Seattle’s retail core, home to the waterfront, the Pike Place Market, and some of the most stunning architecture in the city
*Columbia Center, 701 5th Ave (at Columbia St), +1 206 386-5151. M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM. $5 adults, $3 students.
*Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place (1st and Pike, above the waterfront), . Pike Place level: M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Down Under level: 11AM-5PM daily.
*Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way (on Pier 59 on the Waterfront), +1 206 386-4300, . Exhibits open 9:30AM-6PM, last admission at 5PM. Adults $17, children (4-12) $11, children 3 or under free.
*Piroshky Piroshky, 1908 Pike Place (On the east side of the market.), +1 206 441-6068, . May-Sep M-F 7:30AM-6:30PM, Sa-Su 7:30AM-7:30PM, Oct-Apr 8AM-6:30PM daily.
A very popular eatery in Pike Place Market, specializing in those same Russian pastries that make up their name. They have many varieties, both savory and sweet from which to choose. The smoked salmon, the cheese, onion & garlic roll and the apple cinnamon roll are all excellent. $3-5.
*Ferry to Bainbridge Island
Pioneer Square-International District
The oldest neighborhoods in Seattle, containing art galleries and innumerable restaurants
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Capitol Hill-Central District
A diverse, densely-packed cluster of neighborhoods, rich and poor, from the nightlife of Pike-Pine to the quiet residences of Madison Park. This area is also said to be the gay capital of Seattle.
*Volunteer Park (at Prospect St.), 1247 15th Ave. E, . Designed by John Charles Olmsted and Fredrick Law Olmsted Jr, this is the largest park in Capitol Hill and is the site of a botanical conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum (above).
*Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E (from 40th Ave. and E. Madison on the south to Lake Washington and SR-520 on the north), . Open daily, dawn to dusk. The Visitor’s Center, near the northeast corner of the park, is open from 10 AM to 4 PM daily, and has limited parking available.
*Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E (southwest area of the Arboretum), 206-684-4725, . Hours vary seasonally: generally 10 AM until sunset, Tuesday through Sunday. Extended hours from May to September, closed December to February. Within the grounds of the Arboretum. $6 adults, $4 children over 5 years and seniors..
*Agua Verde Cafe, 1303 NE Boat Street, 206-545-8570, . Rents 1- and 2-person kayaks. $15/hour single and $18/hour double, with discounts for longer times.
*Top Pot Doughnuts, 609 Summit Ave. E, .
*Molly Moon’s (Ice cream)
*The Honey Hole (New Orleans’ style sandwiches)
A mostly residential area, home to the canal locks. The area is known for its Scandinavian heritage and thriving Historic Downtown Ballard.
*Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (a.k.a. Ballard Locks). Check out the fish ladders and if you’re lucky you’ll see huge Pacific Northwest salmon coming and going.
*Woodland Park Zoo (South Gate at N 50th St and Fremont Ave N, on Phinney Ridge), . $15 ($11 in winter) 9:30AM-4PM in the winter (1 Oct-30 Apr) 6PM in the summer (1 May-31 Sep).
The Raptor Show at 3PM on non-rainy weekends is particularly entertaining if you get the bird handler with the Bronx accent: “If dis boid’s head were da same size as youses, its eyes would be da size of sawftbawls.”
*Lunchbox Laboratory (Burgers)
Fremont and Wallingford
The self-proclaimed “center of the universe”, a bohemian (though rapidly gentrifying) area noted for its public art
*The Fremont Troll (under the Aurora Bridge, officially called the “George Washington Memorial Bridge” but no one will know what you’re talking about if you call it that.) The Troll is a concrete statue eating a full size Volkswagen Bug. It even gets its own street name - just off of N. 36th St. on Troll Ave.
*Paseo Caribbean Restaurant, 4225 Fremont Ave N (Small red building on west side of road, no sign, look for line of hungry people), +1 206 545-7440, . Tu-F 11AM-9PM, Sa 11AM-8PM.
Tiny Cuban restaurant with amazing sandwiches ($6-9) like a crunchy baguette slathered with a secret aioli and filled with your choice of protein (the most popular is the roasted pork shoulder), fresh cilantro, pickled jalapeños, lettuce and out-of-this-world caramelized onions.
A local favorite, its best to call ahead and place your order. Expect to settle for takeout; the 3 tables are usually full but there are several nearby parks or stroll on down to the main section of Fremont. They do run out of sandwiches late in the day, but other wonderful entrees are served. $7-15 (cash only).
*Gasworks Park  in Wallingford is built on the former site of the city gas facility, and a few hulking tanks and pipes are preserved, giving it a slightly eerie feel. The hill at the center has a sundial on top, and offers a spectacular view of downtown across Union Bay, as well as gusts of wind great for kite-flying. Don’t eat the carcinogenic dirt!
*Kozue (Japanese bar food - takoyaki, etc.)
*Argosy Cruises . Offers sightseeing cruises of the harbor, the locks, and the surrounding lakes.
*Discovery Park  the largest city park in Seattle. Park’s beach, you can see the view of both Cascade and Olympia Mountain ranges.
*Kerry Park  on Highland Drive on Queen Anne Hill is the single most photographed view of Seattle, with a spectacular cityscape with the Space Needle, Safeco Field, CenturyLink Field, and Elliott Bay in front and Mt. Rainier visible behind the skyline. The best view is to go on a clear summer day around 9PM, the sun will have just dropped behind the Olympic range, the city lights will just be coming on, but there will be enough sunlight left that Rainier glows purple behind the city. The Sculpture “Changing Form” by Doris Chase is standing in the center of Kerry Park since 1977 and this park attracts many tourists and locals to enjoy their afternoon or night chillaxing.
*Olympic Sculpture Park is a new park on the waterfront built and maintained by the Seattle Art Museum. It has wonderful views across the water and contains sculptures built by famous artists including Richard Serra and Alexander Calder.
*Alki Crab and Fish Company (Alki beach) - fish and chips, sourdough chowder bowls