Readers share their thoughts on favorite places to visit in Seattle.
Seattle’s SUPERB architecture: Rem Koolhaas’ Seattle Downtown Public Library, the Frye Museum Additions, Seattle University’s Chapel of St. Ignatius, UW’s Henry Art Gallery Renovation, etc.
— J. Frederick Foster, Seattle, WA
A trip to Seattle would not be complete without having lunch at Sunfish Fish & Chips on Alki and a drop in at Square 1 Books near “the Junction.” Both are the very BEST in the Seattle area!
— Mike Mors Bellingham, WA
1.) The University of Washington campus always makes a beautiful walk, and 2.) a one-hour ferry ride to Bremerton (walk through the art district and along the waterfront), or 3.) a half-hour ferry ride to Bainbridge Island.
— Jeanie Barrett, Seattle, WA
The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, 319 2nd Ave. S. (northwest corner of S. Jackson St. and 2nd Ave. S in Pioneer Square), is where both locals and out-of-towners can learn about the 1897-1898 stampede to the Yukon and Seattle’s key role in that event. Knowledgeable and helpful Park Rangers and volunteers stand ready to answer any questions. The indoor Park is open daily and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Frequently shown short films about the Gold Rush and early Seattle provide perspective. In summer, Rangers conduct daily walking tours of historic Pioneer Square. Earlier this year, the Park moved to its current location in what was once the Cadillac Hotel. New exhibits are currently being built and should be completely installed by the end of June. For further information call 206-220-4240.
— Gene Ritzinger, Lake Forest Park, WA
Open to the public each Tuesday 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., the Museum of Communications, located at 7000 East Marginal Way South, is a unique collection of vintage telecommunications equipment that has been restored to operational status. Visitors can see and experience the evolution of the telephone systems of the Puget Sound area.
— Don Ostrand, Curator, Seattle, WA
There are two really interesting places for a tourist to visit in Lake City, Seattle. One is a wonderful used bookstore, CAT & CANNON BOOKS, at 12513 Lake City Way, Seattle, WA 98125, phone 206-367-6370, which specializes in World Literature and children’s books. There are also two charming black and white tuxedo-cats there too, Vladimir and Estergon. You could easily spend more than an hour here just browsing! Then have lunch at the newly re-opened Vietnamese restaurant, LONG’S CAFÉ, next door to bookstore. Then next door to Long’s north on Lake City Way is YOUR MAMA’S RECORDS, at 12519 Lake City Way, phone 206-362-3040. This used record store has an ample collection of used vinyl records — both 45’s and long-playing — of jazz, funk, soul, rock, reggae, etc. And there are even two in-store phonograph players where you can just hang-out and listen to your old nostalgic favorite records, just like in the old days! ROMIOS Italian restaurant is on the corner of 125th and Lake City Way, and there is also a really interesting Filipino store that opened up around the corner too.
— Eydie Eskridge, Seattle, WA
I take all of my out-of-town visitors on a ferry ride. I try to time it so we are pulling back into town as the sun is setting. Otherwise brunch or happy hour at Ivar’s Salmon House always seems to please my guests.
— Maria Goff, Seattle, WA
Ezell’s Fried Chicken. I don’t think there is anything else that needs to be said. And Dixie’s in Bellevue to Meet the Man.
— Jeff, Seattle, WA
Troll under the bridge with VW under its arm. Design Within Reach (new and old designer furniture store) downtown
— Cherie Smith, Tacoma, WA
If they have kids, send them to All For Kids Books and Music. Knowledgable staff, an adorable play area, and a wide selection make it perfect. Plus, its only a hop, skip, and a jump from the U-district, or the Montlake Bridge Freeway entrance into downtown. 2900 NE Blakely St, or allforkidsbooks.com
— Julia Reed, Seattle, WA
You can visit all of these locations and much more in photographic virtual reality at www.VRSeattle.com. An ongoing one man project of an online virtual tour of Seattle and surrounding areas,
— Bradford Bohonus, Seattle, WA
Agua Verde, on Portage Bay. The Owl n’ Thistle for a few pints. Or head out to Rory’s of Edmonds, for dinner/drinks, and then walk around the the Edmonds Beach area.
— Stacey S., Edmonds, WA
You got two of my favorite places for kids — the Fremont Troll and Archie McPhee’s in Ballard, but you left off the great kite store at 35th and Stone Way (never can remember the name of the place). Then kid, kite and I head for Gas Works. The view is grand and the wind just perfect to keep that kite airborne. A basket lunch rounds out a lovely morning. Then maybe the zoo, or a nap.
