Seattle, Washington

This city is beautiful. And I mean, genuinely beautiful. I visited Seattle for the first time late last year. It was a extended stop on my road trip from Iowa to the West Coast.

I loved everything about this city. I visited during a warm, sunny week, so that may have altered my perception, but nonetheless, there are so many things to do and see.

Let me begin with one of my absolute favorite views of this city.

The Sky View Observatory

The Sky View Observatory offers one of a kind views of Seattle. The tallest building in the Pacific Northwest, this sky deck stands at 902 feet tall, on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center downtown.

The observatory offers 360 views of the city and the surrounding area including the mountains in the area like: Mt Baker, Mt Rainier, the Cascades and the Olympic Mountains.

Another bonus is that the sky deck is staffed with many team members who are knowledgeable about the area and can answer questions, as well as provide suggestions for places to visit.

Tickets are a little expensive, with a price tag of $22 per adult. However, if you are a student, you can buy tickets on location for $19 per adult and advance tickets online are $20 per adult.

Tickets for children ages 5-13, run $14 per ticket and seniors aged 65+ years, run $17.

The view is more than worth the purchase price. This is an attraction you will not want to miss.

Alki Beach Park

This park is a relaxing, man made beach that sits directly across the bay from Olympic National Park.

Alki Beach Park is 135.9-acre park located in the West Seattle neighborhood that consists of the Elliott Bay beach between Alki Point and Duwamish Head. It has about half a mile of beach front and was the first public salt-water bathing beach on the west coast.

This beach is full of restaurants with patios that are open late into the night for those looking to have bonfires on the beach or a casual late night meet up with friends. It feels like a young area, similar to that of Miami Beach or Hermosa Beach.

I visited this location at sunset and it provided beautiful views of the bay, as well as satisfying food and a delicious margarita.

I would highly recommend this spot if you are looking for a relaxing night out. There is plenty to do along this beach, street parking is free, there is no charge to use the beach and it’s open all night.

It’s just a 10 minute drive from downtown and so worth seeing.

Portage Bay Cafe- Roosevelt

I am firm believer that this cafe has the best brunch in Seattle.

Located near the University of Washington’s campus, in the Roosevelt area, this cafe was packed and on a wait when we went on Monday morning for a late breakfast.

There are four Portage Bay locations, but this one is the original.

The menu at Portage Bay offers a wide variety of breakfast and lunch entrees, at a reasonable price point. I had a massive breakfast burrito, half of which I took home and ate the next day for $14.50.

This restaurant offers brunch 7 days a week and the atmosphere and food do not disappoint. I would highly recommend stopping here for a meal if you are in the area.

These are just a couple of my Seattle “must sees.” Obviously, there are other things you should definitely visit, like the Gum Wall and Pike Place Market. However, these were my favorite locations.

Seattle is a highly sought after destination spot and it is easy to see why. Plan a vacation out here, and you won’t regret it.

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