Are you preparing for your trip to the Internal Communications Conference, hosted by Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington? Make the most of your October visit by enjoying the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer, from its vibrant natural beauty to the geeky side of the city that will make your trip unforgettable.

  1. Microsoft Visitor Center: A glimpse into the future

During the conference, there will be opportunities to visit this center, which serves as an immersive gateway to the company’s ancient past and its visionary future. It is more than just a museum. It’s an interactive journey. Here, you’ll shake hands with AI robots, visit 3D worlds and explore the roots of personal computing.

Whether you’re a tech enthusiast, an Xbox gamer, or just 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 the Microsoft campus lies Marymoor Park, a sprawling 640-acre urban oasis that attracts nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The park is a tapestry of lush greenery, scenic walkways, and tranquil water views. Whether you prefer hiking, biking or just strolling, Marymoor offers something for everyone.

One of the park’s notable features is the Sammamish River Trail, a scenic path that runs along the winding Sammamish River. It’s a peaceful haven, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a rejuvenating bike ride. Additionally, Marymoor Park hosts a variety of events, from live concerts in the amphitheater to dog-friendly playdates in the off-leash dog area. The community garden is a hidden gem for those looking for a quiet space to relax.

  1. Redmond City Center: Shop, Dine, Explore

Downtown Redmond is filled with quintessential Pacific Northwest charm that weaves through the tree-lined streets. This cultural core hosts outdoor concerts and seasonal festivals. Make sure to grab a cup of coffee at 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 within the scenic Redmond landscape, this community offers an exceptional 18-hole golf experience across two signature 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 undulating 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 houses a state-of-the-art training facility where you can hone your skills. The comfortable club and family-friendly atmosphere make it an attractive place to relax after a round.

  1. Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP): A Symphony of Popular Culture

Located in Seattle Center, this museum is a little further away but worth a visit. Designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, MoPop is a testament to the power of popular culture in all its forms, starting with the wavy metal design of the building itself.

Inside you’ll find an immersive journey through the worlds of music, sci-fi, gaming, and more. Get up close and personal with famous artifacts, from Jimi Hendrix’s legendary guitars to rare Star Trek memorabilia and vintage arcade games. Interactive displays let you create music and explore the creative process.

The dynamic nature of the museum means that no two visits are alike. Rotating exhibitions, workshops, film screenings and special events keep the experience fresh and exciting. Bonus: Stay until the end of October? Bring their presence to the trendy 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, you’ll enjoy your time away from the Internal Communications Conference as much as you will while you’re there.

See you in October!


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