Hey folks! So a lot of y’all are coming in to Seattle, and having done some pretty great touristing in the past through the Seattle-Tacoma area, I thought I’d share some of the great things to do in/around the city.
Pike Place: An entire district of the city that’s block upon block of excellence, culminating in the Pike Place Market itself, which is basically every great farmers market you’ve ever been to, packed into a block-long building and filling over six stories. Plan a day and an evening around here, and bring money and an appetite. Also, flowers for sale here are RIDICULOUSLY cheap, in case you have a special someone who needs a bouquet.
Places to visit while you’re at Pike Place:
[ul][li]Piroshky Piroshky: Whether it’s savory or sweet you’re craving, this is the killer place. Amazing buns of all kinds with sweet and savory options. A bakery unlike any other, and very reasonably priced. Also very small, and very busy, you get in, you get something delicious, you get out.[/li]
[li]Le Panier: The best french bakery the city has. Pain au Chocolate (croissants with a chocolate middle) are absolutely not to be missed, and both Macarons and Gougiers that will leave you stunned. Pricey, but you’re paying for the very best you’ll ever put in your mouth.[/li]
[li]The Crab Pot: Come here HUNGRY for seafood. Their “Seafeasts” are what you want, with friends: You order one, they spread the wax paper across the table, and out comes the (literal!) buckets of food. They get poured out in front of you, and you dig in. The best place to eat yourself stupid on seafood, in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Great times.[/li]
[li]Starbucks #1: If you’re a Starbucks fan, here’s your pilgrimage point. The very first Starbucks they ever opened. There’s usually some wonderful live entertainment happening right outside every day.[/li][/ul]
Other attractions worth visiting in Seattle:
[ul][li]The Underground Tour: Want to find out about the hilariously inept and borderline criminal history of Seattle’s founding, and what happens when a bunch of rascals and scoundrels get together to build (and then rebuild!) a city? Of course you do. Take this tour, visit the literal physical underground of Seattle, and crack a grin at the stories of Seattle’s early history.[/li]
[li]Seattle Aquarium: Want to see a lot of otters? Of course you do. Also a lot of other things that live in the water and ocean. A great place for artists and writers alike to go and find inspiration for the aquatic.[/li]
[li]Woodland Park Zoo: Seattle’s humongous zoo. Go ahead and plan a full day around it; you still won’t get through all of it. Go to the website, see what’s going on the days you want to visit. [/li]
[li]Museum of Flight: Home of Boeing, Seattle has a fantastic flight museum. If aeronautics are your thing, this is the place to go! (Disclaimer: This is one of the few listings here that I haven’t been to myself, but many folks have assured me it’s awesome.)[/li][/ul]
Other attractions just around or just outside Seattle worth visiting:
[ul][li]Tacoma Museum of Glass: Featuring the biggest collection of Chihuly’s glass artwork anywhere in the world, this is a fantastic place to kill a day. This isn’t just a museum to come and stare at glass behind glass, either; their big ampitheatre is a working glass shop, working full-time with guest artists, creating beautiful glass artwork. Sit down and watch glass and color take shape. (This is my personal favorite place to visit!) [/li]
[li]The Rock Wood-fired Pizza: My favorite pizza joint in the States, they do premium quality American-style pizza, and serve drinks that come in plastic beach buckets. Don’t even think about driving after diving into one of those.[/li][/ul]
There’s lots more to recommend in and around Seattle, please add notes here of places you’re going to be and when, if you want to join up with your fellow FWG folks to see the sights!