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|Author||Topic: Visiting Seattle|
posted 09-03-2006 12:24 PM ET (US)
My wife and I are going to spend three days in Seattle next month. What should we be seeing and not miss. Also, should I rent a boat and see the skyline and the San Juan Islands by water?
posted 09-03-2006 02:18 PM ET (US)
I would suggest that you take a look at the web sites below. There are a lot of options there. I think the chances of chartering a boat to see the SanJuans on is pretty slim as they all want longer charters. There is a place on Lake Washington that rents powerboats in the 20' range by the day.
posted 09-03-2006 03:15 PM ET (US)
Karl- Use the Washington State Ferries for sightseeing.Seattle-Bremerton is an hour ride each way.Get a r/t walk-on ride.Pretty hard to jam the San Juans into a 3 dayer.It's an 1:15 hour drive to Anacortes (ferry) and a 2+ hr ferry ride to Friday Harbor.R/T takes most of the day, but it is a gorgeous ride with stops at Lopez/Orcas/Shaw, and Friday Hbr.Do it on a weekday, if you do it.Fridays and Sundays are nuts.
A neat drive to really get the Seattle spirit, is Seattle-Snoqualmie Pass and return.The Pass is about 3000ft elevation, and less than an hour from the city on I-90.Stunning drive on a good weather day.Don't eat at the Summit tho.Great food at Snoqualmie Falls Lodge on the way(in the town of Snoqualmie).The lodge is right next to the falls.A bit spendy, but worth it in every way.Take the Fall City/Preston exit to get there the pretty way.Fall City is 3 blocks long/one street/next to the Snoqualmie River.Cute town.
Best Regards- Jeff Moore
posted 09-03-2006 05:04 PM ET (US)
Kenmore air is a great way to get to the San Juans if you don't have much time. You can avoid the traffic and they fly low enough to see the islands. You could fly up to Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor in the morning, rent a moped to drive around San Juan Island on, and fly back in the afternoon. There are whale watch tours and small boat (like 10-12 feet) rentals available at a lot of the resorts too. You could also spend a day in Seattle, drive to Anacortes, take the ferry around the islands, and then drive some of the North Cascades highway. The whole area is beautiful and I'm sure you will have a great time. Let me know if you have any more questions.
posted 09-03-2006 07:36 PM ET (US)
Be sure to go to the locks in Ballard, [ North-East of Seattle at the mouth of lake Washington ] & go down in the tunnel that has the glass walls at the entrance to the locks & watch the wild salmon swim through on their way to the spawning grounds.
Last time I was there Hershel the sealion was killing almost every salmon going up.
They trapped Hershel & moved him about 800 miles down the coast, ....last I heard he was back at the locks in 1 week.
That animal needs to be shot.
posted 09-03-2006 10:26 PM ET (US)
maybe we should stay a few days longer the place sounds unreal
posted 09-03-2006 11:29 PM ET (US)
be sure to see pikes fish market down town. most say it's a must. bring your camera.
posted 09-04-2006 10:02 AM ET (US)
i belong to another online forum (international, car-specific) and when a known member is visiting an area, it's not unusual at all to have members from their destination group volunteer host them in some way... usually showing them the sights, etc.
i take it this isn't standard practice here?
posted 09-04-2006 01:18 PM ET (US)
As a Seattle lifetimer I would heartily aggree that the State ferry system will the best bang for your buck sightseeing on the water. Either in metro Seattle or the San Juans.
My wife and I just spent 8 days in the Islands on our 23 walkaround cuddy, it is the most beautiful place in the eastern Pacific. A must see if you have the opportunity. Make reservations if you plan to overnight, the big town is friday Harbor but Lopez village is much more peaceful and has some nice accomodations, The Islander Resort or a couple of B&B's are all a good time. There is also a place called Islands Marine Center that has a couple of 1 bedroom appartments for rent. (www.islandsmarinecenter.com)
The highlight of our trip was while we were fishing for Chinook south west of San Juan Island and were surrounded by a pod of Orcas and saw the new baby, it couldn't have been more than a few days old. We pulled in our lines and shut the motor down and drifted in the current with the orcas breaching all around us. One of them swam along side about 8 to 12 feet off the starboard side, It was noticeably bigger than my boat. A humbling expirience.
Enjoy your trip!
posted 09-04-2006 06:20 PM ET (US)
Eastern Pacific ???????
