Pike Place Market
World’s first Starbucks café
Left: Pike Place Market Right: World’s first Starbucks café
TIME FOR SOME GREAT SEAFOOD AND COFFEE
There is no market like Pike Place Market, where fishmongers entertain as much as they sell. If you are feeling hungry, follow your nose and you will find plenty to please your palate. Grab a cuppa from the world’s first ever Starbucks café and take a moment to appreciate its history, like the wall tapestry made of repurposed burlap coffee bags. For the coffee aficionado, a visit to the Reserve Roastery is a must. Ask for the unique gin barrel-aged Rwanda, coffee beans aged in bourbon barrels. Make a stop at the Pike Place Chowder, a restaurant that specialises in this rich, creamy and belly-filling seafood soup. There is plenty more to tantalise your taste buds here, from crab and lobster rolls to succulent fish and chips.
Hiking trails in North Cascades National Park
Left: Diablo Lake Right: Hiking trails in North Cascades National Park
BACK TO NATURE
Experience the great outdoors at the North Cascades National Park, just under 3 hours away from Seattle. From fishing and hiking to camping, plan ahead to make the best of your time. Join the popular Cascade Pass trail for some of the most stunning views, or the Hidden Lake trail for a little challenge. Be sure to dress appropriately for this adventure. Then, claim some peace and serenity at the Diablo Lake just outside of the North Cascades Park. This humble lake may not be as popular as Ross Lake, but its beauty is unparalleled. Be mesmerised by old forests, intriguing rock chasms, high peaks and glacier ice that surrounds the lake.
Sunrise Point at Mount Rainier National Park
Vintage train ride
Left: Sunrise Point at Mount Rainier National Park Right: Vintage train ride
TIME FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Another great outdoor destination is the Mount Rainier National Park . Hike up to Sunrise Point for spectacular views of Mount Rainier, the Emmons glacier and some vibrant wildflower meadows. Do note that this trail is closed in winter. You can however frolic in the snow and enjoy activities like snowboarding and skiing during winter. Pitch a tent and experience camping in the cold and marvel at the breathtaking snowy sceneries. You can also get transported through time on vintage trains along the Mount Rainier Railroad as you learn the fascinating history of the industry at the Logging Museum. Behold the majestic Snoqualmie Falls with its 82-metre drop. A sacred place among the American natives, you may remember these falls from Twin Peaks, a popular 90s TV series.