Seattle is truly one of my favorite places to visit; perhaps because there’s a part of me that believes I belong in the Pacific Northwest. I love everything about it—the greenness, the fresh air, the trees, the ocean, the trees, the mountains, and did I mention the trees? It’s funny because Boise actually calls itself the “City of Trees,” but one visit to the Pacific Northwest and you know that’s just not the case.
I’ve actually, on multiple occasions, tried to convince Isaac that we need to move to Seattle!! That’s how much I love it. While I don’t think that will happen anytime soon, it was nice to visit for a while.
The first part of our adventure was in Port Townsend, Washington, where we drove our rental car onto a ferry to go to the island. We stayed at Fort Worden about 2 hours from Seattle, which actually used to be a military base back in the day. It now consists of more than 70 historic buildings that span 434 acres of property, complete with a nearby lighthouse (Point Wilson Lighthouse) and fresh farm-to-table restaurant—two of my faves!
Travel tip: If you’re ever in the area, make sure to stay an extra day or two to catch the ferry in Port Angeles so you can spend the day or night in Victoria in British Columbia. I wish we’d stayed long enough to do that!
Naturally, we couldn’t stay in Seattle without going to a Seahawks game! You know what the Bible says: when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Well, in Seattle, we do what the Seattleans do—and it was the best game ever! It was definitely an experience watching the fans get so into it.
Travel tip: We were grateful to get tickets under the roof, so if you can, buy tickets under cover. Even if it didn’t rain, it helped to block the wind so we could enjoy the game without any worries.
And of course, no trip would be complete without going to Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Even though the Space Needle had amazing views, I was bummed that the restaurant was closed for renovation. It would have been super cool to eat on top of the Space Needle!
We also took a walk and explored Pike’s Place! It was fun to walk around and get a feel for the culture and people there – I seriously could people watch for day’s in that city! There’s so much to check out and eat, and for the coffee lovers out there, it’s also the home of the original Starbucks. Isaac, of course, loved to check that out.
Travel tip: Get your Space Needle tickets beforehand so you don’t have to wait in line. It’ll save you time, which was good for us, since we saved this adventure for the last day and wouldn’t have been able to get in all the fun we had planned if we had to wait in line.
I’ve saved some of my favorite pictures from this trip to share and hope that the excitement and fun shines through in all of them. We certainly had a blast!
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