The things I loved in Seattle

This is categorically not a guide to the best things to do in Seattle. I only spent one full day and two half days in the city, and at least one of those half days was spent in my hotel bed stricken with a mystery sickness. So, I’m definitely not qualified to write any sort of ‘guide’ to the city. I did, however, really enjoy my visit and I’m here to share the highlights with you.

The Space Needle

I fell deeply and irrevocably in love with the Space Needle as soon as I saw it.

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Same as I did with the Chrysler Building, and the Sydney Opera House. I can’t really explain why; something about the gloriously retro design, the colours, and the sheer optimism of the project completely won me over. Obviously the spectacular views from the top help as well…

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But every time I got a glimpse of the Needle from the ground it made me a bit giddy.

The EMP Museum shell

Technically I think this is a facade but it looks more like it should be called a shell so I’m calling it a shell.

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This is the coolest building exterior – it looks like it should be alive. And when seen from the monorail it’s just a whole other level. We didn’t have time to go in, sadly, but I spent a fair amount of time admiring the panels glinting in the sunshine.

Okay actually just the whole Seattle Center.

This pedestrianised precinct is packed with the coolest stuff. As well as the Space Needle and the EMP Museum it’s the terminus to the monorail (very fun), it’s got a food court, Chihuly Garden and Glass (really wanted to go but couldn’t fit it in), the Pacific Science Centre (ditto) and… the International Fountain.

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S and I spent a worryingly long time here watching the fountain go, and watching various people playing the ‘trying to touch the metal without getting wet’ game. It’s more fun in real life than it sounds. And by the number of people who stayed much longer than we did, it’s a popular one, too.

The community garden in Pike Place Market

The market on the whole was a bit busy for me, and once I’d seen the fish being thrown and walked swiftly past the stalls selling lovely handmade things I can’t afford, I was basically done.

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Then we found this garden and I could have stayed there all afternoon – this is a garden maintained by community groups around the area, and it grows produce to supply local food banks. There’s also bee hotels, cute places to sit and the most madcap assortment of garden decorations you’ve ever seen. All done with love.

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To get there, turn left at the fish being thrown, go round about a bit, down, along, and you’re there. Simple.

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You’ve got to love a garden with a sense of humour.

The Underground Tour

I think this appears on everyone’s list of things to do in Seattle, but I heard about it thanks to Ashley and now I know why it’s on everyone’s list. It’s brilliant!

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I won’t spoil the contents of the tour but it’s full of just the right amount of history, intrigue, and spookiness.

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They even do a late night tour with adult beverages, which sounds like the absolute best idea for a hen party.

Or any party.

The Museum of History & Industry

I’m not gonna lie, I mostly just liked this museum for the giant light up R they have on display.

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Because R for Rachel.

Yes I’m five.

The art

Everywhere in Seattle you go, there’s art. From street art…

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…to commissioned art on the streets…

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…it’s everywhere.

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Apparently a portion of all development budgets have to go towards public art, which explains a lot (but not all) of it. It gave the city a fun and vaguely whimsical feel, which I enjoyed.

Have you been to Seattle? What did you love about it?

-Rachel

Linking up with Mummy Travels and Wander Mum for City Tripping

 The things I loved in Seattle because if you're been there a day and a half you can't write a guide

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  1. 17th November 2016 / 16:48

    You spent more time there than me – we literally arrived by ferry from Victoria at 2 then caught the Coast Starlight the next morning but it seemed like an interesting city – loved the Space Needle and I rather liked Pike Place Market though it was packed!

    Did you see the chewing-gum wall?

    The underground tour looks amazing would have loved that!

    Hopefully will get there one day again to see a bit more!

  2. 17th November 2016 / 18:35

    I’m so glad that you loved your time in Seattle! I loved the Space Needle too, and I don’t think that it would be the Seattle skyline without it! Bummer that you missed out on the Chihuly Garden and Glass, but I’m so glad that you loved the Underground Tour! It really was so cool to learn more about the city, and to see it from underground!

