Before I even knew Seattle, I already knew I would love the city. In addition to great music, there is an incredible variety of tours to do – there are many natural and also urban areas. Each neighborhood is very different from each other, which makes everything even more special.
In addition to Seattle, you can visit other places nearby that are well worth it. I’ll tell you now some really cool tips that will help you before and during the trip 😉
When to go
The weather for most of the year in Seattle is cloudy, so if you want to get away from that weather better go between June and August. The city is more lively and beautiful in the summer – even the locals prefer it. Of course it is possible to visit the place in the other months, but you run the risk of getting rain and a not very pleasant cold. Ah, even if you go in the summer, take some lighter coats to prevent yourself!
Give preference to a hotel in the Downtown area or in the Space Needle area, as they are closer to tourist attractions. In addition, the region around these places is full of cool things to see. Paulo and I stayed at two different hotels: Ace Hotel and Hotel 1000. We liked them a lot and we also found the location very good.
Seattle’s public transport is very fast and if you don’t plan to leave the city it is enough to get around there. The bus lines and the monorail include most of the sights. If you want to go to more distant places or visit nearby cities, the ideal is to rent a car yourself. I already explained here on the blog about the procedures for renting a vehicle abroad, so if you want to read it, just click here 😉
Seattle’s food is super tasty and a paradise for those who like fish and other seafood. Be sure to visit the Pike Place Market, which is a place with a huge diversity of products. They even sell very handmade food without industrial processes! A very interesting fact is that the world’s first Starbucks opened in Seattle. If you want to know this famous cafeteria, be prepared to wait a while in line. The place is usually quite crowded.
As you know, I’m in love with ginger beer and there is a place that makes a wonderful drink. It’s called Rachel’s Ginger Beer and has an absurd variety of flavors. Super recommend!
One of the most famous spots in the city is the Gum Wall. It is a wall full of gum glued and hung. Disgusting, right? Paulo and I left our mark there too! Other cool attractions are Golden Gardens Park, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (a water dam) and, of course, the Space Needle observatory.
A very different neighborhood to visit is the Old Ballard. The place is full of concert halls, mainly focused on rock and folk. As I said at the beginning, this musical atmosphere is very present in Seattle. Last but not least, be sure to visit Olympic National Park – a huge park with beautiful stops, such as Hurricane Ridge and Lake Crescent.
I left Capital Hill separate from other places because this neighborhood seems to be a world apart, I swear! This region is one of the coolest in the city, so it is a mandatory stop.
It is in that part of Seattle that The Elliot Bay Book Company is located. The coolest thing about this bookstore is that the employees read the books and write about them, leaving a note with one of the copies. They are very sincere and talk if they liked it or not, giving a brief explanation of why. In addition, there is a store called Everyday Music that is full of vinyls. For those who like this kind of thing, you can be sure that you will love the place.
To get to Bainbridge, Paulo and I took a ferry. The price varies depending on the type of vehicle you have and is lower if you do not have any type of transport. It is very worth going, the tour is very peaceful and pleasant!
Arriving on the island, we did a trail in the Grand Forest and also went to Hitchcock Restaurant. The differential of this restaurant is the daily change of menu. I, for one, had never been to a restaurant that changed the menu every day and I found it very interesting – as well as delicious!
Vancouver is very close to Seattle, so we took the opportunity to visit some points of the city. We went to the Lonsdale Quay Market, which sells super delicious and different foods. I loved everything I experienced!
As for tourist spots, we know the Capilano River Regional Park and also the Capilano Suspension Bridge. If you have more time than we are in the region, also visit the beaches, such as English Bay and Kitsilano Beach. Ah, if you go in the summer and enjoy climbing and intense hiking, a great option is the Grouse Mountain trail.
Another place we visited because it is between Vancouver and Seattle was Friday Harbor! We also took the ferry over there, but it is important that you see the opening hours of it so as not to have any unforeseen about the schedule, right? We decided to rent a boat over there and sail to get a different view of the place – and look, it was an incredible ride. Most things to do are related to nature, so if you enjoy this type of trip, Friday Harbor will delight you!
Seattle is an incredible place to visit, especially for those who like music and the mix between the natural and the urban. We recorded several vlogs in the city and also in the nearby places we visited. To watch, just click here. I also put together our script so you can write down all the places we went 😉