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Explore Washington roadside attractions and other tourist traps, restaurants, stops, and detours to add to your Washington road trip itinerary.

Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington.

Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington

In 2004 the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle opened its doors within the walls of Gehry’s EMP building. The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame is one of only two public Sci-Fi museums in the world (the other being Maison d’Ailleurs in Yverdon-les-Bains, Swizerland) and is devoted to the ideas and experiences of science fiction in all its...

Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, Washington

Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, Washington

Seattle is known for many things, and besides being the birthplace of Starbucks and the modern coffee shop it was also the birth place to the musical genre of grunge. In the 1990s Seattle was a center for groundbreaking music, so it is only appropriate that in the heart of the city they would open a museum devoted to those roots: Experience Music Project (EMP). The...

The Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

The Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

Confession: While I like to emphasize the importance of eating locally while on the road, sometimes when you leave on a road trip at 5am you just really need to stop at a Starbucks and get an ultra-caffeinated espresso drink to get you going. And quite often I do. But also keep in mind that most every chain had to start somewhere and once too was just a local...

The World's Largest Collection of Giant Shoes at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.

The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Seattle, Washington

“Down Under” at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, is an awesomely weird museum: The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum! More a storefront pedial peep show than actual museum (it takes up a wall of space rather than a room), for mere quarters you can get a glimpse of some of the largest shoes in the world! Viewable exhibits include the...

Pigs on Parade - Row of giant pigs inside Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.

Pigs on Parade at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

In 2001 and again in 2007 Rachel the Pig served as inspiration for a “Pigs on Parade” fundraiser of decorated swines across the city. While in and outside of Pike Place I noticed a couple of other pigs that I believe were part of that fundraising effort! Site: Painted pigs on parade at at Pike Place Market Location: 86 Pike Place, Seattle, WA Hours: Pike...

Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, has restaurants galore on top of so many specialty food, meat, and produce shops that it would be so easy to pig out there. But one of the must sees at the market is actually a pig! Rachel the Pig. A 550-pound bronze cast piggy bank sits under the “Public Market Center” sign in the Market. The pig, named Rachel...

Fishmongers throwing fish at Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, Washington.

Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, has a wide variety of restaurants, shops, attractions, and even a giant piggy bank. However, none of them are as famous as the Pike Place Fish Market and their flying fish! Around 1965 when young employee John Yokoyama purchased the fish stand he decided to take the business in a new direction. After another employee...

Giant Gummy Bear made from Gummy Bears at Sweetie's Candy in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.

Gummy Bear made from Gummy Bears in Seattle, Washington

Is this sweet or what? This big gummy bear made from gummy bears is displayed in a storefront window for Sweetie’s Candy, a tiny shop full of confections, at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. How would you eat this treat? Would you pick off one candy at a time or would you bite into the whole thing? Site: Gummy bear made from gummy bears...

Athenian Lunch Seafood sign at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.

Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Perhaps one of the most famous Seattle attractions, Pike Place Market is usually somewhere near the top of every tourist’s list of must sees. Pike Place opened in August 1907 and is one of the oldest public farmers markets in the United States. The building runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street and overlooks Elliot Bay and houses everything from...

Flying from Seattle to New York - view of the mountain from the plane.

Flying from Seattle to New York – 2009 Crazy Stupid Vacation

I spent my day traveling. Two busses to the Seattle/Tacoma airport. Shuttle to my gate. Delayed plane to New York. And finally a cab from JFK to Manhattan. I’m a bit screwed up on time zones but the fact that my hotel is pretty posh (thank YOU Priceline name your own price)and a giant brisket sandwich is now in my belly make everything A-Okay. I honestly...