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is called the Emerald city a fascinating metropolis. Bill
Coffee, Puget Sound, Boeing, and the view of Mount Ranier combine to
make Seattle one of the most interesting cites in the the country to
visit. Read an excellent description
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Bill Gates has made
Microsoft the leading computer software provider int he world. The
Microsoft Windows tecnology dominates the world computer market and has
made Bill probably the wealthiest man in the world.
it is surrounded on three
sides by water, built on six hills, and divided into numerous
neighborhoods, Seattle can be a very confusing city. While most of its
top attractions are located downtown, there are places of interest in
other areas, too, including eclectic neighborhoods and attractive
parks. In other words, the city's charms aren't all right in your face.
This section, which includes information on the city's layout, its
neighborhoods, and the basics of how to get around, should help you get
out and explore so you can get to know the real Seattle.
Seattle's affinity for its nearby natural
environment, this city is best known as the coffee capital of America.
To understand Seattle's coffee addiction, it is necessary to study the
city's geography and climate. Seattle lies at almost 50° north
latitude, which means that winter days are short. The sun comes up
around 7:30am, goes down as early as 4:30pm, and is frequently hidden
behind leaden skies. A strong stimulant is almost a necessity to get
people out of bed through the gray days of winter. Seattleites love to
argue over which espresso bar or cafe in town serves the best coffee
(and the answer isn't always Starbucks, despite its massive expansion
across the country from its humble beginnings in Pike Place Market).
and rapid growth, however, have not been entirely
smooth. Boeing is still the world's leader in supplying
commercial aircraft yet is facing stiff competetion from Air Bus in the
world market.The streets and highways have been unable to handle the
increased traffic load, and commuting has become almost as nightmarish
as it is in California, from whence so many of the city's recent
transplants fled (ironically, partly due to the traffic congestion).
With roads growing ever more crowded and the cost of living continuing
to rise, Seattle may not be the Emerald City it once was, but it
remains a metropolis in a singularly spectacular setting and a superb
summertime vacation destination .
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American Automobile Association
www.aaa.com) has a local Seattle office at 330 Sixth Ave. N. (tel.
Seattle, the Amex office is in the Plaza 600
building at 600 Stewart St. (tel. 206/441-8622). The office is open
Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm. For card member services,
phone tel. 800/528-4800. Call tel. 800/AXP-TRIP or go to
www.americanexpress.com for other locations or general information.
Area Code--The area
code in Seattle is 206; it's 425 for the Eastside
(including Kirkland and Bellevue), and 253 for south King County (near
following are general hours; specific
establishments may vary. Banks are open Monday through Friday from 9am
to 5pm (some also on Sat 9am-noon). Stores are open Monday through
Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm (malls usually
stay open until 9pm Mon-Sat). Bars generally open around 11am, but are
legally allowed to be open Monday through Saturday from 6am to 1am and
Sunday from 10am to 1am.
the Dental Referral Service (tel. 800/577-7322).
Doctor--To find a
physician, check at your hotel for a referral, or
contact Swedish Medical Center (tel. 206/386-6000; www.swedish.org).
police, fire, or medical emergencies, phone tel. 911.
convenient to downtown include Swedish Medical
Center, 747 Broadway (tel. 206/386-6000); and Virginia Mason Hospital
and Clinic, 925 Seneca St. (tel. 206/583-6433 for emergencies, or
206/624-1144 for information).
ask at your hotel to see if it provides
Internet access. If not, Kinko's, 1335 Second Ave. (tel. 206/292-9255)
and other locations, is an alternative.
legal minimum drinking age in Washington state is 21.
Aside from on-premise sales of cocktails in bars and restaurants, hard
liquor can only be purchased in liquor stores. Beer and wine are
available in convenience stores and grocery stores. Brewpubs tend to
sell only beer and wine, but some also have licenses to sell hard
Newspapers & Magazines--The
Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Seattle
Times are Seattle's two daily newspapers. Seattle Weekly is the city's
free arts-and-entertainment weekly.
located downtown pharmacies include Rite Aid,
319 Pike St. (tel. 206/223-0512), and also at 1300 Madison St. (tel.
206/322-9316). Alternatively, call Rite Aid (tel. 800/748-3243) for the
location nearest you. For 24-hour service, try Bartell Drug Store, 600
First Ave. N. (tel. 206/284-1353).
West, 1908 Fourth Ave. (tel. 206/622-0066),
is the largest-volume camera and video dealer in the Northwest. Best of
all, it's right downtown and also offers 1-hour film processing. It's
open Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 6pm, and on Saturday from
10am to 5pm.
emergencies, phone tel. 911.
are public restrooms in Pike Place Market, Westlake
Center, Pacific Place, Seattle Center, and the Washington State
Convention & Trade Center. You'll also find restrooms in most hotel
lobbies and coffee bars in downtown Seattle.
Seattle is a relatively safe city, it has its share of
crime. The most questionable neighborhood you're likely to visit is the
Pioneer Square area, which is home to more than a dozen bars and
nightclubs. By day, this area is quite safe (though it has a large
contingent of street people), but late at night, when the bars are
closing, stay aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for
suspicious characters and activities. Also take extra precautions with
your wallet or purse when you're in the crush of people at Pike Place
Market. Whenever possible, try to park your car in a garage, instead of
on the street, at night. If you must park on the street, make sure
there are no valuables in view and nothing that even looks like it
might contain something of worth. We once had our car broken into
because we left a shopping bag full of trash on the back seat.
many of the restaurants listed in this book are
smoke-free establishments, there are also many Seattle restaurants that
do allow smoking. At most high-end restaurants, the smoking area is
usually in the bar/lounge, and although many restaurants have separate
bar menus, most will serve you off the regular menu even if you are
eating in the bar. There are very few smoke-free bars in Seattle.
you'll pay an 8.8% sales tax, and in restaurants,
you'll also pay an additional 0.5% food-and-beverage tax on top of the
sales tax. The hotel-room tax in the Seattle metro area ranges from
around 10% to 16%. On rental cars, you'll pay not only an 18.5%
car-rental tax, but also, if you rent at the airport, an additional 10%
to 11.11% airport concession fee, for a whopping total of 28.5% to
Time--Seattle is on
Pacific Standard Time (PST), making it 3 hours
behind the East Coast.
24-hour information on Seattle's Metro bus system,
call tel. 206/553-3000. For information on the Washington State
Ferries, call tel. 800/84-FERRY or 888/808-7977 in Washington, or
Seattle has no phone number for weather
information. Check the Seattle Times or Seattle Post-Intelligencer
newspapers for forecasts. If you want to know how to pack before you
arrive, go to www.wrh.noaa.gov/seattle, www.cnn.com/weather, or
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