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Seattle SightseeingVisitors looking for fun things to do and fun places to go can tour Seattle's eye-catching, glass-and-steel Seattle Central Library , at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Madison Street. The futuristic building, designed by Rem Koolhaas, features stunning glass curtain walls supported by a diamond-shaped grid, cantilevered platforms jutting from a central structure and a soaring nine-level atrium. Self-guiding tour maps and brochures are available at the welcome desk and make it easy to add this stop to your trip. Phone (206) 386-4636.

Learn about architecture, design and other urban issues at the Seattle Architecture Foundation , downtown at 1010 Western Ave. in the Center for Architecture and Design. The foundation offers guided, 2-hour themed walking tours that depart at 10 a.m. some Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, late April through December. If you know when your vacation is planned, advance reservations are advised. Have your AAA travel agency book you a tour. Phone (206) 667-9184.

The Tillicum Excursion tour offered by Argosy Cruises provides passage across Elliott Bay and Puget Sound to Blake Island Marine State Park, where passengers can visit Tillicum Village.

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Tours Northwest offers 3-hour narrated, interactive mini-coach tours of the city's highlights and spots you must see while you travel, including the waterfront, Pioneer Square, Ballard Locks and various neighborhoods. Door-to-door service is provided from downtown Seattle, Bellevue, SeaTac and Tukwila hotels; phone (206) 768-1234 or (888) 293-1404 for more information.

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Show Me Seattle offers guided 2.5-hour culinary and cultural walking tours of the Belltown and Pike Place Market neighborhoods, exploring cuisine, history, architecture and public art as well as shopping and entertainment venues along the way. In addition to enjoying a variety of mouthwatering market goodies during the tour of Pike Place Market, you'll find out how to select fresh fish and when seasonal produce is at its best.

Plane Tours Kenmore Air Scenic Flight Tours , 950 Westlake Ave. N., offers sightseeing flights via seaplane from downtown Seattle's Lake Union. Flights last approximately 20 minutes. Departures to San Juan Island and Victoria, B.C., also are scheduled daily. Phone (425) 482-2222. Several companies also offer sightseeing flights of the area departing from Renton, at the south end of Lake Washington.

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Chinatown Discovery Tours, offered by the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, includes a program and a leisurely guided walking tour of Seattle's Chinatown/International District. For information and reservations phone (206) 623-5124.

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Travel Information

City Population



350 ft.

Sales Tax

State and county sales taxes total 10.1 percent in Seattle. A lodging tax of 10.1 to 15.6 percent is levied along with a 17.8 percent rental car tax.



Police (non-emergency)

(206) 625-5011


Harborview Medical Center, (206) 744-3000; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, (206) 364-0500; Swedish Medical Center-First Hill, (206) 386-6000; University of Washington Medical Center, (206) 598-3300; Virginia Mason Medical Center, (206) 223-6600.

Visitor Information

701 Pike St. Seattle, WA 98101. Phone:(206)461-5800 or (866)732-2695

Air Travel

Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (206) 903-6260 or (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

Amtrak passenger trains, (800) 872-7245, arrive and depart the King Street Station at 303 S. Jackson St. Amtrak also serves Edmonds, Everett, Tacoma and Tukwila.


The Greyhound Lines Inc. station is at 503 S. Royal Brougham Way; phone (206) 624-0618 or (800) 231-2222.


Taxis must be contacted by phone or hired while stopped at cab stands. Major companies are Farwest Taxi, (206) 622-1717; Orange Cab, (206) 522-8800; and Yellow Cab, (206) 622-6500.

Public Transportation

Transportation by bus, trolley, street car, light-rail, monorail and trains is available in Seattle.


Two companies provide water transportation within the greater Seattle area and to British Columbia.

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