Exploring Seattle (Day 22)

There are few things I love as much as exploring a new city, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to check out Seattle while we were in Washington state.

On advice from our hosts, we drove to Bainbridge Island, parked, and took the ferry right into the city. (Well, we actually drove to the island, missed the ferry by two minutes, had a delicious brunch, and then took the ferry into Seattle!)

We had chosen our day to travel into the city as one sandwiched between two days of rain — but I was a little worried when this was our view on the ferry:

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Ghostly and beautiful, but not very visible.

Despite the fogginess, we thoroughly enjoyed our ferry trip; it was quiet and comfortable and Ryan even took a little nap! By the time we arrived at the Seattle dock, it was still gloomy but much of the fog had dissipated.

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Our first stop was Pike Place Market, which opened 1907 and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. Since we’re trying to downsize the amount of stuff we have packed into the Tahoe, I wasn’t in the market to buy anything, but it was really fun to check out all the fresh fish, fruits and veggies, and handmade wares for sale. I was most wowed by the amazingly beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers available for sale. The “small” bouquets (bigger than most grocery store flower bunches) were only $5, and the big ones were $10!

pike place market flowers

Next stop: The original Starbucks at 1912 Pike Place. The line was out the door, but the staff was friendly and incredibly efficient, and I had my pumpkin spice latte in hand in no time! #basic

original starbucks

Next it was on to the monorail, a two-minute ride to the base of the Space Needle. Before heading to the needle, we were distracted by this fun, crazy park. It wasn’t made for grown-ups (there was actually a sign in the park that said “Adults must be accompanied by children” – good thing I had Ryan!) but we definitely thought it was too cool to pass by.

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When we went to purchase our Space Needle tickets, I was horrified to learn that the ride to the top cost $22. Per person. Yikes. I was on the verge of walking away, but Ryan convinced me that we had come too far to just walk away.

The view from the top was definitely amazing — and it was so cool to get a 360 degree perspective of the city. Most of the fog had dissipated by this time, and we were treated to stunning views of the mountains, the city, and the waterfront.

There was still much more we could have seen in Seattle but we wanted to get on the ferry before the commuters started returning home.  It was warm enough that we were able to sit up on the outside deck of the ferry, and we were treated to beautiful views of the Seattle waterfront that totally made up for the foggy morning trip!

seattle waterfront

I'm the oldest of 12 crazy kids and two pretty awesome parents. My love of travel developed during my early years traveling the globe as an Air Force brat. I'm a runner, a writer, and a reader, and I love cooking up good food and cozying up our camper.

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