Tourist in Your Own Town

Aaron Hushagen / KPLU

There’s the Seattle you see on a map, criss-crossed with roads and transit lines, and there’s a kind of parallel grid of shortcuts and forgotten byways: the staircases. Venturing through Seattle’s stairways can give you a fresh point of view on the city, a new appreciation for our urban topography, and one heck of a thigh workout.

That’s where Cathy and Jake Jaramillo make their discoveries. Stairs “take you into hillier terrain, into the nooks and crannies of neighborhoods. You can see things you wouldn’t see otherwise,” Jake said.

John Jenkins

In a region that prides itself on being innovative, the SPARK Museum of Electric Invention in Bellingham is where to go when you want to marvel at the wonder and power of electricity.

There are 60,000 different items on display including a Blickensderfer manual typewriter from the 1930s, a telephone switchboard from that same era, and a theremin, which makes music just by waving your hands over it. 

Paula Wissel

When you think of going whale watching, you probably envision taking a boat. But there’s a place on San Juan Island that’s considered one of the best places in the world to see killer whales from shore.

Jennifer Wing

Before the first pioneers trekked through the Wild West to reach Puget Sound, there was already a thriving business here shipping goods to customers across the globe.

In 1832, Hudson’s Bay Company established Fort Nisqually, the very first European settlement in Puget Sound.

Today, a detailed replica of the fort, called the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, stands at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park.

In the years before the Mariners, the Sonics, the Seahawks and the Sounders came to the Pacific Northwest, there was just one big time spectator sport in the region. And it came every summer to the shores of Lake Washington.

For generations of us Northwesterners who grew up in the 1950s, 60s or 70s, unlimited hydroplane racing was the sporting event of the year. The Seafair races were broadcast wall-to-wall on all three network TV affiliates and several radio stations.