Photos: The Emerald City

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  1. Art & architecture

    The Experience Music Project and the Seattle Space Needle share acreage on the Seattle Center Grounds. (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Bell Harbor Marina

    Boats move in and out of the Bell Harbor Marina, with the Seattle skyline as a backdrop. (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Ballard Locks

    Visitors watch as boats make the transition from the fresh water of Lake Washington and Lake Union to the salt water of Puget Sound through Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, Seattle's Scandinavian neighborhood. (Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Seattle Art Museum

    The downtown Seattle Art Museum, designed by architect Robert Venturi, opened to rave reviews in 1991. (Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Lake living

    Modern apartments and condos sit on the hill above houseboats on Lake Union. The small Houseboat Tour takes passengers on a one-hour trip around the lake showing off the homes. (Barry Sweet / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Fish do fly

    Seattle's Pike Place Market is world-famous for its fresh seafood and produce, and its lively arts and crafts scene. (Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Curl up with a book

    With shelves specifically arranged in a non-linear formation, the main lobby of the Seattle Central Library. (Ted S. Warren / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Seattle Central Library

    A visitor to the new Seattle Central Library views an art installation set into an escalator wall in downtown Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Arch exhibit

    A stunning arch with usable space connects old and new exhibit areas at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Set in the heart of downtown Seattle, the center is within easy walking distance of more than 6,000 hotel rooms. (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Fun, sun & sports

    Parasailing on Puget Sound, with SAFECO Field (home to the Seattle Mariners) and the Qwest Field (home to the Seattle Seahawks) in the background. (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A mile a minute

    Seattle Center's Monorail was built for the 1962 World's Fair, making the one-mile trip between the fairgrounds (now the Seattle Center campus) and the downtown retail district in less than two minutes. The Experience Music Project museum is in the background (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Mount Rainier

    The majestic Mount Rainier watches over pleasure boats on Puget Sound. (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 9/25/2006 5:24:47 PM ET 2006-09-25T21:24:47

Eating Your Way through Pike Place Market. Breakfast at Le Panier, espresso at what was once the only Starbucks in the world, lunch at Café Campagne, a martini at The Pink Door, dinner at Chez Shea, Celtic music at Kells, and a nightcap at Il Bistro -- that's how you could spend a day at Pike Place. Between stops on this rigorous itinerary, you can people-watch, listen to street musicians, and shop for everything from fresh salmon to tropical fruits to magic tricks to art glass.

Joining the Underground: Rome has its catacombs, Paris has its sewers, and Seattle has its underground. Now, some people, including my own brother, think I'm nuts for enjoying the Seattle Underground tour, but corny sewer jokes aside, this tour is fascinating and a great introduction to the seamier side of Seattle's early history.

Spending an Afternoon in the Ballard Neighborhood: Watch the salmon climb the fish ladders and swim past viewing windows at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Have a meal at Ray's Boathouseor Golden Gardens Park.

Taking a Cruise: Seattle is best seen from a boat, and there are plenty of vessels that will take you out on the water. Personally, I prefer sailboat outings from the waterfront, but for a more informative and diverse excursion, take the Argosy Cruises tour from Lake Union to the waterfront. If you don't mind flaunting the fact that you're a tourist, there's the daffy Seattle Duck Tour.

An Outing to Volunteer Park. Whether the day is sunny or gray, this park on Capitol Hill is a great spot to spend an afternoon. You can relax in the grass, study Chinese snuff bottles in the Seattle Asian Art Museum, marvel at the orchids in the conservatory, or simply enjoy the great view of the city from the top of the park's water tower.

Riding the Water Taxi to Alki Beach. The water taxi that operates between the Seattle waterfront and Alki Beach, on the far side of Elliott Bay, is practically the cheapest boat ride you can take in Seattle. Once you get to Alki Beach, you can dine with a killer view of the Seattle skyline and then go for a walk or bike ride on the beachfront path.

Sea Kayaking on Lake Union. Lake Union is a very urban body of water, but it has a great view of the Seattle skyline, and you can paddle right up to several waterfront restaurants. For more natural surroundings, kayak over to the marshes at the north end of the Washington Park Arboretum.

For a complete listing of what to see and do in Seattle, visit the online attractions index at Frommers.com.

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