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Experience ...THE BEST OF THE PACIFIC NW


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Make the most out of your Seattle experience by: • Buying a City Pass – You’ll save $$ and gain admission to popular attractions including the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, the EMP Museum, and more! • Looking for special events happening during your travel dates – no matter the season, there is always something fun and exciting to do in the city. • Saying Yes! Open yourself up to new experiences you’ll only find in the Emerald City.


space needle VIEW FROM THE POINT

SEATTLE


An iconic Seattle landmark, a short 41 second ride elevates you to a unique 360 degree perspective. From your bird’s eye view, enjoy stellar cityscapes, seaplanes, ferries, the sports stadiums, Mt. Rainier and more. And don’t forget to stop in at Skycity Restaurant for a bite, where the revolving dining room offers new vistas with each course. FUN FACT: When the Space Needle was built in 1962, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

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Sea Plane Tour TO THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS

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Take off from the shores of Lake Union, and in just 45 minutes you’ll arrive at the pristine San Juan Islands. With a number of stops that extend all the way to the Northern Inside Passage, breathe in the fresh air and discover paradise with one-day whale watching, kayaking and bike excursions. Book your flight today with Kenmore Air! FUN FACT: In the 1920s and 30s, the seaplane was the largest and fastest aircraft in the world.

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SEATTLE’S

great wheel

SEATTLE


Since the summer of 2012, the Seattle Great Wheel has been enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. With 42 gondolas and the opportunity to indulge in a unique VIP experience as you circle around for gorgeous cityscape and Puget Sound views, daytime and nighttime rides are always a blast on the largest observation wheel on the west coast. FUN FACT: If you’re in the city on the evening of a Seahawk game or a holiday, prepare for an amazing light show!

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WASHINGTON’S RENOWNED

Wine Country

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Woodinville is home to some of the state’s most renowned wineries, from well-known vintners including Chateau St. Michelle and DeLille Cellars to smaller boutique wineries ready for discovery. With numerous sightseeing tours and classes, live music, wine walks and biking trails, a day spent in wine country is a day filled with stellar wines and atmosphere. The area offers a number of breweries and distilleries for those who’d rather indulge in other spirits. FUN FACT: Woodinville’s Wine District boasts nearly 100 tasting rooms.

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THE FIRST LOCATION OF

starbucks

SEATTLE


Nothing says signature Seattle coffee like a trip to where it all began: the first Starbucks location. Built in 1971, you’ll revel in the original historical exterior and details while picking up unique mugs and souvenirs. Sure there’s always a line, but let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be able to say they’ve had a latte from the original Starbucks? FUN FACT: There are over 87,000 possible drink combinations at Starbucks!

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WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES

Water travel

PUGET SOUND REGION


Serving some of the state’s most picturesque destinations, set sail on one of the Washington State Ferries for a relaxing half-day getaway or a weekend escape. With five ports of call along the San Juan Islands and smaller trips to unique locales such as Whidbey Island, Bainbridge Island, Edmonds and Mukilteo, take in gorgeous views along the waters -- no matter your destination. FUN FACT: Washington State Ferries is the largest ferry system in the US with 10 routes served by 22 vessels.

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emp museum

THE EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT

SEATTLE


Celebrating popular culture since 2000, EMP evokes a true “rock ‘n’ roll experience” with interactive musical displays to jam out in and educational exhibits that have included a diverse range from Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix to the Seattle Seahawks and Star Wars. The futuristic building, designed by Frank O. Gehry, is stunning on its own, built from 21,000 aluminum and stainless steel shingles that change in different weather conditions. FUN FACT: The EMP Museum was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

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Pike Place

AMERICA’S BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

SEATTLE


A landmark in Seattle for over 100 years, nothing beats the fresh produce, specialty foods and atmosphere of the Pike Place Market. Encounter flying fish as you browse the seafood counter, pick up a stunning floral bouquet, catch live music at most corners and leave your mark at the iconic gum wall. FUN FACT: Pike Place Market is the oldest continually operating Farmers’ Market in the United States.

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Camping

ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA

KITSAP COUNTY


Whether you’re looking for a more simple option or for an amenity-laden experience, you’re bound to enjoy what the Olympic Peninsula has to offer. From over 900 miles of trails through the backcountry and wilderness, to endless beaches to fish, surf, kayak and comb, a trip to the Peninsula will bring you the iconic ocean views of the Pacific Northwest. FUN FACT: The Olympic Peninisula boasts over 611 miles of trails and only 168 miles of road.

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Chihuly

SEATTLE

GARDEN & GLASS


Chihuly Garden & Glass, located at the base of the Space Needle in downtown Seattle, showcases the studio glass of Dale Chihuly. Encompassing three primary sections—the garden, the glasshouse and the interior galleries—the exhibit functions as a community gathering space. The centerpiece, an impressive 100-foot long sculpture comprised of red, orange and yellow glass, is Chihuly’s largest suspended scuplture. FUN FACT: Dale Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide.

