In possibly one of the best zingers from the HBO show, Girls, Lena Dunham describes her friend Marnie’s new boyfriend. The hilarity of the quote stuck with me as I traveled to Seattle for the first time this past month. Only hours into the weekend getaway, I found the Pacific Northwest could perhaps not knit me a man, but rather a cozy, lovely, wonderful life. Arranged so charmingly upon the water, the city of Seattle has a beat to it that is practically impossible to find anywhere else. From the array of unique neighborhoods to the never-ending line of cultural, historical, and architectural sites to visit, this city will bring its A-game for your next travel jaunt. The only question left is, where to start?
For the museum-goers….
Seattle Art Museum
SAM will not disappoint you. With classic art, sculpture, and remnants of antiquity that rival any metropolitan museum you may have seen, Seattle Art Museum should be the first stop on any art lover’s list. A short walk from Pike Place Market, you’ll find the likes of Monet, Hogarth, Metcalf, Rothko, and Crepin, along with Australian Aboriginal works, African art, and circulating exhibitions that lend a strong, moving narrative to this classic museum.
The Museum of Pop Culture, lovingly referred to as MoPop, is an other-wordly museum experience. Literally. Possessing science fiction, horror and fantasy exhibits all containing costumes and props from beloved and cult films within it, a stroll through MoPop is far from your average museum visit. Be sure to save time for the David Bowie section, along with a wonderful homage to Seattle’s own king, Jimi Hendrix. Handwritten lyrics, rare photographs, outfits worn on stage and even a couple of guitars are featured in this exhibit.
For the classic Seattle experience…
Pike Place Market
Founded in 1907, the market originally served as the epicenter of farmers, fishermen, florists, and merchants. Now, it’s definitely touristy, but somehow charmingly so while still serving its original purpose. Fresh produce, fresh fish, and an atmosphere as bustling and magical as any market in the world. This time of year, the tulips spill onto the street in laughter. Not to mention, the lower level of the market is full of shops and spots to commemorate your time in the fantastic city’s most treasured site. Afterwards, head across the street to Beecher’s for the best cheese of your life.
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, also called Ballard Locks, sits at the west end of Salmon Bay in Lake Washington Ship Canal. Constructed in 1917, Chittenden Locks is one of the most visited tourist sites of Seattle– largely because of the exciting opportunity to watch ships pass through the complex of locks onto the Puget Sound.
The Space Needle
Arguably the most iconic feature of Seattle’s skyline, the Space Needle is currently under construction, but still open to visitors through this process. As many Seattle locals would tell you, it’s honestly best to see the Needle from another vantage point, as a skyline without it is not as interesting.
For the foodies out there…
The entire city is exploding with places to eat. Seafood, coffee, chocolate, cheese, fresh produce…it’s actually impossible to zero in on what Seattle does best. To send you in the right direction, however, try breakfast biscuits at the Wandering Goose or a locally sourced brunch from Volunteer Park Cafe. In search of dinner with a view? Happy Hour at Westward just may be the best decision you make all weekend.