The Best of Local Seattle
When I travel I like to root out places where the locals hang out. I like to be immersed in the spirit of a city and to see it through the eyes of people who actually live there day-to-day. Sure, there are spots in every destination that have stood the test of time and are worth a visit, even if it means contending with clueless crowds armed with selfie sticks. In Seattle, at the top of the typical “must see” list includes the Space Needle, the Waterfront and Aquarium, Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market and the original Starbucks cafe. All worthy stops to log into your “been there, done that” bucket list, but brace yourself for the teaming masses and long lines. As a longtime resident of Seattle and a culture and food geek, I think the best of this city lies outside the more expected tourist hot spots and resides in the unique neighborhoods that encircle the city.
Here are my top picks for must see Seattle neighborhoods and some key stops when you get there.