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The Falls

AT SNOQUALMIE

SNOQUALMIE


In addition to a spectacular view, Snoqualmie Falls offers a two acre park, gift shop, observation deck and access to the Salish Lodge. If you are looking to get some beautiful shots of the waterfall and a little bit of exercise, take the 15 minute hike down to the base—it’s worth the trip back up! Open from dawk to dusk. FUN FACT: You can catch a glimpse of Snoqualmie falls in the opening credits of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks!

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LINK BETWEEN SALT & FRESH WATER

The Locks

SEATTLE


Linking the salt water of the Puget Sound with the fresh water of the Ship Canal, it’s always fun to watch boats pass by, from enormous barges and yachts to smaller sailboats and motorboats. And be sure to walk to the fish ladder, where visitors can watch the salmon pass by via glass panels situated below the water line. FUN FACT: While popularly known as the Ballard Locks, the official name is the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

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Bicycle tour OF VASHON ISLAND

VASHON


Known as the “Emerald Island,” Vashon provides a number of trails from short and sweet options to more arduous day-long excursions. Winding along paths will bring you to farms, distilleries, coffee houses and more. A popular point of interest? The “bike in the tree,” where a bicycle is situated in the middle of a tree after a child allegedly left their bike chained to it decades ago. FUN FACT: There is evidence of human activity on Vashon Island dating back to the last 10-12,000 years!

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PNW Oysters TAYLOR SHELLFISH FARMS

SHELTON


Around since the 1890s, Taylor Shellfish Farms offers some of the best shellfish the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you want to stay in Seattle and enjoy the farm’s shellfish, be sure to check out their 3 Oyster Bar locations throughout the city. FUN FACT: Each oyster filters about 30 to 50 gallons of water a day.

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Asian ArT

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

SEATTLE


Located inside Volunteer Park, the Seattle Asian Art Museum is housed by the 1933 Art Moderne Building, designed by Carl F. Gould. Displaying diverse global exhibits, the museum holds world-renowned collections of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Southeast Asian and Himalayan art. FUN FACT: The Art Moderne Building was the original home of the Seattle Art Museum’s main collection, until it was moved to the new building in downtown Seattle in 1991.

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paragliding

OVER ISSAQUAH

ISSAQUAH


If you’re feeling adventurous, try paragliding over the stunning Pacific Northwest landscape. With a number of companies providing solo and tandem flying options, you’re sure to adore soaring like an eagle while taking in unparalleled views of Tiger Mountain and the shores of Lake Sammamish. FUN FACT: Developing what was known as a “sail wing” for use in recovery of lunar capsules, NASA helped design and name the paraglider.

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THE HEART OF SEATTLE

Pioneer Square

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Walk the storied streets of Pioneer Square and visit corners filled with food, shops and boutiques, and a vibrant nightlife. A highlight of the area? Smith Tower, a historical building more than 100 years old. Other highlights include the wide range of tours available, ranging from Spooked in Seattle which stops at Seattle’s most haunted locales, to the Underground Tour which brings you down to the original roadways and storefronts. FUN FACT: Ride the last manually-operated West Coast elevator up to the Smith Tower Observation Deck!

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bloedel reserve SERENIITY & TRANQUILITY AT ITS BEST

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An internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve, The Bloedel Reserve’s mission is “to enrich people’s lives through a premier public garden of natural and designed Pacific Northwest landscapes.” Comprising 150 acres, the woodlands and gardens include a Japanese Garden, Moss Garden, Reflection Pool and the Bloedels’ former estate home, where visitors can be educated on the area’s rich historical value. FUN FACT: Prentice Bloedel, who envisioned the Reserve, was the first to use sawdust as a fuel to power his company’s sawmills.

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Woodland Park ZOO IN PHINNEY RIDGE

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The Woodland Park Zoo is a stop to satisfy the animal lover. Visit areas from around the world, such as the Pacific Northwest’s Northern Trail, Tropical Asia and the African Savanna to learn about and view exhibits that captivate. Be sure to stop at the new Banyan Wilds, which brings tigers and sloth bears to the zoo, along with must-see virtual tours and guidebooks. FUN FACT: Carkeek Park, located near the zoo, was first used as a vegetable garden to supply food for the zoo animals.

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THE OLYMPIC

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Presented by the Seattle Art Museum, a walk through Olympic Sculpture Park is an absolute must. The free self-guided tour offers plenty of places to stop off and enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay, and to experience new perspectives on the sculptures from different angles. FUN FACT: The nine-acre park was formerly an industrial site, transformed into one of downtown Seattle’s only green spaces for public enjoyment.

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Experience the Best of the Pacific NW  
Experience the Best of the Pacific NW