At the beginning of this month, I traveled to Seattle, WA with my fiance. I had not been to Seattle in many years (think almost 20 years) and was interested in heading back for a much overdue visit. There were a few things that made the list of must see places before we left the Bay Area.
*See a baseball game at Safeco Field (home of the Seattle Mariners) (http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=sea)
*Visit the Museum of Flight (http://www.museumofflight.org/)
*Go up to the top of the Space Needle and take photographs (http://www.spaceneedle.com/)
*Go to the Pacific Science Center (once I heard they had a butterfly house, I was sold) (http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/)
*Stop in to visit Pike’s Place Market (http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/)
*Have lots of coffee and cupcakes (which of course, was not actually on the list, but I had to throw that in there because if you visit Seattle, you must try some coffee)
I am happy to report we managed to do all of these things, plus a visit to Discovery Park, many wonderful meals, and even a little window shopping downtown. The weather was typical of Seattle, raining three of five days and sunny the next two. Puget Sound was absolutely beautiful during this time of year, surrounded in the distance by snow-capped mountains and the Seattle skyline.
If you are thinking of traveling to Seattle, I would recommend not renting a car. Traffic in the city seemed to be much like traffic in the Bay Area, and the public transportation in Seattle served us just fine. Plan for a few extras dollars for food as well. There are quite a few upscale restaurants in Seattle, and even the relatively inexpensive restaurants/diners are likely to catch you by surprise if you are not prepared, as most of the places we visited charged for each and every drink you ordered. No free refills like most restaurants here in the Bay Area, even if you ordered juice for breakfast or a soda at lunch.
My favorite place we visited was the Pacific Science Museum. I loved the butterfly house (although it was about 90 degrees inside with about 90% humidity). There were so many beautiful butterflies that I was willing to put up with the sweat, just for the chance to marvel and take more photographs. (http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/exhibits/tropical-butterfly-house)
If you asked my fiance, his favorite place we visited in Seattle would be the Museum of Flight. He loves all things air and space related, and we have been to a great many museums on our trips. This museum is quite a distance from downtown, although there is a bus that will take you to the museum from downtown. The museum is divided into two parts – the indoor exhibits about flight and space, and an outdoor “garden” of planes that you can actually walk through and take mini tours.
If you’re interested in Seattle, check out one of the many books in the library’s coolection: