Last month, we had the chance to join my college friend for her wedding out in Seattle. Traveling cross-country doesn’t happen for us often, so we took the opportunity to spend a little time in the area! From must-see tourist destinations to hidden-gems, we took the city by storm over our short visit! Here are some of my favorite activities we experienced:
MoPOP has to be one of the coolest museums I’ve ever been to! Before even going inside, I was impressed with the exciting space! The architecture of the building itself is incredible. It was designed by Frank Gehry and toggles between iridescent pinks, silvers and blues – twisting and turning and inviting you in to it’s amazing inner exhibits. Inside, you’ll find a multitude of exploratory exhibits. We explored them all, but really loved the special Bowie and Jim Henson exhibits, as well as the Star Trek and Exploring New Worlds spaces (we’re nerrrrds). 🙂 ALSO, so pumped MoPOP shared one of my photos on their Instagram!
Volunteer Park Conservatory
This was one of the most beautiful spots we visited in Seattle. The small conservatory is home to countless plants and takes over beautifully sunlit spaces at the top of Volunteer Park. The Victorian-style greenhouse is actually modeled on London’s Crystal Palace! It has five sections/houses within the space but my favorite was by far the cacti & succulent house. So many amazing, spiky friends!
Volunteer Park itself is also quite beautiful! There’s substantial grassy areas to take a picnic! There are also koi ponds, sculptures, scenic views and more.
Yes, this is the Pike Place you’ve read about! In the market, there are hundreds of farmers, artists and small businesses with everything from fresh produce and flowers to magic cards and vintage posters! This is the place you can see them throw a giant fish, get a stunning fresh bouquet or check out beautiful views of the water!
From here, you can also take a quick walk down to Alaskan Way which is the street closest to the water. Here you’ll find piers with restaurants, live music, the Seattle Aquarium, a ferris wheel and much more! (Just remember that you need to walk BACK UP the hill!)
Kerry Park is a tiny gem located inside the larger Queen Anne’s Park area. We heard about this little spot from some locals who promised it was “worth the trek.” What trek…we didn’t know until we walked it! Yes, it was our own fault for trying to walk somewhere in the super-hilly Pacific Northwest. But, the hill is worth it! Once you get to the peak of Kerry Park, you have an unbelievable view of the city! Definitely worth the trek (or drive)!
BONUS SPOTS: IF YOU HAVE MORE TIME…
Pike Street Press is a super cute little paperie shop down below the Pike Place Market, off Alaskan Way. I’m a huge fan of local printing companies (shoutout Baltimore Print Studios!) and they are another great one – fun, beautiful cards, posters and prints!
Here’s the thing. Yes, it’s a must-see but also…it’s gross. haha Check it out for the quick two minutes you need to to take a photo, but then get out of there! And don’t touch anything!