A day in the life of a Seattle local

Surrounded by water, mountains and lush forests, Seattle is the perfect mix of big city and outdoor paradise. Rain or shine, the options are endless in this ever evolving Pacific Northwest city. As someone who has always called this city home, our Seattle Local Expert Margaret is here to share her perfect summer day in the city!

A perfect day in Seattle

In Seattle, I’m often looking skyward to guess how many layers of clothing I’ll need. It’s all right if I don’t see the sun right away, sunny days often emerge after a cloudy morning in the city. I start my day with a freshly brewed coffee at Caffe Vita on Capitol Hill, and then I’m ready to venture out among some of my favorite urban sights, and meet friends for an afternoon at the beach!

I take my coffee to-go, and walk through Cal Anderson Park on the path to the reservoir and water feature, often referred to as “the volcano," and then cross Broadway to catch the First Hill streetcar that runs by Seattle University, winding through to Chinatown and Pioneer Square. At Occidental Avenue and Jackson Street, I arrive at a favorite city promenade where I’ll meet some friends, and plan a day at Alki beach in West Seattle. First, I stop at the Glasshouse studio to watch local artists creating brightly colored wall plates and figurines in the hot shop, and then I take a few minutes and try to forecast the next move in a chess game played with giant pieces on an outdoor board in Occidental Park.

My friends arrive and we gather at a park table, under the old London Plane trees, to review the water taxi schedule and make the most of our time in Pioneer Square. As we walk toward Yesler Way, viewing art gallery windows and admiring historic brick buildings, we stop at the Pioneer Building and the bronze bust of Chief Seattle for whom our city is named. Small groups cluster around tour guides for the Underground, but we move around them to get to Full Tilt Ice Cream, which is sold from a small window shop on Yesler Way.

Next, we walk under Highway 99 to the waterfront where the King County water taxi departs. Once aboard, we find chairs on the aft deck allowing us to see Seattle’s panoramic skyline as the boat turns westward. The picturesque view includes Mount Rainier, the Smith Tower, the Great Wheel, and the Space Needle. It’s only a 15 minute crossing to West Seattle, where we notice people splashing around in wetsuits at the scuba diving park at Seacrest landing. Nearby is a kayak rental shop that also has bicycles and roller blades available, but today we’re taking it easy with a free shuttle van to the beach!

A ten minute ride through the Admiral neighborhood and we arrive at Alki, the birthplace of Seattle. We carry paper trays of fish n chips to a driftwood log, and with our toes in the sand, we reminisce about the summer while gazing west to the Kitsap Peninsula. A low-tide beach walk makes us thirsty for watermelon and cucumber margaritas at Cactus, and then we return to the beach to gather around a bonfire as the sun sets over the Olympic mountains. Talk about a perfect day!

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