The last city we visited on our travel adventures was San Francisco. We thought, why not head on up the coast and check out Seattle? Located on Puget Sound in Washington State, Seattle is surrounded by thousands of acres of parkland, which is why it is dubbed the “Emerald City”. It has an eclectic and cultured scene with a variety of things to see and do, perfect for everyone in the family.
The most iconic image of Seattle has to be the Space Needle. Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle is an observation tower that overlooks the Seattle skyline and the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges, including Mount Rainier. Visitors reach the top of the needle by elevators and can stand out on the observation deck to take in the breathtaking views. The Space Needle also has a restaurant at the top, called SkyCity Restaurant. If you want to impress someone, take them here. The views are some of the best on the West Coast!
If you are looking to get away from the hub-bub of the city, take a stroll through Seattle’s Arboretum. This is an absolutely gorgeous place to take a break from the world. Nooks and crannies abound in this delightful mix of gardens, pathways, streams and bridges. Your mind is sure to relax and forget your troubles in a place like this! The Arboretum is gorgeous at any time of year, as new and different plants will be blooming, the leaves will be changing, and the snow will make it look like a fairytale. One of my personal favorite places!
If you happen to be in Seattle on a hot, sunny day (sometimes a rarity in rainy Seattle), head on over to the International Fountain. Located in Seattle Center, this is another piece of architecture that was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. It was completely remodeled in 1995 to make it much safer and child-friendly. Now, children (and adults!) can play in the bowl of the fountain and even walk right up to it. Make sure to bring your bathing suit to enjoy this Seattle mainstay!
If you’re in the mood to peruse fresh veggies, beautiful flowers and other unique handmade and grown items, Pike Place Market is a must-see. This market boasts being the longest continually operating public market in the entire country! If you are looking for some fresh fish, there is no better place to buy some. Watch your head as you go through the fish market. You might see fish flying above it! Even if you don’t want to buy any fish, it is still worth the trip to the fish market to see the fish mongers throw huge fish in the air to one another. The entertainment factor alone is worth it! You could spend hours at this market looking at the thousands and thousands of different items. There are even a few restaurants if you wanted a break from walking.
Our final stop on our tour of Seattle is the Woodland Park Zoo. Originally a private collection of animals on the estate of Guy C. Phinney in the late 1800’s, the city took over the collection and estate upon his death. The zoo has a vast array of exhibits and ranks second to New York’s Bronx Zoo in the number of exhibit awards received from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. There are over 300 different animal species on the 92 acres that the zoo encompasses. It is open to the public every day of the year except Christmas. If you have children, this would be a fun place to explore. Fun and educational, all at the same time!
These are just a few of the wonderful places to see on your visit to Seattle. This city is so full of life and culture, it is one that everyone should take some time to see. Stay tuned next week, when we talk about some of our favorite eateries in Seattle!