Road Journals Blog—Call me a Seattle superfan. The city may readily inspire images of coffeehouses and grunge, but this Pacific Northwest capital of cool is also part Disneyland, featuring spectacular attractions like the monorail , the underground tour , the Space Needle , and ferry rides , to name just a few.
It was all part of the allure when I visited as a kid, as were more mundane attractions—like Ivar’s Acres of Clams , where the kids menu doubled as mask.
(As an adult, I’m delighted to say that the tradition lives on.)
After my last visit (while editing a VIA feature on Seattle’s Belltown district ), I fell in love all over again with Seattle’s hipster whimsy, modern sophistication, and idiosyncratic deliciousness. So much so that I made a list of crazy little things that I loved:
I recently edited VIA's current cover story on Seattle, by frequent contributor Christopher Hall, who found so many fresh reasons to visit that he didn’t mention a single one of my faves. When it comes to the big-name attractions, he does make passing mention of the monorail  and Pike Place Market , but mostly he’ll be sharing lots of new discoveries.
You’ll have to wait for the print story in May to read the specifics, but that shouldn’t stop our conversation. What’s your favorite Seattle spot?
Seattle is the subject of VIA's cover story in the May/June 2011 issue .
This blog post was first published in May 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.