Larissa’s guidebook

Larissa

Larissa’s guidebook

Sightseeing
all three sites located in Seattle Center about 7 min walk from our place
Float high above Seattle on the Space Needle Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, this iconic landmark last year underwent a US$100 million renovation to maximize its 360-degree views of Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Not for the faint-hearted, The Loupe is the world’s first and only revolving glass floor – suspended 500 feet above the city. We recommend heading to the upper observation deck for the 360 Sunset at the Top experience, which includes four wine tastings paired with delicious bites – not to mention the best sunset views in Seattle.
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Space Needle Loop
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Float high above Seattle on the Space Needle Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, this iconic landmark last year underwent a US$100 million renovation to maximize its 360-degree views of Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Not for the faint-hearted, The Loupe is the world’s first and only revolving glass floor – suspended 500 feet above the city. We recommend heading to the upper observation deck for the 360 Sunset at the Top experience, which includes four wine tastings paired with delicious bites – not to mention the best sunset views in Seattle.
Between 17 and 20 October, Seattle’s glass experts will shine with epic exhibitions, festive art parties, fascinating talks, tours and demos, scores of open studios and exclusive collector events. Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience is an inaugural event that will pay tribute to the state’s 50-year history in glass art, demonstrating why it’s known as the ‘American Venice’. You can take a studio tour and watch the glass masters at work before taking a class to create your very own glass piece.
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Chihuly Garden and Glass
305 Harrison St
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Between 17 and 20 October, Seattle’s glass experts will shine with epic exhibitions, festive art parties, fascinating talks, tours and demos, scores of open studios and exclusive collector events. Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience is an inaugural event that will pay tribute to the state’s 50-year history in glass art, demonstrating why it’s known as the ‘American Venice’. You can take a studio tour and watch the glass masters at work before taking a class to create your very own glass piece.
Welcoming around 750,000 visitors annually, the Museum of Pop Culture is home to both permanent and temporary exhibitions that attract music lovers (think tributes to Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson) and science fiction nerds alike. One of the most popular exhibitions is Infinite Worlds Of Science Fiction, which is packed with more than 150 artefacts from iconic films and television shows ranging from Star Trek and The War Of The Worlds to Men In Black and Battlestar Galactica
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Museum of Pop Culture
325 5th Avenue North
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Welcoming around 750,000 visitors annually, the Museum of Pop Culture is home to both permanent and temporary exhibitions that attract music lovers (think tributes to Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson) and science fiction nerds alike. One of the most popular exhibitions is Infinite Worlds Of Science Fiction, which is packed with more than 150 artefacts from iconic films and television shows ranging from Star Trek and The War Of The Worlds to Men In Black and Battlestar Galactica
If you've ever received a postcard from Seattle, the chances are that the photo on the card was taken from Kerry Park Viewpoint (sometimes referred to as "Highland Park"), located on Queen Anne's south slope high above the city. With a center stage view of the Space Needle and the downtown skyline, and with the backdrop of Mount Rainier, Washington's most icon natural landmark, you won't find a better view of the Emerald City. Changing Form, a 15-foot high steel sculpture, stands in the center of the park, and has become as iconic as the hoards of photographers searching for the perfect shot. This park located less then 10 min (0.4mi) walk up the hill from our place.
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Kerry Park
211 West Highland Drive
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If you've ever received a postcard from Seattle, the chances are that the photo on the card was taken from Kerry Park Viewpoint (sometimes referred to as "Highland Park"), located on Queen Anne's south slope high above the city. With a center stage view of the Space Needle and the downtown skyline, and with the backdrop of Mount Rainier, Washington's most icon natural landmark, you won't find a better view of the Emerald City. Changing Form, a 15-foot high steel sculpture, stands in the center of the park, and has become as iconic as the hoards of photographers searching for the perfect shot. This park located less then 10 min (0.4mi) walk up the hill from our place.
