Seattle, WA – the home of Space Needle, Mt. Rainier, and the largest coffee chain in the world.
I was given a chance to freely wander about and around Seattle during an overnight stay when a good friend of mine invited me to join him while his Aunt’s whole family tour him and introduce him to places which the City became known for. And being a travel junkie that I am, I said yes immediately, knowing I’d be going with a Filipino family. And as we all know, Filipinos are known for their hospitality. All worries aside, you get to see the best of what Seattle offers all the while enjoying the company of a very hospitable and loving family.
#1 First stop, Where the World-famous, world’s largest coffee chain was first opened.
Pike Place Market, 1912 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
I didn’t know that the first Starbucks Store opened here in Seattle!
Pike Place Starbucks Store, also called the Original Starbucks, was established in 1971 in downtown Seattle, Washington, United States.
It was situated at 2000 Western Avenue from 1971 until ’76. Then later moved to 1912 Pike Place, its present location.
The very first Starbuck’s Cafe opened in Seattle. This cafe later moved to 1912 Pike Place, its present location.
Always full of customers waiting in line to be served
Though the Pike Place Market Starbucks isn’t the first ever, it is currently the oldest.
If you are a fan of Starbuck’s collectible items, you can buy a unique mug at the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market.
#2 Second, the Space Needle.
It was Sunday morning when we went here, so there was a long line of people at the ticket booth because it’s family day. We chose the afternoon slot so we still have time to do other things and go to other places instead of falling in line immediately and wait for the long cue to be able to get inside. Multi-tasking.
400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
It was the tallest building when in it was built in the west of Mississippi River in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair.
Space Needle Entrance
Space Needle Tickets! Yay!
And once inside, the long wait is worth it, with the view and the relaxation it provides.
Space Needle overview. Whew!
This will be to Seattle what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.
The Space Needle – Mr. Carlson’s vision for the space-age tower was inspired by the Stuttgart Tower in Germany.
The observation tower provides an overlooking view of the city.
#3 Next, the Gum Wall.
The Gum Wall
Post-Alley under Pike Place
In an alleyway in downtown Seattle, there is a brick wall covered in used chewing gum. Yes, you read it right. Used CHEWING GUMS!
The Gum Wall
Disgusting? Well, for others, it’s called ART
After taking Instagram-worthy pictures of this creative but not-so-hygienic art wall, you can leave you own DNA imprinted juicy fruit chewed gum spelling your name on this brick wall creating a memoir of your own.
#4 Afterwards, you can also Ride The Ducks of Seattle!
You haven’t seen Seattle until you’ve seen it from a Duck!
Their motto says. So, go see and learn about all the sights of Seattle. Based on your interests and budget, you can explore more of the city with a personalised itinerary!
Sad to say, I wasn’t able to tour the city Duck Style because we went to the next stop.
Sightseeing . Duck Style!
#5 Next up, the Westlake Center.
While waiting for our afternoon time slot in the Space Needle, we passed by Ride The Ducks City Tour took pictures and then moved forward to this four-storey shopping mall -the ultimate destination for shopping.
#6 We had Dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.
While Tita Margie is ordering our early dinner, we took a groupie with Grandpa, Tito and the kids
Oh, and by the way, the variety of sauces of Buffalo Wild Wings for their crispy fried chicken were really awesome!
#7 More picture taking at Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 57
Seattle Great Wheel
Sunset at Pier 57
The Great Wheel
#8 Then, we went to get a good midnight meal from Jollibee!
Sa Jollibee, Bee-da ang saya!
Dito tayo, dito tayo, kung san bida ang bata! Sa jollibee bida tayo wala ng iba, Sa Jollibee, bida ang saya!
Afterwards, as usual, we also took photos with Chowking, Red Ribbon, and Sea Food City as our background.
These restaurants are also just a few of the Filipino Food chains which were able to penetrate the US Territory.
With Bentley Boy
#9 At the Parking Lot, I was able to get a glimpse of Mt. Rainier from afar.
Mt. Rainier from Afar
As I roamed Seattle, I was also amazed that there were pretty much a lot of places to go to wherein I discovered many fun facts and trivia about it. Furthermore, it was much more fun discovering it with good new found friends.
I also like to take this opportunity to thank Tita Margie and her whole family for making our stay fun-filled and unforgettable.
You can also read my other travels here.
Published by Rea Lakwatsera