I'm just moving back to the Seattle/Tacoma area and I would like to look around. I have the time to kill but you can only go to Pike Place Market and the Space Needle so many times before you're burned out. What is there to see that is worth seeing but not necessarily in every tourist book out there? I want to get out of the touristy areas and get a real feel for the city and the people.
Walk around Green Lake & you will see the locals enjoying the area. Freemont & Ballard are interesting real neighborhoods. Nordic Heritage Museum is in Ballard & is a mellow and interesting take on things Nordic. The U of WA campus is quite lovely--have coffee at the Burke Museum café while you are there. about 7 years ago
Hi There, here are my recommendations. I hope they are of use to you!
 Jimi Hendrix's Grave at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton,
 Kerry Park is a must and has a spectacular view of Seattle.
 Carkeek Park is NW Seatle has beautiful old growth forests and trails in Ballard.
 Trolleyman Pub and Tasting room for the true micro brewery experience in Phinney.
 The Center For Wooden Boats, especially great if you love sailing.
 Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is a suspension-like bridge where you can watch trains chug by beneath your feet.
 Woodland Park Zoo which my kids love also in Phinney.
 Columbia Center Observation Deck beautiful on a sunny summer day.
 Bathtub Gin & Co. Sort of a modern speakeasy with amazing mixologists. Just the name makes you want to check it out but it is difficult to find off an alley way on Blanchard St in Beltown.
 And the last but the best, take a ferry ride somewhere from a short 30 minute ride to Clinton-Mukilteo to a longer ride with or without a car such as Bainbridge Island. about 7 years ago