Your first time in a new city is always exciting, but daunting. My first time exploring Seattle happened to fall on three gorgeous fall sunny days, which is not the norm, I know. I did get to experience one rainy day though, so I have to say I felt the famed Seattle dreariness at least once.
What do I see, where do I eat?! Are usually the questions you ask yourself when planning a trip, with so many options. Well I’m here to bring you what I thought was worth visiting my first time in Seattle!
Get Out and Hike!
There are so many trails in the areas surrounding Seattle, but I highly recommend visiting Mount Rainier National Park for some gorgeous hikes. My boyfriend and I settled on the Paradise Park Trail, which was steep at parts but paved and well-marked so you wouldn’t need hiking shoes/equipment. It boasts amazing views of Mount Rainier too. I was lucky enough to visit on one of the clearest days in the park. The scenery was some of the best I’ve ever seen!!
The roastery that is, not the original one. The original Starbucks technically isn’t even in the spot where it claims origin and the lines are long. Snap a pic if you must, but the coffee is the same at the other 500 Starbucks’ in Seattle ;-).
The Starbucks Roastery and Tasting Room was worth it though, especially if you are a coffee fanatic, like my boyfriend. The sleek coffee inspired design of the space is awe inspiring and even retro.
Get a Rooftop View
Rooftop bars are my favorite way to get different views of cities. I highly recommend Mbar in the South Lake Union neighborhood. It’s trendy new space with sweeping views of Lake Union with small plates and drinks featuring a Mediterranean theme. I highly recommend making reservations because it is a popular spot now.
Explore the Space Needle
The Space Needle is iconic to Seattle as the Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco, the city landscape would be lost without it! You can experience the city views from the observation deck 520 feet up. Check out the website for more info on when the rotating restaurant will be open to get enjoy some food while you take in Seattle from above.
Tip for children: The space needle is in a complex with the Seattle Children’s Museum, Chihuly Garden Indoor Outdoor Glass Garden
Eat Your Way Through Pike Place Market
Pike Place is one of the most famous market’s in the world and my does it live up to it’s hype. It literally never ends, you could spend HOURS roaming all the different levels of stores/booths and food stands. It’s pretty much always busy so I don’t have a recommendation as to when to visit but I did think the lines went fast.
Bring your appetite if you are a foodie! Here are some of my favorite stops:
Daily Dozen Doughnuts
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
The Pike Brewing Company
Find a Waterfall
The Pacific Northwest is prime for waterfall chasing! There are many guides and books on amazon to waterfall chasing in this area but I settled on an accessible one by car called Snoqualmie Falls. There is a viewing platform for this natural wonder that’s been harnessed for power
Honorable mention: Check out Bellevue, Washington! I was able to spend some time in this small city on the outskirts of Seattle. It had a beautiful downtown area with gardens, playgrounds and a supervised mall. There are gorgeous homes that line up to Lake Washington right around the corner as well. There were a few public beaches that you could take in the view from. (Clyde Beach Park) Side note: Bill and Melinda Gates live in this area too!
Have you been to Seattle? What was your favorite thing to do or eat there?! I can’t wait to venture back!
Linking up with Lauren!
Linking up with Lauren!