Big East

THE COMMUNITIES ON THE EASTERN SHORE OF LAKE WASHINGTON—known to locals as the Eastside—are where you’ll find some of metro Seattle’s most buzzed-about destinations.

In Kirkland, start the day around Lake Washington. Wildlife watchers can see blue herons and eagles at 110-acre Juanita Bay Park and Urban Wildlife Habitat ( And in Bellevue, the 53-acre Bellevue Botanical Garden ( is a blooming wonderland. To the east, Redmond’s Marymoor Park ( hosts the state’s only velodrome.

Plenty of refinements await indoors, too. For a date with the Seattle Opera, head to the 402-seat Kirkland Performance Center ( And for some wellearned retail therapy, Kirkland’s Park Lane offers contemporary fashion and consignment boutiques.

Similarly, Bellevue is its own one-stop urban vacation. The Bellevue Collection ( and the Shops at the Bravern ( are anchored by national retail chains like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

For dinner, snag a coveted reservation at Kirkland’s Café Juanita ( for decadent Northern Italian fare. Fresh-shucked oysters are the calling card of Redmond’s Matts’ Rotisserie and Oyster Lounge ( And in Bellevue, Monsoon East dazzles diners with a modern fusion of European and Vietnamese cuisine ( —JENNY LYNN ZAPPALA

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A visit to the Seattle area means diving right into quintessential sights and attractions found only in the Puget Sound area.

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City of Art

Halfway between Seattle and Olympia, Tacoma has long been a hub for art, with a Museum District in the downtown core.

Sports Rule

Join other fans in the epicenter of the state's sporting world, just south of downtown Seattle.

Only in Olympia

Although its claim to fame is being the capital of Washington, Olympia boasts plenty else to see and do.

Seafood of the Sound

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In the Puget Sound, we take flight seriously—no surprise, since aviation giant Boeing has long called this area home. The region's high-flying experiences promise a good time, so fasten your seat belts for top ways to explore the industry.

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Living History

Nestled on the southern tip of Puget Sound, state capital Olympia beckons to history buffs with its lovingly preserved buildings and charming museums.

Park Place

SEATTLE’S CLEAN AND GREEN APPEARANCE doesn’t come by accident. Seattle Parks and Recreation owns 11 percent of the city’s total acreage, and more than 500 parks infuse the Puget Sound region with places to play.

Big East

THE COMMUNITIES ON THE EASTERN SHORE OF LAKE WASHINGTON—known to locals as the Eastside—are where you’ll find some of metro Seattle’s most buzzed-about destinations.

Get Festive

LIVE MUSIC? We’ve got that. Fruit festivals and shortcake-eating contests? Those, too. Heck, we even have naked bicyclists.

Perfect Payoff

Tranquil lakes, snowcapped peaks, and sweeping shorelines are the visual rewards for hikers here. From sneakerclad strolls to crampons-required climbs, there’s a trail—and a view—for everyone.

Thats Hot (Shop)

ITALY MAY HAVE ELEVATED GLASS to high art centuries ago, but Washington is the place keeping it there these days. Not only does Puget Sound have more hot shops than all of Murano—Venice’s glass-making epicenter—but it’s also chock-full of rave-worthy glass attractions.

Flying High

THE ROAR OF THE PASSING PLANE, the hum of a propeller overhead—it’s all just part of the buzz in aviation-obsessed Snohomish County, where there are several ways to earn your wings.

Sagas of the Cities

ONE VORACIOUS TREE on Vashon Island has an old bike embedded in its trunk (near 20312 Vashon Hwy SW). Zekesville, near Stevens Pass off Highway 2, claims to be the state’s smallest incorporated town, with five residents...

Ferried Away

FERRIES ON PUGET SOUND are so common that several are designated as stretches of state highways. They are also a great way to explore the region.

Artsy Olympia

Pull off the freeway at the Capitol dome for a host of don’t-miss attractions

Ferried Away

After nearly an hour coasting through shimmering blue water, the ferry makes a final turn, revealing Seattle’s spectacular skyline.

Sound Bet

THE RURAL ROADS ON THE WEST SIDE OF PUGET SOUND unwind city stress like a good masseuse. The tree-lined routes lead car and driver between harborside hamlets...

Sound Check

BLESSED WITH a naturally deep harbor in Commencement Bay, Tacoma has long been defined by its bustling, working waterfront.

Art Uncovered

Tacoma’s art scene goes far deeper than its revamped waterfront, with the Museum of Glass and Tacoma Art Museum .

Show Me Seattle

With a unique blend of cool sophistication and quirky charm, of natural surroundings and impressive city views, Seattle boasts plenty of attractions that make it one of a kind. Here are some sights you just can’t missWith a unique blend of cool sophistication and quirky charm, of natural surroundings and impressive city views, Seattle boasts plenty of attractions that make it one of a kind. Here are some sights you just can’t miss:

Go to Market

VISITING PIKE PLACE MARKET? Everyone will say to visit Rachel the Pig. They’ll say not to miss the lively salmon-throwing crew at the nearby Pike Place Fish Market, and to stop by the original Starbucks...

On The Town

Traveling exhibits, grand openings, and commemorative events mark 2012.

Art Meets Nature

WASHINGTONIANS LOVE TO LIVE and play outdoors, so it’s no surprise that our cities are studded with dazzling sculptures and alfresco art.

Top Draw

FROM PUGET SOUND to the Space Needle, Seattle teems with vistas, festivals,and hot spots. Start with a morning at Gas Works Park, the site of a former gas plant on a Lake Union promontory ...

Museum Day

Along with works from glass-art pioneer and Tacoma hometown hero Dale Chihuly, expect sculpted silica from as far as the Czech Republic and Ireland.

Destined for a Good Time

IN 1873, the Northern Pacific Railway declared its western terminus would be Tacoma, not Seattle, its confident neighbor 32 miles north. Flush with optimism, the town adopted the nickname “The City of Destiny.&rdquo...

On Display

MUSEUM GEEKS, REJOICE. The Seattle-Tacoma area is stocked with more than 20 intellectual institutions with interactive appeal. Museums focused on history, art, music, glass, and science fiction—among others—dot the region.

Ironic Icons

LOOKING FOR SEATTLE’S quirky side? Here are a few sights not to miss.

On Exhibit

From world-class works to revved-up galleries, art and culture are free to flourish in the region’s many museums.

Urban Fare

In the Pacific Northwest, food is served strikingly fresh. It’s also where many great foodie ideas got a start.

Pike's Peak

SURE, THE FLYING FISH AT THE PIKE PLACE FISH MARKET ARE FUN. But the fishmongers’ famous daily game of catch barely scratches the scales of what this century-old Seattle institution offers. For example, locals in the know have frequented the kitchen-size Market Spice...

Hands-On History

ONE OF THE FIRST Europeans to explore the state was Greek navigator Juan de Fuca. The Whidbey Island town of Freeland was founded in 1902 as a socialist utopian community. For more history, study up at these attractions...

Iconic Sights

Our famous spots go from sky-high aviation exhibits to historic streets.

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