Cities & Sights

EX­PLOR­ING THE EMER­ALD CITY

Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - —Aaron Kylie

Dis­cover the Seat­tle scene, live like a lo­cal in Ot­tawa’s Wellington West neigh­bour­hood, get Cal­i­for­nia cool in San Luis Obispo County, let the pros plan your week­end in St. John’s and cut loose in Bar­ranco, Lima’s bo­hemian quar­ter.

“Seat­tle in fall? OK, maaaybe. Seat­tle in win­ter? Whoa, now — back up the truck.” If that’s the sort of re­sponse you get when you tell skep­ti­cal friends you’re off to the Emer­ald City in the next six months, stick to your guns be­cause you now know some­thing they don’t — namely that the cooler sea­sons are one of the best times to visit. Flights are at their cheap­est, the crowds are long gone and the weather is typ­i­cally sunny through Oc­to­ber. This map helps you pick out a few of Seat­tle’s must-see sights.

1. PIKE PLACE MAR­KET

85 Pike St. A panoply of farm-fresh food, ar­ti­sans and shops — in­clud­ing the Pike Place Fish Mar­ket, where fish­mon­gers are renowned for hurl­ing their slip­pery wares through the air.

2. CHIHULY GAR­DEN AND GLASS

305 Har­ri­son St. A jaw-drop­ping ret­ro­spec­tive of artist Dale Chihuly’s daz­zling glass­works, from in­tri­cate flow­ers to mam­moth chan­de­liers.

3. SPACE NEE­DLE

400 Broad St. Get a 360-de­gree view of the city and panora­mas of Mount Rainier from the iconic tower’s 156-me­tre-high ob­ser­va­tion deck.

4. MU­SEUM OF POP CUL­TURE

325 Fifth Ave. This mu­sic nerd (and reg­u­lar nerd) fan­ta­sy­land hosts ex­hibits on home­town rock leg­ends Pearl Jam, Nir­vana and Jimi Hen­drix, and houses the Sci­ence Fic­tion and Fan­tasy Hall of Fame.

5. THE SEAT­TLE GREAT WHEEL

1301 Alaskan Way Perched at the edge of Pier 57, the 53-me­tre­high wheel gives you a break from ex­plor­ing the water­front by foot — and the op­por­tu­nity to scout it out from above.

6. BILL SPEIDEL’S UN­DER­GROUND TOUR

614 First Ave. See Seat­tle’s sub­ter­ranean side on this pun-filled guided walk­ing tour that’s re­plete with tales of a once-wild fron­tier town and a fire-in­duced spate of ur­ban re­newal.

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