  3. 17th November 2016 / 19:02

    I love Seattle 🙂 I’ve never been to a lot of these places but agree on the Space Needle 100%! Did you enjoy pike place market? And did you make it to Capitol Cider? It’s the 100% gf restaurant!

  4. 17th November 2016 / 22:29

    I’m dying to get to Seattle! (and portland actually)! The PNW is the only part of the US that I really haven’t spent much time in. looking to change that in 2017!

  5. 18th November 2016 / 01:31

    You’ve got me putting Seattle on my must visit list now. Thanks for the lovely photos and writing.

    SSG xxx

  6. 18th November 2016 / 09:17

    “violators will be composted” is such a funny…and yet extremely menacing…warning! 😛

  7. 18th November 2016 / 14:22

    between my friend visiting last night from seattle to this post – i just need to get back asap. i miss that place. i love the needle – it’s so classic. and the garden! yes! i love the market, it just makes me happy to see all the little vendors set up shop 🙂 love shopping small. and the art – oh i wish my town had more but it’s growing!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  8. Jen
    18th November 2016 / 14:23

    Kyle spent a lot of time in Seattle (he went to college in Washington) and it has always been somewhere I would love to visit!

  9. 18th November 2016 / 19:41

    This is a great post! I’ve been to Seattle once (just visited Washington again last week but didn’t have enough time to get into the city) and haven’t seen ANY of the things in your post. So glad to know I can go again and discover more of the things I missed! I did go to Pike Place but only saw a bit of it.

    Thanks for the compilation of awesome things to see in Seattle. Will have to use this post when I go back. 🙂 Pinned for future use.

  10. 19th November 2016 / 06:40

    Gorgeous, gorgeous shots, you really sold the city to me!! And, wow, I love the EMP Museum shell, I’ve never seen anything like that!

  11. 19th November 2016 / 09:43

    Looks like you had lots of fun in Seattle! I love a city with cool street art, it makes walking around so much fun.

  12. 19th November 2016 / 13:55

    Seems like you covered a lot of ground in such a limited time. Beautiful photos as always!! Cannot wait to visit Seattle and explore, looks like such an interesting city!

  13. 22nd November 2016 / 14:01

    So glad you loved Seattle. I love the things that you’ve chosen to feature – particularly the art on the streets and your utter delight in the Space Needle. I fell in love with Seattle when I visited on a five-week US road trip with a girlfriend. Of all the places we visited, it was the city I most felt at home. I’d love to go back. #citytripping

  14. 22nd November 2016 / 16:45

    Wow you did see quite a lot in your time there and it looks like a really brilliant place to visit.

  15. 22nd November 2016 / 16:53

    Arrgh! I missed out on the underground tour, it looks so cool! I absolutely adored the EMP and the Space Needle though. #citytripping

  16. 22nd November 2016 / 22:23

    I love your photos – and would have loved to spend more than a day and an evening in Seattle, which was pretty much what I had before heading out to the Olympic Peninsula. I managed to squeeze in Pike Place, the EMP and Space Needle (which I loved too) but the underground tour sounds brilliant. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  17. 23rd November 2016 / 11:19

    Your post really made me want to visit. I have friends from there, one of them misses the space needle so much she has a small tattoo of it! 🙂 #citytripping

  18. 23rd November 2016 / 14:08

    I love Seattle too. I must see that garden next time I go! With your directions, I should be able to find it no problem. 😉

  19. 23rd November 2016 / 23:12

    I spent a very short time in Seattle, over 13 years ago, crossing over from Canada to renew our visa. We didn’t see much to be honest so should revisit and do some of your suggestions. Love the look of the Emp museum!

  20. 2nd December 2016 / 17:38

    I’ve never been to Seattle, but you make it seem like a great place to explore! I knew about Pike Street Market and it’s been on my bucket list for a while, but I didn’t know about Seattle Underground. That sounds like a fun thing as well! 🙂

  21. 3rd December 2016 / 00:30

    It’s funny I never really thought of visiting Seattle, but you’re making it sound very very nice! And sunny! haha

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