Here’s the second of three posts from our trip to the Pacific Northwest. I covered Portland last week (see the post here if you missed it), and I’m diving into our adventures in Seattle – and the surrounding area – today. Next week, we’ll finish up with one for Guemes Island (where our friends’ wedding was).
We drove to Seattle from Portland in our rental car. The drive into Seattle wasn’t that picturesque or exciting, but it was worthwhile, since we made a detour to Mount Rainier National Park (which is picturesque). We spent a morning there and then finished the drive to Seattle and our second Airbnb apartment. We had another two days in Seattle, and that was plenty of time for us to hit our top 10 destinations (below), and BONUS, meet up with a fellow blogger Mattie! She was gracious enough to take The Husband and I to a cool cocktail bar where we quizzed her on Seattle and beat her in Connect Four. I promise to return the favor if you’re ever in Indianapolis, Mattie! ;) Check out below for our other Seattle favorites.
Top Ten Things to Do in Seattle (in the order we did them):
- Mount Rainier National Park – This was actually a side trip on our drive from Portland to Seattle, since Mount Rainier isn’t exactly in downtown Seattle! If you stop here, hike the trail less traveled (the Nisqually Vista Trail – it’s a bit hidden, but worth it). It felt like we were in the Swiss Alps (or at least what I imagine them to be like). Gorgeous.
- The Fremont Troll – Worth the walk from the Fremont neighborhood for a quick peek at the troll under the bridge!
- U:Don Noodle Station – Umm, confession time. We liked this restaurant (and this type of Japanese food) so much that we went back a second time on our trip to eat here. The Husband and I discovered our love of udon noodles in Hawaii, when a restaurant in front of our hotel consistently had a 10+ person line outside of it, so we had to check out what the buzz was about. We also don’t have anything like this in the middle of Indiana, so we had to make the most of it. Get the curry noodles and thank me later!
- Coffee, Coffee, Coffee – Shocker, right? Our favorite stops were Caffe Ladro (the one in Fremont was an eight minute walk from our Airbnb and was so cute) and Milstead & Co…but for you Stumptown Roasters fans, neither one of them held a candle to a Stumptown latte. However, Caffe Ladro has amazing scones (white chocolate raspberry!) and stays open late, so that’s pretty great too.
- Pike Place Market – This is honestly a must-do while in Seattle…even if you don’t buy anything. We grabbed a bag of cherries from a market vendor and some piroshkies from Piroshky Piroshky (which I referenced in a paper in college…fulllll circle, huh) and had ourselves a little picnic on the green grass overlooking the Puget Sound. Perfection folks. Fun fact: there’s a City Target one block away from the market for drinks or bathrooms (and a lipstick if you forget yours at home, hypothetically speaking)!
- Space Needle – Duh! We didn’t go up it, because it would have been $50 for us as a couple, and that’s at least 12 lattes to me. ;) Still fun to walk to and see, and there is a restaurant up on the needle that one of my friends highly recommends!
- Wallace Falls – I had gone to Snoqualmie Falls with my college roomie when I visited her in Seattle a few years ago, and The Husband and I had planned to go there also. However, one of his friends recommended Wallace Falls instead, and it was an excellent recommendation. Beautiful hike to three different views of the 265-foot waterfall.
- Kerry Park – Picture perfect spot to take in the Seattle skyline…oh and it is FREE (that’s where my above shot of the Space Needle came from).
- Serious Pie – OMG. Probably some of the best pizza I have ever had (and that’s saying a lot, because I’ve had a lot of pizza in my lifetime). Each pizza is cooked in a 600-degree wood-burning oven and comes out perfect! So yum!
- University of Washington – This is where my college roomie went to grad school, and it really is a beautiful campus that offers a unique view of Mount Rainier. Plus, it was a great place to kill time before lunch at the University udon noodle place! ;)
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