Earlier last week, I had the opportunity to visit Seattle for a job interview. Since the interview took up a considerable amount of my day, I was left with less than 24 hours to check out the city!
I was fortunate that the weather was beautiful while I was there, and there was no rain whatsoever. My interview wrapped up around noon, and then I headed to Pike Place Market to begin my sightseeing.
I loved Pike Place, and the huge assortment of vendors. Every type of food imaginable is available, as well as a wide assortment of crafts, handmade soaps, fresh flowers, and more. I had a quick but amazing lunch at Pike Place Chowder, which I highly recommend!
After lunch, I resisted the urge to fall into a food coma and browsed around the market place, which was full of stores. I found an awesome used bookstore with a huge selection of all genres, and came out with three books for only $9. In another vintage store, I found a 40L REI backpack for only $10, which was perfect for my upcoming Southeast Asia trip.
After going through the massive market place, I headed over to the gum wall. I suppose it was worth seeing, and had a nice aesthetic despite the yuck factor. The downtown area is nicely laid out for tourists, and allowed me to quickly move from point A to B on my short itinerary. My next stop was the Nordstrom Flagship Store, which is only a seven minute walk from Pike Place. Nordstrom is my favorite store, so I was super excited! The flagship store was obviously huge, and had the best selection of any Nordstrom I had ever been to.
Next on my itinerary was Seattle Center, which is home to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass. There is a monorail right next to the Nordstrom store that will take you directly to the Space Needle in the Seattle Center, but I was completely oblivious to this at the time and took an uber.
My favorite attraction had to be the glass gardens, which totally deserve the top spot on the city’s TripAdvisor page.
To be honest, the Space Needle was a bit of a let down. The weather was perfect though, so the views were amazing. I didn’t spend too much time at the top since it was chilly, but at least I got a free cheesy souvenir photo with my ticket!
Exploring the Queen Anne neighborhood near my hotel was next on my to-do list until my jet lag finally caught up with me. I decided to call it an early night so I could wake up for my early morning Amtrak Cascades Train to Vancouver!
Seattle seemed like such a fun and livable city, I hope I can return soon to explore some more!
What do you love about Seattle? What are your personal must-sees, and what did I miss?