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Andrew McCarthy Savors The Sights Of Seattle

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With just 24 hours in the Northwest, travel guru Andrew McCarthy made it his mission to pack the day full of the best bites, sights and sounds of Seattle. From spectacular views to drip-brews, the award-winning writer was able to find all the gems in the Emerald City.

His first stop was Pike Place Market. "[It’s] nine acres of shopping," he said. "Locals have been finding what they need -- from bacon covered donuts to tie-dyed underwear -- since 1907.”

Of course, no visit to this destination would be complete without taking in the scene at Pike Place Fish Market, where workers are known for entertaining the crowd by throwing fish to each other. In the '80s, the act was originally just a way for fishmongers to amuse themselves when things were slow. Twenty-five years later, business is booming.

At 605-feet tall, the Space Needle is another must-see when visiting Seattle. This stunning landmark was built in 1962 and features 52 floors. The observation deck isn’t open to the public, but McCarthy managed to talk his way up, admiring a breathtaking view that was worth the negotiation.

The actor also found Seattle's intriguing Gum Wall (and made a contribution) before heading to Chihuly Gardens and Glass. From there he received a lesson in the art form, adding, “Today, this town is one of the premier glass-blowing destinations in the world."

From time spent at the Fremont Art Walk and Bop Street Records, not a moment was wasted. Just before sunset, however, there was only one place to be: Lake Union. The freshwater lake is home one of the largest house boat communities in the world, and is yet another Seattle area that boasts a picturesque view. With dozens of sailboats on the water in the distance, the traveler ended his day by sharing oysters with Westward's executive chef, Zoi Antonitsas. All in a day's work.

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