Hotel: Embassy Suites Hotel Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Group Name: Smith – Lewis Reunion
Arrival Date: 16-Jul-2021
Departure Date: 18-Jul-2021
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Welcome to Seattle!
Downtown – the Sheraton Grand is located in the heart of downtown, the financial and main shopping area of Seattle including the flagship Nordstrom store
Visit the Pike Place Market – the country’s oldest continuously open market that houses the first Starbuck’s . Nearby is the Seattle Art Museum (closed Mondays & Tuesdays) and the Seattle Public Library . Take in the view at the Sky View Observatory on the 73 rd floor of the Columbia Tower.
Waterfront – stairs or elevator down from the Pike Market will take you to our historic and scenic Elliott Bay
Ride the Great Wheel, visit the giant octopus in the Seattle Aquarium , take a virtual reality seaplane ride over the state at the Wings Over Washington exhibit, or get out on the water – ferries, sailboats, tour boats .
Pioneer Square – 1 to 2 miles south of downtown; this is the first neighborhood of Seattle and is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Take a narrated tour of the Underground , visit the Klondike Gold Rush Museum , one of the smallest national parks in the county. Watch the glassblowers at the Glasshouse Studio , or return to the late 1920’s in the historic Smith Tower .
Seattle Center – 1 mile north of downtown; site of the 1962 World’s Fair
The iconic Monorai l departs from the Westlake Mall to the Space Needle , Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit and the Museum of Pop Culture (MOPOP). This 2-minute ride leaves every 10 minutes. Across the street from the Seattle Center you will find the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (closed Sundays & Mondays).
South Lake Union – 6 blocks to 2 miles from downtown; world headquarters of Amazon
View the Amazon Spheres and Amazon Go store a few blocks north of the Sheraton. Continue to Lake Union, a working dry dock as well as home to many houseboats. The Museum of History and Industr y and the Center for Wooden Boats are located here. Watch seaplanes depart and land from the boardwalk located at this end of the lake.
Capitol Hill – 1 to 4 miles east of downtown, uphill; most densely populated neighborhood north of San Francisco
Featuring shops, cafes, great views from Volunteer Park with a Conservatory , and Arboretum with a Japanese Garden . Visit the Starbuck’s Reserve that’s just a few blocks from the Sheraton.
Ballard – 5 miles north of downtown, was the original fishermen’s neighborhood
The Ballard Locks are one of the busiest locks in the United States, built by the Army Corps of Engineers. Watch boats go from fresh to salt water and visit the Salmon Ladder . The ‘Old Ballard’ neighborhood on Ballard Avenue is filled with charming shops and cafes.
Fremont – 3 miles north of downtown, is a unique artsy neighborhood featuring a troll !
Tours are available as well – please see the Concierge to book tours of the City, Boeing Factory, Winery and Waterfall, and Mt Rainier.
Children’s Activities – Seattle
Seattle Aquarium Seattle Waterfront – Pier 59
Great Wheel (ferris wheel) Seattle Waterfront – Pier 57
Pacific Science Center Seattle Center
Exhibits, Planetarium, Butterfly House
Imax, Laser Shows plus numerous special exhibits
Museum of Pop Culture Seattle Center
Ride the Ducks Broad St near Space Needle
Burke Museum University of Washington
Kayaking Lake Union – various locations
Center for Wooden Boats South Lake Union
Museum of History and Industry South Lake Union
Klondike Gold Rush Museum Pioneer Square
Woodland Park Zoo 5500 Phinney Avenue North
Ballard Locks Ballard
Discovery Park Magnolia
Alki Beach West Seattle