another one of these thread: recommend away!
i know about the space needle, monorail, pike place market, grunge.
Columbia Tower costs $5 and you can see for 50 miles
seattle - near the space needle is an interactive museum thing called the seattle music exeprience or something like that. it's really cool. i spent ages in there. get yourself some coffee as well. pike place market is cool.
portland - powell's city of books. it's a massive independent bookshop. it's ridiculous. there's a record shop called jackpot records that's cool. portland has loads of microbreweries if you're into that kind of thing.
i can't think of anything else at the moment. i seem to remember both cities being easy to navigate. expect it to rain.
'cos i'd be up for that as well!
i remember akron/family offered to put me up if i came to portland when i was originally planning on moving to Chicago, maybe you could go round for tea?
MONORAIL, MONORAIL, MONORAIL
probably the best city in the world imo.
I find it hard to believe the best city in the world is host to the Supersuckers and the Shitehawks.
I thought we established yesterday that London was the best city in the world.
Supersonics moved if you're talkng NBA. Don't know about the band though.
'cos that's what i've been told, thus considering portland as well.
12 in portland
i'd say a week in each is fine, not too long at all
it'd be nice to visit both cities but don't want to cramp too much in.
Powell's - massive massive independent bookshop
Stumptown coffee - the best coffee you'll have
Japanese garden - it's this little ornamental garden in a downtown block. get a guided tour. it's wonderful and peaceful and stuff
Cha Cha Cha - chain of little mexican restaurants. incredibly tasty, massive helpings and cheap when i was there. price might've gone up in the last couple of years though
Mount Tabor - not a real mountain. nice park though
Hawthorne District's a good area to hang out in
that's all i can remember off the top of my head.
go up the water tower in Volunteer Park for great views of downtown
there's a great microbrewery i think in pike place market. buggered if i can remember what it's called
take the ferry across to Bainbridge Island. there's not a lot there but it's lovely and peaceful to walk around. there's a museum of first nations stuff there a couple of miles inland, but i think it's only open friday - sunday
There's a really dark bar in Portland. It's underground. It's good. No idea what it's called or where it is though. Cheers.
Try and get to mt St Helens whilst you're in that neck of the woods.
I enjoyed all three.
The Seattle music project thingy is a bit obviously touristy, but I enjoyed it, too. And it includes the sci-fi place, too if that floats your boat.
Stay in the Jupiter at the Doug Fir when in Portland. Spend a day in Powells bookshop.
I made a map of where stuff was to get a feel of where the good stuff would be. Starting with Recordstoreday.com record stores. Some other places to check out have been added after that.
Here it is: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=
thankyou! voodoo doughnut :D
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and staying at the jupiter (especially if there's a decent gig on at the Doug Fir lounge while you're in Portland)
If you're in Seattle for a week, I recommend spending a day in Fremont, where you can find things like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/jellybean/937600936/
More info here: http://www.fremontseattle.com/
I think you might be able to go Whalewatching from Seattle too. Did this in Vancouver and ending up chasing whales in USA waters (though a bit further north than Seattle)
For a 'morning after' cooked breakfast.
N00b. Frasier doesn't live in Seattle anymore.
really pretty (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=39061178&id=193104245), only a couple of hours outside seattle. Mind you I went in summer, might be a bit dreary in winter. However, it was in the twin peaks opening credits, so indie points for you if you go.
Also, second whoever said the japanese garden in portland.
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