Seattle has a lot going for it in terms of atmosphere, shopping and culture, but we also found time to enjoy the tourist attractions in the city. The following is my top five list, based on the places I visited. There are loads more things I’d like to see one day, but these are the ones which won out based on the time we had.
We love exploring a city on foot, but sometimes we take things too far. On the plus side, this was a great way to get our bearings in the city, but if you fancy trying this walk out, then you should know it’s about six miles long, and you should wear comfier shoes than I did. Also, you should wait till things are open in the morning before you leave!
Seattle isn’t all Space Centers and Starbucks. Oh no, my friends, it is also home to a troll, a Lenin and a lot of Scandinavians. We spent a day in North Seattle checking out a few of the attractions on offer up there.
Deciding which area of Seattle to stay in was TOUGH! We eventually settled on Capitol Hill, because it was quite central and we wouldn’t have a car. I think it was a really good choice for us as there was a lot going on to keep us occupied, it was a young neighbourhood, but it wasn’t too busy.
We decided to take the East River Ferry back from Dumbo to Long Island City, which was a really great choice. I absolutely love being on the water, and it gave us a great opportunity to take photos of views of the city which we might not have seen otherwise.
On one particularly rainy looking day in New York, we decided to head over to MoMA for some arty tourism. We got a little lost on the way there, because I am incapable of understanding the seemingly simple road layout of Manhattan. I had great difficulty in remembering which streets and avenues I was meant to be heading for – strange how it became such an issue when numbers were involved – I normally have a very good sense of direction. Anyway, with the help of a kind businessman, we found the museum.
I love a trip to the seaside, so when I discovered Coney Island and Brighton Beach in New York, I knew we had to go. I was promised a fairground, hotdogs and some Russians, which sounded too good to miss!
I don’t really like looking like a tourist. Something of a problem when you’re standing outside the Empire State Building, feeling cornered into paying for optional extras on your trip to the top, when all you want to do is slink off to the normal queue and not have to deal with Michael, the most enthusiastic man alive, and while your boyfriend is no use at all, because he has been rendered partially deaf by the flu.