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 http://www.pikeplacemarket.org.
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 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.
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.