Well, you see plenty of '1 day in Seattle' or '1 week in Seattle' but how about this for a challenge?
Basically, we're arriving from Victoria BC at midday and we depart by Amtrak again the next morning. So the question is, how to get the best 'feel' for Seattle during this short time? This will be in late May.
Now, we'll be doing plenty of ferry journeys around the BC islands in the week prior to this stopover, so we can forget about taking a ferry ride. We're also planning on whale watching a week later in our trip when we reach the Oregon coastline - so we don't need to worry about this whilst in Seattle.
So really we're just aiming to spend one afternoon/evening taking in as much as we can so that we can go home feeling like we've seen something of Seattle.
We're staying near the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Battery St which I believe is fairly central. So far, I'm thinking that we should:
- Drop our bags and then go to see Pike Place market before it closes
- Go to the Space Needle and if the weather is clear take a look at the top to get a proper view of the city
- Have dinner in a renowned cafe/restaurant (I've heard the 5 point cafe mentioned quite a lot?)
- Go out for some beers in some genuine brewery/bar type places (we'll be there on a Monday night - will this limit the nightlife options?).
- We're happy to stay out late if it means we can get a good feel for the city, our Amtrak leaves the next morning at 7:30am but as long as get 4 or 5 hours sleep we'll survive!
Can anyone else suggest some 'must do's during our short time, preferably things that are close together so that we don't spend the entire time running back and forwards across the city wasting valuable time? Fortunately in late May it doesn't get dark until 8pm, so from arrival in the city centre after our flight from Victoria we should still have approx 6 or 7 hours of the daylight left before we need to pack up our cameras and head indoors for food/drinks.