Whether entering by car, ferry, bike or foot Seattle buzzes by. Homegrown national
brands like Starbucks and R.E.I and yet to by discovered local creations fill the
city blocks. Like the other great cities in the US there are well defined neighborhoods,
each with their own flare, to experience. Still, despite the many tourists wandering
the city streets you get the feeling that Seattle hasn’t lost its local focus.
The city is well equipped to handle bicycles, as one would expect after seeing a
hundred cycling commuters disembark a morning ferry. With bike lanes and routes glaringly
obvious we found it easy to explore Seattle during our three days in town. The bike
route maps are free and you can pick one up at any cycling shop. Be warned, wandering
off the bike routes can lead to some back-breaking climbs.
Pikes Place Market is located on the waterfront in downtown Seattle. Historically
this bustling area was used to unload Pacific fishing fleets and cargo ships. Now
it is primarily a tourist trap, but still worth a glimpse. The market is mostly
filled with craft vendors, fruit stands, and restaurants but fresh seafood can still
be found. It is also home to the first Starbucks ever, which is ever-brimming with
The home of Jimi Hendrix and the ‘grunge’ movement of the 90’s wouldn’t be complete
without a museum specifically dedicated to music. The Experience Music Project is
the brainchild of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. It includes interactive exhibits
that trace the roots of rock and popular music. The intriguing building is also
home to the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. At the foot of the Space Needle
it is a must-see for anyone visiting the city.
The University of Washington brings thousands of new students to the area each year.
Constantly infusing the city with a youthful vibrance. Sitting on Lake Washington,
the university is just a 20 minute bike ride from downtown Seattle. The amazing
architecture of this sprawling campus is wonderfully displayed amid plenty of greenery
We spent three days in Seattle, so there was plenty of time to get some work done
on our bikes and enjoy the foods and beverages the city had to offer.
Elliott Bay Bicycles - These guys specialize in classic bicycles. The shop is full
of some classy rides restored to pristine condition. The co-owner also makes his
own “Davidson” custom fitted and in a variety of materials. They were able to provide
Jess with a heavy-duty kick-stand to replace her long since broken click-stand.
Top Pot Doughnuts - Seriously... Seriously tasty doughnuts. Old fashioned in a variety
The Pike Brewing Company - Just south of Pike Place Market, this place is still owner
operated and full of choices. It is a good place to take a break after exploring
the market, though the brews get mixed reviews.