The Pacific Northwest and Seattle is known for its grey and rain filled days. And the butt of many "rain jokes." It was given the nickname "The Evergreen State" by Charles Tallmadge, a Seattle Newspaper columnist and realtor for its thick moss forest floors and abundant evergreen forests.
One would think that Seattle is the rainiest city in the United States given its portrayal in the news and hollywood. But that rainiest city award goes to Mobile, Alabama. You have to look down the list of US Rainiest Cities to find Olympia, Washington in the No. 24th spot.
Here are some locations to check out and keep your camera dry on a rainy day in Puget Sound and around Seattle
#1 The Tropical Butterfly House inside the Pacific Science Center
When you visit Pacific Science Center's Tropical Butterfly House be prepared to enter a tropical oasis. You will be encouraged to lighten your load by leaving coats and bulky items behind at the entrance.
#2 MOG Museum of Glass Tacoma, WA
Inside the landmark Hot Shop dome is an amphitheater where you can sit and watch resident and visiting art glass blowers performing their craft live with narration. At the MOG they are making glass blown art, not 4 glass bottles a second, so depending on what the current piece will be the process from start to finish can take 30min to over an hour. I started off in the amphitheater for about 30 min then went to the gallery and came back to see the last phase of making the art piece.
# 3 LeMay America's Car Museum
One of Tacoma's newest attractions in the developing Museum District is a great destination both for young and old motor heads. The museum is located next to the Tacoma dome and resembles an oblong entry that resembles a giant hood scoop to drivers passing by on I-5. The 4 level building houses 165,000 sq f of show floor for more than 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations and the private LeMay Collection, which is in the Guiness Book of World Records with more than 3,500 vehicles.
# 4 Museum of Flight -Seattle, WA
The Museum of Flight is located at the south west corner of Runway 13R/31L at Boeing Field-King County International Airport and is open daily and stays open late on First Thursday evenings, free of charge. The museum collection boasts over 85 different aircraft displayed in 9 different galleries starting with the early manned flying machines to more modern jet aircraft. There are museum complex features nine indoor and outdoor galleries and air park and in 2012 The Museum of Flight was awarded NASA's retired Space Shuttle Crew Trainer.
#5 Seattle Aquarium
The region’s premier resource for hands-on marine experiences and conservation education, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound and our world’s one big ocean. Join us in our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.
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