Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~Chief Seattle
Things to see while you’re in Seattle
Coming to Seattle a couple days early or staying in town for a bit after the Conference?Bringing the family and wondering what the kids can do while you’re at conference sessions? Need things to do in the evenings during downtime? Seattle is a great place to visit!
Whether you do some shopping, check out the landmarks and sites, or eat at a great restaurant, Seattle is a great place to explore.
Seattle a great city for restaurants, especially (but not only) if you like seafood. For ideas on where to go for a quick bite or a nice dinner, checkout Citysearch’s Seattle page. Try plugging in “Downtown Restaurants,” “Waterfront Restaurants,” or anything else that appeals to your palate.
Head on down to the Seattle Center, home of the 1962 World’s Fair. Take in the view of Puget Sound from the top of the Space Needle. Then hop on the Monorail and go to Westlake Mall for some great shopping in the mall and at the original Nordstrom store across the street.
Despite Seattle’s reputation for rain, the weather here in July is great. If you have an extra day, a fun thing to do is drive down to the Johnston Ridge Observatory (closest of three observations points to the volcano) at Mount St. Helens. From there, you can see a video presentation of the explosion, then look down into the crater itself. To check current weather conditions at the mountain, view the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams. For directions and other info on Mount St. Helens, please visit the Mount St. Helens Visitor Centers webpage.
Another great side trip takes you into a different country. From Seattle, the drive north to the Canadian border is less than three hours. You can go shopping in Vancouver, take the ferry to British-inspired Victoria, or go another two hours north from Vancouver to Whistler, location of the events at to 2010 Winter Olympics. Whistler is great in the summer too, with lots of hiking trails and even summer snowboarding! If you decide to go up to Canada, be sure to bring your passport or enhanced ID, as driver’s licenses are no longer accepted for a trip across the border.