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Seattle is called the Emerald City, and that designation is not a misnomer. Greenery, trees, parks and flower gardens abound in this sophisticated Pacific Northwest city that seems perpetually drenched in a misty rain.

Though touristy, the Space Needle is not to be missed. Its observation deck affords vistas of downtown Seattle and all the region's mountain ranges. Don't forget to visit the Needle gift shop and rotating Sky City restaurant.

A visit to Pike Place Market is always on tap, although recent construction and renovation can make a trip there problematic. The delectable Il Bistro restaurant – tucked away under Pike Place Market – has the freshest of local meats and produce.

One of Washington State's most popular tourist attractions is a tour of the Boeing Factory, 30 miles north of Seattle in Everett. Fascinating to watch 747s, 767s and 777s in various stages of manufacture and testing.

Rock fans can take a pilgrimage to Viretta Park and the nearby former home of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East. There, in the small city park, feel the spirit of this great musician who once lived (and died) in the wood-shingled home adjacent to the park. Benches full of graffiti commemorate the Grunge God and his memory.

A visit to this beautiful and friendly Pacific Northwest city is something to cherish. Every voyager should place Seattle on their travel itinerary.

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Ponzi March 18, 2011 @ 8:37 a.m.

I lived there for several years during its high tech heyday. In 2000, when the dot-com bubble burst, I had tolerated enough of the dreary weather and returned to sunny San Diego. It doesn’t really rain a lot, but like you said it is covered with overcast and a misty wetness most of the time from October to May.

Some other attractions to consider are the Ballard Locks (Hiram M. Chittenden Locks) and the Salmon ladders. Stroll around Lake Union where you can see the floating houses like the one in Sleepless in Seattle. A side trip to Vancouver B.C. is a fun way to spend a day. A ferry ride to Vashon or Bainbridge Island is a nice way to taste the ferry lifestyle and enjoy a couple hours on the Puget Sound. There are many parks and museums that are worth checking out.


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