The city of Seattle, the biggest city of Washington state, it does live up to its hype. Known for the first Starbucks and home to a lot of technology companies, Seattle has its own charm.
We had a day to explore the city. The first stop had to be the
We were lucky to get a reservation on the same day. I would recommend booking in advance if you are looking for a particular slot. We reached half an hour before our slot and had enough time to get our tickets, put away our stuff in lockers (nothing is allowed, no purse, wallet, phone etc) and use the toilets as there are none for next 1.5 hours of the tour. The factory is huge and there is quiet a lot of walking involved. They do have golf cars for people of old age and who cannot walk for long. It is unbelievable to see how many planes are under construction at one time. The tour guide was giving so much information at one time that I hardly remember any of it. The planes go through stages of production from assembly to painting to polishing and final assembly. Even if you are not into engineering, definitely visit this place.
Lunch @ Thai Tom
Suggested by a family member, we were excited to visit this thai restaurant. It is a really small restaurant on the University road with amazing food. The chef literally does a dance to flip woks while making food. We tried the drunken noodles, tom kha soup, fried rice and tofu. Everything was yummy. The boba tea is a must try.
If you have seen the video of Starbucks roasting coffee beans inside a big store in Seattle, this is the store you want to visit. It looks like a lab or a factory where coffee beans go into a roaster and come out as filtered coffee. The coffee selection is overwhelming and so is the gift shop. Our next stop was a walk to the
Pike Market and Gum wall
A very strange market which sells mostly seafood, flowers, fruits vegetables and old things like hats, clothes, souvenirs etc on the ground floor. At the end of this market is the gum wall. The worst and gross thing we ever saw anywhere. I was really put off by the amount of homeless people in the city. The immediate thought of being mugged was unpleasing.
Chihuly Gardens and Space Needle
A must must visit place. The art of making glass could not be more beautiful and meaningful. Dale Chihuly is the pioneer of glass industry and all his work is displayed in the most exquisite manner. I had seen one of his installations in Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The view of Space Needle from the gardens is breathtaking.
Seattle is a city of pine trees and beautiful nature but at the same time has the biggest technology company headquarters. But in all, we enjoyed our time exploring the city.
This was our last stop in United States of America road trip. For more on this road trip, you can read here. Stay tuned to read about our next destination on our Around the world tour! Also do check our Instagram account for latest updates.