Sleepless in Seattle (Part 1) - Places to See
With a blink of an eye, we are now in mid-July, and there is still so much to do on our (Mr. P and mine) summer to-do-list! We recently checked one off the list during our visit to beautiful Seattle. It was our first time visiting Seattle, so it was a highly anticipated trip. We have heard AND seen beautiful pictures and could not wait to see for ourselves! I'm sharing on the blog today Part 1 of our Seattle travel guide to Seattle and talking about the places that visited. Stay tuned for Part 2, which will be all about food & drink!
Mr. P and I booked a Friday evening flight that left Chicago O'hare around 6 pm and landed in Seattle around 8:30 pm (YAY for the time change). We hopped into an Uber Pool, as it was much cheaper, and went on our way to the Westin, which is located right in the middle of the downtown Seattle. *Fun fact about Ubers picking up at the airport, they HAVE to be a hybrid or fully electric vehicle...it was so funny seeing the line of Prius', Mr. P and I both got a kick out of that.
- Space Needle - Our first full day in Seattle and we were ready to go explore, bright and early! We bought tickets to the Space Needle to skip the lines, but had to wait in the OTHER long line, ugh. At least it didn't take too long to get to the top...maybe 10 mins. I actually do recommended buying tickets before you go! We bought the cheaper ones that they offer called the "up early/up late" tickets which are available for use either 8am - 9:30am or 10pm - 11pm, those were only $19/person vs the normal time tickets that were $29/person. We knew we had a full day of activities planned so going to check out the Space Needle early at 9:30am worked out perfectly, and we saved $20 that went towards the drink fund ;). The only downside to going super early is that Seattle is a bit cloudy in the morning...not foggy, just cloudy. So if sunshine is what you're looking for, maybe go during normal hours after 11am or so!
- Pike Place Market - Two words. Pure amazingness! We went around 11 AM and it was SO BUSY! There were flower stands, veggie stands, LOTS of seafood stands (I could not believe how big the crabs were), it was amazing. We were even lucky enough to witness a fish being thrown at the Pike Place Fish Market!!
- Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room - Of course we had to visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting room! It is located in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle, which was app a 15 minute walk from our hotel. The roastery was HUGE inside and super busy too. There was roastery equipment out in the open for everyone to see...and it was so mesmerizing too. I've never seen coffee roasting equipment until this trip! In addition to the roastery equipment, there was a coffee library, an experience bar, and lots of lower level seating space to sit and soak up the entire experience. Mr. P and I ordered a "coffee tasting journey," which consisted of a special roasted flavor of coffee, dried cherries, dark chocolate, and cheese. It was really cool tasting the coffee in different ways instead of just drinking it for the caffeine! Mr. P even said you can watch employees bagging freshly roasted coffee through the one-way mirror in the men's restroom! (kinda weird, I know)
- Lake Union - Lake Union is app a 30 min walk from Starbucks Reserve Roastery (Capitol Hill neighborhood). It was such a nice day out so our plan was to walk from the roastery to lunch at Lake Union. It just so happened to be the Wooden Boat Festival that weekend, so we also got to see such cool (and huge) wooden boats by the dock! Mr. P and I saw a few water taxi planes land, so we decided to walk over and see if we could go on a plane tour....but once we walked in, I noticed lots of luggage and got way too embarrassed to ask if they also did tours.
- Mount Rainier National Park - Mr. P was so so so excited about doing some hiking at Mount Rainier National Park. He had planned this whole trail out but we unfortunately had to change plans last minute because that trail was still covered in snow. The trail we ended up hiking was about 5 miles round trip...and let me tell ya, being a first time hiker, 5 miles was enough! After our hike, we drove to the top of the national park, and got a glimpse of the amazing snow covered Mount Rainier. So beautiful! Mr. P and I are already talking about going back one of these August's so that we can climb the original trail that he had planned....the view from that hike looked amazing from the pictures we saw online.
- Mariners Game - It wouldn't be a 4th of July celebration without going to a ball game! Mr. P and I thought it would be a fun way to spend an evening AND be able to watch 4th of July fireworks afterwards. Plus, we read that food at Safeco Field was amazing! We read this article giving us all the tips on where to eat at. Sadly we got there during the 4th inning and the game went by SUPER fast. Because of the time crunch, we stuck by the food places that were close to our seats. Thank goodness that the beer selection was great! Mr. P said Safeco Field has the best beer selection out of any ballparks he has been to!
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for Sleepless in Seattle Part 2 - Eat & Drink!