City Guide: 15 Things To Do In Seattle

City Guide: 15 Things To Do In Seattle

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From sculpture parks and waterfront activities, to bacon brie Belgian waffles and homemade mac and cheese, Seattle has a lot to offer. And then some. Seattleites, your secrets out!

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    My day trip to Mount Rainier was possibly one of my favorite days in Seattle!  The drive is a little over two hours away, but well-worth it!  I mean, just LOOK at that mountain!  Be sure to go on a clear day.
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    Spend an hour or an entire afternoon here.  You’ll find works of art along numerous walking paths, with a few hidden in there as well!  Pack a picnic and bring a book!  Wonderful place to people watch!
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    Easily some of the best views of the city can be found here in Kerry Park. On a super clear day, Mount Rainier will be standing tall in the background.  A great place to take a few photos!  Walk a few blocks to indulge in Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream.
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    And yet here’s another way to see the city – from above, on a seaplane city tour!  I’m always a sucker for a good view! The plane sits about 5, plus the pilot, and you may even have the option to sit up front and be copilot (as I did, of course).  
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    Seattle’s dirtiest, grimiest, and stickiest avenue in all of the city.  It’s a bit difficult to find, but considering it’s such a hot tourist spot in the area, just ask (anyone!) and you’ll be ushered towards the gum.  
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    As I’m writing this post, I’m realizing just how many different views of the Space Needle you can get!  And taking a harbor cruise with Argosy lets you view this Seattle icon from faraway on the water. 
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    The most fabulous place to spend a rainy morning.  Located on the waterfront, the aquarium has quite a few exhibits to check out, including Window on Washington Waters, which is is a 120,000 gallon tank with dive shows every few hours.
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    My honest advice? Take a picture with the sign, and move on. There are numerous other starbucks around the city (all with the same menu).  And it’s actually not the original location- it was moved a few years after opening.  But it’s still a Seattle must.
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    Pike Place overlooks the Elliott Bay Waterfront, and you can honestly find ANYTHING you’re looking for here. Donuts, fresh crab, clam chowder.  Ice cream, handmade mac n’ cheese, locally grown fruits and veggies.  My favorite were the freshly cut peonies.
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    HUGE. Modern. Beautiful. If you think the outside is stunning, just wait until you see the library on the inside.  I unfortunately didn’t think walking through the doors was necessary, but after I saw some photos (once I returned home, of course!), I
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    SO fun, I didn’t want to leave.  And aptly named – EMP stands for “Experience Music Project”; you’ll definitely get your fair share of experiences here. Watch music videos on the largest indoor LED screen in the world.  Learn how to play some rock n’
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    Who doesn’t love a free tour to learn how beer is made? Unfortunately no samples are given out, but feel free to come beforehand or stay late to order a few brewskis from the bar.  You’ll learn all about hops, sugar levels, and all that good stuff!
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