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1. We arrived in Seattle from Portland, so the slightly pricier food options (with a sales tax) were the first things we noticed. For our first meal or dinner, we had Asian fare at Nikko Teriyaki, a short walk from our Airbnb apartment in West Seattle.
2. Blue skies on our first full day in Seattle.
3. While West Seattle is a short distance from the downtown area, we were able to walk to the coast at the Seacrest Ferry Dock, where we would take a ferry to Downtown Seattle. There was also a good walking area around the waterfront Seacrest Park.
4. Lunch with a view: At Marination Ma Kai, we had a breakfast burrito, tacos, sliders, and a macaroni salad with cubed spam.
5. Seattle, Washington.
6. The ferry from West Seattle to Downtown Seattle takes about 30 to 40 minutes and costs about five dollars with an Orca transportation card. When taking a ferry, be sure to board early and to take the upper deck seats at the back of the ferry. Those offer the best views.
7. If one is in the neighbourhood, top level of the Seattle Public Library offers some good views of the city. The design or architecture of the library building itself is quite interesting too, and it is worth walking around the building if one has the time.
8. Upon disembarkation from the ferry, the Seattle Great Wheel is a short walk away along the waterfront.
9. One of the most visited spots in Seattle is probably Pike Place Market – one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ market in the country – which offers produce and crafts on sale. The first Starbucks Coffee store, founded in 1971, is said to be located within the market, though in general most attractions are very crowded and the experience can be a little claustrophobic.
11. Another attraction at the market is the Gum Wall, where the walls are covered in used chewing gum. Great spot for photographs.
12. There are four Amazon Go locations in Seattle, and we had to experience the partly automated convenience store. We first downloaded the app, logged into our Amazon accounts, and entered the store with a QR code. Thereafter, we purchased products without checking out: Instead, several technologies are used to log what we picked up and exited the store with.
13. For dinner, we had ribs and rib tips at Jones Barbeque, near our accommodation. It is not the best in terms of the quality, but they were very generous with the servings and we had the leftover rib tips for breakfast on the next day.
14. After breakfast the next day, it was an apple pie at A la Mode Pies (without the ice-cream, unfortunately).
15. We purchased a day-pass on two separate days of travels – after planning for our travels – and our first stop after breakfast was a hike to the lighthouse at Discovery Park. This was a comparatively easy hike, though the incline on the way back can be a little tough.
16. But the effort is well worth it. The views along the hike, in our opinion, are comparable to those at the end of the hike.
17. In the distance is Mount Rainier, the highest mountain in the state. The views of the coastline and the skies are pretty incredible.
18. At the end of the hike – which took us about 60 minutes in one direction, including the time we took for photographs and the occasional rest – is the Discovery Park Lighthouse. It cannot be accessed, though it is a nice feature along the coast.
19. After the hike, we had a small treat at the fast-food restaurant chain Dick’s Drive-In. The chocolate milkshake was particularly good.
20. About three bus stops from the Dick’s Drive-In outlet we visited was Kerry Park, which probably offers the best panoramic view of the Seattle city skyline. It is a very small park, but it is a nice spot to sit down and to relax. Mount Rainier is in the distance.
21. Another view from Kerry Park.
22. We made our way to the International Fountain – built for the 1962 World’s Fair – next, which is located in the Seattle Centre. Within the Seattle Centre is a number of attractions, including the Space Needle as a landmark feature.
23. We chose not to go up to the Space Needle observation tower because of the cost, though it is a beautiful landmark.
24. For dinner, we had an affordable feast of Korean ribs and squid at Korean Bamboo.
25. And for breakfast the next day, we made our way to DeliNoMore in the downtown area, which offered cheap brunch items.
26. Gas Works Park was the next location on a gloomy day. The public park is built on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, and the small park has a small hill which overlooks the river as well as a nearby playground.
27. We brought lunch up to the park, and spent some time relaxing and people-watching. The park offers a good view of the city skyline, which is slightly different from the views from Kerry Park. Many seaplanes also take off and land on Lake Union.
28. A short walk from Gas Works Park is the Fremont Troll, a public sculpture under a bridge.
29. Alki Beach was our last stop for the day, though on a gloomy evening the highlights were the dining establishments on the other side of the road, even if there was the occasional jogger or biker. Alki Beach is located in West Seattle.
30. We then had dinner at Duke’s Seafood and Chowder. The food is not cheap, but we went during happy hour when the prices were lowered. We shared a clam chowder, calamari strips, crab cake, and a devilled egg.
31. And finally, we had fried clam strips at Alki Spud Fish and Chips, down the road from Duke’s Seafood and Chowder.
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