It's the west coast & east is land??
posted 09-04-2006 06:48 PM ET (US)
Sal, the west coast is the Eastern edge of the PacificLook at a world map and imagine looking east accross the pacific and you will see the west coast of north and south america.
|Tom W Clark||
posted 09-04-2006 08:48 PM ET (US)
I'm going to buy you a compass you have a clue which way is which.
The Government Locks on the Lake Washington Ship Canal is in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle (where I live). It is Northwest of downtown Seattle (emptying into Puget Sound), not in Northeast Seattle. Puget Sound forms the Western boundary of Seattle, Lake Washington forms the Eastern boundary.
Seattle is in the Pacific Northwest on the West Coast of the United States adjoining the Eastern part of the Pacific Ocean.
Come to think of it, I should buy you a map too! ;-)
If you want some pointers (beyond the good suggestions above), email me.
posted 09-04-2006 11:20 PM ET (US)
In all my years of commercial fishing the Bering Sea [ Alaska ] & Pacific Northwest [ Bellingham, Blaine ] I never ever heard it refered to as the Eastern Pacific.
Looking at it from the land it's the Pacific Northwest, looking at it from the sea, it's the Eastern Pacific, still never heard it refered to as that.
Those Ballard locs are really something to see especially the Salmon from in the glass wall tunnel.
posted 09-04-2006 11:42 PM ET (US)
I lived there, worked downtown here's my .02
- Pike Place Market - besides all the famous stuff and movies Pike is the model used to revitalize ~25 old farmer's/historic markets across the country and one of the top tourist attractions on W Coast - or Eastern Pacific(?)
• Boeing Surplus - oh ya, secret cool spot, if you tinker, wrench or like cool stuff, must see.
• REI HDQTRs if you don't know what REI is forget it
• Ray's - seafood, start w/ bucket of butter clams and Guiness outside by the water - watching sun go down over Olympics
• Boeing tour - up in Everett - why not unless you don't like planes - OR Boeing Museum at Boeing Field.
• Filson if it is still there - S of downtown
• Seattle Center and the GM Monorail -
• U of W campus, outside rock wall by stadium and UW Yacht Club, rowing stuff
• Ranier - take loop
• FOR SURE - rent car, take ferry - maybe Bermerton, check out Navy yard while heading N toward Olympic Penn - go to Hurricane Ridge and figure Port Townsend or P Angeles - see what is going on - if wooden boat show, it is or was very cool.
• Freeway Park
• Kenmore Air is just cool.
• Chateau Ste Michelle - if you like the vino
There's tons of stuff to do - walk alot.
posted 09-05-2006 12:31 AM ET (US)
Our family really enjoy our 2 visits to the Pacific Northwest, the last time was 3 years ago to Seattle and Victoria on the Vancouver Island; as some has suggested, Pike's market and the Salmon fish ladder you can see through glass windows were memorable ones; and we also visited the beautiful Butchard garden in Victoria; not to be outdone, the place we found was a modestly prized B and B right at the edge of the San Juan strait.
Tom, if you wrote the pointers to Carl; would you please send a copy for me too? We might be going back for a 3rd visit someday...
posted 09-05-2006 04:22 PM ET (US)
Hal- I'm a Seattle native(65 years), and I have offered that before, and won't do it again, EVER!
It's a crap shoot (your guests personalities), and can go seriously wrong.You can't bet that because someone owns or operates a Boston Whaler, they are a Good Ole Boy.Dangerous practice, even though it's a nice thought.
Do you pick up hitchhikers? Same thing.
posted 09-05-2006 07:18 PM ET (US)
I've written recommendations for many people on things to do or see when they're here in our area, but I've learned to ask one question before doing so:
Are you here to see Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, or the Pacific Northwest? Those are truly four different trips. If you're here to see Seattle, you will focus on what there is to do in the city, and believe me there is plenty. If you're here to see Puget Sound, you will tend to want to experience the water oriented things in the area, maybe charter a boat, or maybe spend the week driving around to all the waterfront towns. If you're here to see the state, you almost have to divide it into two sections. Eastern Washington and Western Washington are as different as night and day, and with the mountain range running down the middle, you won't be able to cross over on a regular basis. You'll only want to do it twice (once over, and once back). If you're here to see the Pacific Northwest, you'll have to only take a sampling of different types of places.
