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Christmas Shopping: Sure, there are multiple REI locations across the country, but the Seattle flagship location of Recreational Equipment Incorporated is a destination in itself. Whether you're gearing up for a planned hike at Mt. Rainier National Park, looking for a kayak rental to ply Puget Sound, or you're a helpless outdoor gadget geek, this is your place. The sheer volume of the place itself is a wonder, but before you get to the ice-axe handles of the giant wooden front doors, you wander along a miniature section of Northwest trail complete with pine trees, ferns and a waterfall. In addition to wowing first-time visitors, the area is meant for trying out hiking boots and mountain bikes before buying. And if it's climbing gear you've come for, check the performance of rock-climbing shoes and carabineers on the towering indoor climbing wall (reservations required).

Best Shopping: Sure, there are multiple REI locations across the country these days, and of course you can shop for their gear online, but the Seattle location is a destination in itself. Whether you're gearing up for a planned hike at Mt. Rainier National Park, looking for a kayak rental to ply Puget Sound or are just a helpless outdoor gadget geek, this is your place. The sheer volume of the place and the amount of gear itself is a wonder, but before you get to the ice-axe handles of the giant wooden front doors, you wander along a miniature section of Northwest trail complete with pine trees, ferns and a waterfall. In addition to wowing first-time visitors, the area is meant for trying out hiking boots and mountain bikes before buying. Parkas can be pushed to the limit in the "rain room." Also enjoy the towering indoor climbing wall (reservations required).

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Local Expert Corinne Whiting Says:

Christmas Shopping: "If you plan any outdoor activities in Seattle that require gear, REI's rental program is an excellent choice. Bikes, skis, snowshoes, kayaks and more are available, all top-notch equipment at a fair rate. Underground garage parking makes this a perfect spot for rainy-day shopping."

Best Shopping: "If you plan any outdoor activities in Seattle that require gear, REI's rental program is an excellent choice. Bikes, skis, snowshoes, kayaks, and more are available, all top-notch equipment in good repari at a fair rate. Underground garage parking makes this a perfect spot for rainy day shopping."

Best for Christmas Shopping Because: Seattle's home to the flagship REI store, and this destination draws visitors for its bounty of gear and awe-inspiring ambience (they have a climbing wall!).

Recommended as Best Shopping Because: REI defines the Pacific Northwest in many ways, and a shopping spree at this sprawling venue is an adventure unto itself.

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