Seattle Tourist Trap Tips by davequ Top 5 Page for this destination
Seattle Tourist Traps: 67 reviews and 55 photos
I brushed out some of the ugly wires
Not really that much of a tourist trap, but I couldn't in good conscience put it under "things to do" either.
For me, you hear about Pike Place, you go there and check it out once, and you can say:
"been there... done that" without being mean-spirited about it.
Unique Suggestions: Some really good and fun places just off Pike Place Market if you walk Post Alley.
and you're nuts if you put up with all the touristy stuff @ Pike Place
and miss the amazingly good Piroshky Russian Bakery apple bakery roll.
Fun Alternatives: Pink Door in itself is reason enough to check out Post Alley by Pike Place.
Yep, I agree, one waste of my money a few years ago ($16 now, $20 for a day/night ticket) was a trip to the top of the Space Needle.
At the top there was a small lounge / restaurant with windows and you can walk around a deck outside. There are complimentary telescopes for checking the 360deg view. Maybe I'm a scrooge but I didn't think it was worth it.
My other complaint is there are not enough nor large enough elevators, so due to the crowds, you will probably spend more time waiting around to go up than you will at the top.
Unique Suggestions: Hey what the hell, you KNOW yer' gonna' do it anyway - everybody does.
If you've got the $16 ($8 for kids 13 & under - kids under 3 free) to blow and you don't mind waiting for an elevator, go for it.
All the info and a webcam at the website here
I owe the title of this tip to my old French-Canadian gardner pal, Gaston (rip).
When informed on Monday morning July 21, 1969 that astronauts had just landed on the moon, his so-typical reply was:
"mon dieu, how stupid - ze moon - she is to look at....... not to go up zere!!"
funny thing is, I feel the same way about the Eiffel Tower ...
Fun Alternatives: If you can swing it, stay in the Westin Hotel downtown in the North Tower (any high-floor room in North tower with a "30," eg. room 4330, 4430, 4530 etc. etc.).
That way you get to see the same view the Space Needle has, PLUS the needle is in it, along with the Olympic range, Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, etc.
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