Recently, I paid a short visit to Seattle, Washington. Downtown Seattle is a bustling city with plenty to do. During my day visit, I explored Pikes Public Market which is situated along the waterfront. Pikes Market is well worth the visit. The market is lined with vendors selling fresh produce including vegetables, fruits, and seafood. In addition, there are booths selling crafts and beautiful, fresh-cut flowers. I bought a bouquet of flowers for only $5. Although the market can get crowded, there is a vibrant energy, with so much to see and buy. The market is open daily with fresh produce and fish starting at 7 am and the merchants are open from 10 am – 6 pm. Pikes Market is surrounded by many cute shops, restaurants, and of course, coffee shops. You can even visit the first ever Starbucks. Although the line typically trails outside the door, there is a Starbucks on just about every block, so you can skip the long line and still get your coffee fix. Throughout downtown, there is also plenty of shopping with big name clothing stores, including the first Nordstrom’s and REI. The city is extremely walkable and also has convenient public transportation, including buses and a light rail. Even though this was my first visit to Seattle, I found my way around quite easily, so it is an easy city to explore.
Since I was only able to stay in Seattle for a short visit, I didn’t have time to see several of the other attractions in the area. However, for those of you who may be visiting Seattle with more time, there are several other points of interest. Along the waterfront there is the Seattle Aquarium, which is open daily, 9:30 am to 5 pm. The aquarium also offers package deals for multiple attractions that you may want to consider. Visit their website at http://www.seattleaquarium.org for ticket prices and more information. Close by is also a new land mark of Seattle, the Seattle Great Wheel, which is a Ferris wheel that offers a great view of the city and water front. Enjoy three revolutions around the Ferris wheel when you purchase a ticket. This attraction is a calm, scenic ride and great for the whole family. For more information, visit http://www.seattlegreatwheel.com. While in the area, you can also enjoy a one hour Seattle Harbor Tour offered by Argosy Cruises. During this tour, you enjoy a unique view of the city and also learn about Seattle history. If you are interested in this tour, you can find more information at http://www.argosycruises.com. About a mile away, you will find one of Seattle’s most famous landmarks, the space needle. The observation deck offers a 360 view of not only Seattle and the waterfront, but also famous mountains, including Mt. Rainier. If you can’t get enough of the view, consider eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the SkyCity restaurant. For further information, visit http://www.spaceneedle.com. Located next to the space needle is also an attraction well worth the visit, Chihuly Garden and Glass. View beautiful glass sculptures, mixed with an impressive garden, and you can even join a tour of the glasshouse and garden. They also offer combined tickets for Chihuly Garden and Glass and the space needle if you are interested in both attractions. To see pictures and for more information, visit their website at http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com. Clearly, there is a lot to see and do downtown, so take advantage of what the city has to offer if your travels bring you to Seattle.