Seattle to Vancouver

Seattle to Vancouver

Seattle is a city in Washington State on the west coast of the USA.  Seattle offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Space Needle (and view of the city)
  • Pike place market
  • Microsoft visitor center
  • The worlds first Starbucks
  • Safeco Field (and view of the city)
  • Pacific science center
  • Experience project museum and many other museums
  • Smith tower (and view of the city)
Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA

Seattle is  the biggest city in Washington state and you’ll be greeted by this beautiful skyline when driving towards the city.  On a visit to Seattle the fitter ones who want to get their steps in will be able to walk the city.  A unique way to see the city that doesn’t require so much walking is the Emerald City Trolley.  What better way to photograph the points of Seattle than from a green trolley!

Staying at a hotel in downtown Seattle will be very expensive, I stayed in a hotel near the airport and took the Link Light Rail to downtown.  Staying around the airport will cost you half the price of staying downtown.

The Original Starbucks

The Original Starbucks

Seattle is the home to the first ever Starbucks.  I am sure most people reading this have been to a Starbucks at least once, or maybe even go daily.  For those Starbucks lovers amongst us, a trip to Seattle will definitely mean a trip to the worlds first Starbucks!  Be warned, the line can be huge, everyone seems to want a coffee from this Starbucks!

The Starbucks is located at the Pike Place market.  A short walk from the Pike Place market you’ll find Seattle waterfront.  On the Seattle waterfront you’ll find lots of restaurants including fish and chips restaurants.  If there are any Brits in Seattle feeling homesick, then fish and chips are the cure!

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle

For all first time visitors to Seattle a trip up the Space Needle is a must.  Not only do you get a great view of the city skyline but on a clear day you can see the surround mountains and volcanoes.  It’s possible to see Mount Rainier, Mount St Helens and the Olympic mountain range.  It’s also possible to see Vancouver Island in Canada.

Has anyone every used a Microsoft product or heard of Bill Gates?  Washington state is the home of Microsoft and it’s possible to visit the Microsoft visitor center.  You can find out about all things Microsoft at the visitor center in Redmond.  It’s a short drive or 45 minute train journey east of Seattle to Redmond.

It’s possible to get some great aerial photographs of Seattle by taking a helicopter tour.  Some tours go as far as the Microsoft headquarters.

Bus from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, Canada

Bus from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, Canada

From Seattle I headed north to Vancouver, BC, Canada.  For Americans to enter Canada it’s very easy, but for Europeans you now require an eTA.  You must complete the eTA online and pay a small fee before entering the country.  Other countries may require a visa, check before going.  The Quick Shuttle was very comfortable, the cost was $58.50 and it took 4 hours to reach Vancouver, BC.

Vancouver to Ketchikan

2017-03-13T13:20:36+00:00January 17th, 2017|North America, USA|11 Comments


  1. Pete January 17, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Museum of flight at Boeing Field, not far from the airport. Fabulous place. Walk through a Concorde, sit at the controls of a SR-71, about a bazillion other great aircraft.

    I went up the Space Needle. Asked the lass in the elevator what time was the next launch. A bit cloudy at the top – so much for the “bluest skies you’ll ever see” – and at first I mistook Mount Rainier for another cloud. Geez.

    Another great place!

  2. Gordon Hitchin January 23, 2017 at 3:47 am - Reply

    I am visiting Seattle in a couple of months so found this blog really helpful. I didn’t realise this was where Starbucks first started, will definitely be going there along with all the other suggestions to visit.

  3. melbtravel February 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    I have always wanted to go to Seattle it has been on my bucket list for ages.Thanks for the tips especially the one about the catching the Light Rail to downtown and saving money on hotels that is always good to know.

  4. Hendrik February 12, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I love the photo of the Seattle Space Needle. Seattle seems to be a very interesting place! First time (as a European) I heard about this city was from the movie “No retreat, no surrender” (loved the movie btw). But I had no idea how much more this city has to offer and its also that close to Redmond. I am already excited about your experiences in Vancouver 🙂

  5. Ash February 12, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    My family was in Seattle a couple of months ago. We came down from Vancouver aboard a Greyhound bus which also took 4 hours to negotiate the distance. Except for the Microsoft Centre and not able to climb the Space Needle, we’ve seen and experienced all you have mentioned. In addition, I’ve seen and had a photo with the statue of one of Seattle’s popular son – Jimi Hendrix. Same with the Fremont Troll. Seattle is a great city and we just barely scratched its surface.

  6. Natalie February 12, 2017 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Of all the cities in the US, Seattle is the top of my US travel wish list. There are so many cool and interesting things to see and do. I want to bring the kids and ride the train and most especially see the Pike Place market. I think it would be a great experience all the way around.

  7. marie February 13, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    This post is just perfect as I am planning my trip to Seattle and was thinking about checking out Vancouver as well. Now, I need to do some research into visas. I can’t wait to visit all the points of interest that you’ve mentioned for Seattle.

  8. Janine Good February 13, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    You have sold me on a trip to Seattle thanks to my affinity for Starbucks! I love how even the sign is original and not rebranded. A trip to the west coast would be great as I would also love to see the Space needle. So much to see in Washington that you could add a few days here and then keep going on to other states. Thanks for the inspiration – especially with the world’s first Starbucks.

  9. Stephanie Frias February 14, 2017 at 1:15 am - Reply

    I never knew that Seattle had so many interesting sites to see! What a great photograph of the needle, I haven’t seen one from that angle before. It’s nice to see a beautiful sunny photo of the rainy city!

  10. Mohit Agarwal February 16, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Seattle is an amazing place…I would love to visit the Microsoft center and have the birds eye view for sure…

  11. Miranda May 2, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    I’ve been hoping to take a weekend trip to Seattle soon, and how cool that you can see ALL of that from the Space Needle! I’ll definitely make note of that!

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