Bhy Kracke Park is a gem hidden in the middle of Seattle. This park has incredible views, but few people have ever heard of this park. Located five min from our place up the hill
Bhy Kracke
434 Comstock Place
Bhy Kracke Park is a gem hidden in the middle of Seattle. This park has incredible views, but few people have ever heard of this park. Located five min from our place up the hill
The spheres are reserved mainly for Amazon employees, but are open to the public through weekly headquarters tours and an exhibit on the ground floor. The complex, nicknamed "Bezos' balls" by the media, has become a recognizable landmark and tourist attraction. The spheres have 40,000 plants from 50 countries and are divided into three areas, with the western and eastern domes segregated into the Old World and New World.
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The Spheres
2111 7th Ave
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The spheres are reserved mainly for Amazon employees, but are open to the public through weekly headquarters tours and an exhibit on the ground floor. The complex, nicknamed "Bezos' balls" by the media, has become a recognizable landmark and tourist attraction. The spheres have 40,000 plants from 50 countries and are divided into three areas, with the western and eastern domes segregated into the Old World and New World.
Food scene
Much more than just a tourist hotspot, Pike Place Market is the number one farmers’ market in the country. The 9-acre historic district is brimming with hundreds of farmers, artisans, small businesses, bars and restaurants, the latter of which serve up both popular regional dishes and international cuisine. We recommend you start with a hot savoury pastry at Piroshky Piroshky Bakery, followed by a bag of the fresh mini doughnuts that Daily Dozen Doughnut Co are famous for. Flavours include plain, cinnamon sugar, chocolate, sprinkles and even maple bacon.
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Pike Place Market
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Much more than just a tourist hotspot, Pike Place Market is the number one farmers’ market in the country. The 9-acre historic district is brimming with hundreds of farmers, artisans, small businesses, bars and restaurants, the latter of which serve up both popular regional dishes and international cuisine. We recommend you start with a hot savoury pastry at Piroshky Piroshky Bakery, followed by a bag of the fresh mini doughnuts that Daily Dozen Doughnut Co are famous for. Flavours include plain, cinnamon sugar, chocolate, sprinkles and even maple bacon.
neighborhood restaurant with very good food
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How To Cook A Wolf
2208 Queen Anne Avenue North
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neighborhood restaurant with very good food
neighborhood coffee shop
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Storyville Coffee Queen Anne
2128 Queen Anne Avenue North
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neighborhood coffee shop
Hikes in and around Seattle
1. Discovery Park 3801 Discovery Park Blvd Seattle, WA 98199 (206) 386-4236 Visit Website Region: Seattle Distance: 0 to 5 miles Elevation: 0 to 350 feet Parking pass: None Located in the corner of northwest corner of Magnolia, Discovery Park is an urban gem. The former Army Post has forest, meadow, a beach, a lighthouse, and old officer housing. The classic choice is the 2.8-mile Loop Trail which takes you through the woods and meadows to the park’s literal and figurative highpoint: a bluff overlooking Puget Sound that offers a great view of the downtown skyline. If you’re looking for more you can drop down to the beach and lighthouse before hiking back up to the Loop Trail.
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Discovery Park
3801 Discovery Park Boulevard
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1. Discovery Park 3801 Discovery Park Blvd Seattle, WA 98199 (206) 386-4236 Visit Website Region: Seattle Distance: 0 to 5 miles Elevation: 0 to 350 feet Parking pass: None Located in the corner of northwest corner of Magnolia, Discovery Park is an urban gem. The former Army Post has forest, meadow, a beach, a lighthouse, and old officer housing. The classic choice is the 2.8-mile Loop Trail which takes you through the woods and meadows to the park’s literal and figurative highpoint: a bluff overlooking Puget Sound that offers a great view of the downtown skyline. If you’re looking for more you can drop down to the beach and lighthouse before hiking back up to the Loop Trail.
2. Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain Visit Website Region: Issaquah Distance: 3.8 to 7.2 miles Elevation: 1,760 to 1,858 feet Parking pass: None Poo Poo Point is an open grassy knoll on the west wide of Tiger Mountain. Supposedly it’s named for the sound of train steam whistles that loggers could hear while working on Tiger. Looming above downtown Issaquah, it’s another urban hiking gem. Those that hoof it up the steep slopes are rewarded with great views of Lake Washington and the surrounding foothills. Paragliders use it as a launch point. Kicking back and watching them float through the air makes for a lovely mid-hike break. Chirco Trail is the shorter way to Poo Poo Point. It’s only 1.9 miles each way. But covering the same elevation in fewer miles, of course, means it’s the steeper option of the two. High School Trail is the longer, but somewhat less steep option. See the WTA guide for detailed directions.
