Seattle was a lovely city, and it wasn’t as cold as I expected it to be. The refreshing smell of rain gave me a sense of tranquility, especially being surrounded by trees that revealed the beautiful colors of yellow to orange autumn leaves.
Pike Place Market
I was amazed by how much high-quality organic produce the Pacific Northwest had to offer. The fruit was juicy and simply perfect, the best pears I’ve ever had. If you love seafood like me, then you will enter seafood amazingness. Just look at these huge fish! I got to try Rockfish for the first time and it was delish! As you walk through, there are a variety of vendors: fruits, fish, flower bouquets, lotions, books, thrift stores, jewelry, crystals, honey, jams, teas, souvenirs, and fresh doughnuts to name a few. It is pretty touristy, but your Seattle trip would not be complete if you don’t visit Pike Place Market.
I finally got to meet the iconic Gum Wall, located in an alley under Pike Place Market. It is covered in chewed gum, quite interesting and gross at the same time. Some pieces are shaped into symbols and words.
The tradition began in 1993 and was cleaned off in 2015 due to erosion on the walls from the sugar. I can’t imagine how much gum the walls had before the clean-up.
It’s crazy to think this is where it all began, in 1971 on Pike and 1st street.
The Space Needle is Seattle’s observatory landmark, built in 1961 and opened to the public in 1962. 74,000 bolts hold the needle together, and was built to withstand a 9.0 earthquake and 100 mile-per-hour winds.
Take an elevator to the top and enjoy the city-view. The restaurant area was closed for renovation during my visit, but employees said the dining area rotates 360 degrees.
Snoqualmie Falls Park
A beautiful 270 feet waterfall, only 30 miles away from downtown Seattle.
The Summit At Snoqualmie
Dress warm, wear appropriate snow shoes, and be prepared for adventure. There are different trails, some are easier than others, and you can go skiing, snowboarding, or tubing.
It was a quick trip, but I’d love to go back during the spring and do some hiking.