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Seattle & The Pacific Northwest

August 2017

Seattle typically has more rainy days than not per year but visit during the tail end of peak season, August through September, and you’ll likely be treated to blue skies & comfortable temperatures. A far cry from its reputation of being a rainy city. Seattle is surrounded by natural beauty with Mount Rainer looming spectacularly on the southern horizon. Seattle's food scene should also be indulged in. Local chefs embrace the fresh local produce and seafood available in the area. Unique artisanal coffee and espresso roasters perfecting their craft are all over the city. Overall we spent two days in Seattle and five additional days exploring the natural beauty of the areas National Parks. Seattle is an extremely impressive city and left us with plenty more reasons to return.

Seattle

Among the must-see spots to hit on your first visit to Seattle should definitely include Pike Place Market. Enjoy some of the numerous culinary delights offered there from fresh fruit and cheese to regionally caught fish. For epic views of Seattle, Elliott Bay, and Mount Rainer take a trip up the Space Needle at dusk. The best and most iconic view of the city is arguably Kerry Park in the Queen Anne neighborhood.

Pike Place Market Public Market Center sign
Inside Pike Place Market
Fresh produce at Pike Place Market
Grapes, Blueberries, Raspberries & Peaches at Pike Place Market
Selection of handmade pasta at Pike Place Market
The Market Theater Gum Wall under Pike Place Market
Seattle Skyline from Kerry Park
Mount Rainer from Kerry Park
Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle
Seattle Skyline from Kerry Park
Mount Rainer and Century Link Field

Olympic National Park, Rialto Beach & Hoh Rain Forest

Travel west to Olympic National Park and take your pick of stunning natural landscapes. See snow-capped mountains, the rocky Pacific shores, and rainforests all in the same day - though you should really dedicate multiple days to really take it all in.

Winding road up to Hurricane Ridge
Scenic view from Hurricane Ridge
A deer walking around Hurricane Ridge
A seagull at Rialto Beach
A Sea Lion hunting at Rialto Beach
Dusk at Rialto Beach
Telephoto photo of the Moon
The night sky and Milky Way
Rialto Beach at low tide
Starfish on rocks at Rialto Beach
Rialto Beach and Hole-in-the-Wall
Hoh River at Hoh Rain Forest
Moss covered trees at Hoh Rain Forest
Hoh Rain Forest

Snoqualmie Falls & Leavenworth

Take a day trip east and check out the waterfall in Snoqualmie, WA. (It was featured on the show Twin Peaks). Drive through the town and stumble upon an assemblage of old, rusted trains some dating back to 1928. Then head further east into the Cascades to Leavenworth, a charming Bavarian-style village with German-themed shops and beer gardens.

Old Trains from early 1920 in Snoqualmie, WA
Closeup of lettering on old train
Snoqualmie Falls
Leavenworth, WA

Mount Rainer National Park

Our final stop was near the base of Mount Rainer National Park. Like Olympic National Park this should be a trip of its own. There are many full-day and multiple day hikes around the park. We choose a relatively short half day hike up Glacier Basin Trail to Emmons Glacier. The views as you approach the glacier are indescribably stunning.

Overlooking an emerald lake off the Glacier Basin Trail
Mount Rainer - White River
Mount Rainer - White River
Mount Rainer
Mount Rainer - Glacier Basin Trail

Local Food & Drink Recommendations

  • Il Corvo

    2017 James Beard Foundation "Best Chef Northwest" nominee, Mike Easton serves a selection of fresh pasta for lunch every weekday.

  • Victrola Coffee Roasters

    Seattle is known for coffee, right? Forget Starbuck, try one of the many independent roasters. This place is one of the best.

  • Westward

    Fresh seafood in an open, outdoor environment overlooking Lake Union and the scenic Seattle skyline.

  • Easy Street Records & Cafe

    Make this your Seattle music destination. They have a good selection of vinyl records and CD's. Apparently the cafè is also excellent though we didn't have a chance to try it out.

  • Marination Ma Kai

    Hawaiian-Korean food on the bay overlooking the Seattle skyline. So good plus there were no tourists. Try the Korean tacos.

  • München Haus

    2 hours east out of Seattle is the Bavarian-styled village of Leavenworth, Washington. München Haus, is the go-to beer garden serving excellent German food.

  • Pike Place Market

    This famous market has more then enough places to to eat and drink.

  • Biscuit Bitch

    If you're down by Pike Place Market and are looking for a hearty breakfast this place is worth checking out. Like heat? Try the Smokin' Hot Bitch which is biscuits, hot sausage, jalapeño peppers, grits and more.