In September 2015, after completing Pacific Coast Highway, I had the opportunity to visit Seattle and cross the item on the top of my travel bucket list.
The city lived up to my expectations, and I was very lucky, as it did not rain- even for a single time- during those 4 days.
My only regret is staying in Seattle for only 4 days. If I go there again, I will stay for at least a week.
- Region/State: Pacific Northwest / Washington
- Population: 668,342
- Number of Rainy Days in a Year: 152
- Nickname: The Emerald City
- Tallest Building: Columbia Center
- NFL Team: Seattle Seahawks
- Some Fortune 500 Companies Headquartered in Seattle: Boeing (now in Chicago), Microsoft, Amazon, & Starbucks
The first sketch of the iconic Space Needle was drawn by Edward Carlson, on a napkin. The 184-meter tower was built for the futuristic World’s Fair in 1962. It has an observation deck, that can be accessed 7 days a week, with a spectacular view.
Tips: Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. you can take the best photos from the observation deck. I recommend purchasing your tickets before the trip, on the Space Needle website. It will save you a great deal of time.
Absolutely Necessary and Unnecessary Information on Pike Place Market
Since August 1907, Pike Place Market has been Seattle’s local market and its center of fresh food.
Its story started before the gold rush, when Seattle was a remote town with a population of approximately 40,000. Throughout the decades that led to the 20th century, its population nearly doubled, causing an increase in the demand for fresh produce and goods.
In the late 1900s, the demand for fresh produce grew so sharply that its price skyrocketed. The price inflation, in return, left the farmers face to face with decreasing sales.
Following the failure, Seattle City Councilman Thomas Revelle suggested establishing a marketplace, where farmers and other citizens could meet directly.
Today, you can join cooking classes, buy fresh food or have dinner at Pike Place Market.
The Boeing Factory Tour
If you don’t have aviophoba, I’m almost sure that you will love this place.
You can see the world’s largest building by volume* and join the tour to watch the real-life aircraft assembly lines in operation at Boeing Everett Production Facility.
The guide — usually a Boeing employee- helps navigate the factory and informs you of the processes in it.
Including the travel time from Seattle city center, 3 hours will be enough for the visit.
Before the tour: You should book your visit and buy tickets on the website before arriving.
Electronic devices are not allowed in the facility, and they have to be left in the lockers at the front desk. However, you can enjoy taking photographs at Museum of Flight.
If you are interested in pop culture, grunge, or science fiction, this museum is a must-see for you. Inside, you will see Eric Clapton’s guitars, Nirvana’s first professional demo and hundreds of other Nirvana-related cult figures, and the Star Trek exhibition.
EMP museum or MoPOP is near Space Needle at Seattle Center, and it is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It took approximately 4 hours for me to see all the exhibitions inside and go through some of them in detail.
The Original Starbucks or 1912 Pike Place
You can visit the original Starbucks, which was opened in 1971, at 1912 Pike Place. There is not a hack or special formula for avoiding the line, as the original Starbucks gets crowded all the time.
Pacific Northwest has some of the most stunning scenery on earth, and Magnolia Boulevard is one of the best places to experience it.
It is also one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Seattle, so get ready to see some beautiful houses that will make you jealous.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Dave Chihuly, the artist, has led the development of glass as a fine art*. His works has been on view worldwide, since the 1970s.
Chihuly Garden and Glass was opened at Seattle Center in 2012. Detailed information on daily opening hours can be found on the website. I recommend visiting their page before your visit, since the special event closures are announced on it monthly.
The Great Wheel
By visiting Pier 57 and taking a 15-minute ride on the Great Wheel, you can watch the beautiful scenery of Puget Sound, as well as the majestic Mount Rainier.