Last month, Feb. 2017, I literally took a cross-country trip from St. Louis, MO to Seattle, WA. I left Lambert St. Louis International Airport on an evening flight aboard Alaska Airlines. Being the Virgo that I am; I had to conduct my own, personal survey of Alaska Airlines and thoroughly check them out, since I usually fly United. I must say, I was very satisfied with the service, airfare, and relatively smooth flight.
I had to take an evening flight due to pre-existing obligations, so a 4-plus hour night flight that switches time zones; made for a very long day. That long day and flight was well worth it after I touched down at Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport and was greeted by Susan Torian. . . my lady.
If you’re going anywhere within the Pacific-Northwest, Seattle is a wonderful place to visit, especially if you’ve never traveled there before. It’s best to book or plan your trip to Seattle during the Spring and/or Summer months; the skyline and landscaping are at their most beautiful, and balmy temperatures are perfect for outdoor activities. Put the popular notion that Seattle is always, dreary, gloomy, and rain-drenched to rest. . . Winter is the “rainy” season, but the city rarely sees rainfall in Spring and Summer.
Seattle is also most famous for, and most known as, home of the Space Needle and The Seahawks; its much loved NFL team and former Super Bowl champions. The Space Needle’s 360 degree, revolving restaurant, SkyCity, which sits 500ft above Seattle, is a must! SkyCity provides an amazing view of the city, knowledgeable staff, excellent menu (I recommend the Lobster) selections, and quick access to the Observation Deck.
Another must-do while in Seattle, WA is the “Ride-The-Duck-Tour.” This tour covers both, land and water, by way of an amphibious vehicle, the “Duck.” Duck tours are very popular during Summer because, as I learned, they cold be quite cold and unpleasant during Winter. The Duck drives directly from land into the water! Pretty damn cool, huh!?
Seattle has a very rich history, and is recognized for much more than home the Space Needle. The city itself is named after a highly-celebrated and honored, Indian Chief of the Duwamish and Suquamis Tribes, Chief Si’ahl. It’ll be a good idea to bring your passport so you can make the 100 mile drive into Vancouver, Canada, and if you’re into Jazz and music; you should know Seattle launched the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, and Ray Charles. It’s also home of the largest Boeing Aircraft production and assembly facility in the U.S, as well as the world. The list below provides, yet, more tourist favorites.
Seattle is packed with tourist attractions including;
- Pike Place Market
- Woodland Park Zoo
- The Great Wheel
- Olympic Sculpture Park
- Boeing’s Future Of Flight Tour
- Seattle’s Chinatown
- Seattle Art Museum
- Washington Ferries
This could extend much more, but I think it’s safe to say, it’s pretty hard to get bored while visiting Seattle, WA. You should plan to stay at least 1 week to 1.5 weeks; which allows you to experience all that the city offers; it cannot be done in several days!
Hope you’ve enjoyed this, there’s more travel pieces to come!