If you aren’t quite ready for the bright spring weather, take your next vacation to Seattle, Washington where temperatures are in the 50s and 60s and raining almost every day. The Coffee Capital of the World is known for its beautiful nature, landmarks, museums, and, of course, coffee. Check out a few of our favorite stops to get you started – in Seattle, the possibilities are endless.
Start your trip with a hike through nature at Mount Rainier National Park. This breathtaking 14,410 foot peak is an active volcano, and the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S. Pass through the forest on your way up to enjoy the subalpine wildflower meadows near the top. Be sure to bring your camera because this is one of the most picture-worthy spots in the state!
Shopping is fun anywhere, but especially at Pike Place Market, one of the oldest farmers markets in the country at 100 years old! Visit the farmers market and try delicious local produce, fresh fish from Pacific Northwest and Alaskan waters, and unique speciality foods. Or walk through the crafts market to bring home a locally made souvenir. On May 13, you can also experience the 9th Annual Flower Festival, where you can buy tulips, daffodils, irises, peonies and more.
No trip to Seattle is complete without a stop at the iconic Space Needle. Created for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the 605 foot Space Needle has a five-level dome on top with a revolving restaurant level and observation deck. Enjoy the views of Mt. Rainier, the Pacific Coast and downtown Seattle, all while eating dinner!
Anyone interested in fantasy, superheroes, sci-fi and the fascinating world of pop culture should stop by the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), dedicated to preserving contemporary pop culture. Some of the featured exhibits right now include Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic, which explores everything from The Wizard of Oz to Harry Potter; Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, which takes you through the legacy’s of the genre’s greatest creators; and the Indie Game Revolution, where you can learn about more than 40 independent video game developers, designers, coders, composers and critics.
Get fuel for your vacation by visiting Starbuck’s historic first store, located at the corner of 1st and Pike, near the Pike Place Market. Starbucks originally opened in the market in 1971, and has been expanding and serving our every coffee need since then. This store features many recycled materials, such as the leather on the bar made from shoe and automobile factory scrap; the community table that was previously located at a restaurant and before that, in a home; and the restroom partitions made from recycled laundry detergent bottles. Order a venti Pike Place and you will instantly see why coffee tastes so much better in Seattle.