Western State Composition Conference

University of Washington, Seattle
October 24-26, 2002

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This page is divided into the following categories:
Sights, Tours, Theater & Dance, Music
Art & Museums, Lectures & Readings, Outdoor Recreation, and Beyond Seattle.

Getting Downtown (from the University)

The University of Washington is located 10 minutes north of downtown Seattle.  Cab fares between the U-District and Downtown range from $10.00-$15.00, depending on distance. 

Local Cab Companies
Yellow Cab (206) 622-6500
Graytop Cab (206) 282-8222
Orange Cab (206) 522-8800

Metro Bus - (206) 553-3000
Bus routes 70, 71, 72, 73, & 83 run from the University (stops along University Way) to Downtown.  Fares $1.50 (peak hours - Mon-Fri. 6-9 a.m. & 3-6 p.m.) $1.25 (off-peak).


Pike Place Market - (206) 682-7453
Seattle's public market is famous for flying fish, great seafood, fresh flowers and other arts and crafts.  PIke Place Market is the oldest continuously operating farmer's amrekt in the United States.  An inforamtion booth is located on the corner of Pike and Frist Avenue.  Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Seattle Aquarium - (206) 386-4320
Pier 59, Waterfront
Admission (adult): $9.00.  Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Pioneer Square
Visit the heart of "old" Seattle - Pioneer Square is home to a thriving arts community, a variety of shops and restaurants, and the Underground Tour (see below).  Pioneer Square is located at the south end of the city.

Seattle Center - (206) 684-7200
The Seatle Center is the home of a variety of attractions, including the Space Needle, the Children's Museum, the International Fountain, and the Experience Music Project.  Take the Monorail from Westlake Center (downtown).

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks - (206) 783-7059
The Locks are located on the west end of Lake Washington Ship Canal.  Completed in 1916, the Locks are used by pleasure boaters and commerical vessels going between saltwater Puget Sound and freshwater Lake Union and Lake Washington.


Argosy Cruises - (800)-642-7816
Offers a variety of cruises on Lake Union, Lake Washington, and Eliot Bay.

Seattle City Tours - (206) 768-1234
Offers 3-hour tours of Seattle and a tour from Seattle to Mt. Rainier National Park.

The Underground Tour - (206) 682-4646
Starting from Pioneer Square, this unique walking tour takes you underground to the original street level (which was left below after the Great Fire of 1889.

The Waterfront Streetcar runs along Alaskan Way (downtown), tickets ($1.00-$1.25) are good for 1 1/2 hours.  For more information please phone: (206) 553-3000. 

The Monorail, built for the 1962 World's Fair shuttles between downtown Seattle and the Seattle Center.  Tickets are $2.50 round trip, for more information please phone: (206) 441-6038.

See Seattle Walking Tours - (425) 226-7641
Offers private and group walking tours of Seattle.

Theater and Dance

A Contemporary Theater - (206) 292-7676
A professional, non-profit theater company, ACT presents a full season of contemporary plays and smaller productions, readigns, and workshops throughout the year.

Seattle Repertory Theater - (206) 443-2222
Located in the Seattle Center, the Seattle Rep puts on a full season of plays from contemporary to classic.

Theater Schmeater - (206) 324-5801
"Committed to producing great plays simply and fostering a love of theater as an art from for future audiences."

Intiman - (206) 269-1901
The Intiman Theater, lcoated in the Seattle Center, is known for producing high-quality, award-winning works in an attractive and intimate space.

Paramount Theater - (206) 467-5510
The Paramoutn presents a wide range of music, dance, silent film, and other theatrical experiences in its historical venue.

On the Boards - (206) 217-9888
A center for contemporary performances on non-traditional dance, music, theatre, and multi-media events.

Pacific Northwest Ballet - (206) 441-9411
Located at 301 Mercer Street (in the Seattle Center), view their web site for more inforamtion.


