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    Washington Sights

    I would like to know what sights people would suggest seeing in the wonderful state of Washington. I know there are a couple of people in here that live up there so some good answers should be coming my way

    So far my Dad and I couldn't come up with any "must see" places in Washington. We aren't too keen in looking at volcanoes so don't suggest them. We will be driving through plenty of mountains on our trek so the volcanoes probably won't be so interesting.
    Jim

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    Grand Coulee dam.....you can tour it and actually see the power turbines operating. Pretty impressive when you consider the size and weight of the turbines......Seattle......Space Needle.........Take a "Milk Run" ferry boat ride out of Anacordes to the San Juan Islands......Drive from Seattle to Portland on the Interstate is one of the prettiest Instate drives you take........

    Jim....if you've never been out west before...You are in for a wonderful surprise. Each of the mountain ranges have their own special beauty......The Northern Rockies........So grandiose........The Cascades....the volcanic craters.........The Tetons in Wyoming.....so magnificant and majestic..........The deserts.....each alike and yet so different from northern Utah....to California.......Southern Utah.....Arizona.....New Mexico...........each has it's own splendor....it's own beauty.......So much so it's hard for me to have a favorite.....it's all eye candy to me!
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    Jim,

    Mt. St. Helens is not just a "volcano"... It shows the power of nature, and the smallness of man!... Boeing Air Museum, Pike Place Market, Boeing factory tour, bunch of stuff. When will you be coming? Let me know and I can steer you to other interesting things, depending on what interests you have. I live about 20 minutes from Seattle. I'll do what I can to help you have an enjoyable time,

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    Jim,

    If you like mountains.... going up to the Mount Rainer visiter center is great. The view is beyond words. I think it was also mentioned, but Mount Saint Helens is another great one too. I was out there in 97. There was a visiters center that looks right in to the crater where the top blew off. As of the summer of 97, just a very little bit of vegetation was beginning to grow back in the blast zone. You can still see all the trees that were blown down when it erupted in the early 80s.

    My wife and I took a ride out to Levenworth, WA, where we went white water rafting. Levenworth is this little town that is in the mountains east of Seatle.
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    Exactly what part of Washington will you be traveling through? There are many interesting sites ranging from Grizzly in Bellingham to Center for Wooden Boats on Lake Union in Seattle to the Tacoma Glass Museum (Dale Chihuly's home town) to Pike Place Market in Seattle to Lake Ozette on the Pacific Coast, etc. etc.

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    Hardwicks would be on my list. It will be when I go back up there, the last time I was there I was there twice digging around...it's one of the coolest hardware store I've been to.

    The Log Home Museum isn't such a great visit, but more historical than anything else. The resturaunt has awesome fried chicken.

    Speaking of food, if you like chowder, try Duke's Chowder House, it kicks...

    Have a good trip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    Grand Coulee dam.....you can tour it and actually see the power turbines operating. Pretty impressive when you consider the size and weight of the turbines......Seattle......Space Needle.........Take a "Milk Run" ferry boat ride out of Anacortes ( Spelled right Just so you don't get lost)to the San Juan Islands......Drive from Seattle to Portland on the Interstate is one of the prettiest Instate drives you take........

    Jim....if you've never been out west before...You are in for a wonderful surprise. Each of the mountain ranges have their own special beauty......The Northern Rockies........So grandiose........The Cascades....the volcanic craters.........The Tetons in Wyoming.....so magnificant and majestic..........The deserts.....each alike and yet so different from northern Utah....to California.......Southern Utah.....Arizona.....New Mexico...........each has it's own splendor....it's own beauty.......So much so it's hard for me to have a favorite.....it's all eye candy to me!
    Ken lives pretty close to Washington & pretty much says it like it is so we will give him the web foot award.

    Bart living real close to Anacortes in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island.
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    Stay on the west where it's green and pretty. Do not go to the Columbia basin region in the center around the Moses Lake area. Has to be one of the most desolate places in the U.S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Leetch View Post
    Ken lives pretty close to Washington .

    Yeah...it's a real chore for me to get to Washington State.....2 stop signs....1 stop light...cross the Snake River on a bridge...if I hit the stop light right.......4 minutes of driving!

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    I'm close to Seattle so if you are near Seattle here are a few ideas.

    The Ballard Locks are cool if you like boats, locks, and salmon. Snoqualmie Falls if you like water falls. If you like tours There is an underground tour of Seattle that I hear is cool, although I have never taken it.

    If you like markets Pike's Place is always a fun place to explore. If you do this I'd walk South along the water towards the Aquarium. You'll get some nice views of Elliot Bay and the ferries.

    Mount Ranier is a cool place, but it had major flooding and many of trails are washed out.

    I second the idea of Leavenworth if you like German food and shopping. Cool place.

    There is really so much to see that we rarely do the same thing with out of town visitors.

    I do need to disagree about driving the I-5 to Portland. I do it many times a year and there is no reason to make this drive unless you want to go to Portland. Portland is a great place, but the drive is boring and offers little in the way of scenery. Just the opinion of someone who makes the trip a lot.

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