Once we were done checking out Vancouver, we made our way back across the border to Seattle for the last 5 days of our trip. The drive down was only a couple hours, and I’d never seen real mountains before this trip, so the scenery was pretty incredible.
Seattle, like Vancouver, was a nice break for the heatwave we’ve been having in the Midwest for the last few weeks and another city I was excited to explore. This time we rented an apartment with Airbnb, which was actually a lot cheaper than a hotel and gave us a lot more space (if you’ve never used airbnb, definitely check it out and use this link for a discount www.airbnb.com/c/carolinez207).
Seattle is another bustling city full of cute little neighborhoods that have so much personality and plenty of shopping and restaurants to choose from.
1) Marysville Outlets - the outlets were actually really great for travel lovers. If you’re like me and getting ready for a trip, this is perfect because they have shops like Eddie Bauer, Columbia, and North Face, and with most of the stores being discounted, it made for a great way to prepare for my trip to Europe.
2) Seattle is the home to so many flagship stores including Starbucks, Nordstrom, and REI. REI is home to the giant rock climbing wall - be warned that before you climb, you have to take a class, so it’s not really easily accessible.
3) University Village - this was recommended to us by a local and is pretty much a big outdoor mall. It has the first Amazon brick and mortar store, a bookstore, which was really fun to look around. We grabbed some lunch and found what is apparently the only ice cream shop in Seattle because 1. I saw no others and 2. The line was 50 people long.
This past week, my family and I took a vacation to the West Coast before my sister heads off to college and I head to Europe. Like any family vacation, it had its highlights and a few challenges (I'm sure you know what I mean). Unfortunately, our 7 p.m. flight was delayed until 11 a.m. the next morning due to some technical difficulties, so we only had two days to see Vancouver. Here are a few of the must dos:
We stayed at a hotel on Hornby, right in the heart of downtown, which was great because most things were in walking distance. There were plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from:
1) Robson Street - the main shopping strip was only a few streets over. It was also just a few blocks to the water's edge, which was definitely worth a walk down to see the sunset.
2) Gastown - this fun, hip neighborhood had tons of boutiques and restaurants that would definitely appeal to a young adult crowd. If I had more time, I would have spent some more time walking around this area and maybe grabbed a drink and bite to eat.
3) Granville Island reminded me a lot of the Rastro in Madrid - you walk inside and there's hundreds of booths and counters set up. You can get anything from fresh bread, fruit, and flowers to paintings, purses and magnets. Go around lunch and grab some fresh food from one of the many vendors and enjoy it by the water (beware of giant seagulls though).
4) Stanley Park was really beautiful with some totem poles and a nice trail right next to the harbor. We only walked for about 20 minutes, but you could easily spend an hour or two walking around the park....