What is better than an adventure vacation on the San Juan Islands in Washington? Spending a few days in Seattle before heading out on your trip! Seattle, Washington is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States and it is the largest city on the west coast north of San Francisco. It is an adventurous city at heart, perfectly situated near pristine rivers, lush forests, plenty of lakes and gorgeous snowcapped mountains. On top of being an adventurer’s paradise Seattle has plenty of music, art and culture to keep you coming back for more.
Downtown Seattle is a hub of great food, sophisticated shops, quirky pubs and plenty to see and do. Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s most iconic places and should not be missed. Stop and watch the fishmongers throw fresh fish impressive distances with perfect accuracy. These guys put on quite a show! This is the perfect place to spend some time strolling the labyrinth of amazing handicrafts and marveling at the amazing row of fresh flowers. You never know what you will find around the next corner in the market. Just across the street from Pike Place Market you can get a latte at the original Starbucks!
Seattle’s most famous landmark is, of course, the Space Needle. This famous tower was constructed for the World’s Fair in 1962. Take a ride up the elevator to the observation deck for gorgeous views of the city skyline and on a clear day you can also see some of the gorgeous mountains in the area. One of the most unique features of the Space Needle is the rotating restaurant, not only can you get 360 degree views but you can also enjoy a delicious meal. The Space Needle is located at the Seattle Center which also features The Pacific Science Center, The EMP Museum and many other attractions.
The Seattle waterfront is another great place to spend a day. On the waterfront you will find the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Sculpture Park, The Tillicum Village Cultural Center and the newly constructed Great Wheel, the tallest Ferris wheel on the west coast! This is also a great area to find a bowl of delightful clam chowder and watch the ships roll in and out.
Getting around Seattle is made easy with the monorail going between downtown and the Seattle Center and the light rail that goes all the way to Sea-Tac airport. There is so much to see and do in Seattle that you will have no problem filling your days before heading off on your adventure in the San Juan Islands!
Your Friendly Travel Consultant and Seattle Lover,