Seattle: A Perfect Day Trip Itinerary
It has been some years since I stayed a night or weekend in Seattle. When I was old enough to drive and had a car, I would go to Seattle for day trips to go shopping or even do an overnight with my friends every few months. During the grunge era (am I dating myself?) we would go to music festivals to see bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam. I’ve been spending more time in Portland these days due to friends in the city, but I still have a decent knowledge of Seattle. I often get asked what to do so I’ll share an itinerary and recommendations of things to do from either myself or good friends who live in Seattle.
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Yeah…yeah…I know it’s touristy but it is a popular place for good reason. Pike Place Market started out as a farmers’ market in the early 1900s and has since grown to be one of the city’s main attractions. You can find everything from produce, fish, meat, crafts, flowers, candy, and food products at this super busy market. Don’t forget to watch the popular Pike Place Fish Market guys toss around fish. If you’re there in the summer do grab some of homegrown Washington peaches, nectarines, and cherries. I have recently become obsessed with a brand of Greek yogurt from Seattle called Ellenos. I can’t even describe it but I can only eat this kind of Greek yogurt now. I am hooked. They have a location in the market and I highly suggest you try them. I know it’s just yogurt but seriously…it’s life changing.
I took a Savor Seattle Food Tour of Pike Place Market and definitely recommend taking it. Not only do you get some history of the market, you get to sample tasty food as well as get discounts with many of the vendors as well. It’s really helpful to navigate Pike Place with a tour because it does get crazy busy in there.
>Are you a food market fan? Check out this post of my favorite markets that I have visited around the world.
Pike Place Market
Vendors at Pike Place
It’s a must to watch the guys at the Pike Place Fish Market!
Go try some Ellenos! Trust me!!!!
Garden and Glass
Dale Chihuly, I’m sure you have seen his beautiful blown glass creations all over the world. If you’ve been to Las Vegas, I am sure you have seen his stunning creation on the ceiling of the Bellagio casino. I’ve been a fan of Dale Chihuly since I was a teen and watched some PBS Washington episodes of the process of glass blowing. His large-scale work is unbelievable and has brought the art to a different level.
I was obsessed with his personal collection of vintage Navajo blankets
While I have not gone up the Space Needle, I don’t think a trip to Seattle is complete without a photo of this iconic landmark. Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the tower is an observation tower as well as home to a revolving restaurant. You get views of Puget Sound, Cascade Mountain, Mount Baker, and Mount Rainier. I’ve become slightly obsessed with views from observation towers so visiting the top is definitely going to happen for me.
I came here just to shoot a photo of the Frasier type Skyline. I’m a sucker for a good view! Kerry Park is a park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in a residential neighborhood. It’s on the corner of 2nd Avenue West and West Highland Drive.
Mario Batali’s father Armandino opened Salumi, which is an artisanal Italian cured meats shop and restaurant. Do I need to say more? It’s also been on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. There are always lines so I suggest going early. Do order some cured meats to take home as well. I had the hot soppressata sandwich and my table neighbors let me try their meatballs.
Dick’s Drive-In or better known as Dicks is a Northwest institution since 1954. It reminds me of In n Out in the sense that there are only just a few things on the menu. A couple of burgers, fresh cut fries, shakes, and drinks. That’s it. Everyone who likes burgers loves Dicks and they always get ranked as a top burger spot in the country. It’s nothing fancy but it’s pretty awesome. The deluxe burger shown below is less than $3.
Din Tai Fung
While I haven’t been to Din Tai Fung in Bellevue (a suburb of Seattle), I have been to Din Tai Fung in SoCal and Asia. If you love dumplings, it’s a must. I love xiao long bao or soup dumplings and these are the best.
These photos were shot in Asia but they are the same at all their spots around the world
Totokaelo is totally my jam. I haven’t been to the shop myself but I’ve been shopping with them online for some time now. My favorite place to shop in Seattle is probably the Nordstrom Rack downtown. Seattle is the home of Nordstrom and its flagship so lots of goodies make it to the “Rack”. If you’re a fan of the brand Filson, their flagship shop has been in its current location since 1988.
If you’re heading north, check out the Seattle Premium Outlet shops in Tulalip. I scored a really nice Burberry scarf here for pretty cheap out of season. They have a Nike, Tumi, Le Sportsac outlet and more.
I’m hoping to spend a bit more time in Seattle in the future and once I do, I’ll add and update this list.
What are your must-dos for a Seattle day trip? Leave them in the comments and I’ll definitely check them out on future visits!
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