Welcome to Part 3 of What to See When Visiting Seattle on Foot. Just a quick recap: Part 1 was all about the things you need to keep in mind when planning your trip to Seattle. Part 2, I started to share some of the places you can you in Downtown Seattle. In Part 3 I’m going to share with you guys another side of Downtown Seattle, which is Pioneer Square and of course Seattle’s Waterfront.
Pioneer Square is the oldest part of downtown Seattle. In fact, Seattle was founded in 1852 in those surroundings. The older buildings almost take you back in time. Truly something special. Pioneer Square has gone through a whole sort of changes throughout the years, today the area is home to many cafes, art galleries, and outdoor events. If you are planning your way to Seattle, check out the neighborhood’s website to see if there’s anything that interests you while you are there. Getting there is simple. If you are already in Downtown Seattle it should be a quick walk. If not, there is a train/bus station that’s is super easy to access.
In the area, there is quite a few interesting architecture you should keep an eye out. Such as the PSinking Ship Parking Garage, am unusual shaped parking structure; The Smith Tower, completed in 1914, this is the tallest skyscraper in the city, which used to be the main observatory deck in Seattle until the construction of the Space Needle; and the Pioneer Building, this brick building was one of the very first to be built after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. Sadly, the Seattle rain did not help me, so I couldn’t really take out my camera and shoot some pictures of the neighborhood.
As many other companies like Starbucks, Amazon, and Costco, UPS also had its beginning in the rainy Seattle. So in 1978 to celebrate its founder James Casey, The Anne E. Casey Foundation of Seattle opened this marvelous waterfall garden in the location of the original UPS Store. It is one of the most peaceful places you could imagine. The sound of the water helps you ignore all the other sounds around you. It’s incredible how peaceful it is in the garden. Protected from the rain, it was a fabulous place to sit down and wait until the weather was more favorable.
Protected by the Puget Sounds, Seattle’s Waterfront is something unique. There’s a heavy traffic of cargo ships, and farriers as well as smaller boats. It’s quite fascinating, to be honest. I caught myself often just staring at the moving of whatever was in the water at the moment.
Walking along the waterfront towards Pike Market Place, you see The Seattle Great Wheel. Tickets to go there are $14 for a 12-20 minute ride. Or $50 for the VIP gondola, which has glass floors and you get a T-shirt as a souvenir. Sadly, our budget was limited so I decided to spend the money in other attractions. If I’m ever again in Seattle I’ll definitely go there. In case you are a fan of aquariums the Seattle Aquarium is just next to The Seattle Great Wheel. From there, You can easily go from the waterfront to Pike Place Market. All you have to do is climb up a steep flight of stairs from Pine St.
Seattle’s downtown and waterfront are some of the reasons why I enjoyed going there. I have a strong connection to water (my hometown being an island) and a passion for big city living. Seattle seemed to blend the two so well. I could easily move there. And with this thought, I end Part 3. Part 4 is all about Seattle’s Space Needle and surrounding areas. For more pictures of Seattle, check out my Flickr Album.
What’s your favorite spot in Downtown Seattle?