I visited friends in March, there was still a lot of snow around so take plenty of layers if travelling at this time of year.

Downtown Seattle has great places, the Pike Place Market is really fun (between Virginia and Lenora streets) and has been open since 1907!

Instead of going to the top of the Space Needle, I went up to the observation deck on the 76th floor of the Columbia Centre building on 5th Avenue. This was formerly the Bank of America Tower and at 954ft is the tallest building in Washington State. The views are stunning and it was practically empty as most people go to the Space Needle. Only about $5 for your ticket.

The Summit at Snoqualmie Pass is a good place to ski (East on I90 from Seattle). Really quick and easy to buy a day pass and hire boots and skis.

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