No, this isn't going to put AAA out of business. The following are things that we enjoy seeing or doing or think might be of use to visitors. If you are planning a visit, let us know what you interested in and we will help you design your trip (if desired). In general most of the things listed COULD be done in a VERY LONG day trip, but many are overnighters.
Nearby places to see and things to doWashington Western Seattle Woodland Park Zoo Aquarium (Small but neat) IMAX (several theaters, lots of different movies) Space Needle Pacific Science Center Boeing Museum of Flight Boeing Factory tours Pike Place Market Pioneer Square Ship canal, locks, and salmon ladder Museums Industry and History Seattle Art Symphony Theater (plays) Harbor/lake cruises REI (sporting goods store - flagship) Tacoma Point Defiance Zoo Northwest Trek Wildlife Park WA State History Museum Kitsap Co. Poulsbo (Shopping, Dining, Marine Science Center) Blodel Reserve (gardens) Bainbridge Island Vineyards Port Gamble (seashell exhibit, history museum) Naval Undersea Museum Mountains (Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Saint Helens) Skagit Valley Eagle/bird watching Tulips San Juan Islands Olympic Peninsula and the coast Olympic Game Farm (zoo, drive/walk through) Forts (WW2 vintage). Mostly state parks now. Pacific coast (many beaches) Hoh Rain Forest Leavenworth - cheesy tourist trap but still neat Eastern Columbia River (and basin) Grand Coulee dam Wine country The state is full of rivers, waterfalls, forests, and other outdoor attractions much to numerous to list. Oregon Portland Williamette Valley Mt. Hood British Columbia (Canada) Victoria (and Vancouver Island) Buchart Gardens Craigdarroch Castle Royal BC Museum Island Railroad tour Vancouver Aquarium Skiing
Month by Month - Whats' Interesting GuideMany of the items listed are good year round, but others have specific seasons. The following lists the best times to do some of them. January Mountains - snow sports Skagit Valley - Eagle watching - Mid to late month February Mountains - snow sports Skagit Valley - Eagle watching - Early month March Tulip bloom LATE month (they only last a week - hard to predict) Gray whales migrate off coast April Tulip bloom EARLY month (they only last a week - hard to predict) Flower garden trips - Late month Rafting/River trips Gray whales migrate off coast May Orcas in Puget Sound area Flower garden trips Rafting/River trips Gray whales migrate off coast June Orcas in Puget Sound area Flower garden trips Best time for mountain and coast visits July Nice weather for a visit Orcas in Puget Sound area Flower garden trips Best time for mountain and coast visits August Nicest weather for a visit Orcas in Puget Sound area Flower garden trips. Can be spotty this month - depends on the weather. SeaFair - Local equivalent of Mardi-Gras (Blue Angles, Navy ships, parade, ...) Best time for mountain and coast visits September Nicest weather for a visit Orcas in Puget Sound area Best time for mountain and coast visits Apple harvest October Salmon run (including in our creek) November Salmon run (including in our creek) December Month by Month - When NOT to expect things This list show times when some of the things should be avoided, or when there might be problems. December Gray rainy skies, cold temp Mountain parks mostly closed January Gray rainy skies, cold temp Mountain parks mostly closed February Mostly Gray rainy skies, cool/cold temp Mountain parks mostly closed March Cool temps Mountain parks mostly closed April Cool temps Mountain parks likely closed May Mountain parks possibly closed June July August Typically very expensive to fly our here and for hotels (Peak tourist time) September October November Mostly gray rainy skies, cool/cold temp December Gray rainy skies, cold temp Seasonal Plant Guide to the Seattle Arboretum January: Heather, hellebore, holly, mahonia, sarcococca, witch hazel, the Winter Garden. February: Daphne, dogwood, chimonanthus, heather, hellebore, holly, rhododendron, sarcococca, witch hazel, the Winter Garden. March: Camellia, flowering cherry, corylopsis, daphne, forsythia, heather, hellebore, magnolia, rhododendron, witch hazel. April: Azalea Way, barberry, camellia, flowering cherry, halesia, maple, madrona, magnolia, rhododendron, serviceberry. May: Crab apple, dogwood, magnolia, mountain ash, rhododendron, red bud,serviceberry. June: Rock roses, brooms, Korean dogwood, rhododendrons, stewartia, styrax. July: Stewartia, eucryphia, hydrangeas, maackias. August: Eucryphias, hydrangea, sorrel trees, crabapples(fruit). September:Franklinia, Japanese maples, sorrel trees. October: Fall Colors: Japanese maples, witch hazels, sourgums, sorrel trees, buckeyes, strawberry trees, mountain ash. November: Hollies, callicarpa, mountain ash, viburnum December: Sarcococca, hollies, the Winter Garden.
The following are links to other Web sites of interest.Seattle Site #1 Site #2 Arboretum Butchart Gardens NW Photo Gallery Parks/Lodges NW Region National Park Service Washington State Park Service Tulips San Juan Islands Site #1 Site #2 Rosario Resort Victoria, BC Site #1 Transportation Ferries Washington State BC Victoria/Pt. Angeles Victoria/Pt. Angeles Passenger Only - Summers Port Towsend/San Juans passenger Only Airport Info Shuttles Shuttle Express Grayline Express AmTrak Seattle Buses