There’s so much to say about why I love Seattle, I could go on for days… and I was only there for a week. There were so many great neighborhoods like Capitol Hill (where I stayed)… a TON of amazing restaurants and bars… some of the best sushi I’ve ever had in my life… and Magnolia on the northwestern side near Discovery Beach (another one of my favorite spots in the city… it felt kind of like Marin Headlands, but not as cold, and with more scenery). Magnolia is the section that I compared to Ocean Beach in San Francisco, but with beautifully well-maintained homes that look like something out of Russian Hill.
There’s also another part of the city just north of Lake Union across the Ballard Bridge called “Fremont”, and that was a really cool area. Lots and lots of restaurants… breweries everywhere, cool shops… it kinda reminded me of Hayes Valley in San Francisco, but much, much less pretentious. Oh, and another thing I thought was cool about Seattle is that the Starbucks coffee there actually tastes better (in my opinion, it tasted closer to Peets Coffee), and there are a bunch of locations throughout the city where they serve beer and wine after 2pm. Kind of awesome.
Financial District is absolutely immaculate… super clean, and while it felt a lot less crazy than walking around the Financial District of SF, there was no shortage of shopping, eating, places to hang out, anything you could want. Public transportation is amazingly clean and efficient… the light rail (which, in all fairness, doesn’t cover a HUGE section of the city yet, but they’re going to be expanding it over the next few years), stops every 12 minutes. It’s kind of amazing. OH… AND, it runs until either 1AM or 2AM… I forget which one, but I’m almost positive that it’s 2AM. Then it starts back up again at 5AM.
Also, the weather while I was there was absolutely perfect. It was kind of crazy. I would wake up in the morning around 8AM or so, and it would be about 65 degrees, so I would dress kinda warm, but then an hour later, it would be between 75 and 85 degrees and comfortable, and stay that way all day, even after the sun went down. I’d never experienced anything like that before.
Anyway… I could go on for days about anything and everything… Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to answer them. Below are some pictures that I took… the second gallery are just Instagram photos… heh.
There were parts of the city that reminded me of San Francisco…
Some freeways have walkways alongside them, and the views were awesome.
This is a frequent view while walking along the water… boats everywhere!
Discovery Park on the western side of Seattle has a huge park you can walk through to get to the water.
This is Discovery Park beach… the pictures don’t do it justice. It was breathtaking.
The Discovery Park beach lighthouse.
The Discovery Park beach and lighthouse as the sun was starting to go down.
This is Madison Beach along the northeastern side of the city… another cute little beach/park along the water.
Just one example of the cool architecture that I saw there… houses this modern and pristine looking were commonplace.
I kinda loved this ferris wheel along the water near Pike Place Market.
This was from the ferry to Bainbridge Island… it reminded me of the Port of Oakland, but much, much prettier.
The view of Seattle from the Bainbridge Island ferry… the water is ridiculously more blue than the SF bay.
You can see multiple mountains from different locations around Seattle.
This was taken from an overpass atop Broad Street (it reminded me of The Embarcadero in SF, but more interesting).
Seattle even utilizes the underside of bridges in a cool way… this was a mountain bike/motorbike park underneath the parkway.
Literally my favorite place in Seattle. I must’ve sat here for about an hour enjoying watching the boats and this old couple fish on this small pier alongside Lake Union.
Gasworks is a park on the north side of Lake Union where they have HUGE (shut down) industrial refinery equipment for people to play around, and fields where people play sports, and great views ALL around.
The view from the southern side of Gasworks Park at sunset.
A view of Lake Union from the Space Needle. It looks much smaller than it is… trust me!
An eastward view of Seattle’s financial district from the Space Needle.
I just had to show off this picture of the Space Needle that I took, ’cause I love it… hah!
This was inside one of the gay bars, “Pony”.
Just randomly hung up on a telephone pole in Capitol Hill.
Someone I met told me about a speakeasy hidden inside a bar, and I managed to find it and have a couple drinks.
I love that you can see the Space Needle from all around Seattle.
There are a TON of breweries all around the city, and they have some of the best beer I’ve ever had.
At one of the best cupcake shops I’ve ever been to…
German Chocolate Stout cupcake and salted caramel ice cream. Amazing!
Bike shot glass (I bought the pint glass version).
The bar at one of the many amazing restaurants I ate at.
Just a cool, textured, painting I discovered at a restaurant.
Pine infused tequila, St. Germaine and lime. SO GOOD.
I loved that some of the weirdness from SF still made an appearance.
A tunnel of greenery that leads you out to Discovery Park beach.
Graffiti along a path on one section around Lake Union.
A biking/running path on the northwestern side of Lake Union.
A couple of their bridges are like this.
Boats and boat houses everywhere!
The city’s so green with trees and plant life everywhere, that I saw squirrels multiple times while walking around.
Skillet, where I had the best brunch in Seattle. Holy crap.
Another example of “SF weirdness”… hah 🙂
Cute little park on the way around Lake Union to Gasworks Park.
Cute little park on the way around Lake Union to Gasworks Park.
My favorite spot in Seattle.
A HUGE staircase going from one section of the city down to another part by Lake Union.
There’s a section of the city with gorgeous, older looking buildings that are immaculately maintained.
The view from Volunteer Park Water Tower.
Inside Volunteer Park Water Tower
Volunteer Park Water Tower.
There are a bunch of places to enjoy drinks along the different bodies of water.
View of the Seattle skyline from the Bainbridge Island Ferry
The ferries are HUGE (since they carry cars back and forth).
Chrome Bags store (based out of San Francisco).
This girl works at the original Starbucks and she kicked ass… hah!
I always thought SF was “Gay City”… hah 😛
I don’t even know.
I saw these cars all around Seattle… they’re basically Seattle’s version of Zipcar… I love it.
A section of Seattle airport.