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The picturesque setting of the Chateau Ste Michelle winery in Woodinville tops the list. A mere 30 minutes drive from downtown Seattle takes you to a world of its own. With beautiful sprawling grounds, a lovely mansion, a resident peacock, and of course a sampling of various wine at the wine tasting, you can immerse yourself in happiness without getting a visa to Southern France. During the summer months, you can enjoy concerts on the lawn with your picnic dinner and bottle of wine which you can buy from the wine shop. Children are welcome in the winery tour and at the concerts.
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The Boeing Tour
Where else can you visit a building as big as 75 NFL football fields or 911 NBA basketball courts housing the Boeing 747s, 767s, 777s and the new 787 Dreamliner? In the Seattle suburb of Everett lies the world's largest building based on volume. During the tour, you will be perched on a balcony above the manufacturing floor. There you will see the seven stages of production, from cone to tail. At this moment, you'll realize just how tiny you in their world, and how phenomenal the process of building airplanes which we fly in. There is a height requirement of 4 foot for admission to the tour.
While Chicago has its beaches on Lake Shore Drive with water as far as the eye can see, Seattle has Alki Beach. With 2.5 miles of sandy beach, a great seawall for walking and people watching, this beach has sand as opposed to rocks as in other area beaches. An added bonus is a fine view of the Seattle skyline. There are numerous restaurants to choose from after some beach volleyball, rollerblading, or sun worshiping. The kids in all of us will have a great adventure here.
Chateau Ste Michelle Wine Tour: http://www.ste-michelle.com/winery/tastingTours
and Summer Concerts: http://www.ste-michelle.com/events/concertCalendar
Boeing Tour: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/tours/index.html
Alki Beach: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=445