Day 1

We started our journey with Chihuly Garden and Glass, it consists of amazing glass sculptures of various sizes. Worth every penny. Highly recommended for everyone.

Yes, this is all glass

Yes, this is all glass

 

From there we continued to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center,  half of it feels like a publicity stunt but the other half is insightful and worthy of a visit.

Anti-bacterial business cards

Anti-bacterial business cards

We skipped the Space Needle and did the Space Wheel, instead. Grab to-go boxes and eat them while having a nice view of the city’s skyline.

Space Needle

Space Needle

A view from the Space Wheel

A view from the Space Wheel

The Gum Wall is weird but worth a quick visit.

The gum wall

The gum wall

We headed to Chittenden Locks  next. While I have read about how locks are used for moving ships from one water body with lower water level to another with higher water level, this was the real life demo of the same. Recommended but don’t spend too much time here.

Chittenden Locks

Chittenden Locks

We headed to Fremont Troll afterward. I think it’s overhyped and if you don’t have time, skip it.

The Fremont Troll

The Fremont Troll

Gas Works Park is nearby and worth an evening walk.

Gas Works Park

Gas Works Park

Underground tour was the highlight of the day. We went for the late night 21+ only show. The guide was hilarious and we got a chance to learn about Seattle’s history in the context of cultural norms of the Victorian era, relations with native Americans and US-Canada border demarcation.

Seattle Underground

Seattle Underground

Day 2

We started the day with Bruce Lee’s grave. Overhyped, don’t spend more than 15 minutes there.

Bruce Lee's grave

Bruce Lee’s grave

From there we headed to the Museum of History & Industry which gave us a nice overview of  Seattle’s role in the World Wars. Recommended if you are into history. Expect to spend a few hours if you are planning to do it in the full. At 14$ per person, it’s inexpensive.

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We followed it with Frye Art Museum, it’s a nice museum if you have any interest in arts. We missed Last Resort Fire Department since it was closed. We continued the trip with Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park which is actually a museum. It provides a window into the Klondike gold rush era which started in 1896. Must do for history lovers. Being short on time, we skipped the Public Library and Alki Beach.

Seattle was the final stop for the gold diggers

Seattle was the final stop for the gold diggers

We took Washington State Ferries which was OK but not great. I would recommend Denny Creek Trail instead.

Seattle seen from the ferry

Seattle seen from the ferry