Few cities are equally beautiful in winter or summer, spring or fall, but then few cities offer sea and sky, from the lapping shores of Puget Sound and Lake Washington to the majestic snow-capped Mt Rainier, from bustling markets and enticing aromas of espresso to panoramic views from the Space Needle. This is Seattle.
Eating your way through Pike Place Market
Grab your walking shoes and let’s take a tour. First stop, Pike Place Market where you can eat your way through the morning to the strumming sounds of guitar buskers and the syncopated rhythm of car tires hopping over cobbled streets. A unique sensorial experience and home to a wide range of restaurants, Pike Place Market is first and foremost a culinary adventure.
While you enjoy the best food in Seattle, listen to the call of vendors selling blackberries, rhubarb and artichoke competing with the skoosh of ice being strewn across trays, soon to house king salmon fillets, freshly caught. A ferry horn cuts through the air, your nose is teased by a refreshing sea breeze, and you soak up the smells, sights and sounds, your morning symphony.
Admiring the skyline from the water
The water beckons, and your next stop is the waterfront and Seattle Great Wheel followed by Washington State Ferry for a glorious view of the city and Mt Rainier. Stop a while, sit back and watch the city slip by as you head towards Bainbridge Island and take your pick between handicrafts and handmade croissants, restaurants or raves, shopping or shipping because on Puget Sound, the journey is just as rewarding as the destination.
Touring the underground
Ready to leave the light of day behind and delve under Seattle’s surface, explore her darker side? Then get ready to roam the subterranean passageways in the Pioneer Square district which were once the main pathways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle, once submerged, now revealed. Dimly-lit passageways, cobbled paths, a look at old Seattle and her centuries-long battle with the ocean.
Visiting unique museums
And emerging to sounds and smells and sunlight, it’s time to spread your wings at the Museum of Flight, go all along the watchtower with Jimi Hendrix at the EMP Museum and explore Seattle’s Suquamish and Duwamish heritage at the Seattle Art Museum, the Burke Museum and the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.
But now, as the sun sets over the calm waters surrounding Seattle’s isthmus and the moon rises high above the city, rest your weary feet on the foreshore, have a plate of fresh salmon pulled straight from local waters with a spectacular Woodinville wine, imperial stout or barrel-aged craft beer and know that this, truly, is living. Seattle offers an array of unique experiences and you will need more than a day to explore Emerald City.