Seattle is the perfect getaway for Portlanders, whether it’s for a day or a weekend (I’ve done both 🙂 ). It’s an easy three hour drive but make sure you have fun upbeat music for the small road trip. Music makes all the difference. Once you’re in tow it’s time to get excited. Below are the 5 things we do every time we go to Seattle.
1. Pikes Place
Whether it’s your first time or every time, Pikes Place is always the first stop. After a three hour drive, the market is the best place to stretch your legs, eat lots of sample snacks and pick up some beautiful fresh flowers. The flowers go real quick so get some while they last. The fresh fruit is not only vibrant in color but it also tasted great. But, the real reason you go to the market is to see a fish being thrown at the fish stand. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a good photo or video because you never know where the fish is flying to but I promise it’s a great experience so stand there long enough to witness it.
Near the entrance of the market is the famous gum wall. Be sure to bring hand sanitizer because it’s quite gross but it’s like something you haven’t seen before (great place for a photo op).
2. Piroshky Piroshky
If all the samples from the market didn’t fill you up, hop across the street to the famous Piroshky Bakery. The line to order is always long but don’t get intimidated, it moves pretty quickly. They have a large variety of flavors, both savory and sweet. My favorite is of course is one of the sweet ones, the ‘Moscow Roll’ (Bavarian cream mixed with cream of wheat filling).
On the same street is the original Starbucks, which was opened in 1971. This location has kept its original look for an authentic feel. If you’re ever in Seattle and love coffee, seeing the original Starbuck’s is a must.
3. The Great Wheel
The Great Wheel is a fun way to see a view of the city. Walking through Seattle, I notice that it sits on a fairly big hill but it wasn’t until I went on The Great Wheel that I noticed just how steep Seattle is. It’s also a great way to make your husband take selfies, since there’s nowhere to go 🙂 . For those that are scared of heights… don’t worry, it’s really not that bad.
4. Space Needle
Can’t leave Seattle without seeing the iconic Space Needle. I must admit (shame on me), I have not actually ever been to the top. In my opinion, the beauty is definitely on the outside anyway. We have walked all the way around for a 360 degree view. Then, when the feet are sore, take a break (perfect place for a picnic) at the park with the Space Needle view.
5. Sculpture Park
From the Space Needle, Sculpture Park is about a 10 minute walk. It’s an open park for the public (and free), that sits on the water with fascinating sculptures. It’s the perfect escape to getaway from all the hustle and bustle of the market and all the commotion at the Space Needle.
Travel Tip: Be sure to grab some Seattle’s Best Coffee for the trip home.
Question: What’s your usual stops when visiting Seattle?