We spent our first weekend in Seattle exploring the area. If early impressions of our neighborhood and the surrounding area are any indication, we are going to love it here. Similar to Alaska, the close proximity of hiking trails or ski resorts to the city is gives you the best of both worlds. Within four miles of our place we can head downtown to the bustling Pike Place Market or escape the noise with a trip through Discovery Park. If you find yourself in Seattle this time of year there’s a few things I would recommend checking out (after you hit me up to grab a beer).
PIKE PLACE MARKET
This tourism attraction has always been a favorite stop of mine anytime that I’ve visited the Emerald City. I’ve heard that many Seattleites avoid the crowds but I think the busy energy of masses of people adds to the charm. In addition to the Gum Wall, Market Magic Shop and famous flying fish there are a lot of incredible markets and restaurants that are on my bucket list to try. I’ve only been to the market during the day but there is supposedly an awesome nightlife scene there as well with trapeze & cabaret shows, open mic comedy nights, and more. Check out the Pike Place After Hours Guide.
Discovery Park is the largest city park in Seattle and overlooks the Puget Sound while offering views of both the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges. Hosted mostly on the former Fort Lawton site, the park has something for everyone – over 11 miles of walking trails through a dense moss covered forest and the occasional open meadow, two miles of beaches, sand dunes, and sea cliffs. It’s free, dog-friendly and our favorite trail, the Discovery Park Loop, is only 2.8 miles long. If you go be sure to drive down (you’ll need a parking pass if you want to stay a while) to the beach to see the West Point Lighthouse. You can also access the beach/lighthouse via hiking trail but the beach isn’t dog-friendly so I haven’t tried that route yet.
Snoqualmie Pass is about one hour from our place and features just about every winter sport you could want; downhill skiing/snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoe trails, sledding, and more. We stopped by their information center to get the local scoop on the best dog-friendly snowshoe trails in the area and while there are multiple options we settled on the Pratt Lake trail. We hiked about two miles roundtrip and ended up going slightly off-trail to get up-close to a waterfall. Needless to say, we’ll definitely be back.