Seattle is a great outdoorsy city filled with plenty of things to do, and this is the season to take advantage of all of the things the city has to offer.
Going up the Space Needle is a must. Seattle is a gorgeous city, and going up the Space Needle is a great way of seeing all of it. You'll go up 605 feet to the observatory deck and get some fantastic views of the city, the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier in the distance.
The Space Needle is open 365 days a year. Tickets range from $11 to $23, depending on what package you get. However, you can also purchase the Seattle CityPass for $64, in which you can visit the Space Needle twice within 24 hours. Plus, you'll also get to visit four other places if you purchase the CityPass.
Located in the Seattle Center District, near the Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass exibit is definitely a work of art. If you're not familiar with Dale Chihuly artwork, he creates large structures of colorful glass using natural sources and centrifugal forces. You can see his work just by passing through the area, without going into the exhibit.
The exhibit is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm. They close at 11 pm from Friday through Sunday. It costs $14 for people between the ages of 4 to 12, $21 for anyone between 13 and 64 and $13 for anyone over 65. Children 3 and under get in for free.
You can't go to Seattle without going to the Pike Place Market, the place where it's ok for people to throw fish. It's probably one of the most famous farmers markets in the country. This place has everything from home grown vegetables to random souvenir shops. There are also some great seafood restaurants here, like the Crab Pot, where they throw out large portions of seafood on the table in front of you.
While you're there, you should also stop by, say hi get pictures with Rachel The Pig.
It's also worth mentioning that the world's first Starbucks is located here. 1912 Pike Place, to be exact. Just be aware that you might be waiting a while to order your drink.
It's located right next to Pike Place Market and offers spectacular views of the Puget Sound. This is also a great place to capture sunsets. There's a ferris wheel that you can ride for $13.
The University District or "U-District" consists of the University of Washington, historical buildings, gardens, eateries and funky shops. If you're looking for Pho or bubble tea, then this is the place.