I’m finally getting a vacation! I’m leaving next Monday for a week split between Seattle and Vancouver. I got an incredibly cheap flight to Seattle, and I’ll be driving up after a day or two there, to visit my sister in Vancouver.
I know there are a few Dopers out in the PNW area who may have some advice for me on places to see, places to eat, things to avoid, things that most tourists don’t know about but are worth the effort. I like to find restaurants that the locals want to show their friends when they visit - not just the ones advertised in guide books.
The only thing we definitely want to do in Seattle (unless* everyone* here yells "Oh God, you DON’T want that) is the Experience Music Project / Sci-fi Museum, and we might also hit the Seattle Aquarium.
Touristy stuff in Vancouver is more or less going to be controlled by my sister who seems to have a whole itinerary set up for us, but if there’s anything I hear about here that I want to add to the trip, she’ll make sure to fit it in. She’s already talking about a day trip to Whistler, a look at Stanley Park, a visit to some beach area she likes, a scary suspended foot bridge. and a ferry over to Vancouver Island.
So what must I see? I turn to your wisdom!