Having grown up in there, I am familiar with many of the things to do in Seattle. Some of the really cool things to do, or places to eat, wont appear in your tourist guides. The following is a list that I put together for friends when I knew they were traveling to Seattle.

Seattle Center (Space Needle, small amusement park, Pacific Science Center).

Know that the downtown area is a Ride Free zone on the Metro buses!

Dick’s Drive In is a 50’s style drive in with awesome burgers and milk shakes. They have five locations.

The Seattle waterfront has lots of shops, and restaurants.

Ivars Captains Table Restaurant (Seafood/Steak on the waterfront).

Any of the little Ivar’s fast food restaurants are good too.

You gotta try fresh PACIFIC Salmon someplace!

Seattle Aquarium, on the waterfront (very cool).

Pike Place Market (up the hill from waterfront), lots of cool shops, and stuff . This is where you will see them throwing fish.

Also downtown is Pioneer Square.

In the Pioneer Square area is the underground Seattle tour.

Take a ferry ride from Seattle to Bremerton or Winslow and back.

Bremerton has a Naval yard where you can tour a ship (used to be the Missouri).

Jimi Hendrix buried in Renton (Greenwood Memorial Park, Renton-Original site:N47° 29.191 W122° 10.443 (WGS84) I believe the coordinates for the new site are N47° 29.286, W122° 10.218 (WGS84).

Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee are buried side by side in Lake View Cemetary, Capitol Hill-N47° 38.024 W122° 18.953 (WGS84).

Many small clubs in town (including grunge).

Imax theater (I think it is at the Seattle Center now, it was on the Waterfront).

Coffee is very big in Seattle, lots of Coffee shops, including Starbucks (came from Seattle). Though my wife prefers Seattle’s Best brand of coffee.

Museum of Flight (at Boeing field). Planes, capsules, lunar rover, satellite, etc.

Go see Mt. Rainier up close and personal (drive up to Paradise, or Sunrise, or both…fun drive).

Take in a Mariners game if they are playing in town then.

Sonics, and Seahawks depending on time of visit (if you really care about the Seahawks…they suck).

Camping in the Olympic National Forest (big trees!).

Go see the Pacific Ocean. Ocean Shores, or Long Beach have some nice resort places.

Rainier Roasters is a little place in Southcenter Mall food court. Their Caesar Salads are some of the best I have ever had. They also make fresh Roast Beef & Chicken sandwiches. (no longer there)

Drive over the mountains to Leavenworth (a cool little town with little German shops).

You can go White Water River Rafting out of Leavenworth also.

Roslyn, WA (east on I-90 across mountains) was used as Cicily, Alaska in Northern Exposure TV show.

Red Robin’s originated in Seattle and are very good casual restaurants. They have gourmet hamburgers.

There are many good teriyaki places around (GOOD teriyaki).

Take a walk around Green Lake.

There are plenty more things to do in Seattle. If you are looking for other things to do in Seattle, post here, and I can try to give you some suggestions.