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Seattle Trip (1.5 Days)

Our Seattle trip was only 1.5 days, but we were able to pack a lot in a short time.

City Skyline with Space Needle on Seattle Trip

We arrived in the Emerald City by ferry after spending a week on Orcas Island. Then, we checked into our hotel, the Seattle Kimpton Monaco.

Hotel Room with 2 beds on Seattle Trip

We’d reserved a tour at 3:30, Beneath the Streets Underground History Tour. On this tour, visitors explore sites above and below ground and learn about the intriguing history of subterranean Seattle. It is fascinating!

Stairs leading down to a yellow door with a sign that says Beneath the Streets Underground History Tour of Seattle.

Next up, we took an Uber to the Center for Wooden Boats located on Union Lake. This organization focuses on wooden boats and their role in the area’s maritime history. They offer boat rentals, exhibits, and educational programs.

Wooden Building in Seattle with Letters that say The Center for Wooden Boats

At dinnertime, we walked alongside Lake Union to Duke’s Seafood. We enjoyed chowder and pasta with a view.

Pasta with Salmon at Duke's Seafood on Seattle Trip

Seattle Trip – Full Day

We started our full day in Seattle at Pikes Place Market with a visit to Storyville Coffee for a cup of joe and a cinnamon roll.

Pikes Place Market Center on Seattle Trip

Then, we explored Pikes Place Market. Of course, we saw the famous flying fish. However, I was most surprised by how many vendors were selling beautiful cut flowers.

Bouquets of flowers in Pikes Place Market

Pikes Place includes various types of vendors like jewelry, clothing, accessories, and of course, food. There are so many appealing food vendors that we decided to have a second breakfast at the Honest Biscuit.

Bacon Egg and Cheese Biscuit from Honest Biscuit in Seattle

No visit to Seattle is complete with a ride to the top of the Space Needle. So after breakfast #2, we took an Uber to this Seattle must-see. The views are spectacular!

View of Seattle cityscape from the Space Needle

Seattle has a short monorail built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The Monorail Station is steps away from the Space Needle.

Monorail at the station

We rode the monorail to West Lake Center and ate lunch nearby at Yard House.

Monorail Station at West Lake Center in Seattle

After lunch, we returned to Union Lake for a 3:30 boat tour with Argosy Cruises. The 2 hour Locks Cruise departs from Union Lake, travels through the Hiram M. Crittenden Locks, and ends at Pier 54 on the Seattle waterfront. I loved this tour!

POV picture of boat going through locks in Seattle

After the cruise, we walked down to Miners Landing at Pier 57. Here there are several restaurants and attractions.

Miners Landing with Ferris Wheel at the Pier in Seattle

We rode the Wings Over Washington attraction. If you’ve ever ridden Soarin’ at Disney, it’s similar.

Sign that says Wings over Washington

We ended the day with dinner at the Fisherman’s Restaurant at Miners Landing.

Chowder in a Bread Bowl with Crackers

While we certainly didn’t come close to seeing everything in Seattle, we had a great time and got to experience several excellent highlights.

Note: During our short time in downtown Seattle, we saw overt drug use (heroin) in tourist areas. We were never threatened, but we avoided walking at night and used Uber instead of public transportation. I share our experience, so you can research this situation before you visit and plan accordingly.

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