Seattle Activities

The AAAW Mini-Gathering Planning Committee has compiled a list of suggestions for day trips, sightseeing and shopping in and around Seattle.

Day Trips

1. Mt. Rainier National Park (Call 1-360-569-2211 for visiting information.)
Entrance fees apply. Availability to visit depends on weather. In autumn, the park is beautiful with changing fall colors. Paradise Inn will be open through October 3, 2011.

2. Mt. Si
Great hiking (8 miles round trip), near Snoqualmie Pass in North Bend. Mountain views.

3. Northwest Trek
Enjoy a tour of Pacific Northwest wildlife on a tram or walking tour about two hours south of Seattle.

4. San Juan Islands
Take a picturesque ferry ride through the San Juans, explore the islands, go hiking or whale-watching.

5. Leavenworth, Washington
Just a few hours east of Seattle, Leavenworth is a little Bavarian town nestled in the mountains, full of shops, restaurants and hiking.

6. Victoria Clipper
Take a day trip or spend a few days in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Clipper will take you through the Puget Sound to Victoria. Great shopping, restaurants, museums and gardens.

7. Puyallup Fair
The annual Puyallup Fair is held from September 9-25. Puyallup (Hear pronunciation / pjuːˈæləp / pew-AL-əp or / pjuːˈɔːləp / pew-AWL-əp) is just an hour south of Seattle. Animals, food, music, carnival games, amusement rides, shopping, crafts, rodeos and more!

8. Beer-Tasting
The Northwest has many breweries to offer the beer lover. Just to name a few: Georgetown Brewery, Hales Ales, Maritime Pacific, Pike Brewing Co., Elysian Brewing Co., Rogue Ales. Many brew pubs also serve national and international varieties. Try out Brouwers, Prost Tavern and Uber.

9. Visit a Distillery

10. Wine-Tasting
Here are a few wineries in Woodinville, Washington, just 20-30 minutes from Seattle:

Seattle Landmarks and Attractions

(Click here to open a map of all the following suggestions for Seattle sightseeing, which will show you the points of interest in geographical relation to one another. Or, map individual locations using the links under each listing below.)

Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street (Map)

Seattle Center is the location of the following four landmarks and attractions, among several others:

Pike Place Market
Between Pike and Pine Streets at First Avenue (Map)

The Original Starbucks (at Pike Place Market)
1912 Pike Place (Map)

Starbucks Headquarters
2401 Utah Avenue South (Map)

REI Flagship Store
222 Yale Avenue North (Map)

Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Avenue (Map)

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue (Map)

Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 East Prospect Street (in Volunteer Park) (Map)

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 South King Street (Map)

Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South (Map)

Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue (Map)

Safeco Field
1250 First Avenue South (Map)

Smith Tower
506 Second Avenue (Map)

Pioneer Square
Jackson Street & First Avenue (Map)

International District (Chinatown)
Yesler Way & Fourth Avenue (Map)

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59 (Map)

Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Avenue North (Map)

Fremont Troll
North 36th Street & "Troll Avenue" (under the Aurora Bridge) (Map)

Lake View Cemetery (Burial site of Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon Lee)
1554 15th Avenue East (Map)

Volunteer Park / Captiol Hill
1247 15th Avenue East (Map)

Green Lake Park
7201 East Green Lake Drive North (Map)

Gas Works Park
3300 Meridian Avenue North (Map)

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ("Ballard Locks")
3015 Northwest 54th Street (Map)

Alki Point Lighthouse
3201 Alki Avenue Southwest (Map)

University of Washington
4014 University Way Northeast (Map)

Harborview Medical Center
325 Ninth Avenue (Map)


Downtown Seattle:

Shopping a little farther away: