We here at Global Itineraries just read an article on fodors.com about author Jim Lynch’s perfect day in Seattle, and it got us thinking about our spectacular trip there in September 2007. Rather than staying in a hotel, we bunked with friends and saw family in the quiet suburb of Bellevue. However, downtown Seattle was easily reached by car or bus. Certainly, a highlight of any trip to Seattle has to include a visit to Pike Place Market (as referenced by Mr. Lynch). The atmosphere is so vibrant and alive, and you can’t miss the fish-throwers! Not that this is the only thing to see there. The market has plenty of vendors selling produce, meat, cheese and clothing. You can also find freshwater pearl dealers who let you choose your own oyster as well as a fantastic magic shop. Plus, you can walk across the street to get a coffee from the very first Starbucks!
In a collegiate frame of mind? Check out the University of Washington’s beautiful campus. As you’re enjoying the scenery, don’t forget to look up. You’ll see some of the coolest gargoyles staring back at you!
If it’s a nice day, Gasworks Park is a great place to spend some time because it gives you an amazing view of all of Seattle’s fantastic houseboats!
There’s a fantastic restaurant right near the park if you’re feeling hungry. It’s called Ivar’s Salmon House. Not only do they have great food, but the interior was modeled after a traditional Native American longhouse.
If you have the time, make sure to hop on a ferry to Bainbridge Island. The ride is short with some beautiful views. Once you get there, you can rent a bike, walk around or just indulge in some ice cream from Mora Iced Creamery – yum! It’s right near the ferry terminal.
Feel like seeing some art? Head downtown and walk into the lobbies of some of the buildings like Benaroya Hall. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the work of Dale Chihuly everywhere!
Seattle is a great city to visit, just be sure to bring your umbrella. Happy Travels!