When traveling to new cities for fun, it’s imperative to dive in like a local and experience why everyone who lives there, lives there.
For Seattlites, explaining why Seattle is so great is easy, especially when it’s sunny outside. After taking suggestions from Anna, her friends and a few websites, here are my favorite explorations thus far. (not in ranked order)
1. Visit Discovery Park. It’s magical. Wild. Stunning! And, this park is big. So, ride your bike. Get out to the lighthouse point. Enjoy a picnic on a clear day and you’ll see Mt. Rainer to one side and the Olympic Mountains to another.
2. Bike the Burke Gilman trail out to Golden Gardens park. Pit stop off at Gas Works park and watch floater planes land in Lake Union, as rowing teams practice their form. The view of the city from Gas Works is Make a second pit stop off at the Ballard Locks. Watch how they transfer boats from the lake to the Sound and attempt to separate fresh water from sea water.
3. Explore the markets. Pike Place is the most famous market you’ve probably seen on TV. It’s the market where they’re tossing fish over customers heads and chanting craziness as they do it. The Ballard market and the U-District market are also divine. The live music changes by the hour. Almost every vendor provides samples to snack on. The produce is unbelievably delicious and fresh, not to mention unique…ever heard of eating fiddle head ferns?!
4. Eat PHO! Seattle has a strong Asian influence. You’ll see Pho places on every other block. Pho is a Vietnamese soup with a broth base, rice noodles, your choice of meat, herbs and fresh veggies. You’ll want to eat it every day. And please do it! Bamboo is my personal favorite in Cap Hill.
5. See a Sounders game. MLS(soccer) is the cool thing here. The games are packed and filled with vibrant fans.
6. Visit Alki Beach. It’s located in West Seattle and offers another view of the city-scape, of the Olympic Peninsula and of splendor. The beach is about .5miles long and the trail goes for miles. Bring a book or a bike.
7. Bike the Centennial Trail from the city north, along the waters edge. Keep your eyes out for the sea otters playing in the waters nearby. If it’s your first time to this coast, seeing an otter can be mysterious. Almost like seeing giant sea creatures-let your imagination run until you see the whiskers-makes for a better story!
8. Eat Sushi. This doesn’t need an explanation but incase you’re in need of a little motivation. It’s on the coast-most of the places are getting fresh fish daily from the local fisherman. The heavy Asian influence means you have people who know what they are doing. And they’re creative – some unthinkable food combinations that are bound to leave your taste-buds smiling. Momiji is a great place to start!
9. Attempt to bike Seattles top 10 steepest hills. This is not for the weak at heart or beach cruising biker. My first hill attempt was said to have a 21% grade. I fell over and left blood on that daunting climb. I have yet to complete this task, however, hardship is going to be met with endurance.
10. Take my friend Anna to RockBox. It’s a karaoke bar in Cap Hill. She loves karaoke so much she forgets that other people request songs and can keep singing for over six hours straight. Sometimes it’s hard to listen too, sometimes the dance moves over power any noise. Regardless, you’ll laugh, a lot!
Kayak Lake Union
Visit the downtown library
Shop the Asian market-Uwajimaya
Island hop via ferries. Whidbey Island is home to Penn Cove Mussels if you love shellfish!
Hike. The list is endless.
Stroll around Capitol Hill.
Bike around Mercer Island.
Walk around the Fishermans Terminal and hear the fishermans stories
There are endless things to see, do and explore in Seattle. Not to mention in the surrounding areas. Washington is a great state. I highly recommend coming to check it out, if you haven’t already.
Lots of thanks for: idea implementation, partner-in-crime explorations and photo creds to my bestie, Anna Paulson!