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Going up to the Seattle area during Thanksgiving. Not a motorcycle trip. Gonna spend 5 days with my kid at Ft Lewis. Its been awhile since I explored that area and he just got there. So, I would appreciate any must sees etc. Places to eat and all that. We will return to the Seattle area each day. Obviously the National parks etc will be fun, But I'm looking for the things that a tourist might miss but are must see.

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From Ft. Lewis you are just a hop skip and jump from Mt St. Helens. Still a great look at the power of nature. Rode there many times. Never tired of it.
 

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Wayne,
I live only a few miles from Ft. Lewis here in Lakewood, it's where my kids were born. Sure wish you were coming up during a different time of the year though...usually rainy and windy that time of the year and it'll put a real damper on any of the excellent outdoor suggestions you've been provided so far. If you're back in the Tacoma area around dinner time, any of the restaurants down along Ruston Way are excellent, (Lobster Shop is my favorite, another favorite is Shenanigans)..., fresh seafood (request a seat overlooking Puget Sound), it's where I always take visiting family and friends for dinner. Also, avoid driving between Tacoma and Seattle during rush hours..at all costs...lol...especially if it's raining....get caught in it and you'll see why.
But by all means, if you luck out and the weather's good when you get here, and if the snow's not closed Mt Rainier or Hurricane Ridge, they're both close enough to run up and explore in couple hours or so... spectacular places. If you need anything while you're here, or if your son needs anything anytime, PM me for my tel number Wayne. I'd like to thank him for what he's done.

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All good suggestions and I also want to see Olympic Nat'l Park also. You're right about the weather but you take these visits when you can, and he told me he's going to disappear someplace again shortly after so I'll take my chances on the weather. Most of my visits up there have been in the summer but once in years past I was there in January so I know how it can be. He has all 5 days I'll be there off so even if we sat indoors it will be great.

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Take him out to Snoqualmie Falls for lunch or dinner. Always a great view and only 35 minutes from Seattle. Another 20 min. to the top of Snoqualmie summit and the ski areas. I live about 5 miles from the falls, let me know if you're in the neighborhood.
My son in law is an MP at Ft. Lewis so if by chance we do meet up the two young men could be introduced so your son feels like he has a connection to someone here.
By the way, if you do go on post and the weather is clear, check out the view of Mt. Rainier looking down the Lewis runway. Awesome!!!!!
Also thank your son for his service to ou country for me. I greatly appreciate our soldiers.
 

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If I go to his unit location I should see that view as he works on that runway
 

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Chinook mechanic? Flight officer? Medivac? You can pm me if you want his job kept out of public view
 

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Take the underground tour in Seattle, have always found it to be interesting and fun.
 

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if you're in to scenic drives,run up to Highway 20,cross over to Winthrop for lunch.Great drive,even in a car.

If you take the route IRHarry sugggests,I believe it puts you right in the Olympic National Park
 

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There's been lots of great suggestions.

If you do visit Mt. St. Helens, try to go up to Windy Ridge on the back side. It's far less commercial and the blast devastation is spectacular.

A drive up to either Paradise or Sunrise on Mt. Rainier can be quite beautiful on a sunny day.

Down near Ft. Lewis is also NW Trek which is an wildlife park that's quite good. If you are into trains, check out the trains in ELBE (on the way to Mt. Rainier).

At the Olympia Airport is a nice little airplane museum (on the way to the front side of Mt. St. Helens). Much farther south in McMinnville, OR is the Evergreen Air Museum with the venerable Spruce Goose.

If you make it to Seattle, go out to ALKI Beach in West Seattle and have fish & chips at SPUDS. If you want a longer drive, take highway 410 over Chinook Pass towards Yakima and enjoy a meal at Whistlin' Jacks.

In Tacoma is the Pt. Defiance Zoo & Acquarium which is quite nice. If you need a motorcycle fix, CRAZY LARRY's is located behind the B&I Store on South Tacoma Way.

For something really different, there's a hydroplane museum in Kent, WA. It's quite nice. (www.thunderboats.org).

That's about all I can come up with off of the top of my head.

Thank your son for me for his service.
 

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Bring your umbrella. It's a mandatory clothing item in those parts.
 

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sdlyon, He's a member of the Army's special ops helicopter regiment. It's called the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Airborne. They are the dedicated unit that supports the SF, Rangers, Delta, SEALS etc. It's a new Battalion that has just been activated at Ft Lewis(they are hq'd out of Ft Campbell, where he was previously) so it does not have all of its aircraft yet. Their aircraft are somewhat specialized. This unit will fly both Chinooks and Blackhawks. Some of the Blackhawks are highly modified. Very classified. On paper his job is a fueler. However in that regiment that job is a bit different than in a Big Army unit. In Afghanistan he was mostly a shooter. Their unit also runs ops that go way beyond the normal distance of most units which require forward area refueling points usually in no mans land. He gets to man these. They are usually fairly clandestine since they are fairly vulnerable. He is required to be able to jump into these. It seems from what he says that he has been heavily involved in combat but everything they do is classified so I'm not real knowledgeable. It would appear that early in the new year he's going to Ranger School. I think around summer time he's going to drop his packet for flight school, and he's already been told that will be looked upon favorably. He'll go to Warrant school then flight at Ft Rucker. It's almost comical to see him all geared up, he looks like a weapons factory and electronics manikin. :D
 

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The only other recommendation I could make is the Ballard Locks in NW Seattle. All of the suggestions have been great. You might also consider a walk along the Seattle waterfront - rather touristy but still fun.

Carl
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Thanks again all. By the way is there a best casino in the area, the kid loves to play poker, and I'm willing also. :D
 

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Thanks again all. By the way is there a best casino in the area, the kid loves to play poker, and I'm willing also. :D
The biggest one south is probably Mukelshoot in Auburn. I haven't been there so can't comment on it. I don't care for Tulalip personally, but it is big, new, and fairly popular. Way north is Skagit Valley Casino, which is a little smaller, but nicer.

Carl
 
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