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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Seattle, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Seattle and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Seattle:
    • 47.609062, -122.331271
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Seattle
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near Seattle ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Belltown [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belltown
    • Belltown [King County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of Seattle
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belltown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belltown
  • Boddy [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boddy
    • Boddy [King County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Seattle
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boddy have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boddy
  • Clyde [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clyde
    • Clyde [King County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Seattle
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clyde have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clyde
  • Clyde Hill [King County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clyde Hill
    • Clyde Hill [King County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Seattle
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,398 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clyde Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clyde Hill
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    • Edgewater [King County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edgewater
      • Edgewater [King County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edgewater have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Edgewater Park [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edgewater Park
      • Edgewater Park [King County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edgewater Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edgewater Park
    • Green Lake [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Lake
      • Green Lake [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Seattle
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Lake
    • Hillman City [King County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillman City
      • Hillman City [King County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillman City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Holly Park [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holly Park
      • Holly Park [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holly Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holly Park
    • Hunts Point [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hunts Point
      • Hunts Point [King County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Seattle
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 435 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hunts Point
    • Mapleleaf [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mapleleaf
      • Mapleleaf [King County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mapleleaf have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mapleleaf
    • Meridian [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meridian
      • Meridian [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meridian have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meridian
    • Moorland [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moorland
      • Moorland [King County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moorland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moorland
    • Portage Bay [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portage Bay
      • Portage Bay [King County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Portage Bay have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage Bay
    • Queen Anne [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Queen Anne
      • Queen Anne [King County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Queen Anne have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Queen Anne
    • South Park [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Park
      • South Park [King County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Park
    • Sunset Hill [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunset Hill
      • Sunset Hill [King County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunset Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunset Hill
    • University [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for University
      • University [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for University have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on University
    • University Village [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for University Village
      • University Village [King County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for University Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on University Village
    • View Ridge [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for View Ridge
      • View Ridge [King County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Seattle
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for View Ridge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on View Ridge

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Seattle. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • Edmund Turney Allen     (Aviation pioneer)
    • Paul Gardner Allen     (Businessman, philanthropist)
      • Businessman, philanthropist. He was born in Seattle on January 21, 1953 (a Wednesday) and died in Mercer Island (WA) on October 15, 2018 (a Monday) at the age of 65. He is buried at Acacia Memorial Park (King County, Washington).
      • Mercer Island is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southeast of Seattle.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Gardner Allen<3>
    • Andy Holm Anderson     (Major League Baseball)
    • John Archer     (Actor)
      • Born: Ralph Bowman
      • Actor. He was born in Osceola (NE) on May 8, 1915 (a Saturday) and died in Redmond (WA) on December 5, 1999 (a Sunday) at the age of 84.
      • Redmond is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast of Seattle.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Archer<3>
    • Earl Averill     (Major League Baseball)
      • Full name: Howard Earl Averill
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Snohomish (WA) on May 21, 1902 (a Wednesday) and died in Everett (WA) on August 16, 1983 (a Tueday) at the age of 81.
      • Snohomish is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Seattle.
      • Everett is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Seattle.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Averill<3>
    • Earl Douglas Averill, Jr.     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Cleveland (OH) on September 9, 1931 (a Wednesday) and died in Tacoma (WA) on May 13, 2015 (a Wednesday) at the age of 83. We don't have any burial details.
      • Tacoma is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the south of Seattle.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Douglas Averill, Jr.<3>
    • Bruce Harold Bennett     (Actor)
      • Born: Harold Brix
      • Actor. He was born in Tacoma (WA) on May 19, 1906 (a Saturday) and died in Santa Monica (CA) on February 24, 2007 (a Saturday) at the age of 100. The body was cremated.
      • Tacoma is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the south of Seattle.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bruce Harold Bennett<3>
    • Bobby Brown     (Professional baseball)
    • Carlos Bulosan     (Writer, poet, activist)
      • Writer, poet, activist. He was born in Binalonan (Philippines) on November 24, 1913 (a Monday) and died in Seattle on September 13, 1956 (a Thursday) at the age of 42. He is buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery (King County, Washington).
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Carlos Bulosan<3>
    • George Henry Burns     (Major League Baseball)
    • Octavia Estelle Butler     (Author)
    • Ann Carter     (Actress)
    • Tom Catlin     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Ponca City (OK) on September 8, 1931 (a Tueday) and died in Seattle on June 7, 2008 (a Saturday) at the age of 76. We don't have any burial details.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tom Catlin<3>

How Far From Seattle to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Seattle to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Seattle and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Olympia, which is the State Capital of Washington, lies 47 miles [75.6 km]<1> to the southwest (SW). If you could walk a straight line from Seattle to Olympia, with an average speed<4> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 2,320 miles [3,733.7 km] to the east (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take 5 days, a buggy would take 91 days and walking would take 132 days.
    • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,773 miles [10,900.1 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,535 miles [12,126.4 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,659 miles [9,107.3 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Washington

About King County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Seattle: www.cityofseattle.net/

The official website for King County: www.metrokc.gov/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Seattle) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Seattle. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SeattleOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Seattle. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.6091, Longitude: -122.3313    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<4>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<5>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Seattle to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 340.873 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 342.428 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.758 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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