What to do in the NW

===============   OUT & ABOUT in the NW  ===============

A few recommended places to explore or activities to do in the NW 

(Google the details as needed)

Here are a few sites to visit for more in depth information

 on what to do in the region:


Popular Destinations:

  • The Ballard (Hiram Chittenden) Locks
  • Green Lake
  • The Arboretum
  • Take a ferry and visit the Islands (bike or drive):

Bainbridge Island

Vashon Island

Whidbey Island

Blake Island

San Juan Islands

  • The Seattle Center, which features:

Pacific Science Center

Space Needle

Experience Music Project

Chihuly Garden & Glass

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • The Woodland Park Zoo
  • Pike Place Market
  • Pioneer Square Galleries & Underground Seattle Tour
  • Seattle's Great Wheel on the Waterfront
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Ride "The Duck"
  • Bike the Burke-Gilman Trail
  • City Parks

Discovery Park

Golden Gardens Park

Bellevue Botanical Park

Gasworks Park

Volunteer Park

The Arboretum

Kerry Park (on Queen Anne Hill, best view of Seattle) 

Magnuson Park (Sand Point) 

Carkeek Park

Seward Park

Queen Anne Hill Overlook

Lake Sammamish

Green Lake

Marymoor Park

  • Woodinville Wine Loop (Picturesque valley known for its wide variety of local wineries & microbreweries)
  • Sky view Observatory at the top of the Columbia Tower
  • Argosy Cruises (For tours of the Seattle Waterfront, Lake Union, Blake Island, and more)

Art & Culture:    (check listing in www.thestranger.com/events/performance)

  • Theaters:


The Rep

The Intiman

The Village Theater

The Fifth Avenue

The Paramount 

Teatro ZinZanni

The Bathouse Theater on Greenlake

Snoqualmie Falls Theater

  • Seattle Symphony
  • Seattle Opera
  • Museums:

Henry Art Gallery (UW)

Frye Art Museum (free)

Burke Museum (UW)

Seattle Art Museum

Asian Art Museum

Boeing Aeronautics Museum

Museum of History & Industry (MOHI) on South Lake Union

Wooden Boat Museum (on South Lake Union

Seattle Pinball Museum

Olympic Sculpter Park (outdoors)

  • Live Music Venues


The Triple Door

Highway 99 Blues Club

The Showbox

Benaroyo Hall

The Tractor Tavern

The Royal Room

Dimitriou's Jazz Alley    

Athletic Activities:

  • Bike Rental  (multiple locations, or use Lime Bikes found on the streets)

Bike the Burke-Gilman Trail Bike Path 

  • Kayak Rentals (multiple locations)

UW Boathouse (to explore the Arboretum)

South Lake Union, Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club

  • Hiking:

Mt Rainier

Cougar Mountain

The Olympics

The Cascades

      Mount Si (very popular hike)

Hiking Websites:  "Hikes 30 Minutes from Seattle"


  • La Conner
  • Issaquah
  • Mount Rainier
  • Mount Saint Helens
  • Leavenworth (Bavarian Village)
  • Winthrop (Wester Frontier Town, and Gateway to the Cascades)
  • Snoqualmie Pass
  • Suncadia Lodge & Resort
  • Snoqualmie Falls (and Salish Lodge)
  • Ocean Shores
  • The Olympic Peninsula, which includes: 

Port Townsend


Dungeness Spit

Lavender farms

Berry farms

Hurricane Ridge

Ho Rainforest

Rialto Beach

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