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Seattle, Washington

The Host City

Seattle, Washington, is the host-city for the Society of Toxicology’s 47th Annual Meeting. Scientific Sessions will be held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center during the week of March 16–20, 2008.

While some may be attracted to Seattle’s bustling downtown and unique culture that only a city can provide, others may be even more charmed by its breathtaking surrounding views of mountain tops, vast waters, and clear blue skies. Seattle is the perfect mix of an upbeat, fast-paced metropolis with a gorgeous, natural atmosphere, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy their surrounding environment while also living the city life.

Seattle offers unlimited opportunities to experience one-of-a-kind attractions. Whether admiring the views from the top of the Space Needle or experiencing the action at the Pike Place Market, your visit to Seattle will surely be an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. Seattle’s fun and quirky neighborhoods are filled with boutiques, restaurants, and spectacular views of the city and the beautiful nature that surrounds it. The spirit and creativity of Seattle also comes out in its cultural scene of music, dance, theatre and various museums and galleries that capture the heritage of this magnificent city. Urban recreational activities such as golf, kayaking, hiking, or skiing are just a short distance away and are perfect for enjoying Seattle’s notable beauty and climate. Seattle can truly be enjoyed on any occasion.

It is no wonder that this year, readers of Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, two of the world's foremost travel magazines, have placed Seattle among the top-10 favorite cities to visit. In fact, Seattle plays host to over 8.5 million visitors annually, making tourism its largest industry.  Seattle is home to REI, Nordstrom, Eddie Bauer, Nintendo, Starbucks, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Amazon.com, RealNetworks and Microsoft, as well as home of the world’s most dynamic new companies and a number of world-class medical centers. Seattle’s downtown is among America’s most vibrant, with a thriving regional center of shopping, dining and other diversions. Enjoy a relaxing meal at one of Seattle’s variety of restaurants - many of which showcase cuisine from around the globe, and step out on the town to experience Seattle’s vibrant nightlife. Visit www.seattle.com for a guide to Seattle’s restaurants and nightlife. For additional information about Seattle, go to www.visitseattle.org.

Seattle Area Activities

From the heights of the Seattle Space Needle to the depths of Puget Sound, Seattle offers a wide range of man-made and natural attractions as well as a host of cultural experiences for all ages.  Besides being in the top-10 favorite cities to visit, Seattle is also ranked among the top U.S. destinations for family travel. In Seattle, there will undoubtedly be something for everyone.

Seattle Sonics VS. Phoenix Suns March 19th 7PM
Come see the Sonics take on the Suns on Wednesday 3/19 at 7PM. Meeting Attendees will receive a discount off of gate prices as well as avoid paying taxes or fees:

Lower Level Sideline $85 (reg. $105)
Lower Level Baseline $50 (reg. $58)
Upper Level Sideline $30 (reg. $42)

Rows 1-9
Upper Level Sideline $20 (reg. $25)

If you are interested please contact Renata Porter with the Seattle Sonics.

The Space Needle
Take in the whole 360-degree view of Seattle from the top of The Space Needle, one of the most well known structures in the world. An elevator will take you 520 feet up to the Observation Deck and the revolving restaurant, SkyCity. Visit www.spaceneedle.com, or call (206) 905-2100 for more information.  The Space Needle is located at the Seattle Center, a 74-acre urban park and the legacy of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The Seattle Center is also home to many other attractions, such as the Pacific Science Center, the Seattle Opera, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Seattle Repertory Theater, Intiman Theatre and the Children’s Museum. For more information, call (206) 441-7200 (customer service line) or visit www.seattlecenter.com.

Experience Music Project
Also located at the Seattle Center is the Experience Music Project. Another architectural highlight of Seattle, its exterior is made from stainless steel and painted aluminum shingles. Test and expand your knowledge of rock ‘n’ roll at this interactive museum of music. Housed in the same building is the newest addition, the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. This is the world’s first museum to explore the ideas and experiences of science fiction. Go to www.empsfm.org for more information.

Pike Place Market
Famous for its salmon-throwing fish mongers is the Pike Place Market, one of the oldest (since 1907) continuously operating farmers’ markets in the U.S., presiding over a nine-acre historic district in the heart of Downtown.  The market features fresh fish and produce stands, arts and crafts, ethnic groceries and gift stores, vintage clothing, antiques and collectibles, international restaurants, cafés, and food bars. Street musicians entertain at designated locales throughout the market. Call (206) 682-7453 for market information or visit www.pikeplacemarket.com.

Pioneer Square
Stroll through Seattle’s historic district, Pioneer Square, located on the southern fringe of the downtown business core. The area features some 20 square blocks of resorted turn-of-the-century buildings, museums, and the city’s highest concentration of art galleries, many restaurants, and a bustling nightlife. While you are there, take in even more beautiful views of the city from Smith Tower, which was once the tallest building west of New York. Pioneer Square is also home to Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, which explores the true flavor of Seattle’s colorful past and a glimpse of its original street levels that are now underground. Visit www.undergroundtour.com for more information. Learn more about Pioneer Square at www.pioneersquare.org.

