But first: Seattle, Washington. I flew into Seattle direct from Chicago on a Saturday. The weather was great!
We each got a CityPass, since we wanted to see the main attractions. We started at Seattle Center. We saw the International Fountain, which is 10 feet tall by 27 feet wide and shoots water up to 120 feet high.
We walked by Chihuly Garden and Glass, which looked interesting, but we didn't actually go in (tickets weren't part of the CityPass). Maybe next time. We thought the huge outdoor glass sculptures were pretty neat.
|Outdoor glass sculpture at Chihuly Garden and Glass|
Of course, we could see the Space Needle from the park.
|Space Needle from below|
|"IF VI WAS IX: Roots and Branches" instrument sculpture|
|Star Trek's Captain Kirk's chair surrounded by tribbles!|
Next, we went on a one-hour Argosy cruise of Seattle Harbor. Our tour guide told us some interesting historical tidbits and had a good sense of humor. Some of the highlights included views of the waterfront, city skyline, and Olympic and Cascade mountains.
|Seattle city skyline with Cascade Mountains in the background|
|View of Olympic mountain range|
After the cruise, we went on the Seattle Great Wheel, the ferris wheel shown in the waterfront photo above, which was a pretty new attraction. It wasn't part of the CityPass, but we thought it would be fun. There were some nice views from the wheel. We could even see Mt. Rainier!
|Jennifer and Alexis on the Seattle Great Wheel ferris wheel|
|See Mt. Rainier peeking out from the clouds?|
|View facing west from the ferris wheel|