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Seat­tle’s art scene is beau­ti­fully di­verse, with mu­se­ums and gal­leries across the city. Visit the Seat­tle Art

Mu­seum (­tleart­mu­ 1300 First Ave., 206.654.3100) or the Frye Art

Mu­seum (www.frye­mu­ 704 Terry Ave., 206.622.9250). Also fun: Seat­tle’s art walks. Find sched­ules at­tleart­ B BOE­ING The air­line com­pany started in Seat­tle in 1916, and vis­i­tors can tour the fac­tory where planes are as­sem­bled at the Fu­ture of Flight’s Boe­ing Tour (www.fu­ture­of­ 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Muk­il­teo, 800.464.1476). Or, see where it all be­gan at the Mu­seum of

Flight (­se­u­mof­ 9404 E. Mar­ginal Way S, 206.764.5700)— the orig­i­nal two-story barn that served as Boe­ing’s first head­quar­ters was re­lo­cated here. C COF­FEE This caf­feinated bev­er­age is ubiq­ui­tous around Seat­tle. Visit the orig­i­nal Star­bucks at Pike Place Mar­ket or check out

Lo­cal Color (www.lo­cal­col­orseat­ 1606 Pike Place, 206.728.1717), serv­ing Caffe Vita cof­fee, the Fre­mont Cof­fee Com­pany (www. fre­mont­cof­ 459 N. 36th St.) with cozy nooks to re­lax

or An­chor­head Cof­fee (www. an­chor­head­cof­ 1600 Sev­enth Ave.) for hot drinks and the com­pany’s cold brew. D DIS­TIL­LERIES Seat­tle is cre­at­ing some fab­u­lous spir­its both pop­u­lar and more ob­scure. Check some out with a tour of a dis­tillery. Visit West­land Dis­tillery (www.west­land­dis­ 2931 First Ave. S, 206.767.7250) for tours and tast­ings of their whiskey prod­ucts or Cop

per­works Dis­till­ing (www. cop­per­works­dis­till­ 1250 Alaskan Way, 206.504.7604) for tours and tast­ings of their whiskey, gin and vodka. E EL­LIOTT BAY Stretch­ing along the shores of Seat­tle from West Seat­tle to Mag­no­lia, El­liott Bay is a bustling hub of water ac­tiv­ity. Get out on the water via the King County Water Taxi (www.king­ wa­ter­taxi), which trav­els from down­town’s water­front to Alki Beach, Ar­gosy Cruises (­gosy­ 888.623.1445), with sight­see­ing op­tions on the bay and be­yond or the Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries (­­ries), with routes to Bain­bridge Is­land or Bre­mer­ton. F FISH A visit to Seat­tle isn’t com­plete with­out din­ing on fresh sal­mon, cod and more. A few good places to check out for a fish fix in­clude Ivar’s Acres of Clams ( Pier 54, 1001 Alaskan Way, 206.624.6852) and

An­thony’s Pier 66 (www. an­tho­ 2201 Alaskan Way, 206.448.6688) on Seat­tle’s water­front or An­chovies &

Olives (www.ethanstow­ell­restau­ 1550 15th Ave., 206.838.8080) for Ital­ian­in­spired seafood. G GLASS ART Seat­tle is a pop­u­lar spot for glass art, with its mild cli­mate per­fect for year-round use of a hot shop. Chi­huly Gar­den and Glass (www.chi­hu­ly­gar­de­nand­ Seat­tle Cen­ter, 305 Har­ri­son St., 206.753.4940) is the home of Dale Chi­huly’s works, while smaller glass­blow­ing stu­dios such as the Seat­tle Glass­blow­ing Stu­dio (­tle­glass­blow­ 2227 Fifth Ave., 206.448.2181) have work­ing hot­shops, classes and re­tail. In Ta­coma, the Mu­seum of

