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The Pacific Northwest is truly a gorgeous region, particularly during the summer months. There are plenty of things to do in Seattle’s quirky neighborhoods, but if you only have a few days in Seattle, these are the things I recommend you check out.
1. Pike Place Market
You can’t come to Seattle and not visit Pike Place. If you’re short on time and can’t explore the entire market, I recommend stopping by Piroshky Piroshky, taking a sample from Ellenos Greek Yogurt, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, and of course, the Original Starbucks (Pro-tip: head down after 6 pm when the rest of the market has closed to avoid lines here). Otherwise, take a food tour of the market for the best experience. Don’t miss the iconic Gum Wall in Post Alley. Pick up a bouquet of flowers from the market, starting a $5, for your hotel room.
2. Columbia Tower Viewing Deck
While the Space Needle is an iconic piece of the Seattle skyline, the Columbia Tower viewing deck is a much cheaper option with a very lovely view – and one that actually includes the Space Needle. The 73rd floor viewing deck costs $12.50 for adults (only $9 with a student ID).
3. Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
Hop on the monorail (cash only) for a quick ride from downtown to Seattle Center. If you are only going to do one thing at Seattle Center, I highly recommend the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
4. Seattle Waterfront and The Great Wheel
The Seattle Waterfront is a fun area to visit full of little shops and places to eat. If you have time, take a quick, scenic ferry ride. The Great Wheel is a newer addition to the area and is fun, but if you’re on a budget, you aren’t missing anything if you skip it.
5. Kerry Park
Nestled in Queen Anne, Kerry Park is a tiny stretch that offers gorgeous views of downtown, the Space Needle, Elliot Bay, and Mount Rainier. Be sure to go on a clear day for the very best views – including Mount Rainier in the distance.
Photo by Kenneth Lu
6. Kayak on Lake Union
The PNW is known for its outdoors adventures, but if you can’t make it out of the city to go on a hike, spend an afternoon kayaking on Lake Union. You’ll see houseboats and Gas Works Park (Sleepless in Seattle, anyone?) from your kayak.
7. Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
Located in Pioneer Square, the Underground Tour is a great way to learn about the true history of Seattle. You’ll walk under the sidewalks on Seattle’s original streets and learn secrets and quirks of the area. Pro-tip: Bring your student ID and save $3.
What are your Seattle must-do’s? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.