Bainbridge Island is the perfect place to base a trip to Seattle. You won’t have to worry about parking anywhere in downtown Seattle, and the Metro bus system can take you anywhere outside the downtown area. Plus you have the most gorgeous and relaxing commute in the world aboard the ferry.
Within walking distance of the ferry terminal:
Heading in another direction, east, you’ll quickly reach Pioneer Square, the historical heart of the city, where you can take the famous Underground Tour. Another short walk east brings you to the International District/Chinatown, featuring Asian restaurants and shops and a large Japanese department/grocery store.
Or walk up Marion to Fourth Avenue and see the new Seattle Public Library, an architectural marvel. Continue north on Fourth to the grand Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Nearby is the Seattle Art Museum. Then go to the Westlake Center at Pine Street, where you can board the monorail for Seattle Center. A trip to the top of the Space Needle is required of all visitors to the city.
Seattle has a number of interesting neighborhoods, each with its own special character and attractions. The convenient and efficient Metro bus service will get you there and back.
- Capitol Hill – Shops, restaurants and people-watching on Broadway and 15th Avenues
- Fremont – funky, quirky, right on the Ship Canal, Dusty Strings music shop, don’t miss the bridge troll with his Volkswagen beetle
- Ballard – Seattle’s main fishing port, Nordic heritage, arts and music venues, the Ballard locks
- Wallingford – an artsy area, good restaurants, not far from Woodland Park and the Seattle Zoo
- West Seattle – a bustling neighborhood center with nearby Alki Beach and lighthouse.
- University District – lots of young people, restaurants, the venerable University Bookstore, and the most fabulous view of Mount Rainier from the fountain on the University of Washington campus.