A few days in Seattle

There is more to Seattle than rainy days and Starbucks! Actually, this was my first visit, and I was soaked in scorching temperatures and blue skies. No rain for me. My choice of hotel was the MarQueen Hotel in the Queen Anne neighborhood. Very cozy and I realized I could walk to lots of attractions from my hotel. Seattle is a great start location for a road trip in the Pacific Northwest, but before I took off, I spent some time exploring this charming city also known as the Emerald City.

Kerry Park
Although it’s a tourist magnet, you really want to get your feet here for the exceptional view of the Seattle skyline. I walked to Kerrry Park twice, first to do some daylight filming, and the second time for sunset and evening photos. If you want a good spot for tripod photography, don’t show up too late.

MoPOP
I can be picky about which museums to visit, but this one, the Museum of Pop Culture, caught my attention for two reasons. The exhibition about Nirvana and the contemporary MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes exhibition both made me stay for hours. I also got to take a bunch of photos. The museum building is a weird architectural masterpiece, so you’ll probably want to take photos of the outside as well.

The Space Needle
The Space Needle is a fascinating landmark, but I chose not to visit the inside to tour the open-air deck. Instead, I took my time to explore the area around the Space Needle. As you move around you get so many cool views of it. The weather was wonderful, and the park area hosted a variety of summer activities, so I’m glad I spent some time here.

Downtown
I walked the streets of Seattle’s downtown without a specific goal in mind. I knew about some obvious attractions, but I ended up in the fairly new Amazon Go store on 7th Ave, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Basically, Amazon has made shopping a bit easier with its grab and go concept. I got myself a lunch and sat at the lawn next to The Spheres. I like the laid-back vibe in this part of downtown.

REI
Being an outdoorsy kinda guy, I had to visit the REI Seattle flagship store while in town. I spent nearly two hours and too much money, but this is a must-see store with its parklike setting, waterfalls, hiking trails and even a giant climbing wall.

Next time
I’m sure there will be a next time, and then I will do the official Space Needle tour. I will also take my time to explore more of the downtown area including the Pike Place Market. Maybe I’ll ride with the Seattle Center Monorail and get on one of the Washington State Ferries to a nearby island.

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