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Seattle Information

Tourist Information

Seattle has a large number of activities for every type of interest from museums and cultural centers to sports and outdoor activities of every type. A sampling of the options are listed here with more infomration available at the following sites:

Downtown Seattle

Seattle Center

Surrounding Neighborhoods

Beyond Seattle

    Pike Place Market

    Pike Place Market was founded on August 17, 1907 and houses several hundred commercial businesses, craftspeople, farmers, street performers, musicians, appartment units and restaurants. "The Market" as it is referred to by the locals is walking distance from the Seattle Westin. More information can be found at

    Seattle Art Museum

    The Seattle Art Museum is a single museum with three sites: the SAM downtown, the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront. The facilities are walkable from the Seattle Westin, and during the conference the SAM will be hosting the exhibit: Inspiring Impressionism: The Impressionists and the Art of the Past.

    Seattle Aquarium

    The Seattle Aquarium is located on the waterfront below Pike Place Market. The aquarium has a number of both indoor and outdoor exhibits with an emphasis on local species such as orcas, jellyfish, sea otters, and octopi.

    Underground Tour

    Bill Speidel's underground tour is a guided walking tour beneath the sidewalks and streets of Seattle. After the Great Fire of 1889, the city was rebuilt on top of the ruins. The tour provides an entertaining and informative history of Seattle from the early pioneer days of its origin.

    Space Needle

    The Space Needle was built as part of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and is one of the most recognizable features of the Seattle skyline. The Space Needle is located in the Pacfic Science Center and can be reached from the hotel by walking or via the Monorail. The closing reception for the conference will be held at the Space Needle.

    Seattle Children's Museum

    The Seattle Children's Museum is located in the Seattle Center and offers hands on activities for children. The SCM is can be reached by walking from the Seattle Westin or via the Seattle Monorail near the hotel.

    Pacific Science Center

    The Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, and at the end of the Fair became the not-for-profit Pacific Science Center. The Pacific Science Center houses several facilities and activities including the Seattle Children's Museum, the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and ongonig special exhibits. The Pacific Science Center can be reached by walking from the hotel or taking the Monorail.

    Experience Music Project

    The Experience Music Project opened in 2000 and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame opened in 2004. The exhibits are housed in a Frank O. Gehry-designed building that is noted for its colorful large-scale sculpture. The EMP focuses on the exploratio nof creativity and innovation in popular music. The SFM is the world's first meuseum devoted to the ideas and experiences of science fiction. The EMP/SFM can be reached from the hotel either by walking or by the Monorail.

    Museum of Flight

    The Museum of Flight ...

    University of Washington

    The University of Washington is located north of Seattle...

    Burke Museum

    The Burke Museum is located on the main campus of the University of Washington and features archaeological and ethnographic collections and is the oldest museum in the state of Washington.

    Henry Art Gallery

    The Henry Art Gallery is located on the main campus of the University of Washington and focuses on contemporary art. During the American Control Conference, the Henry Art Gallery will feature a special exhibit on the work of Josiah McElheny.

    Seattle Museum of History and Industry

    The Seattle Musem of History and Industry...

    Golden Gardens

    Golden Gardens is a beach and park facility located on the puget sound in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard. The park provides viewing of boat races, sea life and the Olympic peninsula and mountains to the west.

    Ballard Locks and Ship Canal

    The Ballard Locks and Ship Canal provide boating access from the Puget Sound to Lake Washington.

    Woodland Park Zoo

    The Woodland Park Zoo is ...

    Japanese Garden

    The Seattle Japanese Garden ...

    Washington Park Arboretum

    The Washington Park Arboretum ...

    Mt. Ranier

    Mt. St. Helens

    Olympic National Park

    North Cascades

    Northwest wineries

    Tillicum Village

    San Juan Islands

    Whale watching

    Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

    Art glass in and around Seattle

    Photos courtesy of Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau


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