In Seattle, there is so much more than coffee. With spring knocking on our front door, the Pacific Northwest is a natural wonderland with the city waking up from winter for some time outdoors. Regardless of whether Seattle is a “Staycation” or a weekend getaway for you, the emerald city and beyond have countless opportunities for some springtime fun.
Go on a Local Park Tour
You don’t have to leave the city to experience some of the most stunning natural (and manmade) scenery. Popular park favorites include Gas Works Park
, which overlooks the city with 360-degree views. You can watch the water planes land and duck tour boats motor by, along with checking out the structure that once was a gas company until 1930. Another city fave is Volunteer Park
, which has a cemetery with Bruce Lee’s grave, a stunning observatory, and the Asian Art Museum all on the same grounds.
Bonus: Visit the University of Washington campus while students are away on Spring Break and enjoy the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
The Ultimate Low-Key Foodie (and Beverages, too!)
If you know anything about Seattle, you know how much we love our food. Between master chefs cooking up amazing seafood to breweries serving PNW themed hops, diving into this food scene means experiencing authentic Seattle. The best part? Most of Seattle food icons are super cheap! Try Dicks Drive-In
for some burgers, or Ivars and Spuds for fish and chips. Want to wash it down with a beverage? Elysian Brewery on Capitol Hill and Pike Brewing Company in Pike Place Market offer authentic Seattle brews.
Bonus: If you have a sweet tooth, head over to Theo Chocolates in Fremont to get free samples while checking out their amazing chocolate factory tour.
Get Out of Downtown
Sure, the Seattle city skyline is a memorable view, however, some of the most interesting parts of Seattle are just beyond the skyscrapers. Columbia City and International District are chock full of global foods and events. Some top Columbia City spots are The Cajun Crawfish for delicious Louisiana cuisine, Mawadda Cafe for the best falafel in town and The Bourbon Columbia City Theater
Bonus: Want an awesome culinary and visual adventure you won’t soon forget? Check out Uwajimaya
in the International District.