Jaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1984 times:
Next month I'll be in Seattle for a few days and I was hoping you are you famillair with the area can help me out.
1. For skiing is it better to go to Crystal Mountain or the Summit or Snoqualime? Crystal looks a little bit bigger, but it is also further away from Seattle? I plan to to 2 days of skiing, would be recommend I try to go to both, or stay at one?
2. I am planning a day trip away from Seattle. I few of the potential places I am thinking about going to are Vancouver (can I drive into Canada with a rental car?), Mount St Helens, or Olympia National Park. I can only go to one of these, but would have an entire day to devote to this. Which would you recommend? Is it worth going to Olympia during the winter?
3. I'll basically have a day and all the evenings to be in Seattle. Any suggestions on what to do. Pike Place Market seems to be popular. Can someone explain to me what the draw to Pike Place is? From the basic info I have, it basically looks to be a fruit/fish market. Maybe going to either the Musuem or Flight or the Boeing Factory Tour. Normally I love factory tours, but this tour of only 1 hour seems to be incrediably short, especially because its the biggest builing in the world.
Any more info/suggestions?
IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1983 times:
Here's an idea, if you're there for enough time. Couple your day trip with a skiing trip, go to Vancouver, and ski on Whistler. It's fantastic.
Pike Place Market is kind of cool, but will only occupy you for an hour or so. It's basically a fish market that has expanded to include all kinds of brik-a-brak and swap meet type places. You can get a lot of good stuff there for cheap. Plus, go and watch the fishmongers...they put on a show while they are working, throwing the fish about, making fun of their customers etc. Also just opposite the market is Pike Place Starbucks, the first Starbucks that ever opened and they have a couple of coffee blends there that aren't sold anywhere else. I like that, but only because I'm a bit of a coffee freak.
Space Needle is over-rated, but the Jimi Hendrix Experience next to it is great.
ScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1978 times:
From a local...
1. I am not a skiier, but you may also wish to check out Stevens Pass. It is bigger than Snoqualmie and closer than Crystal.
2. You won't be able to go to Mount St. Helens this time of year. The park is closed for the winter. Olympic National Park would be pretty neat to see but rather soggy - and some roads were damaged in the recent flooding we had. Vancouver is an excellent day trip (you may want to stay over one night) and yes you can drive into Canada with a rental car - we've done it ourselves at Buffalo. Just make sure it's okay with your rental car company.
3. Pike Place Market is worth a look because it is very historic. But there is so much more to do around Seattle as well. Museum of Flight is well worth a visit. So is the Boeing Factory Tour - sure, it's only one hour, but how often do you get to look down over the 777 line? And there is now an interesting museum / display at the tour as well. If you really want to geek out on planes you can hang out on the roof of the Future of Flight building and look at Paine Field. Might get to see some neat Boeing test flights.
Like beer? Head over to the local microbreweries like Redhook. If the weather cooperates you can rent a bike and take the Burke-Gilman trail out to Redhook.
Like wine? Visit some local wineries.
Like nature? Visit Snoqualmie Falls. The Arboretum near the University of Washington is nice as well (and closer to town).
Walk on a ferry over to Bainbridge and just enjoy the ride.
QXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2406 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1977 times:
Well I have been to SEA about 3 times so far for vacations. I absolutly love it! I can not suggest for the skiing as I do not do this. Sorry but, for the evenings you can do Pikes Place Market. It is very awesome seeing the fishmongers doing their work. They useually have some strange fish that they caught that day sitting in the middle of their pile and scare people with it by opening up its mouth from behind the fish and things. Quite funny. As well there is the Starbucks right there.
The Space Needle is not really over-rated like IFEMaster mentioned. The best way to get a view of the Space Needle is to call right now and make a reservation for the rotating cafe at the top of the Space Needle. Truly a great experiance. I have done it every time I have been there now. It is a bit pricey for meals but well worth it. The last time I was there, the Blue Angels were practicing and so we got to see them up in the Space Needle. What an experiance! I also ate dinner at this small island off of SEA. It is a native stlye dinner. You buy a ticket which includes the boat ride and meal. They put on an native show for you which is really good and then you have a nice Salmon dinner with other things from that time. Great again. Experiance Music is amazing! I am an architech student (former), and this place blows me away! They have music from all dates there on display with interactive things to do. Something that is a must in SEA. I dont know how long of a drive this is, but a day trip to Victoria is well worth it. The tour of Victoria on Vancouver island is just great. Amazing old city. And lastly, if this isnt enough haha, when I went to the Museum of Flight, I did not take the tour. I got a lot still out of the Museum doing it by myself. They had the Concord there from British Airways and also the Boeing 707 Air Force One. Great!
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1972 times:
Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 1): Here's an idea, if you're there for enough time. Couple your day trip with a skiing trip, go to Vancouver, and ski on Whistler. It's fantastic.
For Skiing, this is by far the best suggestion, but as noted, really requires an overnight. I'd rate the others in order as Crystal, Stevens and Snoqualmie. The ironic thing is that they are in the exact opposite order in terms of convenience.
Scarlet hit the nail on the head for the other items. Pikes really is a cool place, and if you enjoy walking around funky shops and farmers market type things, can easily eat up 1/2 a day. Seattle Center (home of the Space Needle and EMP) is fun, but its really a summer attraction. This time of year its actually sort of dreary, and unless you luck out and get one of our two nice days we'll have between now and March , you won't get much of a view if you go up. Since you have a car, you can conceivably do the Boeing tour and the Museum of Flight in one day. Be prepared for horrendous traffic, I-5 through the city to Everett is #2 or #3 in traffic jams in the nation.
One evening suggestion - if you are an arts/ballet fan, or just really enjoy a good show, get tickets (in advance) to Pacific Northwest Ballet's performance of Nutcracker. Its consistently rated as one of the best in the nation. If you've ever seen it on PBS, it was recorded here.
And as for the rain, this time of year, we earn our reputation. We just broke the all time record for the most amount of rain in a month last night, and there's a good chance we'll break the all time record for any 30 day period. Its wet!
"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
Jaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1961 times:
Thanks for the suggestions. I wish I could go to Whister, but I will save that for a future trip. Whistler is so huge it would require multiple days to explore the mountain, and since I am traveling from Chicago, any of the Washington mountains are big enough. Previously the biggest Mountain I skied at was Mt Snow in VT, and any of the 3 in Washington make Mount Snow look small.
Pike Place sounds cool, so I'll definately check that out, the music experiance and Redhook strong possibilities as well. Probably wont decide on Olympia vs Vancouver till just before I leave to see what the weather is like. Olympia though with the rainforest, mountains, and pacific coast seems like a really neat place to visit? Any more info about Olympia I should know? Would you recommend it?
I totally forgot about this. I fully recommend touring the brewery. It costs $1, you get a Redhook pint glass that you can keep, and you taste their 6 or 7 main brew during the tour. Your glass gets filled about 1/2 to 2/3 each time, so you end up drinking quite a bit for little money. Totally excellent. And it's great tasting beer too.
Quoting Tod (Reply 8): Whatever you chose, bring your raingear and enjoy.
And just in case us locals haven't emphasized it enough - its our rainy season!
Quoting Tod (Reply 8): No matter what the weather, the coastal strip is spectacular.
Unless its so socked in you can't see anything but the road!
Another thought, take the drive up HWY 2, across Stevens Pass, to Leavenworth. Its a beautiful drive, about 90 miles, and Leavenworth (our ode to a an 'authentic' Bavarian village, this time of year (Christmas Season) is really cool, all decked out in its holiday best. Its a full day trip, but worth it, doubly so if you like ham hocks!
"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"