I promised myself I would go on weekend trips to three new US cities that I had never visited to at the beginning of the year. In April, I crossed Austin, Texas off my list, and in May, I had three fantastic days exploring Seattle. Exploring new places is one of my favorite things to do in life, and Seattle has long been at the top of my list.

Seattle lived up to all expectations, and I made sure to visit as many of the suggested locations as I could in my rental car. During my stay, I used Airbnb to book a private room within a person’s house. Do you recall this article about what makes a fantastic guest room?

Seattle’s reputation in the business world as a city where big ideas happen has been cemented by the fact that everyone knows both Amazon and Starbucks were started there. Because expansion is evident in this coastal region of the country that is also quite progressive, its famous skyline is changing.

I ate a lot of seafood while driving about, snapped photos of lovely homes, and drank the strongest coffee. Additionally, I reconnected with a Seattle-based longtime blog friend, which made for an incredible trip. After a long weekend, I left feeling both satisfied and worn out. Some of my best memories are as follows:

CHHULY GARDENS with SPACE NEEDLE ANDAMP; I was quite pleased to attend the Chihuly Garden and Glass because Dale Chihuly is a well-known glass sculpture artist whose distinctive patterns have been on display all around the world. I just adore his work. You can view the top of it from the solarium at Chihuly Gardens and look down on the gardens as you ride the elevator to the Space Needle’s summit because it is just next to it. The Space Needle was still being built when I visited, but I was still able to enjoy the breathtaking views from the top! At the Chihuly entrance or the foot of the Space Needle, purchase a combination admission to both attractions.

The PIKE PLACE MALL This world famous waterfront market was founded in 1907, and visiting it is a must on every trip to Seattle. While I was in Seattle, I went to Pike Place twice. The first time, I just strolled around slowly and took in the flower market, stores, and specialized food stalls.

The second time, my dear friend Melissa from The Inspired Room and I traveled on an chefs tour , we made our reservations through Airbnb. As we moved from vendor to stall enjoying a variety of foods, including smoked salmon from Seattle Fish Co., mac and cheese from Beechers, and clam chowder from Pike Place Chowder, we learned about the history of the market. Because our tour guide had access to the kitchen at so many of these well-known dining destinations, it was good to escape the lengthy queues.

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ANDAMP; OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK; WATERFRONT WALK There is so much to see and do near the seaside that I found myself there more than once. I dined at a restaurant at the end of a pier after taking a stroll through Olympic Sculpture Park one evening (I forget which one). A different morning was spent strolling along the waterfront promenade’s main route, where you may ride the well-known Ferris Wheel and see the waterfront Aquarium.

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SMITH TOWER AND PIONEER SQUARE Old historic Pioneer Square in Seattle dates to the Gold Rush. I learned about it from a travel guide, and because I was so curious, I parked my car and went outside to investigate these few city blocks. The brick structures are well over a century old; they were constructed after Seattle’s catastrophic fire, which tore across the city in the late 1800s. I couldn’t help but notice how New York-like Pioneer Square felt. I took some time to explore the area while sipping wine and taking in the architecture. You can take a subterranean tour; I chose not to during this visit, but I could tell from the number of people doing the tour that it was a popular one.

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The Waterfall Park, a hidden gem close to Pioneer Square, completely astonished me. I couldn’t help but notice the odd juxtaposition of this boisterous waterfall tucked among the towers. In the middle of a busy city, there is a small yet enchanting haven of tranquility here.

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Smith Tower is a few blocks away, and I was immediately reminded of the Empire State Building by its Art Deco interior, which has brass elevators, onyx stone floors and columns, and a posh bar with sweeping views at the top.

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WATER SPORTS ON LAKE WASHINGTON Many of you suggested going out on the sea when I inquired what I should do before arriving in Seattle. You were accurate! Through Airbnb experiences, I rented an afternoon sailing excursion , and it was great! As our captain sailed us around the lake to see views of the Seattle skyline and the houseboat community, including the well-known floating home from Sleepless in Seattle, I made a few new acquaintances on my boating adventure and we all swapped experiences.

The weather in Seattle is erratic and unreliable. I experienced a couple gloomy mornings with little periods of sunshine before the rain suddenly began to fall. On my cruise, the same pattern of sunshine, clouds, rain, and then clouds again occurred. The natives advise being prepared at all times.

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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND DAYTRIP On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I took the ferry across Elliott Bay from the waterfront port to Bainbridge Island. It was said to be a wonderful town, and I have to agree that it was. I took a leisurely afternoon stroll through the town’s commercial district and a few residential districts before arriving at the waterfront. With its scattered river rock sculptures, it was charming and pleasantly eccentric.

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Everything I ate while I was in Seattle was fantastic, so I have to praise the city’s culinary industry! The tagliatelle with white bolognese I had at Vendemmia in Madrona was so incredibly excellent that I fantasize about having it again. I also had an amazing fish at Shaker Spear in downtown Seattle.

Thank you very much for making this girl feel welcome in Seattle; I hope to visit again soon! Who knows Seattle well? Tell me what I missed. What should I check out or do on my upcoming trip?

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