Seattle, Washington

Seattle has been on my “Places to Visit” list for years, but I had never created a great excuse to get there — until this summer. I decided I would stop over in the area for a few days on my way back from South Korea because I was flying that direction anyway, right? Besides, I have some fantastic friends living there now, and it was a terrific opportunity to catch up with them.

After a long travel day flying back from Asia, I took it easy that night and decided to start exploring the city the following morning. My first stop was the Seattle Art Museum.

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SAM has a fantastic collection of artistic pieces from across the world, including a couple of really impressive global porcelain displays (as seen in the photo above). It’s worth exploring for a couple of hours, especially if it’s wet outside. From here, it was a short walk down to the Seattle Waterfront, where I got my first views of Puget Sound. The Waterfront has loads of attractions, including the Seattle Great Wheel, the aquarium, and Pike Place Market. The original Starbucks is there, too.

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I prefer to walk when exploring a city, and Seattle’s Chinatown-International District wasn’t a terribly long walk from the market. There’s an interesting mix of nationalities represented here, and I thought it’s particularly cool that the street signs are displayed in two different languages.

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Because the weather was great that day, I tried to squeeze as many places into my itinerary as possible. Up next: the University of Washington. That campus is gorgeous.

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I was lucky that the Seattle summer was still on its best behavior the next day when one of my friends drove me around to some more of the city’s interesting spots. Gas Works Park was full of families (and a wedding party) enjoying the sunshine and cool breezes. It’s also a great spot to stare at Seattle’s iconic skyline.

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And what trip to Seattle would be complete without a quick visit to see the Fremont Troll? (I admit, though, that I didn’t get out of the car. It was a drive by troll viewing.)

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I finished my time in the city with something I had been looking forward to for a while: a visit to Safeco Field to see the Seattle Mariners play the Cleveland Indians.

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Bonus Photo!

After the game, I hopped a ferry and traveled to Bainbridge Island to stay for a couple of days. Here’s the nighttime view of Seattle’s skyline from the rear of the ferry.

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