The 5 top things to do in Seattle
If you travel almost as far up as you can on the west coast in the USA, you’ll find quite a quirky but fun city – Seattle. It is a really cool place with quite a few unique things to check out!
Seattle, located in Washington, is only two and a half hours by car from Vancouver if you happen to be in Canada, which makes it the perfect destination for a day trip across the border.
Guest blogger Amanda from My Backpacker Life made the drive down from Vancouver and spent a day exploring Seattle – here she shares her top 5 things to do when you’re in Seattle
The Fremont Troll
In Fremont, a fun neighbourhood only 15 minutes outside of Seattle, you’ll find quite a unique piece of art under the George Washington Memorial Bridge – a troll!
It pretty much looks like it’s coming out from the ground under the bridge and it’s supposed to be grasping a car, although I didn’t get that at first, to be honest.
Now when I’m looking back at my photos, it’s pretty clear – which makes the troll even more interesting! This statue is such a rare sight and definitely a must-see during your visit.
Gas Works Park
The Gas Works Park is located only 15 minutes by foot, or five minutes by car, from the Fremont Troll. This park is for everyone who loves skylines.
It used to be the home of Seattle Gas Light Company and you’re still able to see its remains if you stroll around the park. Bring a picnic, choose a nice spot on the hill and admire the beautiful skyline that Seattle has to offer!
Pike Place Market
Looking for fresh fish? Maybe some fruit and vegetables? Or, are you perhaps looking for some artwork or other souvenirs to bring with you back home?
The Pike Place Market pretty much has it all! This is one of USA’s oldest farmer’s markets and it’s definitely worth a visit. In addition to the crafts market, farmer’s market and all the food options, there are also small adjoining shops that sell everything from vinyl records to old comic books!
Before your visit to Seattle is over for this time, you should really check out Kerry Park. It’s located northwest of the city centre, upon a hill – which is the reason it offers such great views!
From this viewpoint, you’ll get to see Seattle’s skyline and beyond – maybe end your day by watching the sunset from here?
The very first Starbucks
Do you know where the first Starbucks opened up its doors? You guessed it, it was in Seattle. Even better, it’s just minutes away from the Pike Place Market!
Even if you don’t drink coffee, this could be a pretty cool place to check out. You’ll find it at 1912 Pike Place, but be prepared to wait in a rather long line before you get to order.
Author Bio : In 2018, Amanda quit her job back home in Sweden to become a full-time backpacker. She’s spent one year in Canada and soon she’ll move on to explore the USA and Australia. Follow her adventures on her blog My Backpacker Life and on Facebook: Mybackpackerlifeblog or Instagram: Mybackpackerlifeblog
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