Hear about travel to Seattle, Washington as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mary Jo Manzanares from travelingwithmj.com about her hometown.
Mary Jo says, “despite what you hear about it raining all the time, you should just ignore that and come because it’s a beautiful destination. We always laugh because if you stack up the annual rainfall against some cities that you think of as warm sunny destinations, it’s less.”
“My first tip would be to find a hotel that is centrally located. It will save you on transportation costs, whether that’s our metro transit system, a taxi or Uber. If you were doing some searches you would probably pull up something around the Pike Place Market”.
We explore downtown and some of it’s museums like the Seattle Art Museum, the shoreline with the new Seattle Great Wheel and take a ferry ride and a picnic lunch for some great views of the city from the water. We might even find a good cup of coffee somewhere.
Mary Jo then takes us up to the Space Needle for some great views of the city and the nearby EMP Experience Music Project as well as the new Science Fiction Museum and Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum.
We talk about some of the seedier history of Seattle (ever heard of “skid row”?) and it’s connection with the Klondike Gold Rush that you can learn more about at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and on the Seattle Underground Tour.
Then we get out of the city to visit some wineries, watch a Boeing Jet being made or visit the Museum of Flight.
There is a lot to do in the Seattle area. We can’t describe it all in one episode but hopefully we can give you some idea why you should come visit this beautiful green city by the Pudgiest Sound.
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Pike Place Market
Rachel the Piggy Bank
DeLaurenti – Specialty Food and Wine – Seattle Pike Place Market
SAM – Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Space Needle
Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
EMP Museum – Music + Sci-fi + Pop Culture (Experience Music Project)
Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction (Museum)
Seattle Great Wheel
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle Unit
Seattle Underground Tour
Sons of the Profits: There’s No Business Like Grow Business. The Seattle Story, 1851-1901
Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room
Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
The Museum of Flight
Washington State History Museum
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Heritage Distilling Co
Northwest Folklife Festival
On the Travel to the Maldives – Episode 500, Martin wrote:
My wife and I have been regular listeners for years. Congratulations on your 500th. We are looking forward to many more years! We are passionate about traveling – we usually get to go on vacation to foreign destinations about two-three times per year and we make it a habit to (re)listen to the episodes relating to our travel before (during and after) each trip.
Regarding the Maldives Episode I though your listeners would like to know that there is a less expensive (albeit less luxurious) option. My wife and I extended our 3 week trip to Sri Lanka by going on a one week ‘cruise’ on a dhoni boat (refurbished fishing boat) about three years ago. This allows one to visit more atolls (inhabited and uninhabited) and to experience some of the local islands and people away from the capital of Male. The activities on the boat reminded us of a safari schedule with 2 daily snorkelling trips each at different locations (something that spending a whole week at a single resort would not permit). The accommodations on the boat were basic but much more affordable than a $1000 US/night hotel. The meals were surprisingly good and varied given the fact that the cook had to carry pretty much all what was needed for a week (except for fresh fish caught along the way!). With all meals included I would estimate the price for a couple to be well under a quarter of that of the resorts.
Martin and Nathalie
on Travel to Indianapolis, Indiana – Episode 498, Jeff left a detailed comment.