Chris Herzog
Princeton University

Andreas Karch
University of Washington

Dam Thanh Son
University of Washington

Misha Stephanov
University of Illinois, Chicago

Larry Yaffe
University of Washington

Program Coordinator:
Inge Dolan
(206) 685-4286

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INT Summer School on Applications of String Theory

Seattle, July 18 - July 29, 2011

Seattle Info

Seattle offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. The climate is mild and not too hot.

Getting around Seattle:

Seattle has a good bus system, with express service to downtown. The web site is

Biking around is also practical---there's the Burke Gilman trail running from next to the Physics Building both to the west (to Fremont and Ballard, both fun neighborhoods) and to the north and east. You can go all around Lake Washington if you're amibitious/crazy.

Renting a bike near the UW: Try Recycled Cycles, which is a short walk from the dorms or the Physics Building.

Warm weather fun:

Kayaking, with rentals just down the hill at the Agua Verde paddle club (also good for lunch, though can be slow):

Campus canoe/rowboat rentals from the Waterfront Activities Center (across campus to the east from Physics; not far from the gym=IMA)

There's an outdoor climbing wall near there, too. Or just go swimming in Lake Washington!

Indoor climbing walls:

The flagship REI store has a tall "pinnacle" at

Afficionados may want to check out Stone Garden at

Getting away for the weekend/Local car rental:

  • Enterprise Rent-a Car: 5326 Roosevelt, (206) 729-4580,
  • Budget Car Rental: 6000 Roosevelt, (206) 525-2534,

    National Parks/Monunments close to Seattle:

    Mount Rainier:

    Mount St. Helens:

    Olympic National Park:
    You will need to take a ferry to get there, but it is worth it!

    North Cascades:
    There are many excellent hikes at all levels with trailheads.

    For one person's ideas, see:

    Cultural Activities:

    Seattle Art Museum (Downtown),Seattle Asian Art Museum (Capitol Hill), and Sculpture Garden (at the Waterfront). The Opera and Symphony are very good. There are many first-rate theaters and some free plays in various parks during the summer.

    Other Culture:

    Pike Place Market: lively, near to the water, rather touristy but still fun.

    Ferry: Take a roundtrip to Bremerton to get a cheap cruise, or go on one of the harbor tours for a fantastic view of the city and mountains.

    Baseball: Center field bleachers are cheap, and the stadium is impressive.

    Evening activities:

    Be sure to pick up a copy of the current week's Stranger and Seattle Weekly. They are free and can be found inside most restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, and also in newspaper dispensers along the roadside. They show event listings, reviews, restaurant picks, and an assortment of local journalism. You can also check out their websites, and

    Local pubs:

    The College Inn Pub (4000 University Way)
    Big Time Brewery and Alehouse (4133 University Way)
    There are lots of bars and restaurants in downtown Fremont (off Fremont Avenue) and also in Capitol Hill and Ballard.

    Live music:

    Lots of venues---see listings in the Stranger, Seattle Weekly or local newspapers. Popular spots include:

    The Tractor Tavern-Ballard
    Chop Suey-Capitol Hill
    The Crocodile Lounge-Belltown
    The Showbox Music Club-Downtown
    Neumo's-Capitol Hill