Hello, I'm going to Seattle for a week or so and I was wondering if anyone found any hidden "Jewels" in the city. I'm looking for sites and places to eat. I know there's a bunch of things to do that are mentioned in guidebooks like the music museum and the needle and the fish market. Any one have any recommendations? I'm open to day trips outside the city too.
There's a beautiful falls (Snoqualmie) just about 17 miles east of town.
There are good places to eat in Kirkland (on the east side of Lake Washington), and on the south end of Lake Union (which is near downtown). There's a good wine bar called the Purple Cafe in Kirkland.
You should also know that Boeing has a great aerospace museum--and they give tours of their factory if you book ahead--it's neat to see 12 giant 747s all being built at the same time.
Southeast of town is Mount Rainier where a lot of people go hiking and camping--check the weather report before you go, though--it can get freezing cold there, even in the middle of summer. If you have a car, take the ferry across to Vancouver Island--and see Victoria and Butchart Gardens, and Butterfly World. A day trip to Vancouver itself is also good.
Seattle has a couple great wineries. The best known one, Chauteau Ste. Michelle, which is just northeast of town, has a great concert schedule. I saw Don Henley (of Eagles fame) in concert at their winery a couple of years ago.
Right along the bay are a lot of good eateries--Ivar's Bucket of Clams and Elliott's Waterfront are probably the two best known. If you go out to West Seattle, you can go to Alki beach where Tom Hanks sailed kites with his son in "Sleepless in Seattle". There's a restaurant there called "Salty's at Alki" that has a phenomenal view of downtown Seattle, especially at night when everything is lit up.
I forgot to mention that at the base of the Space Needle are a few attractions. They have the Experience Music Project and an Alien Museum. Both are interesting. They also have concerts in a portion of the builiding that houses the Experience Music Project.
Thanks for the recommendations. I'll defenitely check those out. I'm a big outdoorsy guy, so Mt. Ranier will be a must.
Day trip to Woodinville and visit Chateau Ste. Michelle winery.
don't miss Thai Tom, 4543 University Way NE
uuuu great cheap food
troll on Fremont, Ballard locks, Hendrix grave site, any ferry ride on sunset, golden gardens beach, arboretum.....i could go on and on...I'll just stop