Known as the Emerald City, Seattle offers sea to mountain landscapes, and tons of coffee shops roasting the perfect bean.
For a long time Tom was dying to visit this city and I was obsessed with Washington nature. That's why we chose these destinations; both of us would get to visit a place of our bucket list!
Seattle did not make a good impression on me the first morning we walked its streets, but this feeling changed that same afternoon.
I think it was a bad combination of factors as, I was feeling a bit sick from my stomach plus the city was absolutely empty! - The city is coming back to life after a very hard Covid-year and, May is not a popular month for tourists.
We enjoyed this 'emptiness' in the nature but when visiting a city, it is its life and vibe that traps you.
Anyway, after I took a nap and went back to the streets in the afternoon my impression totally changed, and I got to really enjoy.
Locals were out walking and some tourist were around the waterfront. This was more like the Seattle, people talked to me about!
Our visit to Seattle wasn't for so long but we got to enjoy the city.
Here is a list of thing to do and visit in Seattle:
To me, The Waterfront was the best part of Seattle. I feel like everything that could represent it and to be enjoyed is concentrated in this area.
When I think about what to tell you about the waterfront I visualize the scenic view of Elliot Bay, the ferries coming and going to the islands, the city skyline, the presence of Mt Rainer at the back, seafood, the great Seattle Wheel and magical sunsets.
Pier 62, stop by the fish window at IVAR'S FISH BAR
Ivar's Fish bar have been serving seafood since 1938, so we had to try it. I ordered the Ivar's fish and chips. The breading was thin and the fish is fresh. The price was very reasonable comparing with Seattle prices- it is such an expensive city. But my favorite thing about grabbing some food here was to eat it outside with the waterfront view and feeding the seagulls-there is a sign that encourages you to do it.
Located on the north shore of Lake Union a 19 acre public park ,which used to be the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, It’s a popular spot for flying kites, picnics and all kind of activities when the weather is good.
We did not plan on visiting this place but, Maria from @maiaaroundtheworld told me to go, and thanks so much! One of the best views of the city and Mt Rainer.
Go late in the afternoon to best view and vibe.
PIKE PLACE MARKET
The Pike Place Market is a neighborhood comprised of hundreds of farmers, craftspeople, small businesses and residents.
You'll find it in Seattle's Downtown, very close to The Waterfront.
Maybe the most iconic spot is the famous Public market center and its red sing, one of the oldest public farmers’ markets in the U.S.
The year-round public market includes bakeries, fish markets, flowers, produce stands, specialty food stores and 225 local and regional craftsman.
There are also more than 80 restaurants, some of them with the best food and views to the bay.
This is a must when you're visiting Seattle!
Yep, you understood well... a gum wall!!! When I came to know about this place I felt so disgusted, but I needed to see this in person.
Located in an alleyway in Post Alley under The Pike Place Market you'll find this brick wall covered in used chewing gum.
I did not expect such a big wall!!! actually is two walls and it’s nearly 50 feet long.
The tradition began around 1993 when patrons of Unexpected Productions' Seattle Theatresports stuck gum to the wall and placed coins in the gum blobs.
This is so disgusting.
Why am I standing here?
The city is known for its prominent coffee culture and numerous coffeehouses.
When it comes to coffee I think 'The smaller and more local, the better', and Seattle got it!
If you're coffee enthusiast just try all the coffee and visit all the coffee shops that catch your attention and look for that perfect roasted bean.
BTW, the first Starbucks is located right at Pike market Place. We did not entered it, since there was always a long line, and I personally wasn't so torn to see it. But it is a cool fact to know.
The monorail is a fun and convenient way to travel from Seattle Center to downtown.
This station. takes you right to the Space Needle.
Built in 1962, the Space Needle is one of the most prominent landmarks in Seattle’s skyline, raising 520 feet above ground.
The elevated experience includes: The Loupe, the world’s first and only rotating glass floor, and the Skyrisers, tilting glass walls on the open-air deck, which feel like you’re floating over the city!
We double thought about visiting it because of its hight price -$35- but then we realized we had some money on Groupon and got 2 packages with Chihuly Garden and Glass.
There are multiple ticket options, check it out here.
The visit was worth it, you get a nice view of Seattle and the elevated experiences are fun.
CHIHULY GARDEN & GLASS
Located at the base of the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass is one of the most beautiful exhibits I haver seen in a long time, sharing the extraordinary work of the famed glass artist, Dale Chihuly.
I most definitely recommend visiting this place, it was visually stunning.
Ending our Washington road trip in Seattle was a good idea. I hope we can visit again after this pandemic is just a memory and enjoy better this vibrant city.