A Few Fun Days in Seattle

Seattle is such a great City to visit!  It is only a few hours away from my home, so I have been there so many times. However, once a year I try to make a point of going and seeing the sights and really enjoying it. For a first time visitor, this post will serve as a guide to Seattle – what to see and do – no matter what the weather is like.

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Pike Place Market


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No trip to Seattle would be complete without a trip to Pike Place Market, which is why it is first up in this guide to Seattle. It is a great location for walking around, tasting delicious foods and picking up some flowers. If you are traveling, there are also dried bouquets that are perfect for bringing home.  It is open early each day, so I recommend getting up bright and early to beat the crowds. You will have no problem finding some great breakfast eats.

While you are here, you can pop over to the very first Starbucks…but be prepared for a long line. Don’t fret, because there are other locations that aren’t as busy in the area.

On my last visit, I walked down the street to the Biscuit Bitch and had an amazing (and unique) lunch. Be prepared for a line and take it to go because there isn’t much seating. You seriously won’t be disappointed!

Fremont Troll


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The Fremont Troll is a fun sculpture under the Aurora Bridge. It is a great use of an otherwise neglected space.

I am sure I could do a whole separate guide to Seattle on places to eat…but for now I will sprinkle some in this post. While you are in Fremont, I recommend that you stop by Pie and get some pie! They serve mini sweet and savory pies and they are all completely scrumptious. They are a great place to stop and get some pies to take for a picnic somewhere. Who doesn’t want a mini pie at a picnic?!?

The Great Wheel


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The Seattle Great Wheel is at the pier, close to the Seattle Aquarium. The views from the wheel are stunning, especially on a perfectly clear day. Who can resist a ferris wheel?!?

Seattle CityPass


When you want to see the sights of a city, I always look into a CityPass to see what is offered. You can use the pass for several days and there are always sights that are good for rain or shine. The Seattle CityPass is a great purchase if you are visiting. Admission Includes the Space Needle, the Seattle Aquarium,  Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, EMP Museum   or   Woodland Park Zoo and Chihuly Garden and Glass   or   Pacific Science Center.

Seattle Aquarium


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Who doesn’t want to visit the aquarium? The Seattle Aquarium is located at the pier and there are indoor and outdoor exhibits. No matter what age you are, you will enjoy the aquarium.

Experience Music Project (EMP)


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 The EMP Museum or Experience Music Project Museum is located right beside the Space Needle. The exterior of the building is stunning and perfect for photos. Inside there are music themed and pop culture exhibits that will provide entertainment for virtually everyone.

Space Needle


No guide to Seattle would be complete without a suggestion to stop by this Seattle landmark! The Space Needle is a Seattle must see!  The view from the platform at the top is spectacular, especially on a clear day. Even if you don’t want to go up to the top, there is a lot to see and do in the area.


Beside the Space Needle you will find the Pacific Science Center. I love the large whimsical flowers outside called, Sonic Bloom. They are perfect for photographing on a clear day. Aren’t they fun? They remind me of something from Dr. Seuss.

Pineapple Hospitality – The Maxwell Hotel


My last few visits to Seattle, I have stayed at one of the Pineapple Hospitality boutique hotels. They are all unique and totally adorable.  This visit I stayed at The Maxwell Hotel, which has the cutest pink and green lobby I have ever seen. All of the hotels also have pineapple bikes that you can borrow during your stay. Who can resist a pineapple bike?!?


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Chihuly Gardens and Glass


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Another must see in that I need to suggest in this guide to Seattle is the Chihuly Garden and Glass. The exhibits are so full of colour and you won’t be disappointed. It is located right beside the Space Needle…and in fact you can look up through the roof in the glass room and see the Space Needle.


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Argosy Harbor Cruises


I considered going on an Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour many times but didn’t go until this last visit. Considering I enjoyed the boat tour in Chicago when I was there, I decided to go. I can’t believe that I didn’t go earlier. It was phenomenal! The tour guide was very informative and it was a great way to see the City from a different perspective.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella is sharing the highlights of her vacation in Seattle, the sights she saw with the Seattle CityPass and her stay at The Maxwell Hotel.

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When you are down by the pier, you can often find a Cupcake Royale stand. They have the yummiest ice cream and cupcakes. Definitely don’t walk by!  🙂

Seattle Murals


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You know that I love murals, so I have been searching out murals on my recent visits to Seattle.  I will have to share more of them in another blog post soon.

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A special thank you to Seattle CityPass for providing me with complementary passes.

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  1. Alli Smith wrote:

    My best friend recently attended a wedding in Seattle. She sent me a coffee mug from the first Starbucks. I didn’t realize how much there was to do in Seattle. I LOVE that boutique hotel with the pink/green lobby. And you are super cute on the pineapple bike. I always love your photos.

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  2. I had absolutely no idea that there was so much to see in Seattle – what a beautiful place! I would love to visit, that shot of you in the aquarium is just beautiful [and I love the dress too!]

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  3. Looks like you had a lot of fun in Seattle! Your photos are so gorgeous too. Is the coffee there as good as they’re famous for? 😀

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  4. Stephanay Jnote wrote:

    I would love to see the murals. The music project sounds nice. You must have great memories of this place.

