After spending a few days in Vancouver, Canada, my husband and I packed up the rental car and headed south to Seattle. After a few stops along the way, we arrived in the city and got checked in to our hotel. We stayed at the very edge of the Queen Anne neighborhood, about ten minutes from the Space Needle and other attractions. After settling our things, we set off to Chinatown for dinner. The next day, after breakfast, we met up with a tour guide who took us on a coffee tour of the city, with stops at multiple roasters and coffee shops, where we learned more about the history of coffee in Seattle and the roasting process, and got to try a variety of different types of coffee. Energized for the rest of the day, we decided to do the Underground City tour. Admittedly, I was a skeptic and thought it would be cheesy, but our guide was very engaging and knowledgeable, which made for an enjoyable experience. The next morning, we headed to Fremont for a stop at Archie McPhee's novelty shop and a visit to the Fremont Troll, then headed to the Experience Music Project, where they had some really cool Star Wars and fantasy movie exhibits, along with the usual Kurt Cobain/Nirvana/Jimi Hendrix/grunge exhibits that you'd expect in Seattle. We also visited the Chihuly Garden, where the glass sculptures will blow you away. Of course, no visit to Seattle is complete without a trip to Pike Place Market and a ride to the top of the Space Needle, so we did those two activities the last day we were in town. Early the next morning, we set off for some hiking at Mount Rainier National Park, but I'll save that for another post!
Culture and experiences
Experience Music Project
Highly recommend just for their special exhibits. While we were there, they had Star Wars, horror movies, fantasy movies, and an excellent Chuck Jones exhibit.
Points of interest
You've seen pictures of it...so take the time to hunt down the Fremont Troll for yourself while you're in the area!
Pike Place Market
Plan to eat at least a couple meals from the vendors at the Market, and don't forget to take a picture of the sign!
An obligatory experience. Buy tickets in advance, but plan your visit based on the forecast for the day - you don't want to be all the way at the top with no view due to cloud cover.