My Personal Tour of Seattle

Skyline 2 (L)What’s the best part of having family and friends move to another place? Being able to visit them and experience a new area. Sure, having a place to rest your head and have an occasional home-cooked meal is great, but what better way to get the sense of another city than with a local? I found this to be the case when visiting my cousin Eric and his family and my friend Shanna in Seattle. Not only did I get to explore with people who live in the area, but I got a personalized tour of Seattle. So, if you’re looking at Seattle as your next destination, wander with me on a personalized tour of this Pacific Northwest city.

Pikes MarketStarting with the touristy elements of Seattle, head to Pike Place Market to explore the booths of flowers, local produce and food, and crafts. In need of a snack? Enjoy a crumpet from The Crumpet Shop, a stop Shanna and I found to be a great break after walking from the Klondike Gold Rush (Seattle Unit) in Pioneer Square to Pike Market Place.

Glass Boat from the Chihuly Garden and GlassOnce you’ve purchased smoked salmon to taste and seen all the food and crafts Seattle has to offer at the booths, head to the Seattle Center and stop at the Chihuly Garden and Glass to take in this artists’ extraordinary work and vision. After experiencing Dale Chihuly’s exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens, I had this on my “Must-See” list and was not disappointed. From the Glass Forest to the outdoor Garden, each display shows how Chihuly takes common themes and evolves shapes, colors, and patterns from their original form to create his art. Each piece is a transformation of shape and architecture into the natural world with organic movement. Shanna, Dan (Shanna’s husband), and I marvel at how Chihuly’s assistants translate his Picasso-like technical sketches into actual glass pieces. As theatre workers, we’re used to taking a designer’s renderings and figuring out how to actualize it, sans magic wands. Whether the drawing is a Chandelier from a Venice installation or a Glass Boat from the Ikebana and Float Boat, Chihuly had a unique vision that must have required a great deal of patience to interpret.

Boats in Ballard LocksLooking to escape downtown? Take the opportunity to check out the Ballard Locks. Although Eric and I missed the chance to see tons of salmon, Eric took the time to entertain his daughter, Hana, with the solo small baby fish swimming among the currents. If you head to Seattle in the summer, hopefully you’ll have a bigger gathering of salmon. Crossing the bridges and past the boats you’ll see why I fell for the Pacific Northwest for its abundant greenery and beautiful gardens. It’s something I thought only existed in fairy tales. And, if you want to soak up more of nature, look up a place to go kayaking, you won’t regret it.

Fremont TrollDo you want a more authentic taste of Seattle? The Fremont Troll will definitely give you the feel of Seattle’s alternative artistic mentality. A reminder of “Billy Goat’s Gruff,” you might be intimidated thinking this troll will eat you up, but fortunately he’s only stone. Nearby, enjoy organic fair trade chocolate from Theo. There’s plenty of flavors from salted caramel to chili to marshmallow. It’s a chocolate lover’s heaven.

Even though Seattle is known for rain or “Grey’s Anatomy,” there’s plenty to see and experience. If you’re an enthusiast of alternative art, the outdoors, or enjoy cities that support their local artisans, markets, and products, add Seattle to your bucket list.

This post is a part of Weekend Wanderlust hosted by A Brit and A Southerner, A Southern Gypsy, Eat Work Travel, Justin Plus Lauren and One Modern CoupleMonday Escapes hosted by My Travel Monkey and Packing My SuitcaseCity Tripping hosted by Wandermum and Mummy Travels, and Weekend Travel Inspiration hosted by Reflections Enroute, The Crowded Planet, Contented Traveller, Albom Adventures, Safari 254, FamiliesGo!, and Malaysian Meanders.

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  1. Ruth

    Seattle has always been on my must see list. Not sure why I have not made it to the city yet. I am sure it is a place I am going to love.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      The Pacific Northwest is a phenomenal area and one of my favorite places in the world. Hope to move there someday!

  2. Great post. We love Seattle but sometimes it is difficult to get away from all the super touristy sights. The cycle paths there are lovely too.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I actually didn’t get a chance to do the cycle paths, I’m glad you mentioned it so I can try it out the next time I visit! Thanks for visiting and sharing your experiences in Seattle!

  3. Arnie

    Oh no! You were at the Troll, and you didn’t stop at the huge statue of Lenin while you were in Fremont? 😉

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I did stop by that statue, but forgot to take pictures of it! Next time . . .

  4. Clare Thomson

    I visited Seattle a long time ago on a five-week tour around the US and it was one of my favourite places – I loved the atmosphere there. This is a great guide on things to do. Next time I’ll be sure to check out the Ballard Locks and the Troll.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I hope you can make a return visit soon! I’m glad to hear you loved Seattle too. 🙂

  5. Packing my Suitcase

    Seattle sounds awesome!! I hope to visit it someday, I friend of mine often travels there because she has family living in the city. She always tells me great things about it 😀

    Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes 😉

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Hope you have the opportunity to explore Seattle with your friend. Even though people think of the rain, there is so much more to experience in this city.

  6. Ahila

    Chihuly Garden and Glass sounds like a great place to visit. Thanks for the tour of Seattle on #CityTripping

  7. Cathy (MummyTravels)

    I had a quick stop in Settle on my way out to the Olympic peninsula, so mostly around Pike Place plus the Space Needle and big tourist attractions. It’s such an enjoyable city, I’d love to go back and how great to have a local to show you around. #citytripping

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks for the compliments! I enjoyed Seattle and the Pacific Northwest a lot, and like you I found it to be a very enjoyable city.

  8. Elizabeth (Wander Mum)

    It’s brilliant to have a local show you around! I went to Seattle for a couple of nights a long time ago. Would like to revisit again one day and do it properly as clearly there’s lots to see. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I hope you get the chance to go back to Seattle! The city has a lot offer and explore.

  9. Jackie Smith

    We’ve lived in a Seattle suburb for 30 years so it is nice to be reminded of the fun side of Seattle. As a local we sometimes get focused on the reality (deadlocked traffic, social unrest in recent months, homelessness and other big-city-issues) and forget the fun side of the town. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      That’s true of any town. That’s why it’s nice to remember to get out and enjoy the location you live in! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  10. Corinne

    I love Seattle! Who doesn’t love the troll?!!!!

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