Seattle is a stunning city situated in the Pacific Northwest. It is often referred to as ‘the Emerald City’ due to the copious number of parks and lush green forests surrounding the city. There is so much to do and see in Seattle, it can be difficult to find time for everything.
On the first day we visited the infamous Pike Place Market. In my opinion, the marketplace is the activity hub of the city and is endowed with a dynamic energy. The only thing that excels the vibrant atmosphere is the delicious food. Another odd but wonderful thing to see whilst visiting Pike Place Market is the Gum Wall. People have been sticking their bubble gum onto the wall since 1993. I found it disgusting yet fascinating.
If you need a caffeine fix after wandering around the market, make sure to visit the first ever Starbucks. I’m not a fan of Starbucks coffee but it was really cool to see the original, 45 year-old, sign. However, be prepared to wait a while because the line was very long. Instead of settling for a Starbucks coffee, I choose to wait and get a latte at Moore Coffee Shop which is known for its amazing coffee art.
In the case that the coffee doesn’t give you the uplift you need, there are plenty of lookout points in the city that will take you to all new heights. These include the Space Needle, the Sky View Observatory at the Columbia Center and the Smithe Tower. Although the Space Needle is – arguably – Seattle’s most iconic feature, the Smithe Tower was my favourite. I feel that it is extremely underrated. Not to mention, you don’t get the same hoards of tourists at the Smithe Tower as you do at the Space Needle. The tower was built in 1914, making it Seattle’s first Skyscraper. The old-school elevator ride up to the bar and lookout point makes the experience even more authentic. When you get to the top, you can enjoy a drink with breathtaking views of the city – including the Seattle Great Wheel.
The Seattle Great Wheel is another wonderful way to see the city but from a different perspective. When we visited the wheel, the line was short and we managed to get a pod entirely to ourselves. The ride was very relaxing and we enjoyed soaking in the sensational views of downtown Seattle and the harbour. When the ride was over, we explored the waterfront area.
Yet another place which holds amazing views of the city is Safeco Field. I’m not a baseball fan, but watching the Mariners play at Safeco Field was one of the highlights of my trip. The ballpark had a great atmosphere. The fans were passionate, the sun was setting over the city and the sheer size of the stadium amazed me. We had an incredible night consisting of drinking beers, eating corn-dogs and watching the baseball.
I always assumed Seattle would have great food and sports. However, I didn’t know that Seattle had such a rich history. If you find history interesting, I would recommend going on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. The fact that Seattle has a whole other city underneath its’ streets really surprised me. The tour is fascinating and explains how Seattle was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the city in the 1880’s. Our tour guide was informative, theatrical and fun and I certainly learnt a lot about how Seattle became the city it is today.
Seattle exceeded my expectations. It’s colourful streets captivated me. Sports, coffee, arts and culture – there truly is something for everyone.