Seattle Art Museum
There are three different art museums in Seattle to visit. You’re sure to notice the tall, black, metal Hammering Man that takes a stand at the entrance of the Seattle Art Museum downtown. This museum houses over 21,000 art objects from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Another museum site, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, is located at Volunteer Park. Finally, visit the recently opened Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront. For more information on the museum and a calendar of their upcoming exhibits, visit www.seattleartmuseum.org or call (206) 654-3100.

The Waterfront and Aquarium
Bring your children along and visit Seattle’s distinguished nautical community at the Elliott Bay Waterfront. Hop aboard the old streetcars or take a ferry across Puget Sound. Step inside the Underwater Dome in the world class Seattle Aquarium and watch as the sharks and giant octopus swim by you. Visit www.seattleaquarium.org or www.ci.seattle.wa.us/tour/water.htm.

Woodland Park Zoo
Explore 92 acres of natural habitat at the Woodland Park Zoo, one of the top ten zoos in the country. Here you can marvel at more than 1,000 animals representing 300 different species. Should you experience inclement weather, they even hold Rainy Day Tours for just this occasion! If you love flowers, be sure to stop and smell the roses at the neighboring Woodland Park Rose Garden, 2.5 acres of over 5,000 individual plants and 280 varieties of roses. For more information about the zoo and rose garden, visit www.zoo.org or call (206) 684-4800.

Options are endless at Seattle’s Downtown Retail Core, located just a couple of blocks from the Convention Center. It features a concentration of upscale shops and fine department stores such as the Bon-Macy’s, the Nordstrom flagship headquarters as well as the flagship stores for Gap and Old Navy.  Pacific Place is a five-level shopping, dining and entertainment destination home to high-profile retailers, acclaimed restaurants, and an 11-screen theater complex, set around a sky lit atrium. Go to www.pacificplaceseattle.com for more information. To learn more about Seattle’s downtown neighborhoods, visit www.downtownseattle.com.

Looking for a good place to eat? Seattle is sure to have what you’re craving! Get a taste of Seattle’s lively restaurant scene. The Pacific Rim cuisine offers delicious seafood, fresh produce, regional wines, and much more. Visit www.chowbaby.com for top restaurant reviews. For all the coffee lovers out there or for those that may need a wake up call, you’ve come to the right city, as coffee is Seattle’s signature beverage. You’ll find a multitude of espresso bars and cafes, including the original Starbucks at Pike Place Market. For those looking to add a little excitement to their dining experience, be sure to hop aboard the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train. This three and a half hour luxurious dining adventure takes you from Tacoma to the serene Lake Kapowsin and back. Visit www.spiritofwashingtondinnertrain.com for more information.

Seattle's Restaurant Listing

The Citywide Concierge Center
For additional information on Seattle and everything it has to offer, stop at the The Citywide Concierge Center, offered by the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). The center is a complimentary state-of-the-art full-service concierge and visitor information facility located in the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.  They offer bookings and reservations for dining, tours and transportation, along with detailed information on sports, cultural and local events, personal services and more.  Hours:  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Closed for lunch from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM daily.  For more information, call (866) 732-2695 or (206) 461-5888 or email citywideconcierge@visitseattle.org.

Looking to do a little on line research about your trip to Seattle? Check out Seattle’s CVB website at www.visitseattle.org for their list of 10 Things You Must See & Do.  Seattle’s CVB website also has an online Visitor’s Guide that allows you to choose whatever it is you are searching for – museums to shopping, they’ve got it covered.

Seattle Fun Facts

  • Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant, 1961.
  • Seattle sells more sunglasses per capita than any other major city in the nation!
  • The world’s first espresso cart was established below the Seattle Monorail terminal in 1980.
  • Seattle is reputed to be the best U.S. city in which to have a heart attack because the chances of survival are so much greater than in other cities—more than half of the adult population of Seattle King County is estimated to have had at least some CPR training.
  • Seattle was the first American city to put police on bicycles.
  • The “Happy Face” first appeared in Seattle.  (No, Forrest Gump did not invent it!)
  • Seattleite and Tacoman Dale Chihuly, world renown glass sculpture artist and founder of the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School, was the first person to be proclaimed a “Living Nation” by President George Bush in 1992.
  • Seattle is the birthplace of legendary guitarist, Jimi Hendrix.
  • Watch your step—jaywalking is taken seriously in Seattle, with citations routinely issued. The Pike Place Market is the only place where jaywalking is legal.
  • Seattle was the first city in the U.S. to play a Beatles song on the radio.

Come early or stay after the SOT Annual Meeting and take a few day trips to the many attractions surrounding the Seattle area. There are more than 400 wineries in Washington State and several boutique wineries are located around Seattle, many with tasting rooms within easy reach. When it comes to urban recreation, Seattle has the best. A short drive out of the city leads you to skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and the most scenic parks around: Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Mountain, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park and Rainforest, and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

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