Seattle is such a great seaside city. It doesn’t have the crazy tourists like New York and Las Vegas- so you can get a more authentic experience. It is the perfect destination for a cozy and more intimate trip compared to many other over- stimulating cities in America. I have visited Seattle a few times and every time that I go back I still love it. Here is what to do to guarantee that you will enjoy this city just as much as I do:
Starbucks…before it took over the world
To get you revved up for a full day of sightseeing you gotta get your caffeine kick. Even if you are a hater of Starbucks you can’t not try a cup while in the city where it all started…I mean technically it’s a local coffee shop here.
The best place to check out is the very first ever Starbucks shop (located across the street from Pike Place Market). There is usually a long line but it’s worth the wait. The staff here are the most skilled Starbucks ballistas that I have seen and you can tell that are passionate about their jobs. For a Starbucks this place actually has a really fun vibe to it.
This Little Piggy Went to the Market
After grabbing your overly priced coffee head across the street to the lively Pike Place Market. I admit that I am a sucker for farmers markets- but I swear that this one is worth checking out!
As one of Seattle’s main tourist attractions you will not be disappointed there is just so much to see here. My friend and I literally spent hours exploring all areas of the market. My only regret is that I didn’t have a bigger stomach- there is so much delicious food here that I wanted to eat it all.
Beyond food you can pretty much find anything here from flowers, to jewelry to souvenirs and even fish. Since the market is located right next to the ocean there is a part of the market where you can purchase fresh fish. The fish market workers have become a famous spectacle for the fun way that they toss the big fish around to one another- and sometimes to you.
Throw Out Your Gum
The creatively named ‘Gum Wall’ in Seattle is probably every teacher’s nightmare. The wall is a popular tourist attraction- don’t ask me why. Seen by some as a wall swarming with germs or as by others as art. In fact, some people have even been known to get their wedding pictures taken here. If a wall covered in chewed up and spat out gum is your thing then feel free to check it out. It is easy to access for it is located just below Pike Place in Post Alley.
As tempting as all the food is around the market, make sure that you save room for some delicious clam chowder. Pike Place Chowder is often regarded as the best spot for clam chowder in the city. This is a tiny restaurant that is always packed, but don’t worry- the service is fast and there are other places to sit around the area.
This spot serves multiple varieties of chowder- I was pretty happy when I found out that they even served a vegan chowder. I didn’t think that I could get any happier, but I was wrong…I got my soup served to me in a fresh sourdough bread bowl. Life complete.
Go Below Seattle
Something that very few people know about Seattle is actually a city that was rebuilt over top of the old city. In fact, right below your feet there is a hidden city!
So why am I bringing this up? Because the old city is still there beneath your feet and you can actually go and see it. With Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour they take you beneath Seattle to roam the old passages that were once Seattle’s downtown. For about $17 it’s a cheap and worthwhile tour to see a part of Seattle that not many other people get to see- or even know exist.
Go Above Seattle
If you’re sick of being underground head to the Seattle Space Needle. I never actually ended up going to the space needle because just never been too big into towers ( I grew up in Calgary and have never even been up the Calgary Tower). However, the Space Needle is iconic and so if towers get you more excited than they do me, I hear that it is worth a visit. Like most tall towers, if offers an observation deck for you to take in the view.
Go Around Seattle
Okay, it’s time to come back down to earth As I mentioned before- Seattle is a low-key destination-so take your time strolling around the city’s streets. Pioneer Square is an interesting place and is located on the southeast corner of downtown. In fact, Pioneer square used to be the heart of downtown Seattle so you will see many historical buildings here. It is also a great place for going out for drinks at night.
Say Hi to Sam
Chances are that you will be wandering around downtown Seattle land bump into Sam a.k.a Seattle’s Art Museum. Since you’re in the area you might as well stop by and say hi. I admit, a museum sounds kinda boring- but I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you go in and see how interesting it actually is. The cost of a ticket is up to you since it is by donation- special exhibitions do have a price.