In Love With America // Seattle

written by Au Pair in America July 18, 2018

Hey there! We’re so glad to have you back, just in time for the third instalment of our “In Love With America” travel series! We sure hope that you’ve enjoyed your virtual trip to NOLA last month. But why stop there? Our well-traveled au pairs are back to make your life a little easier. ESPECIALLY  if you’re planning on going to Seattle any time soon… Let’s go!

In this series, we’re shedding some light on our au pairs’ favourite spots in the USA. Whether it is a city, a state or just a general area that our au pairs are currently obsessed with – we’ll introduce some of North America’s “places to be” in an entirely new way. Our secret? We get our recommendations right from the source – our lovely au pairs – to ensure that our travel tips cover everything an Au Pair in America needs to know about and more!

This time we’re going to the epicentre of grunge and rock, if you will! Jimi Hendrix, who is described as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music” by the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, was born here. Ray Charles, probably the most loved and influential artist of Jazz, Blues and Gospel music lived here for several years. The least we can say is that if you call yourself a music addict, this city is a must-see for you!

We’re delighted to welcome you to: Seattle!

🚌  King Country Metro Transit | Highly developed bus network

🚋  Seattle Streetcar | 2 lines

🚈  Link Light Rail | Trip from Angle Lake Station to the University of Washington through Downtown Seattle

🚲  Cycling | Ample bike lanes

🎡  Seattle Great Wheel

📍  Space Needle | 605 feet observation tower
📍  Pike Place Market | One of the oldest public farmers’ markets in the US
📍  Downtown Seattle
📍  Gum Wall
📍  Ballard Locks
📍  South Lake Union | Popular Seattle Neighbourhood

🏛  Seattle Art Museum
🏛  Chihuly Glass and Garden
🏛  Burke Museum
🏛  Frye Art Museum
🏛  MoPOP | Museum of Pop Culture
🏛  Pacific Science Center
🏛  Museum of Flight

🍔  8oz Burger Bar
🍔  Dick’s Drive-In
🍔  Li’l Woody’s
🍔  Next Level Burger | Best veggie burgers

🥢  Toshi’s Teriyaki Grill | Seattle’s original Teriyaki
🥢  Thai Siam
🥢  Chan | Korean-American fusion
🥢  Umi Sake House | Japanese 

🍕  Mod Pizza
🍕  The Pink Door | Italian
🍕  Armandino’s Salumi | Italian sandwiches 

🐟  Rockcreek | Seafood
🐟 Pike Place Chowder | One of the best seafood chowder

🍛  Un Bien | Caribbean sandwiches & cuisine 

🥐  Bakery Nouveau | French bakery 

🥞  The Crumpet Shop | English & American breakfasts 

☕  Original Starbucks | First Starbucks ever

UPCOMING 

🏅  Special Olympics USA Games | Showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities | 📆 July 2nd – 6th

🎶  Bumbershoot Festival | Music Festival | 📆 August 31st – September 2nd
🎶  Northwest Festival | Ethnic, Folk and traditional art, craft and music festival | 📆 May 2019
🎶  Fremont Solstice Parade | Event that supports arts and artists in and around the city | 📆 June 2019

ALL YEAR AROUND

🎤  Outdoor concerts with local bands at Seattle center

🎟  Broadways tours in Paramount Theater
🎟  Comedy Shows at WaMu Theater or 5th Avenue

⚾  Watch a Seattle Mariners baseball game at the Safeco Stadium

🏈  Watch a Seahawks football game at the CenturyLink Field

🛍  Westfield Southcenter
🛍  Northgate Mall
🛍  Seattle Premium Outlet
🛍  The Outlet Collection
🛍  University Village | Open-air life style shopping center

👛  Portland | 3 hours by car from Downtown Seattle – no taxes 

🌳  Volunteer Park
🌳  Lincoln Park | Connected with rocky beaches
🌳  Seward Park
🌳  Discovery Park | Largest city park
🌳  Olympic Scultupture Park
🌳  Green Lake
🌳  Golden Gardens

⛰  Snoqualmie Falls | 30 miles from Downtown Seattle
⛰  Hiking | For example the Chirico Trail to Poo-Poo Point or the Cherry Creek Falls Trail

🎿  Skiing – Snowboarding | For example at Stevens Pass or Snoqualmie Pass

🛶  Kayaking – Canoeing – Standup Paddleboarding | For example at Moss Bay or Northwest Outdoor Center

🌆  Columbia Tower Observation deck

🌳  Kerry Park
🌳  Hamilton View Park

🏖  Alki Beach

⛴  Ferry Boats towards Bainbridge Island

📍  Pioneer Square | Seattle’s founders settled there in 1852
📍  Underground tour
📍  Seattle Waterfront

🎥  Wings over Washington | Kind of IMAX theater with cool effects

⛰  Mount Rainier National Park | About 70 miles from Downtown Seattle

📍  Fremont Troll

💀  Ye Olde Curiosity Shop | Unusual shop

🌎  Center of Universe Sign

🏥  Heading out in the Grey’s Anatomy cast footsteps 

You think that there is way more to Seattle than this? You want us to feature YOUR favourite area in the USA? Let us know!

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