What did I do? I ate a meal at Dick’s, went to the Chihuly Exhibit, rode the monorail to Westlake Center to see the Christmas Lights, took the train from there to the International District, did not go to Pike Place, ate a pizza at a local bar and restaurant near the Space Needle, drove to Archie McPhee, attempted to see The Troll, got frustrated and gave up trying to get to Volunteer Park, and picked up a burger and fries from Burgermaster on the way back to the hotel. (I didn’t do all these on the same day. I left out the sleeping and boring stuff in between.)
Overall I have to rate Seattle a “meh” as a tourist town. It’s another big American city with no character or soul. Even the Chihuly Exhibit was bested by the glass museum in Tacoma. Tacoma!
One big frustration as a guest of the Emerald City is not enough signage. I couldn’t find The Troll. I found the bridge. Which side of the bridge is it under? Where to park? Even more basic, while I was passing through the Westlake train station someone asked me which exit to take to get to Pike Place. No sign anywhere for one of the most famous tourist destinations in Seattle. When I got back to the hotel I found Pike Place was a 4 block walk from that stop. Massive fail from the local department of tourism.
PS: Whoever suggested Dick’s Drive In: you should be slapped. It was t.e.r.r.i.b.l.e. The burger wasn’t good, the fries were shoestring sliced soggy grease sponges, and the milkshake didn’t have enough flavor to cover the vanilla ice cream. Having to pay for thimbles-ful of ketchup? Next time someone asks, send 'em to Burgermaster. The burger was great. Not compared to Dick’s, great compared to any burger. The fries were good too.