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Seattle: Through the Eyes of a Tourist

Seattle: Through the Eyes of a Tourist

Today, I flew to Seattle. I left on a 6 am flight… incredibly early. All in an effort to give myself as much time today as possible so I could begin my  whirlwind tour  of the city. (What I like to call “unapologetic tourist syndrome.”)

I arrived at 10:30 AM, perky and ready to begin my day. Now, nearly 14 hours later, after a fun-tabulous day (and nearly 24 hours awake) I am rapidly running out of steam! So, rather than the full pre-amble, here are my top highlights from the day… in photos.

Checked into my room at the Maxwell Hotel- cute! (Check out those “chandeliers!”)


My first view of Seattle was from above.


My hotel has a free shuttle service, and David went above and beyond today- not only taking me where I wanted to go (Pioneer Square) during his LUNCH BREAK, but he also did a detour to this overlook so I could get my bearings. Nice way to start my trip!


Waterfall Garden Park, right near Pioneer Square. It’s a little oasis- and the birthplace of the UPS to boot!


Next Stop: Pike’s Place Market!


I simply HAD to get a half dozen from the “Daily Dozen Doughnut Company.”


Gum Wall stalactites. Disgusting, yet oddly beautiful.


Grabbed a crumpet with ricotta and fresh lemon curd. A CRUMPET!


Found Sasquatch hiding in the market. (He’s a big guy!)


A big crowd was at the Flying Fish counter… I stood there forever- just couldn’t capture it on camera!


After Pike Place Market, I headed down to the waterfront. Got a good luck token at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop!


Ate delicious oysters from North Hood Canal (aka “really close by”) at Elliott’s Oysters. The pink on top is an icy champagne mignonette- added a tangy, light and perfectly refreshing note to the briny oysters.


Saw (and touched!) some fish at the Seattle Aquarium.


Snapped this pretty shot of the Seattle Wheel.


Saw this cool perspective art chalk drawing on some steps.


International Fountain- the kids were getting soaked!


The Space Needle at night


The view from the top of the Space Needle.


My friend Joe also randomly happened to be in Seattle today! He came with me to check out the Space Needle and we got to make our best “Seattle Sightseeing” pose!


And now… time to sleep and re-charge, because tomorrow’s another full day in Seattle!




  • Dad
    Posted at 10:26h, 22 August Reply

    Wow! Now that’s a whirlwind tour with a lot to see.

  • erin graves
    Posted at 14:22h, 23 August Reply

    View from the top of the Space Needle at night? Gorgeous!

    • Chris
      Posted at 14:32h, 23 August Reply

      It really was. Beautiful in the day and night- worth going up twice- was completely different each time!

  • Gina
    Posted at 01:29h, 27 August Reply

    Looks like a fabulous day! I haven’t been to Seattle yet, but am hoping to go for a whirlwind weekend myself sometime this year. Taking notes on where you ate. Your food pictures look so good!

    • Chris
      Posted at 20:07h, 27 August Reply

      Hi Gina! I really had a blast exploring Seattle, and basically eating my way throughout the city. If nothing else… arrive hungry!

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