My first trip to the PNW was a very, very quick 48-hour weekend getaway to Vancouver and Seattle. Seattle had been on my travel list for years and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Since I had a limited amount of time in the ‘Emerald City’, I knew I wanted to pack as much in as possible.
Pioneer Square. Start your morning in Seattle’s oldest neighborhood. Grab a cup of coffee and croissant from The London Plane and enjoy the tree lined streets and beautiful brick buildings. I enjoy the quietness of the early morning, which is why I am always up before 7am when traveling.
Pike Place Market. No trip to Seattle is complete without a trip to Pike Place and I would recommend arriving early. Very early. There are tons of different artists set up around the market selling jewelry, pottery, and paintings. Basically, you can purchase anything your heart desires. Oh, and flowers. Who could forget all of the beautiful flowers!
Seattle Gum Wall. Iconic? Gross? A little bit of both perhaps but I knew I had to see it. Unfortunately, it had just been cleaned so it wasn’t really covered in a lot gum while I was there, but it was still really neat to see.
Kerry Park. The views don’t get much better than those at Kerry Park. On a clear day you can even see Mt. Rainier. The park was the opening scene of the film 10 Things I Hate About You and was also featured in the finale of Amazing Race’s third season.
Capitol Hill. Known for it’s diverse community, beautiful parks, and nightlife it’s one of the most happening neighborhoods in Seattle. Head over to Optimism Brewing Company and enjoy lunch courtesy of a variety of local food trucks. They also have tons of house beers that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest beer drinker. Once you finish lunch, do a little shopping in the area and check out Stumptown Coffee Roasters for an afternoon treat.
The Pink Door. Located in Post Alley, you can enjoy an Italian dinner followed by a burlesque show. If a burlesque show isn’t your thing, then you can simply enjoy dinner on the rooftop terrace complete with views of Elliot Bay.
What are some of your favorite and must see places in Seattle?