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 7/31/2009 9:31:16 AM ET 2009-07-31T13:31:16

Mount Rainier, from $120 per room per night
The Summer Escape package at the Crystal Mountain Hotels, near Mount Rainier, includes accommodations and breakfast, lunch, and dinner vouchers (a $62 value). Crystal Mountain is made up of two mountainside lodges that are popular during ski season but are also a great base for summertime activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Rates start at $120 per room per night, or $240 for the required two-night stay.

When: Through Sept. 1, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 9 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Requires a two-night stay.

Contact: 888/754-6400, crystalhotels.com.

Walla Walla, from $135 per room per night
The Inn at Blackberry Creek is in southeastern Washington's booming wine region—there are 70 wineries within a five-mile radius of the inn. The rate covers accommodations and breakfast daily, which includes freshly baked pastries served on the patio or in the breakfast room. Each of the three rooms also has a mini fridge stocked with free soda and water. Rates start at $135 per room per night.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 10 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 877/522-5233, innatblackberrycreek.com. Find more lodging options in this region at wallawalla.org.

Forks, from $149 per cabin per night
The Twilight Package at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park includes accommodations in log cabins, an area map highlighting locations from the "Twilight" book series, water bottles, a "Twilight" trivia game, and a special dessert. The lodge overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Rates start at $149 per cabin per night.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Use promo code Twilight.

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Contact: 866/297-7367, visitkalaloch.com.

San Juan Islands, from $150 per room per night
The Girls Glamp Out package at the Lakedale Resort includes accommodations in a canvas bunkhouse (with two queen beds and a futon), breakfast daily, firewood, a $20 voucher to the General Store, wineglasses, a snack basket, and a San Juan Transit day pass for sightseeing (a $15 value per person). The 82-acre resort has three lakes, with activities like hiking and kayaking. Rates start at $150 per room per night.

When: Through Sept. 30, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 10 percent. The rate is based on six people staying two nights; rates at other occupancy levels will be slightly different.

Contact: 800/617-2267, lakedale.com.

Spokane, from $159 per room per night
The Golf & Stay package at the Pheasant Hill Inn includes accommodations, breakfast daily, and two 18-hole rounds of golf at a choice of area courses (about a $50 value). You'll also receive a golf tee, balls, snacks, and an area map. The inn is just east of downtown Spokane, which is along the border Washington shares with Idaho—an area called the Inland Empire. Rates start at $159 per room per night.

When: Through Oct. 1, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 800/269-0061, pheasanthillinn.net.

Quincy, from $159 per room per night
The Sunny Side Up package at the Cave B Inn at Sagecliffe includes accommodations and a breakfast buffet for two. The inn is 900 feet above the Columbia River Gorge in Grant County, about two and a half hours east of Seattle, and is surrounded by wineries and orchards. Rates start at $159 per night for a suite with views of the gorge; a loft or a Cliffehouse (stand-alone cottages without kitchens) will cost more, depending on the date.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 9 percent. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings.

Contact: 888/785-2283, sagecliffe.com.

Seattle, from $175 per room per night
The Summer Savings Rate at the historic Mayflower Park Hotel includes accommodations and complimentary valet parking (a $30 value). You'll also receive 50 percent off a Sunday-night stay when staying two or more nights. The hotel is centrally located near Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and Seattle's waterfront area. Rates start at $175 per room per night, a savings of about 15 percent.

When: Through Sept. 30, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 15 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 800/426-5100, mayflowerpark.com. Check out this package on experiencewa.com, the official tourism site of Washington State, where you can find even more special hotel packages.

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