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Combine CityPASS with a military discount

The Museum of Pop Culture and the Seattle Space Needle share space on the Seattle Center grounds. Photo credit: Tim Thompson and Visit Seattle

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Seattle traffic is challenging, so when you commit to spend the day, you want to see as much as you can. The Seattle CityPASS gives you the most bang for your buck. For $79 for adults and $59 for children, choose five Seattle attractions from a list of seven and save 45 percent or more.

To save even more, take a trip to your local Leisure Travel Services (LTS) located in the Lewis and in the McChord bowling alleys. Purchase the Seattle CityPASS for $68.50 for adults and $46.75 for children bringing your savings to 53 percent off the retail price of the attractions.  To receive your military discount, you must purchase at LTS.  You will receive a printed voucher, which you present at any of the CityPASS attractions to exchange for a Seattle CityPASS ticket booklet. Up to six CityPASSes can be purchased with one military ID card to use for family and friends.  The card-holder must show ID when the vouchers are redeemed.

Leisure Travel Services

Lewis Main, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, 2273 Liggett Ave. (inside Bowl Arena Lanes), JBLM, 253.967.3085/2050.

McChord Field, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 737 Jackson Blvd. (inside Sounders Lanes), JBLM, No phones yet

The CityPASS for Seattle includes the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) or Woodland Park Zoo, the Chihuly Garden and Glass or Pacific Science Center. Once you have activated the pass you have nine days to enjoy it. Insider tips:  The Space Needle admission includes two same-day visits one for day and one at night. There is a separate ticket for each attraction and it includes tips on the back for the best time to visit. Pass holders take the VIP route, skipping most main-entrance ticket lines.

Now that you have your passes, it is time to plan your visit.  You can do all five attractions in one day, but if you want to spend more time at each; plan to spend the night or return within nine days. Another option is to enjoy four downtown attractions, and on another day, visit the Woodland Park Zoo. One frequently asked question is the Chihuly Garden and Glass or Pacific Science Center?  I recommend the Science Center if you are visiting with children and the Garden and Glass with adults or older children interested in art.

For a one-day visit, plan to arrive early and remember there is rush-hour traffic.  Park your car near the Seattle Center, and then plan to take the Seattle Monorail from the Seattle Center to the Westlake Station. From there, it is a short quarter-mile walk to the waterfront, passing Pike Place Market along the way.  It is easy going down but uphill on the way back. Plan to visit the Seattle Aquarium when it opens.  Follow with the Argosy Harbor Cruise, which takes about an hour, then head back up the hill.  The Hard Rock Café makes a good stop for lunch and is not too far from the Westlake monorail station.  There are lots of quick-stop places to eat surrounding Pike Place Market as well. Take the monorail and return to the Seattle Center and tour the remaining attractions. The shops under the Space Needle have a good selection of souvenirs.

To learn more about the Seattle CityPASS and all the attractions go to: citypass.com/seattle. The website gives detailed information and links to everything you need to know to plan your day.

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