Glass (­se­u­mof­ 1801 E. Dock St., Ta­coma, 866.468.7386) has gallery space and a hot­shop. H HIRAM M. CHITTENDEN LOCKS Con­nect­ing the salt water of Puget Sound to the fresh water of lakes Union and Wash­ing­ton, the Bal­lard Locks (www.bal­lard­ 3015 N.W. 54th St., 206.783.7059), as they are com­monly called, are a fun place to see mar­itime traf­fic up close. I ICE CREAM Ice cream in win­ter? In Seat­tle, yes. It’s a bit of an ob­ses­sion in this town. Fa­vorites to check out in­clude Molly Moon’s Home­made Ice Cream (www.mol­ly­ for lo­ca­tions) with unique sea­sonal fla­vors and hand­made waf­fle cones and new­comer Frankie & Jo’s (www.frankie­and­ 1010 E. Union St.) with house­made, nut-based ice creams. J JAZZ Seat­tle has a sur­pris­ingly ro­bust jazz scene. If you’re look­ing to at­tend a show while in town, pe­ruse the cal­en­dar at Dim­itriou’s Jazz Al­ley (www.jaz­za­l­ 2033 Sixth Ave., 206.441.9729), Tula’s Restau­rant and Jazz Club (www.tu­ 2214 Sec­ond Ave., 206.443.4221) or Egan’s Bal­lard Jam House (www.bal­lard­jam­ 1707 N.W. Mar­ket St., 206.789.1621). K KEN­MORE AIR Take a flight on a sea­plane for a truly Seat­tle ex­pe­ri­ence. Ken­more Air (www.ken­more­ 950 West­lake Ave. N, 425.486.1257) of­fers scenic flights from Lake Union. Take to the skies over Seat­tle or ride along on a flight to the San Juan Is­lands. L LAKE UNION Seat­tle’s Lake Union is a busy hub of ac­tiv­ity. At the north end of the lake find Gas Works Park (2101 N. North­lake Way), with panoramic views. On the south end, find the Mu­seum of His­tory & In­dus­try (www. 860 Terry Ave. N, 206.324.1126). M MOUN­TAINS Seat­tle is sur­rounded by moun­tains—the Olympics sit to the west and the Cas­cades sit to the east. Loom­ing over ev­ery­thing is Mount Rainier, vis­i­ble on clear days to the south­west. There is plenty of moun­tain­ous hik­ing (check for hikes) as well as ski­ing and snow­board­ing at area re­sorts in­clud­ing Crystal Moun­tain (www.crys­tal­moun­tain­re­ and The Sum­mit at Sno­qualmie (www.sum­mi­tat­sno­ N NORD­STROM In 1901, John W. Nord­strom founded what would be­come Nord­strom, Inc. At the flag­ship lo­ca­tion (www.nord­ 500 Pine St., 206.628.2111) find two restau­rants, a cof­fee bar,

a cock­tail bar, a day spa and, of course, de­signer cloth­ing for the en­tire fam­ily. O OYS­TERS Don’t miss the chance to slurp down fresh oys­ters while in the Emerald City. There are plenty of spots to en­joy the bi­valve mol­lusks, and fa­vorites in­clude El­liott’s

Oys­ter House (el­liot­soys­ter­ Pier 56, 1201 Alaska Way, 206.623.4340) and The Walrus and the Car­pen­ter (www.the­wal­rus­ 4743 Bal­lard Ave. NW). P PIKE PLACE MAR­KET

No visit to Seat­tle is com­plete with­out spend­ing a few hours wan­der­ing the pas­sage­ways of Pike Place Mar­ket (www.pike­place­mar­ First Ave. and Pike St.). In ad­di­tion to fresh pro­duce and seafood, there are artists and crafts ven­dors as well as a va­ri­ety of lo­cally owned stores. Q QUIET SPA­CES Find a break from the noise and hus­tle of the city at down­town’s Seat­tle Cen­tral Li­brary ( 1000 Fourth Ave., 206.386.4636). There is plenty

of el­e­ments art­work, and ar­chi­tec­turaleven a space forup a ro­tat­ing self-guidedart ex­hibits.tour sheet Pick from an in­for­ma­tion desk. R RAIN While Seat­tle is cer­tainly fa­mous for its rain, the weather doesn’t keep lo­cals indoors. Look­ing to add rain gear to your wardrobe? REI ( 222 Yale Ave. N, 206.223.1944) is head­quar­tered in the area, and the mas­sive flag­ship store is a fun spot to visit. Rather in­vest in an umbrella? Check out Bella

