Photos: Destination Seattle

Space Needle: A California visitor looks out over Elliott Bay, where an Alaska-bound cruise ship is docked.
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My first visit to Seattle with my family in 1962. Photo by my grandmother, Mary Benton Smith.
Chihuly Sea Life: The "sea life" display is one of 11 exhibits at the new Chihuly Garden and Glass museum at the base of the Space Needle.
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These free-form glass bowls are a Chihuly trademark.
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Scott McMurren

Fifty years ago, my family traveled to Seattle World's Fair.

In 2012, just like in 1962, Seattle remains a hot and happenin' destination. 

My recommendation: Don't put off a trip to the Emerald City. Whether you're a first time visitor or rediscovering Seattle, there's so much to see and do. 

Read more: Why Seattle remains a go-to West Coast destination