Scavenger Hunt for Seattle, Washington

Are you bringing visitors from out of town who are looking to explore Seattle? Do you have a weekend looking for something to fill it up and have hit all the tourist places? How about a scavenger hunt for Seattle? Clues are above, answers are below.

Scavenger Hunt for Seattle, Washington

1.) Q: World’s Grossest place

2.) Q: Where milk goes bad

3.) Q: The Future was born here

4.) Q: 1906 Books

5.) Q: They watch over you

6.) Q: Where the city was born, and died

7.) Q: Hammers all day

8.) Q: Cars and Pedestrians coexist

9.) Q: Raven, Shaman, Frog, Bear, Eagle, Whale, Eagle

10.) Q: Friendship of Asia

11.) Q: Swimming in steam

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1.) A: Bubble Gum Wall

2.) A: Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

3.) A: Seattle Center

4.) A: Seattle Central Library

5.) A: Gargoyles (Multiple locations)

6.) A: Arch of the Burke Building. Formerly the location of A.A. Denny’s Residence, a founder of Seattle. After that the Great Fire of 1889m started here.

7.) A: “Hammering Man” at Seattle Art Museum

8.) A: Freeway Park

9.) A: Totem Pole in Pioneer Square

10.) A: Yosoji Kobayashi Friendship Bell, Washington State Convention & Trade Center

11.) A: Orca Mural on the Seattle Steam Plant.

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Hope you enjoyed the Scavenger Hunt for Seattle. If you have any additions, please comment about them below! Also be sure to check out the Scavenger Hunt for Portland.

Seattle versus Portland

A frequent question seen in many travel forums is something like “My company has locations in both Seattle and Portland. Which city should I move to?”

The real answer to this question is very subjective depending on the person, but here is my take on comparing the two cities.

Seattle is Portland’s older brother. A bit less weird, a bit more professional, and less laid back.

I live in Portland because that’s where my work is, but I’d have a hard time saying one city is better then the other. I still end up in Seattle several times a year visiting friends or hitting up new restaurants I heard about.

Seattle has a bit more to do for tourists, while Portland’s tourist attractions are cheaper and a bit less traditional.

Some of the ship repair activity at Swan Island, Portland.

Some of the ship repair activity at Swan Island, Portland.

Portland has a slightly better food scene – Because it’s easy to get a great meal on several streets by randomly picking a place, and the huge variety in Food Carts. You can warm up with Thai Street food, then wander down the block for some great BBQ, finishing off with fresh made organic ice cream across the street before wandering over to a bar to grab a local microbrew while listening to a lecture on history or an up and coming band.

Whereas Seattle can be much more hit or miss on food quality and needs a bit of help from Yelp or Urban Spoon to choose a new foodie destination. While Seattle has just as many great dining establishments what is available is pretty spread out compared to Portland.

Both cities are beautiful, although I think Portland is better on a ground level. More public art, more things to see in cool bridges, interesting buildings, and gorgeous parks. Seattle on the other hand has awesome vistas that poetry could be written about. Portland has less hills to contend with though, while Seattle has the advantage of being on the Sound and near several large lakes.

Seattle's Waterfront

Seattle Downtown

Seattle has some huge festivals, but fewer neighborhood parties and MUCH fewer spur of the moment spontaneous illegal taking over of public streets for parties, festivals, Third Thursday events, etc. It looks like Seattle has borrowed Portland’s idea of shutting down entire neighborhoods and opening the streets to bike and pedestrian access only though.

Portland has Seattle beat in the area of micro brews. I have never seen a Seattle Beer on the East Coast for instance, yet run across Portland brews all the time. Both are about equal in the distillery business, I certainly have my favorites in both cities.

On the Job front, Seattle does win hands down. Portland has a larger percentage of people who are only looking for part time jobs or who have alternative legal means to make cash. This goes back to my comment on Seattle being more professional. But it can be countered that Portland is much less about how much money you make and focuses on the quality of life more.

Portland is where bands become known before they move to Seattle to become big. Portland Music scene seems more experimental and ground breaking, where as Seattle’s is more likely to allow the band members to do it full time.

Portland has easier access to the Coast, where it can be argued Seattle doesn’t need that access. Seattle has Vancouver BC for those weekend trips, and Portland ignores Vancouver. Portland has direct access to the Columbia River Gorge, while Seattle only has a single water fall and a few view points as you go over the Mountains.

While I have never lived in Seattle full time, I have spent a significant amount of time over the past twenty years to feel that my comparisons are fair and balanced. Of course they’re somewhat subjective and I’m sure that many others will disagree with me on several points. What do you think? What makes Seattle better then Portland? Or what makes Portland better then Seattle?

Flowers at Pike Place Market

Flowers at Pike Place Market

Pike's Market Flowers

Seattle’s Pike Place Market has been an institution for decades. It’s first day of shopping on August 17, 1907 saw 8 farmers, and over 10,000 shoppers. It still feels like it sees that many shoppers per a day.

Olympic Sunset

Olympic Sunset

This Olympic Sunset was taken at the end of Summer in 2010. It is taken from Golden Gardens Park in Seattle Washington. The mountains in the background are the Olympic mountains on the west side of Puget Sound.

Olympic Sunset

Golden Gardens Park was developed by Harry W. Treat in 1907 as an destination attraction at the end of an electric train line. Realtors built the train to so that people would visit the secluded wooded park and beach would be introduced to available real estate along the line. The bathhouse in the park was built in the 1930s, and designated as a historic landmark in 2005 by the City of Seattle.

In 1967, six bands played at “Be-in” at Golden Gardens. The stage was a flatbed truck with power provided by a portable generator. 2000 people from all walks of life saw the show. The bands were “Brick,” “Karma,” “The Daily Flash,” “The Time Machine,” “Pappa Beat’s Medicine Show,” and lastly, “The Grateful Dead.”

Can you imagine this Olympic Sunset during that show?

More information:
Seattle Municipal Archives

Pike Place Public Market

Pike Place Public Market

Pike Place Public Market is probably the second best known tourist landmark in the City of Seattle. Located almost on the waterfront, and elevated a significant distance above it, the Market has been a destination for locals and tourists alike for over a hundred years.

Pike Place Market Sign

The market opened on August 17, 1907 with ten farmers selling produce out of the back of their wagons. The crowds were such that every single one was sold out by noon that day. And thus, an undeveloped tract of land suddenly became some of the hottest real estate in the city. The first building was opened in November of that same year and rapidly grew.

Pike Place Market Flowers

During and after World War II there was a downturn in attendance at the market. Part of this was due to the fact that many of the farmers selling product here were of Japanese-American descent affected by Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. But no doubt a larger part was America’s new found fascination with “modern conveniences” and mass production that led to the modern grocery store.

Pike Place Market Miniatures

In 1963 proposals to demolish the market were opposed by citizens, resulting in a non-profit to run the Market. There have been a number of other controversies over the years, but they all seem to have been worked out, allowing Pike Place Public Market to serve an estimated 10 million visitors every year.