Happy Friday y'all! I hope you've had a great week, and are looking forward to the weekend. I'm here at my craft retreat making pretty things and working on travel goodness. Today I'm back to finish up with our trip to the Pacific Northwest with a Seattle Travel Guide. Essentially, you'll be able to find all of my Seattle posts in one spot!
We journeyed all over Seattle and exploring The Underground, Boeing, waterfalls, Mt. Rainier, Pike Place Market, and beyond!
Oodles & Oodles of Tulips at Pike Place Market
Our view from below the Seattle Space Needle
Dream Lifter plane that transport aircraft parts at the Boeing Factory
Fields of Tulips at Roozengaarde near Mt. Vernon
Mt. Rainier from Paradise Visitor Center inside the National Park
Stairs to the Seattle Underground
Totem Pole in Pioneer Square
The Spruce Goose in McMinnville, Oregon
Fred Flinstone's Car at America's Car Museum
Seattle Gum Wall in Post Alley
Chihuly Glass Gardens Indoor Installation
The Great Wheel
We enjoyed all of these places & more! Check out the full posts below.
Museum of Flight
The Great Wheel
Chihuly Garden & Glass
The Gum Wall
America's Car Museum
The Underground Tour
Mount Rainier National Park
Roozengaarden Tulip Fields
Future of Flight Museum + Boeing Factory Tour
Seattle Space Needle
Pike Place Market
The Spruce Goose • Oregon
Hey there! I am packed up for my weekend of fun work (really it is good stuff), and ready to tackle that long to do list. I'm feeling motivated, and can't wait for a refreshing weekend of crafting, travel work, and, most importantly, time with great friends! While I'm waiting for it to be go time, I wanted to share the last place on the itinerary for our time in Seattle, Pike Place Market.
I've been saving the best for last as the market was the creme de la creme of Seattle for me! The flowers, the exotic fruits and veggies, eggs & cheeses of every kind, an extensive array of baked goods, and just goodness after goodness. For this post, I thought I'd do a short little list of my tips for visiting one of the world's most famous markets!
My Tips for Visiting Pike Place Market
1. Go early.
Before 8am is a great time to visit. There aren't a lot of people out and about yet, but the vendors are already open. If you wait until later in the morning, you'll be packed in to get glimpses of some famous spots like Pike Place Fish Co. & their fish throwing show.
2. If you want to visit the original Starbucks, go late.
If the original Starbucks is on your must go in list, go in the evening or be prepared to wait in a long line outside. Remember, Seattle is known for it's rainy weather, so if standing in a long line outside in the rain isn't your thing, opt for a trip there in the evening. For myself, I just got a look of the shop from the outside, and that was a-okay with me. Lovely had to go back to Seattle later in the year, and he visited the market another time with colleagues later in the day after work. He was able to go inside the Starbucks when there was no line. He even brought me home the coveted Pike Place Market You Are Here Collection cup. Since he went later in the year, so he also enjoyed the market being decorated for Christmas.
3. Go hungry. Or maybe don't.
If you love good food, go hungry! Enjoy pastries, fruits, coffees, donuts, cheeses, cookies as big as your face, and so much more! If you don't want to overindulge, better eat beforehand so you aren't tempted. :) You could be like my mother-in-law. She literally went CRAZY buying yummies at the market! She packed an entire box full to carry back home of peaches, Rainier cherries, and baked goods. It was a hoot watching her!
4. Buy the damn flowers.
Ok, the flowers...they are UH-MAZING!! Like THE most beautiful flowers you have every seen, and they are CHEAP! I am talking 15 bucks for a bouquet that would cost you $100 from a florist! Buy them! Put them in your hotel room. Love them. Enjoy them. When you visit, you'll see just what I mean!
Hopefully these quick tips help you plan your trip. Take a look at my photos to get a better idea of my tips. See you back tomorrow with a Seattle Trip Wrap Up.
Hump day!! I'm super excited because today is actually my Friday! #woohoo As I mentioned earlier this week, I'm heading out on a retreat tomorrow, and I'm excited to get some work done as well as crafty time! I have lots of travel work I need to get done, and I am hella behind on scrapbooking. Anyway, today I'm here to share one of the last places from our Seattle visits, the Seattle Space Needle.
The needle was made back in the 60s for the World's Fair, and it's been a defining landmark of the Seattle skyline ever since! We couldn't leave this off of our places to visit, and bonus that we had amazing weather! I've talked about it before, but I spent two separate weekends in Seattle while Lovely was at a 2 month training there. During my first visit, the skies were so clear we could see Mt. Rainier from the observation deck. That was a special treat! From the photos, it looks like a mountain suspended in the clouds, but it is the real deal, snow capped and all. You'll also notice photos from my second visit, which didn't deliver quite as good of weather, that Mt. Rainier is nowhere in site. Quite amazing that the weather has such an effect on our line of sight. Pesky misty rain clouds.
