Seattle, WA

On Day 5, we bought a City Pass and explored all of the major sights in Seattle, WA.

Our first stop was the Space Needle. We were lucky to have clear skies and outstanding view of the city from the top. They have a little cafe at the top too where you can get light bites and drinks.

Right next door is the Chihuly Garden & Glass museum, which features an array of beautiful glass installations throughout the facility and garden. Then we explored the Museum of Pop Culture, which featured a Star Wars exhibit at the time. The museum also has these really cool sound booths where you can sing karaoke and play instruments.

The City Pass also included an Argosy Cruise in the harbor, giving a panoramic view of the city and Mt. Rainier on a clear day like the one pictured.

Lions, coffees, and bears…oh my! We wrapped up our first full day in Seattle with some adorable drinks from the Moore Coffee company. I got a Mexican hot chocolate (lion) and Adam got a regular latte (bear).

On day 6 of our trip, we woke up bright and early and headed over to the very first Starbucks across from Pike Place market at around 8 am. It was the perfect time to go as there was no line at all. If you are a Starbucks fan, then it is worth checking out as they have some specialty items there that you can only get at that store.

Pike Place Market was not open yet when we left Starbucks so we headed over to The Crumpet Shop. Adam had their lox and cream cheese crumpet and I got one with jam. It was really delicious! If you are a foodie like us, and still have some room left, you can walk over to Beecher’s for some cheese tasting afterwards.

Later, we explored Pike Place Market and its many novelty shops. There, we discovered Daily Dozen Doughnuts, a stand that serves amazing mini doughnuts. Needless to say, we ate a very small dinner that night, but the food spots were hard to resist in this area!

Since our flight was not scheduled until around 10 pm, we hit up one more spot that day – Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting. It was quite the experience for coffee lovers due to its size and coffee bar where you could order coffee flights. It was the perfect ending to our incredible trip!

All in all, we spent two full days in Seattle, and I think that’s plenty of time. If we could change anything, it would have been to spend one full day at Olympic National Park and drive north of Seattle rather than exploring the city for two days. I have heard that there are a lot of beautiful nature sites outside of Seattle, but our trip ended here. As if the Oregon coast isn’t enough reason to return, this gives us another reason to go back and explore Washington’s coastline on the way up to Vancouver (stay tuned!).

Favorite Places: Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pike Place Market, Museum of Flight, Seattle Great Wheel

Favorite Restaurants: Il Corvo Pasta, The Crumpet Shop, Taylor Shellfish Farms, Storyville Coffee Company, Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting (for the experience), Moore Coffee Shop, Harbor City Chinese Restaurant , Starbucks Pike Place Market, Daily Dozen Doughnuts, Cupcake Royale, Beechers Hand Made Cheese

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