Fun fact: for a Floridian, I’m not a huge fan of heat. Don’t get me wrong – I love summer, and I love going to the beach and working on my tan! But 95 degrees with humidity? Count me out. Luckily, my parents and I decided to take a trip to the west coast for a little while to escape the heat – first stop, Seattle! I wasn’t really sure what to expect on this trip; to be honest, I thought the Space Needle was the only cool thing in the city. It turns out that I wasn’t exactly wrong – Seattle isn’t exactly an epicenter of excitement. However, the city and surrounding area had plenty of cute and fun activities that I was able to check out, and I was by no means disappointed!
I hadn’t been to Seattle since I was too young to remember, so of course I wanted to see all of the “touristy” things in the city. One of the first places we went was Pike Place Market, a huge public farmers market right across the street from the first Starbucks ever! There was so much to see that we spent an entire half of a day there. There were beautiful flower stands, many of which had some of the pretty tulips that the northwest is so well-known for.
Of course, you can’t possibly visit Pike Place Market without seeing their famous fish market! The guy working was nice enough to let me hold one of the fish before he tossed it to his coworkers at the counter! The verdict: it was very slimy. We also got to listen to a jazz band playing for tips, and they were incredible! I couldn’t help but be a little reminded of the Country Bear Jamboree, mostly because of the uncanny similarities in their choice of instruments to those of the “Bear Band”…
I also got a look at the famous “gum wall” near Pike Place market! It was a little gross, but also weirdly cool. After several hours of wandering around the market and the waterfront, we grabbed an early dinner (well, early by west coast standards) and walked to the city’s monorail, our transportation of choice to get to the Space Needle.
The Space Needle has a sort of retro charm that’s hard to describe – even the inside is filled with 60’s style decorations and posters! After about an hour in line, we were able to take the elevator to the top. I’m not going to lie – the view wasn’t exactly stunning. The coolest thing about the Seattle skyline is the Space Needle itself, which obviously you can’t see if you’re at the top of it looking out. However, seeing Mt. Rainier behind the city skyline is pretty unique to behold, so you won’t find any complaints from me!
Our second sightseeing adventure took place outside of the city – we drove to Mt. Rainier! I think I’ve mentioned on this blog before that I’m absolutely in love with snow. Much to my surprise, we ran into plenty of it at Mt. Rainier! I didn’t exactly dress appropriately, but it didn’t matter too much, because despite the snow it wasn’t too cold out. The drive through the mountains was so beautiful, and the lack of cellular really paid off when we arrived at our final destination: Paradise Point. I only sank up to my calves in snow three or four times, and I only slipped in my terrible-for-snow Converse once! It was an amazing experience that I hadn’t expected to have on this trip, but I’m so glad I did!
Seattle was a cute little city with a whole lot of charm! If you’re planning to travel there, I would definitely recommend you also check out Mt. Rainier while you’re at it. I’m not sure there’s enough in Seattle to make me want to go back anytime soon, but as for the destination of the second leg of our trip, I would have to say I feel the opposite. Next up: Vancouver!
It might take me a few days to get that post up, but it’ll be by the end of this week! Until next time, thanks for reading!