Jet City

This past week I traveled from Washington, DC to Washington State for a conference in Seattle. Luckily I had enough time to experience some of Emerald City’s top tourist attractions!

First stop after Sunday’s arrival was Pike Place Market; one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the US. Pretty incredible!

Pike Market

The market spans nine acres and hosts more than 200 owner-operated shops and services. Didn’t catch any Fish!, but was able to experience the market (and the original Starbucks location) with AU friend Ben, a new local.

Starbucks(See our reflection?!)

The line for Starbucks was super long, so I made a morning run later in the week to get my iced coffee and culture fix. Essentially, it looks just like every other location, but I just had to check off that box. When in Rome!

Continuing with Seattle sightseeing, I ventured up the iconic Space Needle.

Space Needle

520 feet to the observation deck! It was clear enough to see Mt. Rainier (a rarity).


The Chihuly Garden and Glass museum is right next to the Space Needle, so I decided to get a double ticket to see the exhibits as well. Great decision!

Glass Garden

The museum showcases the glass blown sculptures of Takoma, Washington artist Dale Chihuly. Photos don’t do it justice.

Glass(Mille Fiori, a garden)

Glass Boats(Ikebana and Float Boat, a boat scene)

The centerpiece is the Glasshouse; a 40-foot glass and steel structure covering 4,500 square feet of light-filled space. Amazing!

Glass(The Glasshouse, quite the chandelier)

Over the rest of the week I was also able to experience two larger-than-life sculptures in the downtown area. One was the Hammering Man outside the Seattle Art Museum: A movable sculpture where the “man’s” arm and hammer move four times per minute 24/7, for the exception of Labor Day.

Hammering Man

And the new Echo face sculpture, which looks towards Mt. Olympus (Greek Mythology reference in there):


Really thankful I was able to see so much for my first time in the city! Next time: mountain climbing!?



– EmPan


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