Travelling and visiting new cities is always fun and one of my favorite places is Seattle. There really is no place like it. It’s a city set on hills, surrounded by water on all sides, and it has two mountain ranges (Olympic and Cascade) all within view. Plus, it is green all year round!
This is the city of my birth; my hometown. I lived there for the first 40ish years of my life. So today I want to share some fabulous things that you must do (and eat!) when you plan your visit to Seattle.
Top 10 Things to See and Eat While in Seattle
- The Space Needle. The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World’s Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators. The tickets start at $14.00 to get you up to the observation deck. You can go during the day or at night (or both). The views are amazing!
- The Pike Place (Fish) Market. Another must see! You can spend hours down there watching them fish vendors throwing the fish. Yes, they really do that! You can walk along the market and shop fresh produce, flowers, spices and honey. There are many arts and craft vendors as well as food everywhere. There is no fee for this but you’ll want to buy some mementos and food.
- A Ferry Ride. This is a lot of fun during the summer months. The ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island is about 35 minutes and for a car and driver is about $14.00. You can get out of the car and enjoy the boat ride. Once you get to the other side, you can take a drive or stop for lunch.
- Seattle Underground Tour. The tour is about $20 and 75 minutes. It’s a leisurely, guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. As you roam the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle, the guides regale you with the stories of the pioneers.
- Eat at Rays Boathouse (sit outside). If you like seafood, there is nothing better than fresh fish in Seattle. Ray’s is known for having some of the best! They also have fabulous outdoor decks (heater in winter) so you can enjoy the view while enjoying a leisurely meal.
- Eat Sunday Brunch at Salty’s. This is a must and you will need reservations made a few weeks in advance. The location in Elliott Bay is stunning and the food is beyond delicious! Weather permitting, drive a little further up Alki Beach and park. It’s a beautiful place to walk and enjoy the fresh air of the Northwest.
- Visit the Locks in Ballard. Plan to spend a few hours here watching the boats go through the locks. You can also visit the underwater aquarium and see live otters, seals and salmon.
- Visit Kerry Park on Queen Anne hill. You will not want to miss the views from this little park. Make sure to take your camera!
- Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. Located about 30 minutes outside Seattle. They offer fabulous wine as well as outdoor music and concerts in the spring and summer seasons.
- Visit the first Starbucks (1st & Pike). This corner store is located in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market and is a location of rich history to both Starbucks and the Emerald City. It was, after all, in the Market that the original Starbucks opened in 1971.
Doesn’t this sound like fun?! Seattle really is a city you should add to your Must Visit List. I try to get back there a couple of times each year and this is my best list for summer activities. Be sure to print this list and plan to check off 1 to 2 things per day. Also, make sure to pack a camera, sunscreen and an umbrella! Seattle weather can be unpredictable at best.
I hope you enjoyed the list! Have you ever been to Seattle? I’d love to hear what you experienced while you were there!