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Visitor Information

For more information about Seattle, contact Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau, 701 Pike St., Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98101 (www.visitseattle.org; tel. 866/732-2695 or 206/461-5800). This organization operates the Seattle Visitor Center inside the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seventh Avenue and Pike Street (tel. 206/461-5840); and the Market Information Center, Southwest Corner of 1st Avenue and Pike Street in the Pike Place Market (tel. 206/461-5840). For additional information on other parts of Washington, contact Washington State Tourism (www.experiencewa.com; tel. 800/544-1800).

One of my favorite Seattle blogs is Seattle Times' columnist Nancy Leson's "All You Can Eat" (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/allyoucaneat/index.html), which is always full of good, up-to-the-minute restaurant information. Seattle-area restaurants are also the focus of Seattle Metropolitan magazine's Nosh Pit (www.seattlemet.com/blogs/nosh-pit). The friendly innkeepers of the Washington Bed & Breakfast Guild also have an informative blog: http://blog.wbbg.com.

If you want to load up your smart phone with Seattle-specific apps, there are some I recommend. For making restaurant reservations, the OpenTable app, available from the iTunes app store, is invaluable. For Seattle news and entertainment listings, get the Seattle Times mobile app, which will give you access to Nancy Leson's restaurant column while you're on the go. You can also find a list of Frommer's travel apps at www.frommers.com/go/mobile.

Save Cash With a Seattle City Pass

A CityPass (www.citypass.com) is one of the best deals is town. You can visit five popular Seattle destinations for half price (if you take them all in). Better yet, you don’t have to wait in line—this is especially helpful at the Space Needle. The passes will get you into the Space Needle (where general admission is $26 for adults), Seattle Aquarium (general admission $22 for adults), Pacific Science Center, Experience Music Project, an Argosy Cruises harbor tour of Elliott Bay, and the option of either the Museum of Flight or Woodland Park Zoo. A CityPass costs $74 for adults and $49 for kids ages 4 to 12. You can buy them at any of the included attractions, or order them from the website.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.