Seattle sights for a college student

Old Aug 31st, 2007, 04:31 PM
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Seattle sights for a college student

I'm taking my son up to the University of Washington to start his first year there and would appreciate any suggestions about places to show him in his new city before he starts classes. We live in South America, so I think it would be nice to give him a feel for his new environment. I've looked at the posts, and have noted down Snoqualmie Pass and Mt. St. Helens (farther away, I relize) and Pike Street Market and the waterfront, but am wondering if anybody has any other ideas about things that could interest a young person and make him feel as though he'll be living in an interesting place. Thanks very much in advance for your time and advice.
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Old Aug 31st, 2007, 04:47 PM
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Lets see,
1) Mt Reineer, alott closer than Mt St Helens
2) As long as you are going to Pike Place Market and the waterfront, just stroll the whole downtown area.
3) The Space Needle
4) Take a ferry across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island or Port Orchard to escape the city.
5) The Capitol Hill area. Very eclectic.

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Old Aug 31st, 2007, 04:51 PM
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I forgot to mention, the area around UW is full of many different kinds of resturants and places to hang out.

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Old Aug 31st, 2007, 05:09 PM
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Greenlake and Capitol Hill. Is he into outdoor sports? Theater?
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Old Aug 31st, 2007, 05:26 PM
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If he likes the outdoors at all, have him check out the Mountaineers. Great group, and a great way to meet people and see some amazing areas.
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Thanks for the great suggestions. Really appreciate them. Will definitely take the ferry and explore the Capitol Hill area, which I'd never heard of before!
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I live on Capitol Hill and love it here. It's a beautiful area of the city with loads of all different kinds of people, shops, restaurants, parks, etc. It's only about 10 mins drive from the "U-district" (what we call the area where the UW is located.

The new Olympic Sculpture Garden on the waterfront is interesting and easy walk if you are at the Seattle Center, where the Space Needle is.

If he's the outdoorsy type there are many beautiful city parks in all different areas. And opportunities for renting canoe, kayak, bikes, skates, etc.

Some of the more interesting things to do are the special events through-out the year, so you won't be able to show these to him, but could tell him about them. Various neighborhoods have big street fairs and parades in the summer (Fremont is one of those), Folklife and Bumbershoot music festivals at the Seattle Center (one on Memorial Day one on Labor day), Seafair, etc.

He *is* moving to a very interestinig place, that much, you can assure him of. Seattle has incredible beauty of the natural surroundings, and a diverse and culturally rich population.

I rarely leave the city so while Snoqualie Pass and all are a pretty drive thru the countryside, they really don't have much to do with what your son's life will be like on a daily basis. You can probably help him adjust more by exploring within the city, is my thought.

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