Seattle, Washington, USA. As seen on tv shows such as Frasier, Grey’s Anatomy and iZombie.
End of December. This was the first stop on my Winter Break Trip. After a great Christmas with family in Maryland, I hopped on a plane from Ronald Reagan Airport at a completely ridiculous time of the morning and flew to Seattle.
Getting from Seattle’s Airport to the city centre is simple enough, they have a train that goes out there and took about an hour. The buses in downtown Seattle are fairly good, but I only caught them a couple of times when I needed to go a long distance. I used Uber getting between my hostel and the train station with my luggage but out and about sightseeing, I found Seattle a very walkable city. It does get a bit steep here and there, especially moving down towards the waterfront.
I stayed at City Hostel Seattle, which is easily one of the best hostels I’ve stayed in (And I’ve been to many!). Firstly, they’re in a great spot, close enough to everything to be convenient but didn’t have huge amounts of noisy traffic. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful when checking in and throughout my stay. The rooms were gorgeous; they’re decorated by local artists and are very spacious and comfortable, an important thing when you have a dorm of four to six people or more! The bed was very comfortable and being winter, nice and warm on those cold nights. The bathrooms were great, very clean which is always a plus, they were single occupancy with a toilet, basin, and shower in one room. And that shower, I swear I wanted to marry the showers City Hostel Seattle had, they were that amazing. The only flaw I found was not having access to a power-point when in bed, which, of course, is specific to the room and bed I had but is an important thing for me.
Things To Do:
Space Needle – Literally THE most Seattle thing to do. The views are definitely worth it and there are great displays of information and facts about the Space Needle and its role in the 1962 World’s Fair, which are really interesting and a good read if there’s a line to get up to the top. I bought a dual ticket that gave me admission twice; once to go during day hours and again once it was dark and the whole city was lit up. Both views are incredibly beautiful and if you have time to see both, I would definitely recommend going up both times.
Pop Culture Museum – Across from the Space Needle is the Museum of Pop Culture. I loved, loved, loved this Museum! It was fun and occasionally interactive and they had some really, really cool stuff. It’s separated into few different sections as well as several exhibits relating to music legends. When I went there was an exhibit about Jimi Hendrix and another about Nirvana. There was also an exhibit about video games that was interactive but I have to admit I didn’t spend much time in there. The exhibits I loved the most were ones dedicated to film and tv; a Sci-Fi exhibit which included a special exhibit on Star Trek, a Fantasy section, and a Horror section. These were super cool and filled with props and costumes and models from favourites such at Star Wars, The Terminator, The Princess Bride, Lord of the Rings, Aliens and Friday the 13th. A super cool way to spend a few hours.
Seattle Aquarium – I like Aquariums; there’s usually something peaceful about them, watching the fish swim around doing their thing. I especially like Aquariums that are located by bays, because they usually provide a lot of education about the local bay and wildlife that live there. Seattle’s Aquarium was really nice and they have a lot of information about the area’s surrounding Seattle. Really good place to visit for families, as a lot of the interactive displays were aimed at kids but a nice, chilled out activity for adults.
Pike Place Market – I love a market and Pike Place is one of the more well-known ones. Lots of stalls to look at and it has several levels as well as a bit of a Labyrinth, which was cool and one of my favourite things about markets in general. I wish I had spent more time than I did, but the December cold got to me a bit much! It’s also popular and busy, so be prepared for crowds.
Bainbridge Island – Going over to Bainbridge Island was a last minute decision for me, but I’m so glad I did! You have to take a ferry over which is a really nice trip. It only takes about half an hour and you get an amazing view of Seattle’s skyline. Bainbridge Island is also a super cute place to visit. It has a lovely main street style section with a long string for stores, restaurants and cafes. There is also a lot of native trees and plants, giving parts of it a very ‘woodsy’ feel. Definitely go out to Bainbridge Island if you have the time, it’s super pretty and the store owners are very friendly.
Original Starbucks – The site of the very first Starbucks is across from Pike Place Market (hence Starbucks famous Pike Place brew) and there was a super long line to get in. Now I wasn’t prepared to wait in the long line when there was another Starbucks a few blocks away but if you’re a Starbucks fanatic, it might be worth it for bragging rights.
The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar – Down on the pier by the huge Ferris Wheel, this seafood place was really nice. I’m not a huge fan of seafood, so I just had your standard fish & chips but I really enjoyed it and the restaurant had both a great atmosphere and a spectacular view of the water.
La Fontana Siciliana – I chose this Italian restaurant because it had a menu I liked and was close to where I was. It ended up being one of the best places I went to during my time in Seattle. The restaurant was beautiful and had a gorgeous fountain courtyard to pass through to get inside. I was by myself so I was seated at a smaller table near the front, but the staff were still friendly and attentive despite it being just me. There is a larger dining room further in for bigger groups but overall it was a cozy, enjoyable place with really nice food.