It’s been 3 weeks since I came back from my 3 week vacation in the United States. Which only means that it’s time to reminisce. I spent a few days in the beautiful city of Seattle. Firstly, the weather was perfect. In summer, when Dubai was experiencing 40 something degrees, I was walking on the steep streets of Seattle in 15 degrees.
There is just so much to do in Seattle but I have narrowed it down to the top 5 things that you must absolutely do in the city:
- Boeing Factory
You know those fabulous 777 aircrafts we sail from country to country in? You can actually see one get made. Take a 90 minute tour around the factory, learn more about the production process and see the various mechanisms of the Boeing fleet. If you are lucky, you may also get to see your favourite airline take off for the first time. You aren’t allowed to take any photos at the tour so make sure to grab your free photo from the gallery later on!
- Eat, Drink and Explore at Pike Place Market
The pike place market is probably the most popular suggestion that gets thrown around when you google Seattle. This is a vibrant market with various shacks and shops.
Pike place is also home to the very first Starbucks. So don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee at this historical coffee shop.
Right by starbucks, there is small Russian pastry shop which queues longer than the shop itself. Stay patient, wait in line and grab some delicious snacks. My favorite was a garlic and cheese roll. YUM!
Finally, walk through the most colorful alley in Seattle (and also slightly disgusting). Marred with saliva of people all over the world, the Gum wall is a fascinating attraction in Seattle. The way to the Gum Wall isn’t very clearly marked so to get to this colorful sticky wall, ask for directions from a local vendor at the Pike Market.
- Snoqualmie Falls
Rent a car for a day and take a short drive (roughly 25-30 mins from pike place) to the Snoqualmie Falls. If you are someone that loves watching waterfalls or taking strolls through nature, this is for you. You can either watch the falls from the viewing area or take a hike down to see it up close.
- Glass Museum and Park
Have you seen those instagram videos of people molding beautiful pieces of art from glass? Well this is a museum of exactly that! The museum also extends to an outdoor garden where the flowers are actually made of glass.
- Space Needle
Another talked about attraction in Seattle is the space needle. It is the most popular landmark in the city. The observation tower allows you to enjoy the scenic views from a height of 184 meters. Below the observation deck lies a revolving glass floor which allows you to really get a good sense of the height.
You can buy combo tickets to the glass museum and space needle together to save some money.
If you know of other interesting places in Seattle comment below! 🙂