Seattle is the perfect balance between nature and city. There are trails, parks, mountains and beaches as well as great restaurants and interesting architecture. Known for the tech scene, Starbucks, and its friendly people; backpacking Seattle is sure to be a great experience.
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A must do while backpacking Seattle! Pike Place Market is a nine acre district in the heart of downtown. You will find a farmers market with local produce, seafood, crafts and much more. The streets are lined with restaurants, bakery’s, shopping and a whole lot of character!
Leave Your Mark on the Market Theater Gum Wall
The gum wall is exactly how it sounds; a brick wall in a downtown alleyway covered in chewing gum. Parts of the wall can be covered several inches thick and up to 15 feet high. The tradition began around 1993 and it has become a city landmark.
Go Virtual Bungee Jumping off the Space Needle
The space needle started off as a sketch on a cocktail napkin and now offers a stunning 360 degree panorama view of Seattle. Enjoy the views from the observation deck and the one of a kind VR Bar. They offer you the virtual experiences of walking the Space Needle’s outer Halo, flying a seaplane above Lake Union, soaring over Seattle, and bungee jumping off the space needle.
Check out a Seattle Mariners Baseball Game
An impressive stadium with an exciting atmosphere. There are tons of games throughout the summer making this a perfect activity while backpacking Seattle. You can get tickets for as little as $16 USD each.
Go for a Walk in Discovery Park
A beautiful park in Seattle offering 534 acres of forests, beaches, and meadows. Explore many scenic walking and biking trails, a lighthouse, and catch views of Mount Rainier across the water.
Take a Glass Blowing Class
Seattle is a major glassblowing hub with countless schools, programs and even in-school programs for area youth. The Seattle Glassblowing Studio offers a range in classes for children and adults. If you prefer to admire instead of create; check out Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum for some unbelievable artwork intertwined with nature. It costs $24 USD to get in or you can buy a combined pass with the space needle for $38 USD.
Walk the Waterfront
Experience The Museum of Pop Culture
A one of a kind museum dedicated to contemporary popular culture displaying some of the world’s most legendary artifacts. Admire award-winning exhibitions on music, literature, television, and film while you experience hands on displays. One of our favorites is the sound lab; a soundproof room with multiple instruments for you to try out individually or collaborate as a group.
Catch a Sunset at Alki Beach
A beautiful beach with a walking path stretching 2.5 miles. Restaurants and shops line the street and its a great place to be at sunset.
Take a Tour With Cycle Saloon
Tour some breweries while riding the beer bike! It fits up to 16 people and you have a guide while biking the streets of Seattle. A Cycle Saloon Tour costs $28 USD per person or you can rent out the whole bike.
Drink Some Coffee
Serious Pie: Homemade pizza with local ingredients and cooked in a wood fired oven. Unique combinations of toppings and a cozy atmosphere.
Pike Place Chowder: A local favorite with eight different types of chowder and the option of a sourdough bread bowl. Very reasonably priced and well worth the visit while backpacking Seattle!
Matt’s in the Market: An American restaurant located in the Pike Place Market. The dinner menu changes regularly, and the atmosphere and view from the windows is amazing. Make sure to book a reservation in advance.
Dong Thap Noodles: Home to the largest bowl of Pho in the world. If you are feeling up to the challenge, head over for 3 pounds of homemade rice noodles, 3 pounds of meat and 3 liters of broth combined to make a huge bowl of heaven.
Il Corvo: A hole-in-the-wall pasta shop in Pioneer Square serving a few side dishes and three fresh pasta choices daily .Open from 11 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday; the lunch line is always long so try to get there early!
Airbnb: Hotel prices in Seattle are quite expensive, so we chose to stay in an Airbnb. There are tons of options in great locations allowing you to save some money while backpacking Seattle!
Camping: You can find campgrounds from 30 minutes to 2 hours away from central Seattle. If this is what you plan to do prepare to spend extra time driving back and forth and finding parking.