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Posted on: Sunday, February 7, 2010

If you go... Seattle

 • To Seattle, serious sci-fi fans boldly go
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Visitors try out some original Motown dance steps during a workshop in the sound lab of the Experience Music Project museum of American popular music in Seattle.

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A round-trip fare to Seattle costs $620.

The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame is the world's first museum devoted to the ideas and experiences of science fiction.

Exhibitions focus on science fiction literature and media while encouraging visitors to envision new futures for humanity.

The museum's Hall of Fame pays homage to its practitioners writers, artists, publishers and filmmakers.

The Experience Music Project explores creativity and innovation in popular music. Exhibitions include cutting-edge music technology, exploring the roots of rock 'n' roll in jazz, soul, gospel, country and the blues, as well as rock's influence on hip-hop, punk and recent genres.

Exhibits include rare artifacts and memorabilia, and visitors experience the creative process by listening to musicians tell their own stories.

Amateurs can test their talents in the Project's music lab.

Both museums are housed in a spectacular structure designed by architect Frank O. Gehry at the Seattle Center.

The Seattle Science Fiction Museum and the Experience Music Project, 325 Fifth Ave. North, Seattle, 877-367-7361, 206-770-2700, www.empsfm.org.

Hours: For both attractions: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 21; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 22 through Aug. 31 daily.

Combined admission to Science Fiction Museum/Experience Music Project: $15 adults; $12 seniors 65 and older, ages 5-17, students, military with ID.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites, 700 Fifth Ave. North, 206-282-7700, rates start at $159 per room per night, includes full breakfast. www.hamptoninn.com.

• Mayflower Park Hotel, 405 Olive Way, 800-426-5100, 206-382-6990, rates start at $189. www.mayflowerpark.com.

• Best Western Pioneer Square Hotel, 77 Yesler Way, 800-800-5514, 206-340-1234, rates start at $170, includes deluxe continental breakfast. www.pioneersquare.com, www.visitseattle.org.