Just your cliché tourist here! I’m typically never one to condone being a tourist; every fiber in my being hates that term. I’m always preaching to be absorbed into your host culture, doing as the locals do, and acting as a temporary citizen of your destination. I ate my words, though, when I went to Seattle. So what exactly did we do during our time in the Pacific Northwest? We were tourists.
If you’re planning a trip to Seattle, being a tourist is my best advice. There is so much to see & do that if you don’t hustle and bustle you won’t see it all. Plus, some of the best places to visit in Seattle happen to be popular, so embrace it & be a sightseer!
Post Alley Gum Wall
I visited Seattle with one of my best friends and this was undoubtedly her favorite place in the city. We went to the Gum Wall every single day during our trip. The Gum Wall is located in Post Alley, a small lane directly below Pike Place Market with cobbled streets & an interesting atmosphere. Nearby is a quaint coffee shop with espresso and around it are throngs of tourists. You might have to push & shove to get your picture, but it’s kind of fun!
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is Seattle’s most well-known icon. A staple of the city, it is full of tourists & locals alike. I loved venturing through its multitude of booths, seeing the handcrafted goods and smelling the fresh-cooked food. The portion of the market that appealed to me the most, though, is the portion that is home to the fresh flowers. There were enormous bouquets of multi-colored tulips that were breathtaking, and seemed so refreshing in contrast with the busy, noisy city.
The Space Needle
I’ve heard mixed reviews on this one. I enjoyed my time at the Space Needle; the views were great, the beer was cold, & the company was enjoyable. It was fun to walk around the circular deck of the structure, and see parts of the city we knew we wouldn’t visit from a birds-eye view. It was relaxing to simply hang out at the end of a long day touring the city, drink a cold IPA, & enjoy a spectacular view.
The Fremont Troll
This is one of the weirder places in Seattle, but just jives with the neighborhood it’s located in. Located in lively Fremont (the troll is aptly named, I know), a quirky neighborhood with a laid-back vibe, the troll is considered artwork to locals – and to me! It is located under the Fremont Bridge, a play on the story of the Three Billygoats Gruff in which a troll lived under a bridge. It was built to keep crime from escalating under the bridge by drawing in visitors; with tourists & art-folk gathering around the area at God-knows-when, there couldn’t very well be drug transactions or robberies.
The troll is an interactive piece of art, meaning that it is intended to be touched and even climbed upon. We clambered to the arm of the troll for a photo-op. Do some research on the troll before visiting; it makes it exponentially cooler.
The Seattle Great Wheel
The Seattle Great Wheel is meant for people like me. I’m a kid at heart and can never resist something that reminds me of childhood. The wheel is essentially a ferris wheel with enclosed cars to protect riders from the rain that so frequently visits Seattle. We didn’t have to wait too long in line, and the prices were right, so we ascended the stairs and hopped aboard the Seattle Great Wheel. It takes you around three times (which is a decent amount of time) and when you’re at the top you’re subject to some killer views. Look out over the Puget Sound, see some islands, and get a pretty sweet view of the city from the other direction.
Visit a Park or Two (...or Seven)
Seattle’s parks are awesome. There is simply no other way to describe them. I’m obsessed and that’s just that. They’re so quirky and interesting, each with their own story & use, and home to multitudes of visitors. My favorite parks are easily Gas Works & Volunteer, so if you can’t go anywhere else visit these parks. So cool I’m just going to leave it at that – you have to experience them to see just how interesting they are.
Ride a Ferry
This is a PNW must-do! Ferries are a common mode of transportation in the Pacific Northwest so take the time to cruise on one and live (sort of) like the locals do! We didn’t necessarily ride it to commute to work but we did use it as a mode of transportation. We took the ferry to Bainbridge Island to adventure a little bit and to satiate my need to feel like a local.
Seattle Underground Tour
*This photo is me trying to be artsy, not sure how it turned out but I'm a fan ;) * Touring the Seattle underground was one of the cooler things we did in Seattle. Seattle is built upon itself in a way, and thus, there is an entire floor of the older parts of the city under everyone’s feet. To get a complete look at the hows & whys of this, be sure to do some research or visit for yourself! Because of various happenings, the city’s government decided to build the roads up above the first floors of buildings creating a secret garden-like effect for the lower levels, which are now closed to the public except for tours like this. If you’re into history this is the tour for you.
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