I honestly believe that a person could spend a decade making weekend trips each week and never go the same place twice, never leave the state of Washington, and have an amazing experience each and every time. There is just simply SO much to do here. Much of it is stuff that even people who live here their whole lives never get a chance to experience.
If a person had a trailerable boat, a camp stove, a tent and a cooler, they could literally spend years exploring our lakes, rivers, sounds, bays, and inlets. In Washington, you can do deep water ocean fishing out of Ilwaco, gunkholing in the San Juan Islands, Salmon fishing on the Columbia River, waterski amongst snow-capped peaks on Lake Chelan, dive 19th century wrecks in Puget Sound, check out the megayachts in Elliot Bay Marina, or watch topless co-eds shake their thing for plastic beads on the sand bar at Vantage.
We literally have it all.
posted 09-05-2006 07:21 PM ET (US)
I agree with the recommendation on Ray's Boathouse, but if you can't get in there, Anthony's is right next door and offers pretty much the same experience.
posted 09-05-2006 07:57 PM ET (US)
thx for the response, i understand exactly what you're saying.
perhaps when i said, "known member", perhaps i should have been more explicit: a member who has posted over time and you've gained a sense of their personality. when i did a quick review of carl's postings, i saw that he:
* posted 33 times
to be clear, i understand being cautious. likewise, i also understand that different groups of people / forums have different behaviors and was asking for clarification on this group.
thx again for the feedback, jeff.
posted 09-05-2006 08:39 PM ET (US)
1) Pike Place Market. Eat at Cutters at the North end and
across the street. get a window table. Or, if you like
crepe's, there is a great "repeprie" in the market. Try the
chocolate/banana ones -- my fav!
2) WALK on to the Bainbridge Ferry, walk off and into
3) Drive north to La Conner for a few hours shopping, and
4) Walk on the San Juan Ferry and get off at Lopez or San
5) Do Pioneer Square at night (be careful of the crazies)
6) check out who is playing at Jazz Alley(www.jazzalley.com)
7) Boeing tour in Everett -- see how they make the pups!
8) Rent sea Kayaks at NWOC (Northwest Outdoor Center) on
9) If you are into hiking, email me for info on hiking
10) You can rent (at least you used to be able to) power
11) A trip to Port Townsend will take you to where they
12) If the wife is into shopping, the best local mall is
13) Plan a loooong day and you can see Mt. Rainier from
14) Boeing Flight Museum (we have an SR-71 Blackbird).
15) Underground Tour in Pioneer Square.
16) If you want to run off to Vancouver (about 3 hours)
17) Seaplane ride (pricey).
18) Ride the Ducks, or any of the harbor tours that leave
19) Indian dinner at Blake Island. It is well done! Leaves
20) Up and over the pass on a driving trip to Leavenworth.
21) this is an overnighter, but a trip to Cannon Beach in
22) If you like books, come back thru Portland and hit Powell's. I doubt you ever have, nor ever will, see another
23) If you have more time, go to the Timberline Lodge at
24) The Spirit of Washington Dinner Train that runs from
25) If you are up for camping, drop me a line for some ideas.
Enjoy, we have a great region here!
23) If you spend more time in the region
posted 09-12-2006 05:27 PM ET (US)
After reading all of the great responses my wife and I have decided to stay an extra week. All the thoughts that have been posted are great and they are really appreciated. I will keep you all posted and when and if you come to the Mid Atlantic please feel free to call me. We do not have high mountains but we have the Chesepeake Bay and Washington D.C. and since I grew up in New York City I can help out there also.
posted 09-12-2006 10:04 PM ET (US)
Carl - sounds like you need a day trip, maybe two w/ overnight up Skagit Valley HWY 20 over to Methow Valley, Winthrop and Twisp and down through Eastern WA towards Goldendale, Yakima River, Lake Chelan Ellensburg and back towards Mt Ranier (Tahoma) up to Paradise on the mountain, back to SEA - Then do the San Juans - lots of choices, tough to make exact best choice but if you want to see some scenery you won't believe is there - Skagit V, Mt Baker all those places.
YOu could even go up Columbia River Gorge to Portland and see all that + Mt St Helens.
have a great time
posted 11-09-2006 08:28 PM ET (US)
I checked the sandspits around Vantage on a weekend, and nuthin' was shakin'!
You must speak of the "Sandbar" upriver by Trinidad/Quincy that is 'hot' by college standards?
Need to know where to set up my tent.
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