Gloomy weather with not a lot of sunny days might discourage you from moving to the largest metropolis in the Pacific Northwest. But don’t worry – there are many interesting and unique things to do in Seattle, even in the worst weather imaginable. If you don’t believe us, let’s get beneath the cloudy exterior and explore the colorful life of Washington state’s largest city.
There shouldn’t be a reason for you to be afraid of moving and change if you fall in love with the place you are relocating to. Here we will try to present the famous landmarks, ways to live like a local, and the city’s culture and history.
Let’s get to the popular tourist attractions first. Although they are more than well known, you may need a reason or two to visit them. And what better way to get to know a place than to tour the most popular attractions that are easily reachable and anyone can point you in their direction in case you get lost. If you are moving to Seattle, these are your first spots to visit.
As long as you reach downtown, these sights can be incorporated in your day tour. They are all close by and the well-connected traffic in the area makes it one of the best neighborhoods in Seattle to live in.
You may be surprised to find out that there are more than 400 parks in the area and over 40 museums. This is more than enough to explore for weeks on end, and a great way to get to know the area and overcome the relocation depression and adjust to life in a new town. Some of the best places to live in Seattle are surrounded by parks and greenery.
We could go for days about the parks here, but here are a few more famous ones to get you started.
Emerald City can be proud of many things that originated here, like Grunge, Amazon, Starbucks, etc. Some of the museums are contemporary and historical, some are dedicated to art and some are progressive. All in all, there is something for everyone’s taste.
Since the area is practically surrounded by water, fresh fish and seafood are always available. This brings to the table a whole set of great restaurants and many great places to eat out and try different cuisines with some interesting ingredients. The cost of living in Seattle is not above the national average and the prices for dining out are following that trend.
Are you wondering what are the best restaurants in Seattle? Wonder no more, you have plenty to choose from. The Pike Place Market is an entity for itself, a picturesque area with a lot of shops, bakeries, restaurants, dives, and bars and it deserves a separate category because you will find something for anyone’s taste buds there.
These are just some of the places where you can try different food or have a quick snack on the go.
There are loads of great places in and around the downtown to choose from, but here we will mention only some of the more iconic ones. While professional packers take care of your belongings, you take the time to create a convenient tour of the venues you’re going to visit first.
Pike Market Place is one of the famous landmarks in the Emerald City. It grew to be much more than a retail space over the years; it is a community, historic district, a place to eat and have fun. Pike Place Market Foundation supports the Pike Medical Clinic, Pike Market Senior Center, Pike Market Child Care, Downtown Foodbank, etc. It is the oldest farmers market still operating in the States, founded in 1907. Things you should visit here are:
Although Seattle is not even close to Hollywood or Los Angeles when it comes to nightlife, it has a lot of its hidden charms. There are two keywords here: underground scene and happy hour.
It is more than a well-known fact that the grunge music movement and many great bands started here in the underground rock bars, and took over the world. There are also many speakeasies for which you should have someone to tell you how to find them. Since many places work until 2 am,happy hour is the best way to start your evening and finish earlier.
Speakeasies were the invention of the Prohibition era, hidden spots you couldn’t visit unless you were checked, but they are still popular today. You usually needed to know a password or a secret signal to enter them. Being a part of the “hidden” underground club network has its charms. This isn’t something we should do, but we’ll mention a few of them, and we hope that you will keep it between us. Although you can usually make a reservation, we will share the old way to get in. You’re welcome.
Although the night out ends earlier here, you do have many places to dance and soak in the good vibes of the area. Some of them are:
Washington State prides itself in beautiful nature, and the Seattle area is no exception. The weekend is a perfect time to take a day or two days to explore the wilderness. There are many organized tours with guides that are recommended for newcomers. This is truly a great place for hiking.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center is one of the “giving back to the community” projects of the Microsoft foundation. It is a spot with interactive exhibitions and programs, and you can hear some stories that will inspire you to make a difference in the future. It is formulated as the seed incubator for future progress.
The first Starbucks shop actually still stands here, on the Pike Place Market. Many years and chain stores later, you could experience the original taste of the first coffee shop that took over the World.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room is unlike any other coffee spot. In fact, it is much more than that. Here they roast and grind coffee every day around the clock, right in front of you. Not only that, you can try different coffee-based cocktails and try some great food.
Amazon Spheres is more of a lounge area for the employees of the company, but it is also a unique landmark. It is open for the weekly public tours and at the exhibition locations.
UPS waterfall is located in the UPS Waterfall Garden Park that was designed by Masao Kinoshita. It is one of the most expensive parks per square foot ever constructed in the US. It is a form of the zen garden with a tranquil waterfall and a Japanese garden.
Now, this guide wouldn’t be complete without some tips from the locals. This is what locals recommend you to do and see if you want to get to know the city. We bet that any local on the street can point you to these locations.
It is a unique experience of getting to know the old town. Because of the inadequate sewer system, the whole town burned down in 1889. Luckily and miraculously, no one died. The town’s leadership decided to build on top of what was left after the fiery havoc, thus leaving the history below ground. The underground tour will get you through the graveyard of the old town.
Built in 1914, Smith Tower is an iconic landmark that you shouldn’t skip. It offers a 360-degree view of the area and is the first skyscraper built here. Although your primary reason for visiting it may be the breathtaking view, you should also visit the historical exhibits on the ground floor and get to know the area and its development a bit better.
From this cafe on the 73rd floor of Columbia Center, you can enjoy the most beautiful views with some quality wine and a light meal. Nothing screams more romantic than an experience like that.
This bar deserves a special spot on the list because it is the most iconic bar maybe even in the whole state. This is where the alternative stage began and is still going strong. If you are up for a good gig, concert or another type of music event, the Crocodile is definitely a place to go.
It is a retro arcade center opened in 1983. The strict rule of 21 and up still stands today. If you are up for some good old pinball, laser tag or Killer Queen, you can find them all here. This is also a place where the locals like to hang out.
While it may come as a bit morbid, it is a place of pilgrimage of all the hardcore fans of the late actor. A little less known fact is that his son, Brandon Lee, is buried right next to him.