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THINGS ADDED AFTER JUNE 25TH ARE NOTED WITH RED ***** i am trying to add things as i have time.. its not beautiful, but hey i am helping for free.
i will try to insert some links to web pages, so if you see the purple or blue writing, try to click on it.
Below are a few things that might be or might not be on the top attractions lists. keep in mind that unless your in the city, you might want to rent a car for a couple of days to hit the things outside the city and just do those things all on the same days. Seattle has many great things, but unlike maybe San Francisco and Vancouver B.C. a car is needed more in my opinion. Our transportation system is improving though, but most things are not in walking distance from downtown.
(1) Snoqualmie Falls - If coming from Seattle, take the Hwy 18 exit off Hwy I-90 and go through the town of Snoqualmie then turn left at the "T" in the road. After the falls head south on the same road into the town of North Bend where there is the North Bend outlet mall and then you can get back on the freeway right there. There is a simple restaurant across from the mall and a grocery store if need and a few fast food options there and at the mall. This might be a good place to go if you arrive early in the morning before things are open in the Seattle area. Drive to the falls first maybe and then to seattle? From Seattle or the Sea-Tac airport it should take you 30-45 minutes to reach the falls in non peak traffic, for peak you should allow 15-30 more(i suggest using google maps or the Dept. of Transportations site to see what the times might be. If coming from the Tacoma area, the fastest way is to take I-5 & Hwy 18 or 512/167 & then Hwy 18. Just east of the falls is Snoqualmie pass(road through the mountains) and keep going on I-90 all the way to Chicago or whatever if you want. The pass area is where you can find some of the local popular skiing spots. After you leave the falls and head towards North Bend, you will see lots of old trains on the right, and shortly after that be on the look out for a very old huge piece of tree that you canpull over near. There can be good views of the cascade foot hills in this area as well, so have your cameras ready. There is also a cute little restaurant called "got rice" on the left side of that road. i have never eaten there but i had to get a photo of the outside :) yelp reviews for got rice
BE CAREFUL - hopefully soon the trail from the falls viewing area down to the bottom of the falls will be in use again after renovation and you can enjoy the scenery but please be careful. Many people try to go down on the rocks but the way to get there is not entirely safe and you could slip and fall(in fact there are "off limits" signs". the first time i went down there, i carefully went down to the rocks(nice when the warm sun is out) but i also saw medics taking someone out by ambulance(perhaps they fell?). So please be cautious. The trail is just about 15 minutes each way, and not too bad unless in bad physical shape, and might be muddy in places if it has been wet/rainy.
the following 4 places are all best to do with a car, and are all within a few miles of each other
(3) Ballard Locks/ fish ladder / park - best time of year to see the salmon is june-august (free sunday parking)
later i will do more but here is a quick list of other places to see in seattle and the region - Seattle Library(4th ave), SAM(art museum), baseball and football stadiums, west seattle(alki beach), bainbridge island via ferry boat), ride the ducks tour, mount rainier(3 hour drive from seattle), olympic peninsula(only rainforest in north america & setting for twilight movie, tulip festival in march/april(1 hour drive north), float plane or boat to the san juan islands, green lake, university of washington, boat tour of lake washington to see water view of bill gate's compound, Boeing museum of flight, pioneer square & smith tower, bank of america tower lookout, capital hill for bars and alternative lifestyle scene, mount st. helens, tacoma car museum, tacoma glass art museum(and chihuly walk of glass), woodland park zoo seattle, point defiance zoo tacoma, puyallup fair(biggest fair in the state for 3 weeks in sept.) , national parks and national forests as well as city and state parks.
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Tulip festival 1-1.5 hours north of Seattle. Every April.
Seattle waterfront attractions/shops - Ye Olde Curiosity Shop ... aquarium ... ferry ... misc. shops ..
SPORTS ARENA TOURS - safeco field(baseball) & qwest field(both types of football) (also, seahawks practice facility is in Renton, and Sounders is in Tukwila
MUSEUM OF FLIGHT (airplane museum) - there is also a tour for boeing i think(more info soon)