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  5. Jeanette wrote:

    I have not been to Seattle in years! I am sad to say that he did not explore pikes place or the needle when I was there. There’s so much to check out there, and you look so cute in all these pictures. You captured it just perfect.

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  6. Heather @ Kraus House Mom wrote:

    I’ve never been to Seattle, but my husband says it’s a great city. I would love to visit and I would love to see the troll.

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  7. You are just about the cutest young lady I’ve ever seen. You remind me of my daughters. You and they can pull off any look in any outfit. I don’t get to travel much so I love looking at your travel photos. It’s the next best thing to being there.

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  8. Ana Duarte wrote:

    Seattle is definitely on my list of cities to visit! This post will come in handy when I finally make it out there!


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  9. mckenna bleu wrote:

    wow the sculpture under the bridge is so neat! And I love the colors of the Maxwell Hotel!!

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    • Isn’t it neat!!! The maxwell is so cute inside. Most of the Pineapple hotels have cute themes!

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  10. mQs wrote:

    Looks like such a fun place! I’ve always wanted to visit!

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  11. Looks like you made the best out of your time in Seattle! So many amazing places & outfits!


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  12. The Pineapple Hospitality boutiques look adorable! You went to so many cute places.

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  13. Looks like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to go to the Fermont troll lol

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  14. Ruya Kirac wrote:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle and see the space needle! Your photos turned out gorgeous!

    -Ruya, sweetshortandstylish.com

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  15. Jenny wrote:

    You’re making me wanna go to Seattle so bad! It’s been on my list for awhile but now I want to go even more.

    xoxo, Jenny

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  16. I went to Seattle a few years ago. It looks like you had a lot of fun there. I miss all the sights and attractions. I loved seeing the Space Needle.

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    • You will have to go again and go see more of the attractions and sight they are so worth seeing!

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  17. Sami Mast wrote:

    Seattle is such a fun city! I loved going to the Chihuly Museum when I was there, I definitely want to visit again soon!


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  18. JASCHEN wrote:

    Such beautiful photos, love how vivid the colors are. And it looks like you enjoyed your stay! Glad I found your blog, will definitely keep this in my bookmarks for future reads!!


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  19. Emily wrote:

    Cannot help but love your site and these pics!!! How come I haven’t found you sooner! You’re stunning!?


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  20. Liz Mays wrote:

    Seattle seems like so much fun! I definitely want to check out that CityPass if I visit.

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  21. Brandy wrote:

    Seattle looks like so much fun. I really need to get up to par with fashion, obviously I am older (almost 35) so I need to find some fashion trends that work well for my own lifestyle. I LOVE your looks you wear, that last one is my favorite to be honest 🙂

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    • Thank you Brandy! any of these would look great on you! They are simple.

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  22. Love all of these shots!!! Looks like you had the most amazing time 🙂
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  23. Greta Hollar wrote:

    My best friend lives in Seattle and I need to go visit him! I love your photos and outfits!

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  24. I live only 3 hours from Seattle but I don’t get up as often as I want! It’s such a fun place.

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    • Actually!! your not to far away from me! Im 2 hours from Seattle after crossing the border!

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  25. I would love to see the Space Needle in Seattle. I would also love to go around on bike around Seattle.

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  26. Chrishelle Ebner wrote:

    Seattle is definitely on my list of cities to visit. So many great tourist spots and of course for a coffee lover like myself, I must visit the first Starbuck’s location. The City Pass sounds really handy for visiting all of Seattle’s neat attractions.

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  27. Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com wrote:

    Wow. Your photos are always amazing but these are spectacular! This is awesome. What a wonderful time it looks like you are having. Seattle is on my list to visit someday!

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  28. Carrie Colbert wrote:

    I want to visit Seattle now!!!



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  29. I love Seattle, it’s absolutey one of my favorite cities. You’ve captured it beautifully, makes me want to head back right now! And oh my gosh, that Alice Through the Looking Glass dress is awesome!

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  30. Jasmine Anderson wrote:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Seattle! look like it has SO much to do and see. Your pictures as always are beautiful and capture so much of what you loved.

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    • Aww thank you Jasmine, Seattle is one of my favourites for sure! I only live 2 hour away so its a quick drive.

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  31. I have always wanted to visit Seattle, and maybe even live there one day! I can’t wait to visit.

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  32. The needle and ferries wheel have such a great view!

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  33. Pike place is a must see, you will have to go next time.

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  34. Aww yay!!! Thank you Anna!

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  35. Thanks Emma!

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  36. Amanda wrote:

    Yay glad you had a great trip to Seattle! (I’m from here!) Love that you got to visit on such a nice day 🙂 Amanda – thefashiontofollow.com

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  37. Rebecca Wilson wrote:

    I have always wanted to travel to Seattle! There looks like there is so much to do and see. I am intrigued by it all.

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  38. Its so fun! I think you would really enjoy!!

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  39. Adaleta Avdic wrote:

    Seattle is one of my favorite cities, and I definitely think it’s got so much to do! xx adaatude.com

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  40. There are so many great sites in Seattle! I definitely want to visit the Pike Place Market, Space Needle, and Chihuly exhibit!
    Fizz and Frosting

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