Exploring Redmond, WA: Where tech meets nature

If you’re thinking of heading to Ragan’s Internal Communications Conference at Microsoft’s headquarters, check out these great activities.

Considering making the trip to the Internal Communications Conference, hosted at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington from October 10-12? You can further enhance your visit by enjoying the best of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer, from its vibrant natural beauty to the geeky side of town that will make your trip unforgettable.

  1. Microsoft Visitor Center: A glimpse into the future

There will be opportunities during the conference to visit this center, which serves as an immersive gateway to the company’s storied past and visionary future. It’s more than a museum; it’s an interactive journey. Here, you’ll shake hands with AI-powered robots, visit holographic realms and explore the roots of personal computing.

Whether you’re a tech enthusiast, Xbox gamer or simply curious, the Microsoft Visitor Center is a fascinating glimpse into the ever-evolving world of technology.

  1. Marymoor Park: Nature’s Playground

Just a stone’s throw from Microsoft’s campus lies Marymoor Park, a sprawling 640-acre urban oasis that beckons nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The park is a tapestry of lush greenery, scenic trails and serene waterscapes. Whether you prefer hiking, biking, or simply picnicking, Marymoor offers something for everyone.

One of the park’s standout features is the Sammamish River Trail, a picturesque pathway that winds alongside the meandering Sammamish River. It’s a peaceful escape, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a rejuvenating bike ride. Additionally, Marymoor Park hosts a diverse range of events, from live concerts at the amphitheater to dog-friendly playdates at the off-leash dog area. The community garden is a hidden gem for those seeking a tranquil space to unwind.

  1. Redmond Town Center: Shop, Dine, Explore

Redmond’s Town Center is bustling with quintessential Pacific Northwest charm weaving through tree-lined streets. This cultural nucleus hosts outdoor concerts and seasonal festivals. Make sure to grab a cup of coffee at the Starbucks Reserve while you’re in town.

  1. Willows Run Golf Complex: Golf Amidst Natural Beauty

Take that long lunch and squeeze in nine (or 18) holes! Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Redmond, this complex offers an exceptional golfing experience spanning 18 holes across two distinctive courses: Eagle’s Talon and Coyote Creek.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a weekend warrior, these courses provide a challenging yet scenic backdrop, with rolling fairways, meticulously manicured greens, and stunning water features that showcase the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

But this complex offers more than just golf; it boasts a state-of-the-art practice facility where you can hone your skills. The cozy clubhouse and family-friendly atmosphere make it an inviting place to unwind after a round.

  1. Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP): A symphony of pop culture

This museum, in Seattle Center, is a bit further away but worth the trip. Designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry, MoPop is a testament to the power of pop culture in all its forms, starting with the undulating metallic design of the building itself.

Inside you’ll find an immersive journey through the realms of music, science fiction, gaming and more. Get up close with iconic artifacts, from Jimi Hendrix’s legendary guitars to rare Star Trek memorabilia and vintage arcade games. Interactive displays allow you to create music and explore the creative process.

The museum’s dynamic nature means that no two visits are alike. Rotating exhibits, workshops, film screenings, and special events keep the experience fresh and exciting. Bonus: Staying through the end of October? Attend their Attend their Fashionably Undead Monster Ball!

Whether you’re delving into the world of technology at the Microsoft Visitor Center, immersing yourself in nature or perfecting your golf swing, there’s much to do before or after Ragan’s Internal Communications Conference that’s worth adding on to your early October trip.

Hope to see you soon!


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