Jazz and Blues
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley is Seattle's premier jazz club.  Washington Blues Society promotes the blues and its artists throught he Puget Sound region.  The Pacific Blues and Jazz site holds a detailed calendar of local events.

The Moore Theater - (206) 467-5510
Presents local community events and artists as well as national names.

Seattle Symphony - (206) 215-4747 
Visit Benaroya, the stunning new symphony hall located in downtown Seattle.

Seattle Opera - (206) 684-7200
Performances at 321 Mercer Street (in the Seattle Center).

Other Music Venues
The Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave.NW, 206/789-3599): "Check out all of your favorite rock, alternative country, rockabilly, groove & psychedelia, Celtic, Cajun & zydeco, folk, blues, jazz, and bluegrass acts, to name a few." The Crocodile Cafe (2200 2nd Ave,  206/448-2114): "The Crocodile Cafe is pleased to offer a eclectic and original format of live music and performance. We are proud to be a part of Seattle's diverse and artistic community." 

Art & Museums

Henry Art Gallery - (206) 543-2280
Located on the UW campus, the Henry Art Gallery is a contemporary art museum that hosts a vareity of shows.

Seattle Art Museum - (206) 654-3255
Located at 100 University Street (downtown), the SAM is open Tuesday–Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m. 

Frye Art Museum - (206) 622-9250
(704 Terry Ave.) Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5, Sunday 12 noon-4, Thurs 10 - 8 pm.

Center on Contemporary Art - (206) 728-1980
(65 Cedar Street) Hours: Tue-Sat 11-6.  Admission: $4.00.

Wing Luke Asian Museum - (206) 623-5124
(407 7th Ave South) Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. Admission: $4.00.

Museum of History and Industry - (206) 324-1126
(2700 24th Avenue) Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Admission: $5.50.

Museum of Flight - (206) 764-5700
(9404 E Marginal Way South) Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursdays until 9:00 p.m. Admission: $9.50.

Burke Museum of Natural History - (206) 543-5590 
Located on the UW Campus.  Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. Admission: $8.00.

Lectures and Readings

Richard Hugo House - (206) 322-7030
(1634 11th Avenue) "A place for people who love reading and writing."

University Bookstore - (206) 634-3400
The University Bookstore sponsors a number of author readings and other book events.

Elliott Bay Book Company - (206) 624-6600
A bookstore worth browsing!  Elliott Bay Book Company has an average of 10 readings per week, and offers the book-lover hours of browsing.  Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

UW Campus Events Calendar
Also see the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities (one of our generous conference sponsors) Calendar for lectures and events of interest.

Outdoor Recreation

Burke Gilman Trail - Contact Seattle Parks and Recreation: (206) 684-4075 
A multi-use trail (biking, walking, roller-blading), the Burke Gilman Trail runs from Fremont to Kenmore (approximately 30 miles).  The trail runs along the south side of the UW campus.

Greenlake Boat Rentals - (206) 527-0171
7201 E. Green Lake Dr. North
Rent a rowboat, paddleboat or sailboard.

Northwest Outdoor Center on Lake Union - (206) 281-9694
2100 Westlake North
Kayak rentals on Lake Union.

University of Washington Water Activities Center - (206) 543-9433
Rent canoes and rowboats and boat on Lake Washington.  Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily.

Beyond Seattle

Olympic National Park
A few hours west of Seattle, the Olympic National Park offers hiking, camping, and sightseeing.

San Juan Islands
Visit the scenic San Juan Islands for scenic drives, hiking, camping, and other water sports.

Mt. Rainier National Park
The park was established in 1899 and covers 235,625 acres (97% is designated Wilderness). The park includes Mount Rainier (14,410'), an active volcano encased in over 35 square miles of snow and ice. The park contains outstanding examples of old growth forests and subalpine meadows. 

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Mount St. Helens erupted in April 1980, and the National Volcanic Monument is a stunning geologic display.

Winter Sports
Visit this site to learn more about skiing, snow-shoeing, and other winter activities.