A visit to Seattle means lots of great things to do and see. Here is a list of our recommendations to ensure you have a great time in the Emerald City.
Pike Place Market
If you only go one to place during your time in Seattle, make sure it’s the Pike Place Market. It’s been around since 1907, and with good reason. They have a little bit of everything here: from seafood to fruit, jerky to honey, flowers to lotion. Plus, it’s a great jump off point for other sights in the area. It’s bigger than you think too, so check out their website for a guide and map.
The First Starbucks
Whether you’re a huge fan of the coffee franchise or not, you have to appreciate it’s first location. Located in Pike Place Market, everything inside the small shop is original (from the light fixtures down to the floor). Yes, there is a line to enter that goes down the block, but it moves pretty quickly thanks to the expert baristas inside.
America’s Oldest Comic Shop
So… I’m a huge nerd. And when I found out the the oldest comic book store in the US was in Seattle, I knew I had to stop in. They’re inside the Pike Place Market, two floors down from the fish market. Golden Age Comics has tons of comics and also a lot of really cool toys and memorabilia. I had a blast and could’ve spent hours looking through everything.
The Gum Wall
In an alley underneath Pike Place Market (I told you this place was big) there is what is known as The Gum Wall. Doesn’t take much imagination to figure out why it’s called that. It’s interesting, to say the least! And people get very creative and actually make designs out of their gum. Yes, it’s kinda gross. But hey, I had to leave my
gum mark too! 😉
Seattle Great Wheel
Once you’ve had your fill of the market, head over to the waterfront. There are lots of restaurants and shops, but my favorite thing there is the ferris wheel. It’s one of the largest ferris wheels in North America, measuring 175 feet tall. It has 42 climate controlled (yay!) gondolas that offer really great views of the Seattle skyline, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic Mountains.
This iconic landmark is hard to miss! It is 605 feet tall, has an observation deck, and a revolving restaurant. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to check out this site. There’s also a pretty cool gift shop on the ground level.
The EMP Museum is dedicated to everything pop culture. It’s located in Seattle Center and the building itself is a work of crazy art! Due to time restraints, we weren’t able to go inside but I’ve heard only great things. We did have time to stop at the awesome playground outside though. When my nephews were taking a bit too long to come back to us, I selflessly volunteered to go in after them…
The Fremont Troll
Have you ever come face to face with a troll? Well you’ll get your chance in Seattle! Take a stroll under the Aurora Bridge and you’ll find an 18 foot high troll, clutching an actual Volkswagen Beetle. Don’t worry though, he’s friendly and loves when visitors climb all over him and take funny photos with him.
Seattle has 18 distinctive neighborhoods. They all have their own different feel, from loud and bustling to quiet and quaint. It’s interesting to drive around and see the differences. Although we didn’t get to see them all, we really loved West Seattle. It was really cute, laid back, and had great views.
And of course, we have to mention the food. Seattle is such a foodie city with a lot of great places eat and drink. For some suggestions, check out this post about unique places to eat in Seattle. We also suggest bringing stretchy pants.
We loved our time in Seattle and can’t wait to go back. Have you been to the Emerald City? Do you have any suggestions for our next trip? We’d love to read your comments below!
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