Umbrella (www.bel­laum­ First Ave. and Pine St., 206.297.1540). There’s a se­lec­tion of both prac­ti­cal and beau­ti­ful um­brel­las. S SPACE NEE­DLE Seat­tle’s iconic struc­ture (www. space­nee­ 400 Broad St.,

206.905.2175) opened in 1962 for the World’s Fair. Head to the Ob­ser­va­tion Deck for a 360-de­gree view of the city or make a reser­va­tion to dine at SkyCity, the Nee­dle’s ro­tat­ing restau­rant. T TRAILS Get out and ex­plore—Seat­tle has

plenty of well-main­tained trails ready for walk­ing, run­ning and bik­ing. Green Lake

(7201 E. Green­lake Drive N) has two trails around the lake. The in­ner, paved path is 2.8 miles while the outer, gravel path is 3.1 miles. Dis­cov­ery Park (3801 Dis­cov­ery Park Blvd.) is criss­crossed with trails through the woods, beaches and mead­ows. U UN­DER­GROUND TOUR

Head to Pi­o­neer Square for this fun tour—the Un­der­ground Tour (www. un­der­ground­ 614 First Ave., 206.682.4646) takes you be­neath Seat­tle’s side­walks in Pi­o­neer Square, to the orig­i­nal pedes­trian pas­sage­ways of the neigh­bor­hood. V VIEWS Grab some pho­tos for your In­sta­gram ac­count at a few of the best city-scape views around: Kerry Park (211 W. High­land Drive) in Queen Anne over­looks down­town and El­liott Bay from the north while Alki Beach (1702 Alki Ave. SW) has a panoramic view of down­town Seat­tle from the west. Look­ing for a cli­mate­con­trolled op­tion? Sky View Ob­ser­va­tory (

viewob­ser­va­ 701 Fifth

Ave., 206.386.5564) sits on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Cen­ter and gives vis­i­tors a birds-eye view of the city. W WATER­FRONT In ad­di­tion to a va­ri­ety of restau­rants, the water­front is where you’ll find the Seat­tle

Great Wheel (­tle­ Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way, 206.623.8607), the city’s Fer­ris wheel that ex­tends over the water. A new at­trac­tion at the water­front, Wings Over Wash­ing­ton ( Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way) is a “fly­ing the­ater” that com­bines video and move­ment to take vis­i­tors through some of Wash­ing­ton’s sites. X XY­LO­PHONE Hear masters on the xy­lo­phone and all other in­stru­ments with a con­cert from the Seat­tle

Sym­phony (­tlesym­ Benaroya Hall, 200 Uni­ver­sity St., 206.215.4747). The in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed sym­phony has a full lineup of con­certs, from tra­di­tional to con­tem­po­rary shows.


East of the Cas­cades lies Yakima Val­ley Wine Coun­try, home to more than 50 winer­ies and the vine­yards that sus­tain them. While it might not be pos­si­ble to head east while in town, you can still try the wines in Wood­inville Wine Coun­try, a spot full of tast­ing rooms just 30 min­utes east of Seat­tle. Don’t miss Air­field

Es­tates (www.air­field­ 14450 Wood­inville-Red­mond Road, Ste. 109, Wood­inville, 425.877.1006) or

Sil­verLake Wines (www. sil­ver­lakewin­ 14701 148th Ave. NE, Wood­inville, 425.486.1900). Z ZOO Wood­land Park Zoo (www.zoo. org. 5500 Phin­ney Ave. N, 206.548.2500) has 92 acres to ex­plore. An­i­mals in­clude Hum­boldt pen­guins, Malayan tigers, gi­raffes and more. Don’t miss the Willa­wong Sta­tion, where you can feed Aus­tralian par­rots or the Mol­bak’s But­ter­fly Gar­den with al­most 500 North Amer­i­can but­ter­flies.

Mu­seum of Glass

Ken­more Air

Un­der­ground Tour

Space Nee­dle

Wood­land Park Zoo

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