Kerry Park is the place to be for one of the best Views in Seattle. Most days you are able to see the Space Needle and Mt. Rainier along with the stunning cityscape from the park. There’s plenty of room to relax and enjoy the fresh air, while surrounded by prancing pups and multi-million dollar homes.
Pikes Place is an iconic location in Seattle that provides so many different photo opportunities. We missed the classic throwing of the fish while we were there, but luckily, we did not miss out on fresh flowers, cider and the quintessential Public Market Center picture. While you’re in the area, visit the very first Starbucks and head down to the Great Wheel for a fantastic day date!
The Great Wheel provided amazing views of Seattle. The lines weren’t terribly long and they even had alcohol available to purchase before riding. Regardless of whether or not you choose not to ride, there are plenty of things to do, see and eat all within walking distance. Watching the sun set on the West Coast with the Great Wheel in the background is an experience like no other, plus the lighting makes for stunning photos!
Crystal Mountain Resort features an incredible gondola ride nearly 7,000 feet up to the top of the mountain where you will find the Summit House Restaurant. The food is great, but the drinks are better. Prices were a bit steep, but the view made it worthwhile. After we finished our meals, we were able to score a few front row seats to relax and admire the spectacular Mt. Rainier. We were a bit skeptical going to a ski resort in the middle of the Summer, but it was one of our favorite things we ended up doing while visiting the PNW.
Leavenworth is a uniquely adorable town. The drive up was spectacular, surrounded by crystal clear water and all of the Evergreens your heart could desire. As soon as we arrived, it was like stepping foot into a different country. Even the gas stations are decorated to match the adorable Bavarian-styled village. Downtown you will find enough shops, wineries and restaurants to keep you busy all day long. Aside from the adorable village, we really loved staying at the Leavenworth KOA. Compared to local hotel prices, it was practically a steal. Instead of the four of us and two dogs being crammed into one hotel room, we had a nicely sized two bedroom cabin in the woods. On site there is also a coffee cabin, giant chess, bicycle rental, a game room and (my favorite part) a breathtaking river behind the property. From the river you could go tubing, swimming or sunbathing on the rocks. If you are taking a trip to Washington, you have to make time to visit the adorable town of Leavenworth at least once!