Amid Bounty of Natural Wonders, Seattle Offers Cerebral Recreation, Outdoor Activities
Situated between two major mountain ranges on the banks of Puget Sound, Seattle exists in a virtual wonderland for outdoor recreation. Amidst all of this nature, though, Seattle is also a smart and sophisticated place, known for technology and airplanes as much as for salmon and Sasquatch. Activities and attractions here match that dichotomy, providing equal doses of extreme and indoor sports, so to speak. The city’s commitment and connection to its marine surroundings are on view at the Seattle Aquarium. Or get out on the water, either by sea kayak rental or the Washington State Ferry system. There are multitudes of scenic... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "One of the tallest peaks in the United States, Mt. Rainier is a training destination for international climbing parties, but during mild seasons on basic routes the trek is accessible to climbers of most skill levels."
Local Expert Tip: "Dale Chihuly is know for founding the reknowned Pilchuk glass-blowing school and studio in Seattle, helping spark the contemporary art-glass movement and becoming its most prominent name. Chihuly, however, is a Tacoma native, so the placement of this museum in his hometown is a natural."
Hands-on informational and historical exhibits distinguish this museum, which appeals to aspiring pilots... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Across the street from the main market building along an arcade of shops and restaurants, the original Starbuck's Coffee remains in its unassuming original location."
- Type: Aquariums
- Neighborhood: Downtown
Otters are the highlight on any visit to Seattle Aquarium. The friendly looking, furry critters are just so... Read more »
Founded in the late 1970s by a retired Tacoma pediatrician and his wife, who donated the 715 acres for the... Read more »
- Type: Sightseeing
Local Expert Tip: "With such a water-focused culture, there is no better way to sightsee in Puget Sound than boarding a ferry."
Encompassing some 65 wild acres in the midst of urban Seattle, this world-class zoo houses more than 1,000... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "The fine-dining space atop the Needle is one of the few revolving restaurants in the world. The 360-degree view is spectacular, and the food isn't bad either."
Seattle's proximity to the Pacific Rim, combined with its substantial and longstanding Asian population,... Read more »
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