Although Seattle is a green, clean city, the street system is a hilly, jumbly nightmare for tourist walkers or and cyclists, though Metro Transit encourages bikers with secure parking at some transit stops, and bike racks on most buses.
However there are efficient, public transport systems available, such as the Seattle Center Monorail ( quick links from downtown to Seattle Center), and SoundTransit’s buses, commuter trains and the new light rail service.
Washington State Ferries
Ferries can be fun as well as functional! A 35 minutes scenic ride from the Coleman Dock is calm and pretty Bainbridge Island in western Washington, with art galleries, shops, food and drink The ferries also do longer trips.
A Seattle catering truck (specialising in bacon it seems).
Generally good and of many kinds, but sea food in particular.
Head Downtown to Belltown for the most exclusive cuisine, Pike Square Market for fresh sea food and the International District for Asian.
Festivals and Parades
January-February, Chinese New Year, International District.
May, Northwest Folklife Festival, International District.
September, Bumbershoot, International District.
West Seattle aerial showing Elliott Bay and Downtown. Photo by Michael Brophy.
Bainbridge Island: by ferry to see Seattle from a watery perspective.
Tacoma: worth a day to see the impressive Union Station and visit museums.
Also: Olympic National Park, Mt Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, San Juan Islands – see Pacific Northwest Travel