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Seattle from the Space Needle

Seattle from the Space Needle

D. R. Loran

Seattle is one of the nicest cities to spend some time. Its location is really great and it is an excellent base for exploring the state. If you're into coffee, this is the place. Many a funky little coffee shop, including The Hurricane, on Seventh downtown. Highly recommended.

Just across the Sound (Puget Sound, to be specific) from Seattle, a relatively short ferry ride away, you get the Kitsap Penninsula. It's right by the city, but it's rural enough to have character (read: cows). The entire area is full of great trees and enough incredible hidden beaches to keep you busy for weeks.

NE Washington.. Kettle Falls and Colville area has many things to offer to someone who enjoys the great outdoors, Hunting, Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Boating, and so much more to list. Franklin Roosevelt Lake, Part of the Columbia river Is the largest of the lakes.

 As an addendum to the above information, The Hurricane, while certainly appealing in a way, is a restaurant/diner...not a coffee shop.  For coffee try Bauhaus (E. Pine St.), Cafe Vita (many locations), or even the original Starbucks, located in the historic and charming, but touristy, Pike Place Market.

The Underground Tour, located in Pioneer Square, is a rich and engaging introduction to the city's bizarre and haphazard history.  Walk through the buried ruins of a burlesque theatre-cum-bordello, visit one of Seattle's first toilettes (invented by a man named Crapper), and learn how one of the town's earliest dirtybirds, Henry Yessler, schemed and scammed his way to notoriety.  The surroundings are dark and dank, and evoke a very antiquated mood and thought process.

Just a short distance from the Underground Tour you will find the famous Elliott Bay Bookstore.  Filled with 'many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore', you will find it quite effortless to pass time in this labryinth of information.  This is a good stop for the bibliophile in your party.

Seattle is a rich and wonderful town; a city but not a New York style metropolis.  It is truly the gem of the Pacific Northwest and warrants at least a pass-through by anyone traveling to the area.

Not to be missed: Majestic views of Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, Wine Country, and the extensive waterways and inlets of Puget Sound.


June 23, 2006 change by stoneowl (6 points)

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