Alice Atalla

Alice Atalla

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    Traveling to DC in march...Need parking advice.....smithsoians,etc

    I wouldn't try to park in DC, if you're going to do the tourist things. You could park at a Metro station in the suburbs and take Metro into town. Get off at Smithsonian station. You could buy a ticket for the hop on/hop off trolley that goes around to all the sights. You can ride it all day, get off where you want, and get back on any time you want. I think they stop at most major tourist attractions every 30 minutes or so. They even go across the river to Arlington National Cemetery. If you park in a garage downtown, it will be fairly expensive, and you'll have to deal with traffic. over 6 years ago

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    What best to do in Hawaii in 7 hours?

    Depends on which island you'll be on, for those 7 hours. almost 7 years ago

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    What are some top things to do, that maybe locals do more of in Seattle, WA. Just moved here and feel like a tourist.

    As in any new community, the best way to become part of the community is to join up with people who like doing the things you like to do. So, find an affinity group of like-minded people and sign up. You might want to sign up for MeetUp, too. Seattle is a very outdoor-oriented town, and many locals are into biking, hiking and boating. If you're so included, you can sign up to row on lake union with the rowing club once or twice a week. The club is at the north end of Lake Union, where Aqua Verde is. You can do just it for fun/fitness -- no need to enter any competitions. Can do in early mornings and/or in the evenings. People of all ages and fitness levels participate. If you're single, a good way to meet people is to hang out in coffee shops in Belltown, Ballard, Freemont, Capitol Hill. Also, there are many farmers' markets in the summertime, in various communities. A really good one is in the University District on Sat. And on the East Side, in Kirkland, you can rent stand-up paddleboards at Houghton Beach Park. The water is calm there, and it's lots of fun (if you have good balance and fairly decent quad muscles). about 7 years ago

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    Looking for the best theatre in Seattle! Does anyone have a suggestion?

    For Broadway shows, it's the Fifth Avenue Theatre, without a doubt. Many shows do their pre-Broadway runs there, and it gets high-quality revivals. For varied musical performances, it's the Paramount Theatre. about 7 years ago

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    Any suggestions on where to park for the day while visiting? Will be during the day on a Friday. Pike Market, Pioneer Sq. district, etc.

    I'll add to JoAnne response to tell you that Metro buses are free within the downtown core -- from Belltown to Pioneer Square. So I think her suggestion is a good one: park at Seattle Center in the large garage, then take the Monorail to Westlake Plaza (or walk it -- it's about a 20-minute walk) and walk to Pike Place Market. Walk down the waterfront from there to Pioneer Square (about one mile), or take the Metro bus if you're not able to walk. over 7 years ago

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    Moving to Seattle -part II

    Try Madison Park and Laurelhurst, too. They're a bit farther from downtown than Capitol Hill and The U-district, but they're on the Seattle side of the lake and are very nice. over 7 years ago

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    Moving to Seattle - best neighborhoods

    Well, that depends on how you define "best." Most Seattlites think the best neighborhoods are those that have great views of the water -- either one of the lakes or Elliott Bay. Views of the mountains are good, too. When you have views of both water AND mountains, that's as good as it gets in Seattle. The Seattle neighborhoods where you can get a house or condo with both water and mountain views are along Elliott Bay (Magnolia, West Seattle) and along the western shore of Lake Washington (Leschi, Madrona, Madison Park, Laurelhurst). Another option is to use height/altitude as your guide. In nearly every neighborhood, there's a high hill where you have good views of water and/or mountains. (The exception is the Central District, which has NO views and is NOT a very nice neighborhood.) Even in the downtown core, if you get a condo on a high-enough floor on the "good" side of the building, you'll have great views. On the other hand, if you have a family, you might define "best" according to things such as schools, parks, access to shopping, etc. And then there's easy commuting to downtown (if you're going to work downtown). For those things, I think Queen Anne is great -- it has all of those things. Also Magnolia, which is a bit farther from downtown but not too far. Queen Anne and Magnolia are both very nice neighborhoods. I think #3 is Madison Park. over 7 years ago

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    When can I travel not very expensive for one month in the USA?

    That depends on where in the U.S. you want to go and what you want to do. For example, in the winter months the warm/sunny places in the South and Southwest, as well as the ski resorts in the Northeast and the West can be expensive. But if you go to those places in the off-season, it's less expensive. The off-season (less expensive) is different for different parts of the country. Which parts do you want to visit? over 7 years ago