctly, transit in the downtown core was free too
The city pass looks like a great idea, thank you for that!

As for driving i think cabbing and public transit is the way to go, seems like itll be pretty easy and then in downtown always have car2go as an option.

Thanks for all the tips guys! keep em coming! im building a great itinerary!
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The UW area is cool. Not sure how easy is is to access by public transport. Some interesting restaurants and shops. UW is a neat campus.
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Paseo at 4225 Freemont Ave N is a great Caribbean sandwich place. The lineup can get crazy long, so go during non-peak hours.

Melting Pot at 14 Mercer Street is a cool little wine and fondue place, hidden from most of the street traffic.

Tilikum Place Cafe at 407 Cedar Street is awesome for breakfast/brunch.

Wine World & Spirits is the biggest liquor store I've been too. The staff is really knowledgeable and there are a lot of bottles they have that are tough to find elsewhere. The prices are super cheap too.
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REI, if you are into that sort of thing.

I found Pike Place to be incredibly overrated.

If the weather is good and you've got a lot of time to kill, take a ferry to one of the islands.
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I found Pike Place a little overrated too ... except for that guy who sells the nuts at street level. Those were amazing. Unfortunately I don't recall the name. Those nuts were basically crack.

We also went to The Crab Pot which I'm guessing locals probably roll their eyes at, but it was a really casual place where they dump a ton of seafood on your table and give you a hammer. So how can you complain? edit: I notice that flamesfan74 recommended this place too ... so I'm a little less embarrassed to recommend it now

I'm also a giant ####ing nerd, so I went to the Museum of Flight. They have an old Air Force One, a Concorde ... some space shuttle stuff and I nerded out at the Vaught F4U Corsair for a bit. Not sure if that's a couple thing though
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As other's have mentioned Pike Place is a must see, even if it is packed and touristy as hell, there are a few side alley/streets worth checking out. We really enjoyed The Tasting Room on Post Alley there to sit and enjoy a glass or two of wine.

Other things we saw:
- The Gum Wall: disgusting, easily the grossest "tourist" attraction I've ever seen
- Safeco: great place to catch a game, decent selection of beer on tap
- The Crab Pot: Huuuge line up to get in, but they have a takeout window with limited menu outside, had the Fish & Chips. Absolutely the best piece of fried halibut I've ever had, along with some of the worse fries/chips... so maybe just go for the fish.
- Barolo Ristorante: Had a very nice "fine dining" meal here, at a very reasonable price. Wasn't mind blowing, but I recall it was under a $100 for our meal with wine, so the price point was agreeable.
- First Starbucks: Pretty much have to see it.

EDIT: Like flamefan74 we also stayed at the Westin and got bent over on parking. Think it was $25-$30 a day to park in the attached parkade?

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