48 Hours in Seattle – The Perfect Weekend Itinerary
Are you looking for the perfect weekend getaway? Look no further than Seattle, Washington! This bustling city is one of the most vibrant and dynamic in the US, and a perfect destination for anyone looking to explore the great outdoors while still enjoying all the city has to offer. With this itinerary, you’ll get a good taste of what makes Seattle so special in just 48 hours!
There are so many great things to do in Seattle – from exploring Pike Place Market and getting coffee at one of the city’s many amazing coffee shops to walking around Volunteer Park and enjoying views of downtown from Kerry Park. And don’t forget about all of the delicious food – from sushi to sandwiches to seafood! Whether you’re looking for things to do on a rainy day or sunny day – this guide has you covered!
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When To Visit Seattle
Exploring the Excitement of Pike Place Market
Pike Place market is the oldest farmers market in the United States, first opening its doors in 1907. The best time to explore Pike Place Market is in the morning when it first opens up. Though there are plenty of sights and activities throughout the day, early mornings offer a unique experience with fewer people around and a chance to try some local breakfast favorites like Beecher’s Handmade Cheese or The Crumpet Shop. However, if you’re looking for something more relaxed and less crowded, mid-morning may be a better option.
There is so much to experience at Pike Place Market – from savory treats to unique souvenirs – that it would be impossible to cover everything in one visit! Whether you choose an early morning or mid-morning adventure, plan your trip ahead so you can make sure you get a chance to see all the exciting things that this public market has to offer.
Pike Place was amazing, why? One: It’s where the basic bitch was born and two: there was so much food.
At least those are my two favourite reasons. Pike Place is of course home of the original Starbucks, when I visited Seattle I didn’t know that less than a month after i’d be working for the company. (And one of my favourite employers to date I might add) The line up for this particular Starbucks was so long, even I couldn’t be bothered to line up. Instead I got my coffee at their other location just around the corner, it’s kind of the same right?
Pike Place also features lots and lots of different cuisines, and this foodie was loving life. I ate a lot.
In fact I ate so much, my jeans ripped open in a not so subtle place. I mean, they were already on their last legs, but I like to think it was the food.
Sticky in Seattle
The gum wall is located in Post Alley, just below Pike Place market. I find it really disgusting but really fascinating that this is a tourist attraction. I suppose it’s a form of recycling for the sake of art? Sure. Let’s go with that.
Still I kind of think it’s a cool way to leave a piece of yourself in Seattle. Even if that piece is full of germs.
The Space Needle
As a kid in the 90’s I absolutely loved the TV show Frasier, and as an adult I still do. Watching the beginning credits as the outline of Seattle appeared across my TV screen. The outline of the pace needle always fascinated me, what a weird looking building? It was like some sort of alien flying saucer. I knew I had to see it.
It was almost like something from EPCOT, and I liked it. (As always, a Disney reference)
The views from above were incredible. Any kind of observation deck is always a must in Cities for me, I don’t know why but seeing a city from above just fascinates me.
We ventured into a little shop selling olive oil and balsamic vinegar. MY roommate ending up buying one of each, we later had it with bread from pure bread here in Whistler – so good!
While we were browsing, I couldn’t help but notice the sweet sweet smell drifting in from nearby. You might know by now that I have a very sweet tooth. The bakery next door was called Piroshki Piroshki, which is a Russian bakery. I couldn’t help but think of Red from Orange is the new black.
A Piroshki is a Russian puff pastry which is then fried or baked and stuff with different fillings. They.Were.Amazing.
We wandered into the Museum of Pop Culture but the ticket price was a little steep for us, we were not earning very much money here in Whistler.
We caught the monorail from here, while singing the “Monoraaaiiiillll” song from The Simpsons. (Again, being on a monorail, I’m thinking EPCOT. Anyone else?)
The locals in Seattle were some of the friendliest I’d ever met, not just in the States, but anywhere. Everyone was so willing to help you find you way, or to give recommendations.
One of the recommendations given to us was the Alibi Room. A cool little bar just opposite the gum wall. This was a really popular bar, with some very strong drinks!
The Crab Pot
We ended our trip by sampling some of Seattle’s best seafood. The Crab Pot is a seafood restaurant just on the waterfront. We had buckets of crab, shrimp and muscles thrown on our table. There was no better way to end the trip than with more food.
Unsurprisingly, it rained the whole time we were in the city. Having lived in the Pacific Northwest for 5 months already, I’m not stranger to the weather. But it reminded me of home somewhat. Seattle was definitely a city I could see myself living in. It was far more laid back than my hometown of London.
Have you ever been Seattle?
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