When we visited Portland Oregon we also decided to drive up to Seattle, Washington and check it out. It was about a 3 hour drive from Portland. We were able to spend only a couple of days in Seattle. I really enjoyed the city, and though I have only been there one time so far (other than for airport layovers) I would say it’s definitely worth the trip.
I would recommend buying the City Pass. It was only $59.00 and it included many of the things we were planning to see.
Some of the things that we enjoyed doing in Seattle were:
1. An Arogosy city harbor tour: This was included in the City Pass and we were able to learn a brief history of Seattle and some of its landmarks and features. There were refreshments that were for sale on board. You were able to sit either inside or outside. I would highly recommend that you bring an umbrella and wear warm clothes, because it was very chilly on the water in June.
2. The Seattle Aquarium: No matter how many aquariums I visit. I still love to visit a new one! This aquarium was also included in the City Pass and was well worth the hour. We may have rushed through a bit, because we were trying to see as much as we could of the city!
3. Explore the waterfront: No city visit is complete without exploring the beautiful waterfront or boardwalk. It is definitely full of a variety of sights and attractions. We came across free Dr. Pepper, and this street performer mystifying us with his magic tricks.
4. Explore one of the Museums (or more): We visited both the Pacific Science Center and the Experience Music Project. They were both fascinating in their own way. In the Experience Music Project (pictured) you were able to learn interesting history and facts about music. You were also able to play with and create your own music. At the Pacific Science Center it was fun with science for all ages!
5.Coffee Culture: One Seattle treasure is of course quite well-known. This is a must-see spot (of course). The original Starbucks Coffee shop. Complete with its controversial original logo! Even if you are not a Starbucks fan….
6. Pike Place Market: The most famous Farmers Market in Seattle! This is a fun, fresh spot to visit and eat. You can’t miss the flinging of the fish. Whenever someone purchases some fresh seafood it is perfectly thrown around between the staff as they prepare it for you, and then throw it to you (if you wish it so).
Don’t forget also to get a bite to eat for lunch. There are many delicious places to eat, but with such an abundance of fresh seafood who could pass up a Fresh Halibut Sandwich?
And last but not least…
6) The Space Needle– The city landmark seen at the opening of “Greys Anatomy”, and movies such as “Sleepless in Seattle” I doubt many would pass up the opportunity to see the Space Needle up close.
It has some pretty impressive views from the top of the bay as well as the city.
Take full advantage of the City Pass and check the Space Needle out twice (once during the day and once at night) for two unique views. You can hope to sneak a “peak” at Mt. Rainier, often called Ghost Mountain, because of lack of visibility. Perhaps grab a bite to eat at the Sky City Restaurant if your pocket-book allows (it’s spendy and always busy). You can enjoy 360 degree views as the restaurant spins around.
Seattle is definitely worth your time and your exploration. I would say that the discoveries within this city will continue to be endless!
What do you enjoy doing in Seattle?