Discussion: Seattle Day Trips
in: Orienteering; General;
Hey everyone! Rob and I are doing a last minute long weekend in Seattle. First - any maps within the city? We'll be mostly touristing there.
Second - what's the most awesome single day trip from Seattle? Think we'll hit the hills for one of the days, but there's so much choice. What's your favourites?
Orienteering maps within the city limits of Seattle:
-Green Lake Park
-University of Washington Campus
-Volunteer & Interlaken Parks
All of these would be better suited to ISSOM, but only one is (Green Lake).
Depending on when you're here, there could be a traditional orienteering
event, Adventure Run
, or a Street Scramble
All of the previous 'Hood Hunts
, most of which have been in the Seattle city limits, still have maps and questions online, too.
Recommended day trips for out-of-towners: take a ferry over to the Olympic Peninsula. Or head up to Mount Rainier. Mt. St. Helen's is pretty interesting, too. Tons of trails at Washington Trails Association
, and they'll have plenty of seasonal updates (depending on how soon you come, snow will still be at some of the higher elevations).
Things to do in the city: Discovery Park & Ballard Locks, rent a kayak on Lake Union. It's touristy, but I like taking tourists to the Pike Place Market because it's actually a functioning farmers' market (as locals, my wife and I shop there). The Space Needle is overrated.
I'm sure this won't interest you Becks, but I was super impressed by the micro-brew scene in Seattle. Even the dive bar near where I was staying at the Moore Hotel had a whole bunch on tap. Just in case it rains, think about looking for a pub.
I second Pike's Place Market and watching them chuck fish around.
Pink Socks: what's the Experimental Music Project like?
Oh, good lord, yes. Lots of good microbreweries everywhere. If you go to Pike Place Market, there's the Pike Brewing Company that's a block away. If you're in Ballard (for the locks, for example), there's Hale's Ales and Maritime Pacific. And those are just the brewpubs. Tons of other pubs everywhere with lots of selection, too.
I've been to the EMP twice. It's basically a music and pop culture museum that's somewhat interactive. I guess if I'm going to spend money on a music experience, I'd rather go see a live show. Speaking of museums, the Pacific Science Center (at Seattle Center along with the Needle and EMP) is currently showing the King Tut exhibit.
I may not appreciate the true beauty of microbrews, but Rob will! The Olympic Peninsula does look amazing, but is one day really enough?
Day trip: Mt.Rainier, Sunrise-- NE corner of the mountain. Even if you don't end up with time to hike far, the drive will be awesome!
-Cafe Presse, fantastic French fare, breakfast is affordable but amazing
-Volunteer Park Cafe, close to Volunteer Park map & arboretum
-Portage Bay Cafe (closer to UW), close to UW map
-Paseo, stop at Fremont or Ballard location and bring it to Golden Gardens (waterfront)
-Uneeda burger, close to the Woodland Park map
DINNER w/ COCKTAIL
-Oddfellows on Capitol Hill
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED COCKTAILS
-ZigZag, in a funny alley near Pike Place- ask for directions!
-Hopvine, non-pretentious place to get lots of local beers and good pizza/burger
-Salumi on 3rd, haven't been there yet but the line is always long no matter the time of day!
-Molly Moon's, intensely flavored ice cream, watch bike polo across the street at the Capitol Hill location
Pink Socks - who would have map files or old courses from Woodland and Green Park? They're just down the road from where Rob will be on my free day.
Those are the two maps that we've used for the RRS Adventure Runs, so you can download those maps from our Facebook page (example from Woodland
, example from Green Lake
). You don't need a Facebook account to download this, and if you use the 'download' option, you should be able to download a higher resolution than what's displayed on screen (esp. for the Green Lake map). The Green Lake map is 1:6000 when printed on 8.5" x 11".
None of the Adventure Run maps have courses (just one control on each), so I don't have any easy access to courses. I've got several paper maps with courses of Woodland in my collection, but I won't have easy access to a scanner until Monday. To my knowledge, the Green Lake map has only hosted one sprint, by MerGeo, way back in 2006, and I don't have a copy.
Regarding Run Bosco's food recommendations:
Paseo is just a half mile south from Woodland Park. The Elysian Brewery has a brewpub in the Tangletown area within a half mile east of Woodland Park. My favorite hole in the wall is the Park Pub, which is about a half mile west of Woodland Park. Molly Moon's ice cream has a location within a half mile south of Woodland Park, too.
I found the Green Lake Sprint! (hooray wayback machine!)
[edit: this link didn't like being embedded, so here it is again:]
You're amazing, thanks! (But I can't get various combinations of that last link to work).
Also, 'Hood Hunt maps nearby:
Dog Bones! 9/2011
Lots of 'Hood Hunts here because the 4 of us who started them live in this area of town.
Valerie and Pink Socks, I love you both. Thanks a bunch!
Woodland Park 10/2010
The epic Chuck Norris poster displayed above the garage door is now gone (checkpoint #14). The house is for sale, and apparently, Chuck Norris can't sell houses.
Please login to add a message.