Welcome to Canada, eh?! As a New Yorker, Montreal was an easy trip to make. My ride on the LIRR to JFK was longer that my flight… (which probably isn’t shocking to all of you LIRR commuters out there!). If you have a long weekend, hop on a flight, a train, or drive on up to Montréal!
After such a jam packed trip to the North West, I was trying to think of the best way to make a fun, creative guide of Seattle, Washington. Then, as I was unpacking, I found a plethora of obscure maps, stickers, ticket stubs, and noise makers (of the duck-call type).
What a perfect way to outline the best things to see with a short time schedule and a low budget!
This is THE must-see in see-attle! Get a ticket to visit the observation deck, which is 520ft above Emerald City! Be sure to take note of what time the sun sets, and head on up about a half hour before. Expedia also has some great deals on eating at Skycity Restaurant, but make sure you have a reservation!
If you have time, and if your budget allows, I highly recommend taking a tour of Mt. Rainier— Seattle’s sleeping giant. As a city dweller, this type of adventure was something I wouldn’t typically plan. Luckily, I was traveling with a friend who had Mt. Rainer very high up on her list of things to do. Looking back on my entire North Western trip, this was my favorite endeavor. I felt like a child again, being so floored by the beauty of nature, splashing around in waterfalls, and most importantly— having no cell phone service. For more information on the tour that we took: click here.
Pike Place Market
Another Seattle classic! I love craft fairs (as I’ve blogged about before: Get Crafty!). Pike Place Market is a great place to be a part of the community with handcrafted goods and local foods. Don’t forget to check out the awesome, yet gross, gum wall located downstairs!
Ride The Ducks
When they ask if you would like the duck noise maker to be included with your ticket, give them a blissful, “yes!” We had a lot of fun on this land and sea tour, checking out many of the city’s hot spots and learning about the history behind them! The view from Lake Union was awesome, but the thought of owning one of the floating homes was even better.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
If you are an art connoisseur, then this is a must see! Located near the Space Needle, this exhibition shows off the work of artist Dale Chihuly. Most art enthusiasts are use to seeing standard mediums: paint, canvas, etc… seeing blown glass is sure to blow your mind!
Take a walk along the water for some great Seattle sites; such as the Great Wheel! There’s many tents along the way with people selling art, jewelry, and so much more. Stop for an ice cream cone, take a seat, and enjoy your beautiful surroundings!
And of course, some pointers on where to eat & what to order:
Brunch: Citizen Cafe
The caramelized apple cheddar crepe (add black forest ham) & flatliner coffee were the best way I could have ever started my day.
Happy Hour: NYP Bar & Grill Seattle
They have awesome happy hour prices, so order away! The BBQ pulled pork quesadilla was delicious. Still hungry? Go for the tuscan steak bites.
Mexican: Laredos Grill
Spicy Mango Margarita & a variety of tacos to your liking. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
Pizza: Zeeks Pizza
If you like spicy, go for the Dragon! Vegetarian? Try the Quentin Florentino. Adventurous? Go half & half!