Spots To Visit And Things To Do In Seattle – The Travel Guide

Seattle is filled with things to do and  treasured local-approved spots to visit 

Seattle is many things to me before I step foot on the city for the first time. I read about its ferries in middle school, and there is the popular ABC TV series Grey’s Anatomy telling tales about that place. I know about its humid weather, and that it is the origin of Starbucks (aka my life support lol). All of the  above represents a side of the city. But this city’s characteristic is so complex and diverse, you can only try to grasp a hint of it when you actually go there.

Pike Place Market
Pike Public Market

I visited the city in mid of May, on a gloomy rainy day. My first stop was at the Pike Place Market. This place is a commercial and cultural center of the city and it has so much to offer. The market is humongous and amazingly vibrant, with farmers and fishermen hawking their merchants, street performers singing and dancing, and all the visitors coming and going. There were an entire row of booths selling fresh tulips, and I found the most delicious chowder- the Pike Place Chowder.

Delicious Seafood in Seattle
Delicious Seafood

The original Starbucks store is located here, as well as the sticky-icky Gum Wall. This place is indeed a visitor’s must (and tbh, a local’s must-visit spot, too).

Sticky - Icky Gum Wall
Sticky – Icky Gum Wall

Like every other big cities, there must be a one and only skyscraper that you can go up and overlook the city. In Seattle, this tower is the the Space Needle.

Seattle Space Needle
Seattle Space Needle

I went to the Space Needle when the dark clouds melted away. I was fortunate enough to see it under the clear blue sky. This is yet another place that I think has more sentimental significance to the city than functional. This is the iconic landmark of the city, you probably remember it from the Sleepless Seattle, and maybe some other films or TV shows.

Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass

By the foot of the Space Needle is the Chihuly Garden and Glass. This is the kind of place which declares “creativity has no limits.” Glass became the splashy candy-like art pieces, almost magically. The glass sculptures scattering in the garden, looking like deep-marine plants, as if they can breath and grow.

Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass

I went to the Seattle Aquarium as well. This is a rather boutique aquarium comparing to the Atlanta Aquarium or even the New England Aquarium. It is definitely a family-style attraction. I was mainly there to see their sea otters. They are just the cutest and happiest fuzzy balls! I stood by the tank for a solid half-hour, just watching them paddling in the water, and I took about 50 pictures. I was obsessed.

Otter at Seattle Aquarium
Cute Otter at Seattle Aquarium

 

Seattle Aquarium
Seattle Aquarium

The tourists attractions are not the only memorable thing about the city of Seattle. I remember the pink floral tunnel towards the seashore, the neon signs hanging from the ceilings of Pike Place Market, and the aroma of coffee floating in the alleys. On the elevator ride up to the Space Needle, I looked to the side and saw a couple huge spiders painted on the roof of a low-rise building. I also found a untraversed garden, with many old stuffy toys and piggy statues.

How would I describe the city? Well, if you have read the Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, you’ll know that each city has its own characteristics. I think of this book a lot, especially when I travel to a new place. I try to fit my impressions of these cites into his words. To me, Boston is Zaira, where the history of the city is carved into every piece of brick. New York is Zemrude, the city is either heaven or hell, depending on your perspective. And there is Seattle, or in his words, Eudoxia, one of the most ambiguous cities he ever described in that book.

 “Every inhabitant of Eudoxia compares the carpet’s immobile order with his own image of the city, an anguish of his own, and each can find, concealed among the arabesques, an answer, the story of his life, the twists of fate.”

Visit https://www.taketours.com/seattle-wa/ for more tours information.

Explore Boston Riding the MBTA – Travel Guide You Need This Fall

Where To Go & What To Do This Fall? The Ultimate Travel Guide in  Boston

Old State House Museum
BOSTON – APRIL 4: Old State House April 4, 2012 in Boston, MA. Built in 1713, it is the oldest surviving public building in Boston and now serves as a history museum.

Fall is right here! September and October might be my favorite months in Boston. We can enjoy the sunshine and breeze but not get turned off by the freezing cold winter yet. This is the best season to explore the Boston area.  As one of the most famous cities in the New England area, probably you know Boston because of the top tier colleges in town – Harvard, MIT, Boston University… Probably you know Boston because it is “the birthplace of the American history”. But lift up the hood of the heart of New England, you will find out that, Boston, this modern but historical,  small but vibrant city has so much more to offer.

Boston, we usually refer it to the greater Boston area, which is the metropolitan region of New England. The city of Boston itself is surrounded by many of the towns and cities such as Cambridge, Somerville and they all have their own unique styles and neighborhoods. Thanks to the public transportation in Boston, it is so easy to commute by MBTA and explore the Boston area. Before it is too cold to go out in Boston, take the time to enjoy and explore the city this Fall! I’ve organized this useful list to guide you to travel to Boston and find all the fun things to do, good food to eat and places to visit.

Somerville (MBTA: Red line/Orange line)

City of Somerville
City of Somerville

Somerville is a new hip town near Boston. Only about 20 minutes from downtown Boston, Red line to Davis Square or Orange line to Sullivan Square, Somerville will show you the creativity and diversity in this distinct neighborhood.

What to do:

  • Brewery Hopping

The Boston area is perfect for brewery hopping –  the craft beer breweries are in walking distance, you can visit a bunch of the best breweries in this neighborhood.

  • Bantam
Bantam Brewery in Somerville
Cider and more cider!

This is my new favorite cider brewery in town. Bantam’s cider is sure one of the kind. There are always 4 regular ciders on draft and 4 other are in the rotation. Rojo and Ginger Beer are absolutely the go to if you like juicy ciders. Be careful of the 8.5% Mighty Mammoth. Even though it tastes like champagne, believe me, it will kick in. Fall is the apple season, don’t miss out the apple ciders this Fall!

