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20 Great Places to Visit and Enjoy While in Seattle – Part 2 of 5 (Attractions)

Part 1 (Activities) Part 3 (Museums)

Hello again to the MVPs that will be joining us for the Global MVP Summit 2008. In the previous post to this series, I listed several activities for folks that are new to the Seattle area. Today, I’ll be talking about some of the unique attractions that you won’t want to miss while visiting our city.



International District ( – Seattle’s International District (also known as “Chinatown”, or simply “I.D.”) offer an incomparable eclectic blend of Asian Pacific cultures unlike any other you’ll find in the continental United States. In an area covering roughly 40 square city blocks, the I.D. is a single neighborhood inhabited by people of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Laotian, Cambodian, Burmese, and other Asian cultures.


Aside from exposure to such a diverse array of cultures, many visitors to this area are drawn by the delectable collection of Asian restaurants, unique specialty shops and heritage sites.


Specifically, I would recommend visiting the Asian supermarket Uwajimaya. You’ll also want to journey across Fifth Avenue from Uwajimaya Village to the Union Station office complex, which was built where abandoned Union Pacific Railroad tracks once ran and is now home to much of’s operations.


For more information about the I.D., be sure to visit their Web site and check out the map to plan your journey into a truly unique U.S. tourist destination.

Space Needle ( – As shown in the opening credits of the popular 90’s sitcom Frasier, the main image associated with Seattle is the world-famous Space Needle.


Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle

Standing 605 feet tall,


Located about 30 minutes from Seattle and 10 minutes from the Redmond campus, MaryMoor Park is the most popular park in King County and one of the most diverse in the Puget Sound area, Marymoor Park attracts more than 3 million people per year to its 640-acres of diverse activities and visual rewards.


Included in the fun are soccer, baseball and cricket fields/pitches, the largest off-leash dog area in the state, a velodrome (where you can see live racing every Friday evening), large rocks for climbing and an RC (Remote Control Flying Field).

As you can see, Marymoor Park is a locale for many physical activities as well as a beautiful setting for enjoying nature and watching others being active. Here is a map to help find your way around this large area as it’s easy to miss many of its wonderful offerings.


Finally note that MaryMoor park is located next to the Redmond Town Center – a nice little collection of restaurants and shops. If you do venture over that way and happen to fancy a great burger and the best shake in the Seattle, ask for Mario or Kirsty and tell them that Tom sent you!

Seattle Zoo – ( – Bicycle riding is one of the most popular activities in the Northwest United States as punctuated by the proliferous number of bike routes running throughout the state of Washington. In fact, Redmond – with its annual city street bike race and the state’s only velodrome (see the section for Marymoor Park) is widely recognized as the bicycle capital of the Northwest”.


In keeping with that reputation, Recycled Cycles (located in Seattle) specializes in renting new, used and reconditioned bikes for trips along “The Burke” where you and your family can enjoy the spectacular views of the area’s waterways and mountains.


The Burke trail is an easy-to-moderate ride for almost any skill level and has lots to offer along the way, including natural habitats, playgrounds for the kids, restaurants (and yes, restrooms!). At the end of the trail, you can even take time to visit Seattle’s wine country!

What’s Next?

In this post, I’ve detailed 4 of my favorite activities that I share with friends and family when they visit the Seattle area. Hopefully, at least one of these will tickle your fancy. In the next entry to this series, I’ll cover “Museums”!




April 13, 2008 - Posted by | Microsoft MVP Program


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