Anyway, both of our visits to the needle were smooth sailing! We used the Space Needle app to purchase our tickets for a set time. So there was zero waiting in line, no surprises, just walk on up, show your electronic ticket, and begin your 41 second ride to the top! There is an inside viewing area, as well as the outside observation deck. You'll also find shops, the famous rotating restaurant, and an electronic map (where you can list where you are visiting from to be added to a pin on the map) at the top of the needle.
We also enjoyed the area below the Space Needle, often referred to as Seattle City Center. You'll find shops, outdoor vendors, street performers, museums, and more. We ended up having a caricature drawn of us there. So fun! :) Anyway, the Space Needle is definitely a spot to visit, especially if you can go on a sunny day. We did not purchase tickets in advance, just on the app, the day of, once even just 45 minutes before our purchased ticket time so we didn't have to wait in line and could spend the time exploring below the needle instead! Hope you enjoy the photos, and the tips about the app. I'll be back tomorrow with my last spot in Seattle, and it just so happens to be my favorite! See ya then!
Welcome back! I hope you had a great weekend and a great week so far. Mine has been super busy, but it's going by quickly. I'm looking forward to a little craft retreat this weekend, which also means I'll have the chance to catch up on a few Discovereighng with Dana Travel work things. I'm excited you're back today! I'm sharing one of the hidden gems of my time in Seattle. Aviation is Lovely's thing, but I'll admit I was intrigued by all of the airplane things happening there.
Seattle is a major hub for a little aviation company you may have heard of, Boeing. All around the city & suburbs you'll spot buildings bearing the company's name. Whether it be factories, training stations, offices, or museums, there is something at every turn. One of the museums & the factory tour was a spot we definitely wanted to check out.
So Lovely was able to visit the Boeing Factory during his training, but we also took the tour and went to the Future of Flight Museum at the same location. This is not to be confused with the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The Future of Flight Museum & Boeing Factory are located a little farther north in Everett. The drive, though not far at all, was completely worth it for the factory tour!
I'm going to be honest here... The museum didn't wow us. However, the Boeing Factory tour blew my socks off!!! I had NO idea how large a 747 airplane is, which you can get an idea of from the photo of Lovely & plane's tail! We got to see it up close & in person on the assembly line. I'd seen them flying before and parked at gates at the airport, but I didn't quite get just how big they were until the tour. The factory was amazing in that there are literally billions of parts around to make up each of these planes, and they crank out multiple planes a month of various kinds, 747s, 767s, 777s, and 787s! We also caught glimpses of the brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner which you can now fly on within the U.S. and even on long haul flights. While the museum was a little underwhelming, the factory tour was a major highlight, and is definitely worth checking out! Unfortunately, photos are not allowed on the tour, but I hope you'll enjoyed these photos from the museum and outdoor area of the factory.
Thank you for stopping by, and be sure to add this to your Seattle itinerary!
Hey y'all! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I'm looking forward to this beautiful Sunday. I plan on getting my to do list knocked out early so I can spend the rest of the day resting, as it should be! It has turned cold here in Waco, Texas, but it is still a beautiful, sunny Spring day. So I am hoping to spend a little time outside as well. This weather has me reminescing on when Lovely was in Seattle, and drove the hour and a half to Mt. Vernon, Washington to see the tulips for me. Now of course this isn't something he would have regularly done alone, but we knew by the time I visited that the tulip blooms would be long gone. So I talked him into driving up there just so he could send me beautiful photos. We ended up FaceTiming as well, which was an amazing treat! He did a great job as a photographer, and I am so grateful that he went. Just seeing the photos from him, and knowing this was real--not just made up place in Pinterest land--was wonderful! Anyway, he journeyed from Renton, WA, just south of Seattle, to Roozengaarde outside of Mt. Vernon.
Now, you may be thinking...is it worth the drive up there to take the chance on the tulips not being in bloom? Well, Roozengaarde has taken out all of the guess work with an amazing bloom map on their website. You can see nearby tulip & daffodil fields on the map, and if they are in bloom or not. This is updated every couple of days or so, so you can bet it is an accurate indication on what is blooming. While the tulips are in bloom, Roozengaarde has a Tulip Festival. During other times of the year, Roozengaarde's gift shop & garden are also open.
Lovely kept his time directly at Roozengaarde, though you could potentially explore other fields as well. The garden was amazing with more tulip varieties than you can count, and each was conveniently labeled in case you wanted to buy bulbs of your own to take home & plant. The photos are something right out of Holland and seem like a Pinterest dream, but my friends, it is the real deal right here in the states! Bonus, glimpses of Mt. Baker in the background of the tulip fields--adding major googly eyes to the dreamy factor! I hope you will enjoy the photos of the beautiful Roozengaarde and tulip fields, and be sure to check out the bloom map when planning your own Spring trip to Roozengaarde in Mt. Vernon, Washington just a short drive from Seattle.