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Poo Poo Point Trailhead
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2. Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain Visit Website Region: Issaquah Distance: 3.8 to 7.2 miles Elevation: 1,760 to 1,858 feet Parking pass: None Poo Poo Point is an open grassy knoll on the west wide of Tiger Mountain. Supposedly it’s named for the sound of train steam whistles that loggers could hear while working on Tiger. Looming above downtown Issaquah, it’s another urban hiking gem. Those that hoof it up the steep slopes are rewarded with great views of Lake Washington and the surrounding foothills. Paragliders use it as a launch point. Kicking back and watching them float through the air makes for a lovely mid-hike break. Chirco Trail is the shorter way to Poo Poo Point. It’s only 1.9 miles each way. But covering the same elevation in fewer miles, of course, means it’s the steeper option of the two. High School Trail is the longer, but somewhat less steep option. See the WTA guide for detailed directions.
3. Cherry Creek Falls 16819 319th Ct NE Duvall, WA 98019 (206) 625-1367 Visit Website Region: Duvall Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation: 300 feet Parking Pass: None Cherry Creek Falls is a King County gem. Located in old logging forest outside of Duvall, the 25-foot, waterfall pours straight down into a lovely pool. Because it mostly follows decommissioned logging roads, the trails are fairly-smooth and the hills are quite gentle. From the trailhead, you follow a network of unsigned roads and trails. Navigation can be a little tricky, but the directions from the Washington hiking guide Hiking With My Brother will get you to the falls and back.
Cherry Creek Falls Trailhead
16538 Kelly Rd NE
3. Cherry Creek Falls 16819 319th Ct NE Duvall, WA 98019 (206) 625-1367 Visit Website Region: Duvall Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation: 300 feet Parking Pass: None Cherry Creek Falls is a King County gem. Located in old logging forest outside of Duvall, the 25-foot, waterfall pours straight down into a lovely pool. Because it mostly follows decommissioned logging roads, the trails are fairly-smooth and the hills are quite gentle. From the trailhead, you follow a network of unsigned roads and trails. Navigation can be a little tricky, but the directions from the Washington hiking guide Hiking With My Brother will get you to the falls and back.
4. Mount Si Mount Si Trail North Bend, WA 98045 Visit Website Region: North Bend Distance: 8 miles Elevation: 3,150 feet Parking Pass: Discover Pass Mount Si is arguably the classic Seattle-area hike. It is the rocky peak looming to your left as you drive Interstate 90 past North Bend. It’s in the opening credits of the original Twin Peaks. Everyone at your office has probably hiked it at least once. All that notoriety also means it’s one of the most popular hikes in the area. Don’t let the popularity fool you; it’s a hard hike. It gains 3,150 in just four steep, switch-backing miles, but the views make it worthwhile. On a clear day, Mount Rainier will stand large to the south surrounded by dozens of other Cascade peaks. See the WTA guide for detailed trail directions.
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Mount Si
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4. Mount Si Mount Si Trail North Bend, WA 98045 Visit Website Region: North Bend Distance: 8 miles Elevation: 3,150 feet Parking Pass: Discover Pass Mount Si is arguably the classic Seattle-area hike. It is the rocky peak looming to your left as you drive Interstate 90 past North Bend. It’s in the opening credits of the original Twin Peaks. Everyone at your office has probably hiked it at least once. All that notoriety also means it’s one of the most popular hikes in the area. Don’t let the popularity fool you; it’s a hard hike. It gains 3,150 in just four steep, switch-backing miles, but the views make it worthwhile. On a clear day, Mount Rainier will stand large to the south surrounded by dozens of other Cascade peaks. See the WTA guide for detailed trail directions.