Seattle’s Smith Tower Experience

The Smith Tower remains an iconic standout on Seattle's skyline, despite being surrounded on all sides by gigantic skyscrapers in various stages of completion. Its bright white exterior and interesting design are easy to spot as you're walking around downtown. We remembered learning about it on our first visit to Seattle in 2010, and although we've seen …

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Seattle’s UPS Waterfall Garden Park

Did you know the United Parcel Service (UPS) was founded in Seattle's Pioneer Square in 1907 by two teenagers? That it was known as the American Messenger Co. until 1919 when its headquarters relocated to California? Me either! Not until my mom stumbled upon an 'only in your state' article that featured a few historical gems …

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Pike Place and Pioneer Square

We were in Seattle five years ago and experienced--and enjoyed--a number of the typical tourist attractions downtown. Now that we live here and family and friends have started coming to visit, we wanted to re-experience some of those sites to make sure they were how we remembered. I would hate to send someone off to an attraction with a …

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Day Trip to Vancouver: Downtown

For our first Labor Day weekend in the Pacific Northwest we headed to Canada with my in-laws. There was no way I was fighting the Seattle traffic during Bumbershoot so it seemed best to head the opposite direction and across the border for a day in Vancouver. We got up early, grabbed breakfast along the …

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“Word on the Street” in Everett, Washington

It seems like only yesterday we arrived in Everett, Washington, uprooting our home in Northeast Ohio in response to a promotion my husband could not turn down. Along with securing temporary housing, a new car, freelance work and a realtor, we've spent our first few months in the Pacific Northwest exploring local communities, getting to know new friends, …

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