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Seattle enjoys an enviable location in the northwest corner of the state of Washington. It is surrounded by mountains on both sides, and its Emerald City nickname comes from its countless evergreen trees and green spaces. Despite Seattle's rainy reputation, most of the bad weather happens during its coldest months, November to March. The warmer months between April and October are usually drier, milder, and ideal conditions for an excursion aboard a rented RV.
Although filled with its own attractions, the city is also a perfect departure point for RV excursions throughout the Pacific Northwest. Winter visitors craving more snow can head towards the Snoqualmie Pass, but Snoqualmie Falls is the region's main summer attraction. Ferry rides from the Seattle waterfront travel to the islands of Bremerton, most famous for its naval museum, and Bainbridge, whose beauty is often compared to Aegean Sea islands. Watching whales swim around the over 170 San Juan Islands is a popular warmer weather activity.
The Space Needle is undoubtedly Seattle's signature landmark, originally built for the Seattle Center during the 1962 World Fair. This popular tourist attraction at the end of Seattle's monorail line also features an amusement park called the Fun Forest and the Key Arena, a premier sports and music venue. Laser spectacles and IMAX films are just a couple of the Pacific Science Center's family friendly attractions.
The Smith Tower, although less well known than the Space Needle, is still a favourite among locals. Vintage glass elevators are the main means of transportation to the outdoor observation deck. The largest of Seattle's many green spaces, Discovery Park, is situated a 15-minute RV drive outside the downtown area. The West Point Lighthouse is perched on the western tip of this park which also features the Native American themed Daybreak Star Arts Center.
Children can now safely play in Gas Works Park, a former gas producing place turned popular kite flying spot. Summer visitors can watch gold panning demonstrations at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, while the Volunteer Park includes five greenhouses and the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
The first Thursday of every month, with free admission and extended hours, is the best time to visit many Seattle museums. In addition to its signature interactive rock and roll exhibits, the Experience Music Project Museum is also under the same roof as the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, the only United States museum fully dedicated to science fiction.
Lakeside RV Park is popular among the military and temporary Boeing employees because of its convenient Everett location just a half-hour drive north of central Seattle. Nearby Meadowdale Beach Park is a serene spot to watch birds and wildlife.
Blue Sky RV Park's peaceful woodsy setting stands between Interstate 90 and Tiger Mountain State Forest east of Seattle. A fish pond adds to the park's peaceful atmosphere.
Visitors preferring to park their RVs by the lake can end their search at Bryn Mawr Beach RV Park, situated on Lake Washington south of Seattle next to Will Rogers Wiley Post Memorial Seaplane Base.
New York City and Los Angeles are the only two American cities with heavier traffic than Seattle. The SR-520 bridge and Interstates 5 and 405 are the city's most congested roads during rush hours. Hefty parking fines are another problem. All major Washington State roads pass through the Cascade Mountains, especially challenging to drive through in winter. Visitors should anticipate delays or closures here during the coldest months. Legal alcohol limits for drivers are 20 mg/dL for drivers under 21 and 80 mg/dL for those over 21.