Despite it’s booming tech industry, Seattle remains a casual city faithful to its outdoorsy atmosphere of sea and mountain air. Even though the city’s suburbs are sprawling, the downtown core is walkable and most must-see attractions are nestled closely together. When you’re done with the city highlights, the best part about Seattle is how quickly you can escape into nature. I’ve mixed and matched the best of both city and nature activities to give you the top 6 things you have to do in Seattle.
In the City:
Pike Place Market
This bustling market is a treasure trove of fresh food, flowers and hand made goods. Oh, don’t forget to watch for fish flying overhead as the fishmongers like to celebrate with a bit of a song and dance when something is purchased.
The Gum Wall
Located beside the market, this local attraction is exactly what it sounds like; a wall of chewed gum that passers-by add to. Albeit, perhaps a bit unhygienic for this hand sanitized traveller, it does make for a fun photo op and a surprisingly beautiful mural.
Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
This exhibit show cases the studio glass of local artist Dale Chihuly. While the glass is impressive, I found the museum quite small. However, the expansive green house and garden installation more than made up for this.
The Space Needle
An icon of the Seattle skyline, the views from the top are well worth the trip up! Buy tickets online in advanced to save time in lines.
That imposing mountain that you see on a clear day from the city is Mount Rainier and its even more impressive up close. Snow capped peaks surround you from the safety of well maintained walking trails and if you’re lucky, pink and purple wildflowers might be in season.
This German styled town makes you feel as though you might be in Munich rather than outside of Seattle.
Although deserving of more than a day trip, the quick ferry ride is a tempting excuse to get away to this popular Canadian city. Check out the colourful houses of fisherman’s wharf or stroll the small alley’s of Canada’s oldest Chinatown.