Seattle is one of my favorite cities.
Without traffic, Seattle is only a 3 hour drive away from Portland, Oregon — making it a perfect weekend destination. There is so much to eat, drink, see and do in Seattle that you could not fit it all in one weekend.
However, there are a few Seattle weekend “musts” that I have come up with:
Snoqualmie Falls. Only a half-hour drive from the Seattle city center, exists this famous (Twin Peaks, anyone?) and awe-inspiring waterfall. You can view it for free from the observation area or take the hike down to the bottom if you are feeling adventurous.
Eat a romantic dinner at Serafina. This is my boyfriend’s favorite Italian restaurant of all time. It is one of the most romantic restaurants I have ever been to and in the summertime they open up their outdoor courtyard. I do not have any recommendations simply because I have loved everything I have ever eaten here.
Space Needle. If you have been to any skyscraper city such as New York or Chicago, skip the hefty price tag on riding the elevator up to the sky deck. Instead, head to one of many spots such as this park, for a skyline view of this Seattle gem.
Explore MoPop. This is one of my favorite museums of all time. Their exhibits are a perfect blend of nerdy, science-y, and historical. It was here that I laid my eyes on Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Episode IV as well as the hat worn by the Evil Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. Nerding out doesn’t even begin to describe it. Buy your tickets here.
Eat lunch at Paseo. Just thinking about this Caribbean food stand has my mouth watering. Also, almost every menu item has a vegan option! I can’t recommend this place enough. Here is their menu.
Wander Pike’s Place Market. I heavily considered whether to include this spot because it is so busy and touristy. But to not walk up and down the pier for a couple of hours would be like going to New York and not seeing Central Park. It is just one of those items you have to do at least once. From the smelly and bustling fish market to the colorful handmade artisan jewelry — this place is a sensory overload.
Take the Underground Tour. The first time I went on this tour I was 11-years-old. I remember being completely enraptured by the historical stories our tour guide animatedly shared with us as we explored the “original” Seattle. It was just as riveting when I returned a few years ago. This experience is 100% worth anyone’s time — even those who are not typically interested in history or museums. They offer tours all day long. Buy your tickets here.
Picnic at UW. This place is my dream school. It would be yours too the instant you laid eyes on this Harry Potter-esque library. UW has a gorgeous central quad peppered with cherry blossom trees and evergreen grass lawns. It ends with a long stretching veranda that extends towards a glorious view of Mount Rainier. One of my favorite memories in Seattle is having a picnic in the quad with my seoulmate and people watching to our hearts desire.