- 9 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
Awwww I’m so excited for you that you’re going to the PNW! That’ swhere I’m from and I always tell people to go there!!
Do you like coffee? You mentioned that you wanted to buy coffee for your parents… I would buy them Starbucks coffee at the original (!!) Starbucks in Pike Place Market, since you’ll already be there, or coffee at any one of the cute coffee shops in downtown… My fave are Stumptown Roasters and Cafe Diablo.
I would tell you DON’T try to make it to Walla Walla, it is a reallllllllllllly long boring drive from Seattle. You could spend all that driving time somewhere closer to the Pacific, along the I-5 corridor. Definitely don’t miss the San Juan Islands!! I recommend staying on Orcas Island… You can even rent mopeds to ride around the island, and there is a super cute little down in the middle of the island. The ferry ride is very scenic, and every once in awhile you can see an orca whale! (You can also pay to go on a whalewatching tour if you want 🙂
Other cool things to do in Seattle:
-Kerry Park (you can’t miss this!!!! Do a Google image search!!!)
-Gasworks Park (Again, don’t miss this!! Google Image it – prettiest place in Seattle!)
-Go to the top of the Columbia Tower for an amazing view (plus no lines, unlike the Space Needle)
-if you like college campuses, University of Washington is absolutely beautiful.
-Don’t eat at the Space Needle restaurant, I’ve heard it’s not very good 🙁 What kind of food would ya’ll want for a fancy meal? We can give you some recs…
-If you like clam chowder, the clam chowder from Ivar’s is famous. It’s right next to Pike Place Market, you can get it to go and eat it on one of the piers looking out over the water 🙂
-If you like ice cream, go to Molly Moon’s in Ballard. Best. ice cream. ever.
-You’ve got to see the troll under the Fremont Bridge. Fun little detour haha.
-If you want to do a fun tour of Seattle, do Ride the Duck. Even though I was a local my friends and I d id that once a year for fun. It’s a bus that turns into a boat and drives out onto a lake for the second half of the tour!
-Farmers markets are really big in the northwest, so if you’re looking for a picnic on a Saturday morning that is by far the best way to go.
-Two of my fave neighborhoods in Seattle which are pretty eclectic (think Greenwich Village in NYC…) are Fremont and Capitol Hill. They are the best places to get drinks, find a cool restaurant, etc.
-If the weather is ok (ya’ll are going in December right?) you should rent bikes and ride along the Inter-Urban trail – that is seriously one of the best ways to see Seattle. The whole trail is pretty flat so you don’t have to be in good shape – I’ve done it with my mom before, and she hardly ever bike rides!
-On your drive up to Victoria, stop in Bellingham for a bagel at the Bagelry or get ice cream at Mallard’s. I’m from Bellingham and I will tell you it is a realllly cute city. If you decide to make a quick stop there, PM me and I’ll give you more info! There’s places in B’ham to rent a kayak or canoe, go on some great hikes, go for a run through the woods, get a good local microbrew, etc. And if you do go to Bellingham, you have to drive along Chuckanut Drive – it’s incredibly scenic.
-Another really cool place to stop is Deception Pass. It’s a little out of your way but very beautiful.
Are you going to stop in Vancouver?