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11 Things to Explore in Seattle

By on January 15, 2017 in U.S. Travel with 0 Comments

Seattle“Only the curious have, if they live, a tale worth telling at all.” – Alistair Reid

When you travel for work, do you take time to explore your surroundings? Or, do you go straight to your hotel room, attend your meetings, and head back home? If you have the chance to venture out, I suggest you do. You never know what adventure awaits.

Work beckoned me to Seattle, a place I had always wanted to visit. I was determined to see as much as possible. Below is a list of 11 things to explore in Seattle.

Seattle Street Art   Men versus Women Tippers in Seattle

The Pink Door, Seattle   Umbrellas in Seattle

The View from my Office in Seattle   Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle   The Original Starbucks in Seattle

Centurylink Field, Seattle  Seattle Street Musicians

Star Wars   Dancing Flowers

International Fountain, Seattle

1. Pike Place Market: This farmer’s market has some of the freshest fish and produce I have ever seen. The variety of flowers, art, and crafts are fun to shop. When in Seattle, Pike Place Market is something you have to experience… especially when fish is being thrown in the air.

Pike Place Market   Lobster Tails at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market Pig   Sunflowers at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market   Fish at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market   Crabs at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market   Lavender at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market    Shrimp at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market   Veggies at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market   Crab Legs at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market   Flowers at Pike Place Market

Peppers at Pike Place Market   Fish at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market   Pike Place Market

Seafood at Pike Place Market   Sunflowers at Pike Place Market

Tomatoes at Pike Place Market   Crabs at Pike Place Market

Flowers at Pike Place Market    Pike Place Market

Veggies at Pike Place Market   Fish at Pike Place Market

Flowers at Pike Place Market   Pike Place Market

Oysters at Pike Place Market   Flowers at Pike Place Market

2. The Space Needle: The Space Needle was smaller than what my co-workers had imagined, but it was still super cool and mandatory to visit. I did not have any expectations going there, and I thoroughly enjoyed the views. I cannot imagine exploring Seattle without a stop at the Space Needle.

Gina Pacelli at the Space Needle  The Space Needle

Space Needle View  Seattle

The Space Needle, Seattle   Experience Music Project Museum, Seattle

Seattle   Seattle Sunset

Space Needle   Space Needle View

3. Chihuly Garden and Glass: One of the gems I discovered was the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. I was familiar with Chihuly, as I had seen his exhibit in Florida and experienced his influence in Vegas. Chihuly‘s museum became a must see on my Seattle bucket list.

As I wandered through the museum, I was captivated by his funky, glass sculptures and kaleidoscope of colors. I would definitely recommend this place to an art enthusiast.

Check out my South Florida: Chihuly Exhibit at Fairfield blog.

Chihuly Glass Art in Seattle   Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle

Chihuly Gardens   Chihuly Glass Art in Seattle

Chihuly Glass Art in Seattle   Chihuly Glass Art

Chihuly Glass Art   Chihuly Glass Art

Chihuly Gardens   Chihuly Glass Art

Chihuly Glass Art and Space Needle   Chihuly Glass Art

Chihuly Gardens   Chihuly Glass Art

Chihuly Glass Art in Seattle   Chihuly Glass Art

Flowers at Chihuly   Chihuly Gardens

4. The Museum of Pop Culture, formerly the Experience Music Project Museum (EMP): The MoPop is a funky, architectural building home to popular culture. This non-profit museum boasts original music lyrics and guitars previously owned by our musical legends.

Guitars at MoPop   MoPop, Seattle

MoPop, Seattle    MoPop

MoPop, Seattle   Guitars at MoPop

Jimi Hendrix   MoPop

MoPop, Seattle   

MoPop, Seattle   Guitars at MoPop

5. Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder: As I love water, boats, and nature, Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder was a great spot to check out. The park was pretty to stroll through, and the highlight was watching salmon and steelhead swim upstream.

Ballard Locks Seattle   Flower

Fish at Fish Ladder   Gina Pacelli and BA

The Fish Ladder   Ballard Locks, Seattle

Fish, Fish Ladder, Seattle   Fish

Ballard Locks   Fish Ladder

6. Gum Wall: After venturing through Pike Place Market, take a stroll down Post Alley to check out the Gum Wall. Yes, it is disgusting, but it is a local landmark.

Gina Pacelli at the Gum Wall, Seattle   Gum Wall

Post Alley   Gum Wall, Seattle

Gum Wall   Rox at Gum Wall, Seattle

7. Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour: I have never gone beneath a city. So, when I heard about Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, I was intrigued. The experience was unique, the ghost stories were fun, and I learned how the “underground” was created. This was definitely an unexpected, welcome twist to my trip.

The Underground Tour   Underground, Seattle

Underground Newspaper  Purple Tiles

The Underground   Underground Toilet

Underground Art   Underground Jericho Inn

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8. Alki Beach: I am fairly good at researching travel destinations. However, locals’ recommendations are always the best. In my training class, I was fortunate to sit next to a woman who lived in Seattle. I quizzed her on places not everyone would know about, but would be fun to check out. She told me about Alki Beach.

My co-workers and I took a boat over to Alki Beach, where we ate lunch. The ride was beautiful, and we got a different perspective of the city. Once we were on the other side, Seattle danced before our eyes over the water.

My high school friend, Billy, also took me to a different part of Alki Beach prior to dropping me off at the airport. The beach stretched on for miles against the mountains, and I would have loved to have walked along its inviting shores. It is definitely a pretty place!

Boat to Alki Beach   Gina Pacelli on a Boat to Alki Beach

Seattle from Alki Beach      Alki Beach

Alki Beach   Alki Beach (Photo credit: Roxanne Lawniczak)

Alki Beach   Alki Beach

Alki Beach

What I would have liked to have seen, but did not have time for…

9. Mount Rainier: I would have loved to have spent a day hiking Mount Rainier. The mountain looked magnificent in the distance. I can only imagine the beauty I would have encountered had I taken a day trip there.

10. Kerry Park: There were several parks in Seattle I would have enjoyed, one of them being Kerry Park. The park is known for its phenomenal views of the city and at times, Mount Rainier.

11. Canlis: Intrigued by 35 Most Amazing Restaurants With A View, I have been eating at these restaurants during my travels. Canlis is on this list, so I am sure the view is fantastic.

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Have you visited Seattle? If so, share your experiences in the comments section below. 

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