Seattle Bucket List

Steve and I will be visiting Seattle in July for our 1 year anniversary and to celebrate friends that are getting married. Neither of us have ever really been to Seattle, outside of the airport anyways, so it's safe to say we're a wee bit excited. Ocean, mountains, coffee and craft beer? Sign me up. My mom was worried about us not coming home from our Alaskan visit? I'm a little more worried about Seattle...

Anyways, in the few short days that we'll be there, there are lots of things that we'd like to see and do. So, here's our Seattle bucket list (and yes, it involves a lot of eating and drinking). We're open to suggestions, and love hidden gems, so feel free to recommend hotels, breweries, restaurants and sights to see. If you've driven from Seattle to Olympia before, please share your recommendations as well.

one. Pike Place Market
I don't think this place needs any explanation as to why we want to visit - fresh produce, fresh fish, local artisans. Our time will definitely need to planned accordingly for a stop at Pike Place Market.

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two. Seattle Aquarium 
Ok, so this may be only on my bucket list, Steve will just be along for the ride. What a good sport he is, putting up with my nerdiness. Working in an aquarium, I love to visit others to see what they're up to and consider it a "networking opportunity".

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three. Craft Beer Tour
Our love for craft beer exploded in Alaska, and by the sounds of it, the scene in Seattle is equally impressive. We'll be reserving an entire day for brewery hopping and have planned our budget accordingly.

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four. Puget Sound & surrounding mountain ranges
While we may not be able to afford a visit out on the Sound or even a hike, we will be making a drive down to Olympia for the wedding. I can't wait to take in the sites of the Puget Sound, the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges and possibly even explore a tidal beach. While in the city, maybe a picnic lunch in Discovery Park is in order or a drive up to the Kerry Point lookout to take in the cityscape. 

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five. Coffee
I'd love to see where it all started, America's first Starbucks and Seattle's claim to fame, and of course enjoy a cup of coffee while we're there.

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I'm getting so excited just thinking about it!


Have you ever been to Seattle? Do you have any recommendations?

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17 comments :

  1. You will love Seattle!! It is my favorite place ever!! I went to college in Tacoma, and we were stationed there for 2 years as well. Your list is good! Pikes place is the best, and the aquarium is fun. The space needle is also a great place to see. One of my favorite cafés is called Sun Break Cafe, it is just outside of Seattle but such an amazing little place to eat, with the best banana bread I have ever had!!

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  2. ooooh, yes to all of these. the craft beer there is amazing. also, if you like oysters, Seattle is THE place!

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  3. I am so jealous! What a great year to go when they just won the Super Bowl! I can't wait to read all about your trip, I think Seattle will be on my list for 2015.

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  4. pikes place never gets old, no matter how many times you visit.

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  5. Nope, but it's on my bucket list too! I have some friends moving there from London next month so hope to visit them later this year.
    Claire xx | somewhere... beyond the sea

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  6. The aquarium is fantastic, you're going to love it! I'd also recommend checking out the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and Fremont. They're both fun neighborhoods to explore and have lots of cute little shops and restaurants.

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  7. You absolutely must go to Pike Place Market, but you know that already. If you have time, you should do the uber-tourist thing and go to the top of the Space Needle. Some people think it's overrated, but I liked it!

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  8. This is a great list! We are hoping to do an Alaskan Cruise next year and will be leaving out of Seattle so I will definitely be bookmarking this post :)

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  9. LOVE Seattle. It's such a great city. Definitely Pike Place Market, try to catch a Mariners game, Space Needle (just to say you did it), snap a picture and grab a coffee at the original Starbucks, and go for a stroll along the waterfront near the aquarium, etc.

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  10. I've never been to Seattle, so I don't have any great recommendations. However, I love the idea of an individual bucket list for one trip/vacation/place!

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  11. Whoa whoa WHOA. When exactly are you going?! I'm going this summer as well! I have work stuff and I'm heading out to see my uncle who lives there.. How crazy would it be if we ran into each other..? Ha! Also, how long will you be actually in Seattle for? I'm only there for like 3 and a half days.. Yay! Are you getting excited?!

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  12. I went to Seattle as a kid and hardly remember anything. I'd love to go back one day. Such a beautiful city to explore!

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  13. Beecher's Cheese! It's just down the street from the first Starbucks. Also, don't miss the space needle. The views are spectacular!

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  14. I've never been to Seattle but it looks awesome!! It sounds like a great time. :)

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  15. i just got back from my first time last weekend! (a couple pics on my blog). i found this guide super helpful: http://www.elephantineblog.com/a-guide-to-seattle.html

    also, we stayed at hotel max and loved it!

    enjoy!

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  16. i'm an idiot. you're going in july!! it'll be fantastically perfect! yay!

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  17. Definitely Space Needle, and I'd take a day to ferry / explore the San Juan Islands. If you're hikers, especially that time of year, I would do a short day hike around Rainier or in the North Cascades or Snoqualmie Valley. The Public Library downtown is incredible if you're into books/architecture. If you can catch a Sounders game, definitely worth it. There are awesome underground tunnels in Pioneer Square with history tours that would be worth it if you're into that. Also try to get to Discovery Park -- it's a huge park in Seattle with trails and an amazing beach/lighthouse looking out at Puget Sound & the Olympics. Whale Wins and Ravish are two of my favorite dinner spots. Portage Bay Cafe & Oddfellows are both great for brunch. Rain City Burgers if you're looking for a low-key burger joint with a great veggie burger. Spend some time in Capitol Hill -- great walking, people watching, little bars and restaurants.

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