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24 Hours in Seattle

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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My favorite attraction had to be the glass gardens, which totally deserve the top spot on the city’s TripAdvisor page.

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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?

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