After a fantastic 3 weeks in Canada, it was time to make our way to our first stop in the USA: Seattle.
We decided to head to the USA via land and get a greyhound bus from Vancouver. The 2 cities are actually quite close to each other, but with the different bus stops and the border crossing, it took us over 5 hours to get to Seattle.
Border crossing was quite smooth. We thought they’d ask us thousands of questions but we got through pretty quickly.
Once we arrived in Seattle at the bus station, we made our way to our accommodation for the next 3 nights in the international district.
Our accommodation was the Hi Seattle American Hotel. It is part of the ‘Hostel International’ group, which offers hostels all around the world.
This place was quite good with a big ish room, clean shared bathroom and big kitchen. It was also not far from downtown and the main big attractions. Weirdly though, it seems to be one of our most expensive stays in the US! We were a short walk away from the stadium, and the Rolling Stones were playing. Probably didn’t help the price of our stay.
After dropping off our bags, we decided to go for a little stroll towards Pioneer Square through downtown and the piers. Initial thoughts were quite positive. The city is quite nice and welcoming.
On our second day, we decided to walk through downtown all the way to Volunteer Park to see the water tower, supposedly providing a cool view over the city. It didn’t. With all the trees and the grids over the windows you couldn’t see much, but the park itself is nice.
We then headed to the cemetary next door to see Bruce Lee’s grave. After making our way back down towards downtown via Dexter Avenue (had to!), we got to the public market and went to Beecham’s for lunch. There we enjoyed what is often voted the best mac & cheese in the world. It was truly magnificent, and indeed very cheesy. They make the cheese themselves on site.
After lunch we walked our way around the public market, browsing the different food and craft stalls and walked through gum alley, an alleyway literally covered with gum all over its walls. It is gross! But at least it smells fruity. It started in the 90s and initially the city kept trying to clean it up. Eventually they gave up and accepted it; it now draws quite a crowd!
Our last stop of the day was the Kerry Park viewpoint. From there you can see the famous city skyline, with Mount Rainier in the background. Being a true Grey’s Anatomy fan, this view was awesome to see in real life.
On the way back to our hostel, we went to Columbia tower and aimed at the Starbucks on the 40th floor rather than paying the $22/pp to go to the lookout, but the view from up there wasn’t great so we chose to head back to the hostel.
On our third and final day, we decided to visit the suburb of Fremont, mostly well known for its troll residing under Aurora bridge.
As there aren’t tones of things to do in Fremont, we decided to head to Ballard, a suburb a bit further out. This is known for being the Scandinavian area. We walked around for a bit, before heading to the Ballard locks. Not as cool as it was described to be.
After a quick lunch pit stop, we made our way back towards Seattle center to finally see that space needle up close. We walked around the block before heading back down towards downtown.
We initially wanted to end our day by heading to Bainbridge Island and watch the sunset over the city, but with heavy cloud cover we thought it wasn’t worth the 35min trip each way. Instead, we enjoyed a nice dumpling dinner and prepared for our next stop, Southwest USA.
- 2 days in Seattle is a good enough amount of time to see the city and the main sites.
- Beecham’s was such a good mac & cheese! Avoid the wait by arriving for a late lunch after 2pm.
- On a clear day, watching sunset from Bainbridge Island is meant to be great. Something we didn’t get to do though.