Before leaving on our Alaskan cruise last May, we had the opportunity to spend just a few days in Seattle, Washington. We were short on time, but we still managed to pack in a lot of fun attractions! Here are my top 5 things not to miss in Seattle.
You probably know by now that I can’t pass up a good view of a new city. The Space Needle lives up to all of the hype. Ride the elevator 520 feet up for a fantastic skyline photo opportunity. Seattle is notoriously cloudy, but we caught a break in the clouds and were able to get some pictures of the skyscrapers at the water’s edge.
Type A Tidbit: Make a reservation for the revolving restaurant at the top of the Space Needle!
Chihuly Garden and Glass
This was my favorite thing we did in Seattle! I had previously been impressed by some of Chihuly’s work at the Bellagio in Las Vegas so I was really looking forward to this. Dale Chihuly is a world famous glass sculptor who specializes in the area of blown glass. The Chihuly Garden and Glass showcases some of his priceless large scale sculptures. It’s amazing how much work goes into each piece and that these installations are so fragile.
Type A Tidbit: Chihuly Garden and Glass is located right beside the Space Needle. Purchase the combo ticket to both sites to save a little money.
The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight is the largest air and space museum in the world. Don’t expect to see everything here in just a few hours! There are over 150 different aircraft on display including the first jet Air Force One.
Type A Tidbit: The Museum of Flight is located about 20 minutes from downtown Seattle so plan accordingly.
Safeco Field/CenturyLink Field
We’re still on our quest to see every major league ballpark in the country, so we couldn’t miss an opportunity to see the Mariners at Safeco Field. The field is in a great location and they offer daily tours for only $12. If you’re a football fan, then consider a tour at CenturyLink Field. Home to the Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field has some of the best views of Pugent Sound and downtown Seattle. Tour tickets are $14, but check the schedule. Tours are only offered on weekends from October to May.
Type A Tidbit: Safeco Field has a retractable roof so you can enjoy the game rain or shine!
Pike Place Market
One of the iconic landmarks in Seattle, Pike Place Market is a great place to explore. There are so many great vendors! From fresh flowers to homemade greek yogurt there’s something in Pike Place Market for everyone. Don’t miss the fresh seafood stall so you can watch the fishmongers tossing the daily catch around. Other things in the market not to miss: Buy a coffee mug at the original Starbucks. Try a cup of Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt (try the caramel!). Watch cheese being made at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (Bonus: they give out samples!). Enjoy dessert at The Confectional (the Quadruple Chocolate Cheesecake was featured on Food Network’s Top 5 Chocolate Desserts).
Type A Tidbit: The market is very popular, and therefore, very crowded. Avoid going during peak hours or be ready to battle the crowds. Catching an uber or cab from here can be pretty tricky so walk just a block or two away to make it easier.
I’m hoping one day we’ll make it back to Seattle for longer than just a day or two. There are so many other great areas to explore… these were just the highlights!