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Scenic Seattle

Seattle's skyline is as cool as its music. And the Space Needle, built in 1962, still gives the city a modern appeal. Surrounded by water, Seattle sits on an isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington. The scenery is anything but grungy.

The best place for a scenic view of downtown Seattle is from Kerry Park, located about two miles northwest from downtown on Queen Anne Hill. Getting there is a little tricky, so zoom in on the map below to see the exact spot. From Kerry Park, the Space Needle stands prominently in the foreground of the many skyscrapers. This view is fantastic at night. "With the lights out, it's less dangerous." - Kurt Cobain.

If you're lucky to get there during a crystal clear afternoon, you'll see Mount Rainier in the background. This massive volcano looks close, but it's a two-hour drive away. Take your time, hurry up, choice is yours, don't be late.

No visit to Seattle is complete without a visit to Pike Place Market. The market is a unique place to buy seafood, fruits, vegetables, flowers and gifts. Located downtown at the waterfront, the market is a great place to bring a camera. The flying-fish routine is quite entertaining at Pike Place Fish Company. By the way, Kurt Cobain once said it was ok to eat fish because they don't have any feelings. Nevermind.

Sometimes it's the draw of the many nightclubs and restaurants that have people coming. It is estimated that 10 million people visit Pike Place Market each year.

From the waterfront, it's interesting to watch freighters and tug boat activity in Puget Sound. But it's even better to be on the water. In fact, if heading over to Olympic National Park, the best route is by the Seattle-Bremerton car ferry. It's a great way to take in the surroundings.

Vacationers often fly into Seattle for its close proximity to Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park , North Cascades National Park and Mount St. Helens National Monument. All great places to find Nirvana!


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