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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; Revised edition edition (Nov. 21 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047017594X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470175941
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,863,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Frommer's. The best trips start here.

Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer.

  • An insider's perspective on Seattle's neighborhoods and nightspots.

  • Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.

  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget.

  • Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.

About the Author

Karl Samson lives in Oregon, where he spends his time juggling his obsessions with traveling, gardening, outdoor sports, and wine. Each winter, to dry out his webbed feet, he flees the soggy Northwest to update the Frommer’s Arizona guide. Karl is also the author of Frommer’s Seattle and Frommer’s Washington State.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seattle - Been there, done that, can't wait to go back!!! July 27 2007
By mrshlovejesus - Published on Amazon.com
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This book answers the question, "What is there to do in Seattle?" Here are the CONTENTS:
Maps and gorgeous pictures of the city and surrounding area
1. The Best of Seattle
2. Planning Your trip to Seattle (includes info for foreign visitors as well as the traveler by car, plane, boat, etc.)
3. Suggested Itineraries for "Best of Seattle" 1, 2, and 3 day visits
4. Getting to Know Seattle
5. Where to stay (all areas, all hotels, all options, prices, and ratings)
6. Where to dine (all areas, all ethnicities, from coffee and pastries to sit down 5-star suppers, the views, the prices, the ratings, etc.)
7. Exploring Seattle (the waterfront, the market, downtown, the neighborhoods, parks, gardens, attractions for kids, organized tours, sports, etc.)
8. City strolls (features three walking tours)
9. Seattle shopping
10. Seattle After Dark (performing arts, clubs and music scene, bar scene, movies, the gay and lesbian scene, etc.)
11. Side trips from Seattle (includes the San Juan Islands and whale watching, Port Townsend, Victoria B.C., Olympic National Park, Mt.Ranier, Ferry excursions, etc. etc. etc.)

When I am planning a vacation I like to spend a good amount of time in the months before doing research so that I am well prepared, not rushed, and feel like I am seeing and doing all the most exciting things, staying in and eating at all the extraordinary places. Staying away from things that might be offensive or unsafe. We watched the travel channel shows on Seattle, and I did massive amoutns of online research on travel advisor sites. The book...well, it's like they've been there done that and you'll benefit from their experience. And you can look up travel advisories for all their suggestions before you go, plus have a handly little travel guide to constantly consult on your trip.

Of course the locals know all the best places to go, and all the great little non-touristy out-of-the-way little places to eat that feature the abundance of all the local chefies... and if you have friends or family there they will probably already have an entertainment plan for you, but I ran many of the book's suggestions past our daughter, a recent transplant to the area, to get the "locals" perspective and most of the suggested top things to see and do were also on her list. The area is so huge that unless you have a plan for everyday to group area attractions together you can spend more time in the car driving here and there than actually seeing and doing. That's where this book really shines.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home without it June 17 2008
By E. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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We had great success with Frommer's in two previous cities on our extended trip, so we were excited that we had purchased Frommer's Guide to Seattle. It told us everything we needed to be successful tourists in the Pacific Northwest. We only had one day to be tourists, so after determining what we wanted to do--my wife and I had three kids in tow--we chose to be the ultimate tourists and spend time watching fish salesmen throw fish around at Pike's Market and walk around that part of the city. Later, we spent the afternoon in the Pacific Science Center and enjoyed the many interactive exhibits available there. Overall, I believe having Frommer's is a necessity if you want to accomplish the most you can, especially if you have a short time and are on a limited budget (like us).
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide on Seattle I've found Sept. 21 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a great guide on how to get the most of of a visit to Seattle. Why visit a new city or place without knowing what to see? We always have limited time and money and so having a great guide is a must. Frommer's Seattle hits on all cylinders and I was very glad to have investing in it before visiting the wonderful city of Seattle.

Easy to read, easy to find stuff, tips on how to get the most our of even short visits. Not a lot of fluff.
5.0 out of 5 stars Traveler's Seattle Oct. 24 2008
By Rebecca M. Coley - Published on Amazon.com
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Very helpful book. Found commentary to be very useful on our recent trip. Would recommend for anyone who, like us, was not familiar with the city. Even saved us money!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good if all you want is tourist spots for families July 30 2008
By Kimberley D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a Seattle mostly-native (been here for 20 years) and picked up this book so that my guests from couchsurfing.com might be able to use it to get around the city. Unfortunately, it hasn't been very useful for them because the vast majority of the stuff listed in the book is tourist traps. It might be a useful guide for an 40-50 year old plus person who likes chain restaurants, stereotypical tourist experiences, or for someone who's travelling with a family. However, if you're even remotely interested in visiting places where locals hang out, having experiences which don't cost an arm and a leg, seeing sights which you can see for free outside the confines of a tour bus, or eating at restaurants which are operated by locals for locals, I don't consider this guide very useful. A high percentage of the places it covers are downtown, but I don't know any local people of any age who hang out downtown unless they are there for work. Like any city I've ever visited, most of the interesting sights/restaurants/etc. are outside of the commercial/office downtown area.

I picked up a few other guides too... the most comparable is the Lonely Planet guide. I found it to be worlds better to the point where I would recommend it to almost anyone other than my grandma over the Frommer's. Other guides I found useful/interesting are eat shop seattle and not for tourists seattle.