Towards the end of my 3 month America trip, I stayed with some family friends in Issaquah, a little city just 17 miles east of Seattle, Washington. I had the most amazing time there, seeing and doing all sorts of things, in Seattle itself as well as in the neighbouring cities of Bellevue and Snoqualmie.
1. Visit Pike Place Market, see the famous fish throwing and just soak up the buzzing atmosphere.
2. Go and stand on/next to the Fremont Troll (as seen in the film 10 Things I Hate About You).
3. Shop at Bellevue Square Mall…a great selection of shops and an incredible frozen yogurt place to cool you down after a hard day’s shopping!
4. Eat at Fatburger…yes it’s a chain I know…but Seattle was where I first had one of these beauties, and I’ll never forget it! If you want somewhere more unknown, there’s a little restaurant in the city called The Pink Door, which serves fantastic food in a small and homely room.
5. Visit the city’s center…and go up the Space Needle. The views are insane.
6. Go to Snoqualmie Falls, a huge, incredible waterfall situated in the middle of a beautiful woodland.
7. Go skiing (or snowboarding, like I did) at ‘The Summit’, at Snoqualmie Pass. It’s a great place for beginners and experts alike. And the ski/board hire isn’t too expensive either.
8. Visit the ‘U-district’ – where the university is and students hang out. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to suit every mood.
9. Go to Capitol Hill. It’s awesome. ’nuff said.
10. Find the first ever Starbucks, situated near Pike Place Market. Even if you don’t love coffee, this place is steeped in history…see the now huge chain’s humble beginnings.