Destination: Seattle, WA

For this year’s spring break, Fred and I decided to travel to Seattle for a week.
We definitely had an amazing travel experience from start until the 20th.
We could have easily flown there, but where is the fun in that?

Well, here’s the itinerary we had for the trip:

The Road Trip
It would take about 12 hour drive from Pacifica, CA to Seattle, WA via US-101 N
but then we had to re-route to I-5 N before arriving Brookings, OR
because highway 101 was closed in that area.
Anyway, these mobile photos does not do justice on how beautiful the scenic route is, plus I didn’t get to take much cause I either got stunned or the weather was not inviting.
Nevertheless, I highly recommend trying to drive 101 for the experience, it is
B R E A T H T A K I N G.
It took us about 17 hours but it’s all worth it!


Full Tilt Ice Cream
What more could you ask for in a place where there are pinballs and ice cream?
I got the strawberry sorbet and the serving was more than I could eat.
It was tasty and would have tried different flavors but I already got full with one.
Also, I had a failed attempt to try the race car because I can’t reach the pedals
(see picture attached cause it happened).

Location: 5453 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Pike Place Market

One of Seattle’s historic sites.
We went around the market and bought chicken gizzards from Chicken Valley.
The first Starbucks ever built is also found at Pike,
it was tempting but the downside is that were tons of people in line.
You’ll find Starbucks every two/three blocks anyway (I kid you not)
so we didn’t go in.


Seattle Antiques Market
So many awesome finds inside this shop.
And my thoughts when I saw these babies was like the part when
Casper asked Kat, “can I keep you?”

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The Pike Pub and Brewery
We got the chance to go on a tour around the pub which took about an hour or less.
I gotta say, I never knew yeast gives flavor for beer.
Yeast – 1, Irish – 0

If you want to know what else is in your beer and how they make it,
There are free tours at 3pm and learn fun facts about your ale.


International District
Center of Seattle’s Asian American community. It is also known by the three individual neighborhood names: Chinatown, Japantown, and Little Saigon.
It’ll make your feet sore because of the walk around town, but the food … ON POINT.


Post Alley

I don’t know why, but apparently there are two Post Alleys downtown.
The first one which is where you’ll find restaurants, bakeries, and pubs along the alley.

And the other one where you will find posters, graffiti and chewed gums …
home of Seattle’s
Gum Wall
Which I find as a very interesting tourist attraction.

Disclaimer: No attempts were made to add posters, graffiti nor gums to the wall.
Also, not recommended for germaphobes.

Victor Steinbrueck Park
Named after Space Needle’s architect who made efforts to preserve
the Pike Place Market and the Pioneer Square.
This park is near the market and has a great overlooking.


Seattle Free Walking Tour – Seattle 101

Pay what you feel x insider’s guide to the Emerald City.
I have learned a lot during this tour.
One of the best free tours I have done
and I highly recommend it because:
IT’S FREE.
Win-win?

visit seattlefreewalkingtours.org for more info.

Green Lake Park
Lovely place to watch the sunset and maybe star gaze when the sky is clear.
It is also open 24 hours but please no littering. 😦


C I T Y P A S S

The city pass consists of 5 tourist attractions in Seattle: Space Needle, EMP Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Aquarium, and Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour. We didn’t opt to do the Woodland Park Zoo and Pacific Science Center, but there are discount stubs in the city pass if you want to go to all of them.

 1. Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
An hour long cruise along the shoreline of Elliot Bay and Seattle waterfront.
Best to take it on a sunny day at around 4 in the afternoon to get good lighting.

2. Seattle Aquarium

3. Space Needle
With the city pass, you can go twice in 24 hours. If you’re planning on going up to see the sunset, I believe it’s best to go an hour before to see the colors changing from red, to orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet … oh wait, that’s a rainbow.

4. Chihuly Garden and Glass
Still in awe with Dale Chihuly’s artwork. I mean, look at these … I. Can’t. Even.

5. Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum
This museum requires a lot of time to enjoy every exhibit.
We went at around 2pm, and had tons of fun especially at the Sound Lab.
Should have gone early because 3 hours is not enough to do everything inside the EMP.
It closes early this time of the year, but after May 26th — hours are extended until 7pm.

 

(to be continued…)

About 90% of the photos were taken with Canon EOS 7D.
All photos (except mobile photos) underwent post-processing using Adobe Lightroom.

Copyright © Irish Martos 2016. All rights reserved.

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