Sleepless in Seattle? Here are 10 Must-See Gems in Emerald City
September 5, 2018
vacation on the West Coast, they often hit up Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, etc. Unfortunately, they often overlook heading up north to the state of Washington, where cities like Seattle and Tacoma await. The truth of the matter is, Seattle offers a way different type of vacation than, say, a trip to L.A., but that doesn’t mean the city is any less worthy of a visit!
We can’t lie… it’s worth it to go to Seattle simply for the amount of dogs that are trotting around. But, aside from the puppers, there’s a ton to do and see! Whether you like to shop, unwind at the park or go on an adventurous hike, there are fun activities and
breathtaking views all over the “Emerald City” that you simply can’t miss. Don’t believe us? Take a look at all of the must-see spots you absolutely need hit up next time you’re in Washington:
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The Space Needle
Okay, so we know that the Space Needle is a total tourist hub, but LBR, it's the most iconic structure in the whole entire city, so you're somewhat obligated to pay it a visit. If you want to see the city from the top of the needle, all it takes is a 43-second elevator ride, and you'll be met with unbeatable views of the bay, and on a clear day, Mount Rainier!
If heights aren't quite your thing and you don't feel like taking the elevator to the top, don't worry! We have a feeling the Space Needle will make it into many of your photos. Why? Because it can be spotted in many different places around the city!
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Pike Place Market
If you're anything like us, you
love to shop, and when you're on vacation, there's nothing better than a market to fulfill all of your shopping needs. Whether you're looking for flowers, fresh fruits and veggies, wares from a variety of Seattle-based artisans, or perhaps a fresh piece of fish to cook up for dinner, Pike Place has you covered.
Not only is the market a fun place to spend money, but it's also one of the best spots to walk around and explore! There are street performers, the iconic fish-tossing tradition, and even a gum wall nearby. You know, just in case you're trying to get that Insta!
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Unlike many other major cities in the United States, there's a
ton of nature all around Seattle to appreciate, and one of our personal favorite spots to appreciate Seattle's beauty is Golden Gardens Park. Essentially, the park is kind of like a beach but way better. There's sand, there's water, but there's also a view of snow-capped mountains in the distance that simply can't be beat.
If you go to the park around sunset, be sure to bring a good book, good company and a hammock to plant yourself in for a few hours. If not, you can set yourself up by one of the fire pits closer to the water. We truly can't think of a better way to spend an evening in Seattle!
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Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
If we're being totally honest, art museums can sometimes be... boring. However, we think you'll feel extremely differently about the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum! The entire collection showcases the work of Washington's own Dale Chihuly, who just so happens to be a world-renowned glass blower!
Examples of Dale's work can be found all around the museum, but this 100-foot-long sculpture in the glasshouse is a real crowd pleaser. Do yourself a favor and go! It's kind of one of those things you have to see to believe.
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If you make your way up to Queen Anne, you'll not only see some of the most impressive homes in all of Seattle, but you'll also see one of the best views the city has to offer! This spot offers a picturesque view of the Seattle skyline, so if you're looking to get the perfect 'gram of the Space Needle, this may be your chance!
In addition to the needle, you'll also get views of Elliott Bay, and on clear days, Mount Rainier! Plus, you'll be enjoying the park with a bunch of other locals, which means you're bound to see a ton of happy pups, and if you ask us, that's a HUGE mood booster. In other words, we LOVE it here!
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Gas Works Park
For a totally different park experience than you've ever had before, head over to Gas Works! Gas Works Park is the former site of a gas plant that's located along Lake Union, making it an extremely unique and scenic spot to hang out.
This park is a great place for a picnic and an even better place to chill in between all of that site-seeing! On your way out, be sure to snap a pic for Instagram. This place is so different from every other park we've ever been to that you're
definitely going to want the memory. Don't worry... you can thank us later.
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Mount Rainier National Park
As you can see, there's a
ton to do within Seattle, but if you head southeast of the city to Mount Rainier National Park, you'll see stunning views of the snow-capped mountain that will truly take your breath away. Of course, there are other spots that'll offer glimpses of the mountain on a clear day, but if you're down for a refreshing hike, you should try one of the trails that run through the park!
If you're feeling really inspired, you can also camp in the park while taking in all of the amazing wildlife. Don't get us wrong, we
totally appreciate amenities offered by reputable hotels, but it might be worth it to forego those amenities to see Mount Rainier in all of its glory. Just sayin'!
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The Amazon Spheres
We all know that Amazon is an enormous company, but what you may not know is that their headquarters is located in Seattle! In fact, Amazon has an entire campus in the city and it's super impressive. But you can't visit the Amazon campus without visiting the Spheres, which serve as a lounge and workspace for Amazon employees while also offering tours to the public.
The spheres themselves house 40,000 different types of plants, so it goes without saying that this is a super instagrammable location. When you're done checking it all out, you should head over to the Amazon Go store, where you can pull whatever you want off the shelves and leave without the hassle of those long lines. It's seriously SO cool!
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Olympic National Park
If you already took a hike through Mount Rainier National Park and you're looking for some more breathtakingly beautiful sights, we also highly recommend taking a visit to Olympic National Park. Not only will you get an epic view of the Olympic Mountains, but the park has three different ecosystems, which means that along with mountains you'll see meadows, forests and even the ocean!
Like Mount Rainier, you can totally turn this into a weekend excursion and go camping. And LBR, with all those different ecosystems you're going to need a costume change or two anyway, so it makes sense to turn it into a multi-day event. Don't you think?
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Toward the end of your busy trip to Seattle, there's no better place to stop and reflect on your trip than at Alki Beach, a two and a half mile strip of — you guessed it — BEACH!
Along with being able to unwind on the beach after a long day or sitting beside a fire pit, you can walk along the beach and even check out the many restaurants! While there are definitely some opportunities to play a game of beach volleyball or to hop in a kayak, we have to say that the best part about Alki Beach are definitely the positive vibes, so it's a great place to go just to hang!