One of my best friends is originally from Seattle and he would always tell me I should go visit his hometown. So a few weeks ago, I decided to FINALLY take his advice and took a father-daughter trip with my old man to Seattle and to some cities in Canada. We had a wonderful time! 🙂
Although it was rainy and a bit cold, we managed to explore the city and visit some of Seattle’s most famous spots! 😉
Our first stop was the Space Needle, of course! I mean, you can’t go to Seattle and not go there… It is located in the Seattle Center, conveniently located near popular spots in the city. It was fun to see the history of how the Space Needle was built on the walls while you wait in line.
Fun Fact: You get one of those “cheesy” touristy picture with the skyline of Seattle and the needle FREE with your admission ticket.
Did you know the Space Needle is 605 Ft tall (!!) and was created for the World’s Fair in 1962.
Chihuly Gardens and Glass
Conveniently located across the Space Needle is the Chihuly Gardens and Glass. There, you will find breathtaking exhibitions showcasing the studio glass of Dale Chihuly. All the glass designs are made by the original blowing technique.
I guess you can describe this place as a quirky eatery that serves American food in an artsy, knickknack-filled space. The cafe was designed by Chihuly himself, so every table has a set of different collectibles that used to belong to him.
After you are done exploring the Settle Center, take the Seattle Center Monorail and head downtown, it’s only $4 for round trip. You will enjoy an awesome view of downtown Seattle.
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront. There, you can find all kinds of fresh food, flowers, souvenirs and trinkets. There is always so much life and energy at the market, you can even enjoy live musical performances!
Fun Fact: It opened in 1907 and it is one of the oldest public farmers’ markets in the US.
If you are wondering where the gum wall is, it is right under the Pike Place Market. There is a tunnel with a lot of cool graffiti and posters next to the gum wall. Make sure you leave a piece of gum on the wall! 😉
You don’t have to go too far to find “THE ORIGINAL” Starbucks, because it is literally across the street from the market. Enjoy your favorite coffee order with a view.
There are also many wonderful museums in Seattle but unfortunately we did not have enough time to see them all. Also, make sure to check out the Pier! there are many seafood restaurants, rides, the Aquarium and ferries. Speaking of ferries, we took a ferry to Victoria, Canada. It was only hours away and absolutely gorgeous! Stay tuned for that post soon. 😉
What are some of your favorite places in Seattle?