We spent one day in Seattle at the end of our trip to Canada which was just enough time to check out the highlights of this city with a quick 24 hour Seattle itinerary. From the Seattle ferry terminal we got a taxi to our accommodation for the night at the Executive Hotel on Spring Street which was run down but in a pretty unbeatable central city location. Just down the road Vegegrill was a fun lunch find with fresh salads and soy based meat imitations.
As we only had one day in Seattle and wanted to see as much of the city as possible, we took a 90 minute tour with Seattle Ducks. Sights in Seattle on this tour included the Space Needle, the fancy apartment building featured in the 50 Shades of Grey movies, a cruise on Union Lake (the vehicles are amphibious!), the floating house from sleepless in Seattle and the Seattle Grace hospital exterior from Grey’s Anatomy. Funny hats and relevant music were made part of the ride and storyline by our captain Ed Venture.
After the tour we took Seattle’s Monorail to the Seattle Space Needle. The views at the top were impressive and it made me realise what the Auckland Sky Tower really lacks is an outdoor observation deck.
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We checked out the site of the first Starbucks and had a quick walk around Pike Place Market at closing time before walking to Pier 57 to consume oysters, play on Arcade Games and eat massive seafood meals at The Fisherman’s Restaurant under the Seattle Great Wheel.
A fun thing to do in Seattle is the wheel – it cost $15 and we went around four times. Not as impressive as the London Eye, as high as the Space Needle or as informative as the Brighton Wheel but a fun activity.
After a morning shopping at Macy’s, Ross, H&M and Nike Town we picked up a rental car from National and headed back towards Canada.