— Kathy Benson, Seattle, WA
Chittenden Locks is one of the most beautiful parks of Seattle.
— Michael Brown, Belfair, WA
You can get great day of show tickets for 1/2 price at Ticket Ticket at Pike Place Market, Broadway Market, Pacific Place or Bellevue. It’s a super deal not just for shows but for many tourist attractions and activities too. A good secret!
— Brad, Seattle, WA
Please add the following to your list: 1. Ballard Locks 2. Volunteer Park Water Tower 3. Alki Beach
— Greg Easton, Seattle
1. Breakfast: Portage Bay Cafe on Roosevelt Way in the U District or Julia’s in Wallingford.
2. A hike in Carkeek Park or Discovery Park — amazing to be within the city limits, but feels like you’re on the Olympic Peninsula.
3. Lunchtime: Pike Place Market — the one MUST-SEE. Have a piece of alderwood smoked salmon from Pure Food Fish Market, a loaf of crusty bread and apple fritters from 3 Sisters Bakery.
4. Afternoon: Stroll around The Seattle Center — sit on the grass, play in the fountain, go to the Pacific Science Center, ride the Fun Forest Rides. Hurry — before they knock everything down!
5. Dinner: Chinook’s at Fisherman’s Terminal — noisy and packed, but the fish is right off the boats and they have the BEST Fish & Chips in the Universe (and I’ve traveled extensively in Britain). The Blackberry Cobbler is to die for. If you need something quieter, then Ray’s Boathouse on Shilshole — not the best fish in Seattle, but is there any other place that really showcases the beauty of our city any better?
6. After dinner wind-down — for a pint, The Jolly Roger Pub (brewpub for the adjacent Maritime Brewery) in Ballard; for a “wee dram” of whisky, Kell’s Irish Pub in Post Alley.
7. Sleep: The Watertown, Roosevelt Way in the U District.
— Jeff Izzo, Seattle, WA
Since most visitors have a digital camera, cellphone camera or videocamera, get a “Seattle PhotoGuideMap” at the corner newstand of Pike Place & 1st Ave. This will save them time in finding the best sightseeing places to take photos memorializing their visit here!
— John Chao, Seattle, WA
Naturally, one must experience Pike Place Market. There is also a wonderful view of the city with Rainier towering above if you go to Kerry Park in Queen Anne. The locks, Gasworks Park, and also Carkeek and Golden Gardens are not to be missed. Must go to Dick’s and eat the cheap burger! The Blue Moon is also an old Seattle treat.
— Joel Ott, Seattle, WA
I would recommend the Blake Island Salmon dinner and show for anyone to get a little exposure to the NW indian culture. Start with a walk on the waterfront and stop in the Olde Curiosity Shop, a Seattle icon. Then catch the early boat over to Blake Island and get a short informative lecture on our maritime business. Walk some of the trails and see the “tame” wildlife. On return see how beautiful Seattle is from the water.
— Mary Bentler, Seattle
The downtown harbor cruise was great. It offered amazing views of one of the world’s best skylines. I also would recommend a Safeco Field tour. What an impressive structure!
— Ben, Nashville, TN
Gas Works Park has the best panoramic views of downtown. Cafe Solstice for a great mocha. A stroll around UW. U-district farmers market. And finally, a drive on Hwy. 2.
— Emily Rae, Kenmore, WA
The best park in Seattle: The Locks in Ballard. the best museum (especially for kids) – The Museum of Flight. Never fails to impress visitors. 2
— Kim Seattle, WA
You must take out of town visitors to the locks. Go to a Sunday summer concert and make a day of it.
— Julie Wysocki, Surprise, AZ
Pike Place Market. This is a must-see. And it’s over a century old.
— Thomas Patterson, Renton, WA
On my last two visits in the Seattle area I was so taken with the Eastside, Kirkland in particular. The little downtown area was so nice to walk around with a park right on Lake Washington, I explored the shops and talked to people (yours is a very friendly state). I had dinner at Jalisco, a wonderful family owned resturant, and apparently a local favorite. It was packed! The whole city of Kirkland was beautiful and green with some of the most beautiful homes in Washington state. I would recommend a trip “across the bridge” to anyone. I look forward to visiting Seattle and surrounding areas again very soon.
— Sonia Humphrey, Lake Forest, CA