Bantam Brewery
Decisions…Decisions
  • Aeronaut Brewing Co.

Aeronaut Brew is probably the hippest brewery in town. There’s never a time I go there and it isn’t crowded.  Hidden in the buildings in Somerville you will be surprised how many young professionals live around and come here for a cold one.

There are so many other breweries worth going in the Somerville area – Slumbrew, Remnant Brewing.

What to eat:

  • Ebi sushi

Located in East Somerville, Ebi Sushi is just 3 minutes away from the breweries I just mentioned. When you are hungry after the brewery hopping, you can enjoy the extraordinary sushi and Japanese cuisine at Ebi Sushi.

Must try: chef’s choice nigiri

How to go there: Orange line – Sullivan Square – 86 bus

If you ride on the red line and go to Davis Square, there are a bunch of cool places you could go as well. Try the southern cuisine at Rosebud, which is one of the oldest diners in the Boston area, or have a taste of the Thai street food at Dakzen. Foods in Somerville can surely satisfy your palate.

Cambridge (MBTA: Red Line)

City of Cambridge
View of Cambridge from Charles River

Cambridge is just a few stops away from downtown Boston and is a famous college town near the city of Boston. That is only one of million reasons why millennials and all the young professionals like to live and hang out in Cambridge.

What to do:

  • Harvard University Walking Tour

I believe everyone knows Harvard University well enough that I don’t need to write another paragraph to explain why it is the most famous university in Boston or in the US.  So where’s the beef?

If you want to explore Harvard, you could take narrated tour guided by the Harvard students or just follow the freedom trail and make it your way.

1 Day Boston Freedom Trail Sightseeing Tour

  • MIT

Ride on the Red line to Kendall/MIT, you can go visit another famous university – MIT. The Infinite Corridor and the MIT Museum are two buildings in my “must see” list.

  • Charles River Kayaking

Another thing you must try is to kayak on Charles River in the Fall. I love the breeze and sun in September. You can’t believe how peaceful it is!

Location: 350 Kendall Street, Cambridge

  • HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands / October 6-8

Here comes the most exciting thing happens in the Fall in Cambridge – HONK Fest! It is a festival of street bands from the Boston area and also some other musicians and band from over the world. Every year, they parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square. There are also beer gardens, and food stands, music and dancing in Harvard Square.

What to eat/drink:

When you visit Boston, how can you not go to an Irish pub? Here are a few oldest Irish Pub and famous music venues you should pay a visit!

  • Plough & Stars

This corner pub lies in central square has been around since 1969.

It has hosted luminaries such as Seamus Heaney, Bonnie Raitt, and Phillip Roth. These days, on any given night, you can enjoy a casual, comfortable night to take in live music and a few beers. Trivia every Tuesday as well!

  • Cantab Lounge

Even though it looks like a little old pub from the outside, Cantab is one of the best music venues and dive bars in Boston. It won the best dive bar award by Boston Magazine in 2015.

Downtown Boston (Red/Orange/Green/Blue Line)

Boston, Massachusetts
Map of the city of Boston

Finally, welcome to Beantown! I am sure you already heard of Quincy Market, Old State House, Boston Common, etc, etc. Here are some of my favorite places to go if besides all those cliches you have heard of.

What to do:

  • Shows in Boston – Theater District

My go-to area is the theater district near Downtown Crossing (Red Line/Orange Line). Theatre District has the one of the oldest theatres in Boston – Colonial Theatre. There are Emerson College’s ornate Cutler Majestic Theatre and the historic Boston Opera House. Comedy and music acts perform at the Wilbur. Either to buy a ticket to enjoy a musical or just walk around the district and appreciate the beautiful theatres, the Theatre District in Boston will never fail you.  If you are traveling to Boston this Fall, don’t miss the Hamilton musical, it is touring in Boston in October till mid-November.

  • New England Aquarium, Whale watching

Ride on the Blue line to Aquarium, you can go to the New England Aquarium. This is a perfect place for families. Kids would love to see the cute penguins, seals and so many more. After a fun time at the aquarium, don’t forget to take a walk by the harbor or join the Whale Watch Tour or sunset cruise.

  • Night life

If you want to feel the young spirit, energy, and the wildness, stay in downtown Boston until 2 am.  Indulge yourself with the best nightclubs and dive bars in Downtown Boston.  Hong Kong Boston is my recommendation for you if you like Karaoke. Even the snacks here is incredible: sometimes I would just come here in the middle of the night for the chicken skewers. Good Life is another bar that offers the best R&B music in town! Hey, you think that’s the end?  I bet you will need some carbs to soak up the alcohol. After the craziness in the clubs, I usually go to South Street Diner, which is a 24 hour diner near Chinatown.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Have a Spooky Halloween Adventure

Halloween – The Ultimate Fall Celebration

Pumpkins
Carve up your jack o’lanterns!

Boo! Halloween is right around the corner, and people around the world are in the mood for spooky season. Get your costumes ready, decorate your houses, and get ready for all the trick-or-treaters. There’s nothing quite as scary as a bunch of children dressed as Wonder Woman trying to get candy, right?

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Fall Foliage in New England: See the Northeast at Its Most Colorful

Have you experienced the fall in New England? Now you can! See the most colorful foliage in the Northeast

Fall Foliage in New England: See the Northeast at Its Most Colorful
Fall Foliage Leaves

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Trips and Vacations Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend

Planning a weekend getaway this Memorial Day?

Trips and Vacations for 2017 Memorial Day Weekend
Niagara Falls Aerial View, Canadian Horseshoe Falls from the top, Ontario, Canada

Memorial Day is a holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring all the Americans who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
Many families and volunteers visit cemeteries and memorials. Many of them place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries, particularly to honor those who have died in military service.

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