Less than 12 Hours to Spare in Seattle, Washington

I ended up in Seattle to visit family but it was a quick trip. I think you’re beginning to get to know that my trips are pretty short in duration. If you don’t have much time to spare but you still want to check out a few of the main sites, I would recommend going to Pike Place Market, Chuhily Garden and Glass as well as Olympic Sculpture Park. These three sites are in close proximity of each other and are doable in a very short period of time. The Sky Needle is right next to Chuhily Garden and Glass so you could check that off your list as well. I would spend more time at Chihuly Garden and Glass as you will want to take your time to appreciate all the pieces. Prepare to budget as if you would for any other major US City. Uber is probably your best bet to get around quickly and cost effectively.

Pike Place Market

I’m sure Pike Place Market is on every Seattle travel guide but I will still suggest you check it out as it is a Seattle institution. It has a very cool vibe and don’t be surprised if you see some fish being thrown around.

Website: http://pikeplacemarket.org

Address: 1st Ave and Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101

CHIHULY GLASS AND GARDEN

Chihuly Glass and Garden was my favourite stop in Seattle. You can see the work of Dale Chihuly in hotels and galleries across the globe but it’s not the same as visiting an exhibit devoted entirely to him. Chihuly is an award winning glass sculptor who is famous for his bold and striking pieces. The indoor/outdoor exhibit in Seattle is housed partially in glasshouses. In certain areas of the exhibit, there’s a cool view of the space needle through the ceiling. I particularly enjoyed the fact that this exhibit is both indoor and outdoor as it provides a lot of variety in terms of artwork. The glass work in the garden really popped against all the lush plants and grass.  It’s worth spending most of your time here even if you don’t have too much time in the city.

Website: http://chihulygardenandglass.com/

Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

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Olympic Sculpture Park

9 acres of industrial land was transformed into the Olympic Sculpture Park which is now a free outdoor museum, beach, and green space for the public to enjoy. The collection of sculptures is curated by the Seattle Art Museum. As I’ve mentioned before, I love public Art so I really enjoyed walking through the park and admiring the creativity . I’ve embedded a video below that that provides you a glimpse of the park.

Website: www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/olympic-sculpture-park

Address: 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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