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