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Welcome to “The Emerald City!” Or, if you’re an old-timer from the Boeing boom-and-bust years of the 1970’s, you might still think of Seattle as “The Jet City.” Some even OLDER timers might have a preference for “The Queen City” (you’d have to go pretty far back to find anyone referring us to our ORIGINAL title of “New York Alki” – that is, “New York – Someday” in the local Chinook dialect). And of course, our sister city to the South, Portland, will now and forever be known as "The Rose City"!  But whatever you call our gleaming green paradise, we’re glad you’re here!

To make your visit all the more memorable, the Staff and Members of the AFTRA Seattle and Portland Locals will be putting together a rough guide for delegates to clue you into some of the sights and sounds our region has to offer. If you’ve been to Seattle in the recent past, some of these may be familiar; but like all adolescents we’re growing up and out at a furious pace, so we hope you’ll find some new surprises (not to mention a few closely guarded secrets) to enhance your stay!

We’re going with just the basics for now – linking directly to events and venues highlighting the incredible breadth and depth of our region. So, whether you’re a sports enthusiast, music connoisseur, Sci-Fi geek, art maven, theatre aficionado – or just looking for something to do with the family on a sunny summer afternoon – it’s all here! These companies and organizations already do an excellent job promoting themselves, providing information, directions, schedules, etc., so no need for us to reinvent the wheel. Plus, we’ll be updating this list over the course of the next couple of months as new events pop onto our radar screen. In addition, we’ll point you in the direction of a few “hidden gems” that might be a little more off-the-beaten-track, but well worth seeking out, nevertheless!

Click on the names to go to their website.

City of Seattle Visitors Guide 

Seattle Convention & Visitors Bureau 

SEATTLE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

Update:  June 17, 2011

A Seattle AFTRA member who works in our METRO Traffic Unit suggested a nifty excursion for those of you who might enjoy getting a birds-eye perspective on our city and incredible natural surroundings.  The Columbia Center Observation Deck is 73 floors up in Seattle's tallest building (second tallest on the West Coast), and although it lacks the sweeping 360-degree panorama of The Space Needle, it more than makes up for this minor deficiency by providing an even higher view of the surrounding area!  There's a nominal charge for admission, and it's suggested you call ahead (206-386-5151) to check scheduling.  (And while you're up there, you should really try to sneak up to the restrooms on the 76th floor, consistently named one of the best bathrooms in America!)

Click here for more information!

Interested in saving a little of your vacation/per diem cash?  Here's a great deal:  Argosy Cruises is offering half-off tickets to their popular Locks Cruises!  The 2 1/2 tour starts from Pier 56 on the waterfront (right next to the Seattle Aquarium where our Gala social night is being held!) and travels north along Elliott Bay to Shilshole, then east through the ship canal connecting Puget Sound to Lake Union.  It's a unique and spectacular way to enjoy both the Seattle skyline and the incredible natural surroundings!

Click here to book a tour!


OTHER SEATTLE AREA ATTRACTIONS:

Argosy Cruises

Ballard Locks

Bite Of Seattle

Capitol Hill Block Party

Center For Wooden Boats

Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concerts

Crocodile Café

Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum

Frye Art Museum

International District

Museum of Flight

Neumo’s

Pacific Science Center

Pike Place Market

Pioneer Square 

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Center

Seattle Cinerama

Seattle Performs Theatre Calendar

Seattle Sounders Football Club

Seattle Underground Tour

Showbox
Space Needle

Tillicum Village

Woodland Park Zoo

PORTLAND EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

Update: June 17, 2011

Our fellow AFTRA members in Portland wanted us to alert you to a couple of excellent local web sites for those of you who may be planning to extend your visit to "The Rose City".

TravelPortland.com is the official web portal of the Portland Visitors Bureau and contains a wide range of event, activity, lodging and general information to get you started on planning your visit.

In addition, it's sister site: TravelOregon.com provides comprehensive information for the entire state and is categorized by-region.  So, if you're looking to take that tour through the wine region of Eastern Oregon, or perhaps making a visit to some of the state's spectacular coastal attractions, this is definitely the place to start!

ADDITIONAL PORTLAND AREA ATTRACTIONS:

International Rose Test Garden

Oregon Museum of Science & Industry

Oregon Zoo

Portland Area Theatre Alliance Performance Calendar

Portland Art Museum

Portland Timbers Football Club

Powell's City of Books

World Forestry Center Discovery Museum

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