11. Climb high and eat well in Seattle, WA
Considering it’s home to Microsoft headquarters and countless other tech-focused startups, it might be easy to write off Seattle as little more than a haven for insanely wealthy, hoodie-laden entrepreneurs. (Oh, and Starbucks fanatics.) But while that’s definitely an element of Seattle culture, that’s not by any means all it has to offer—epic climbs are well within reach of this hip, laid-back port city.
The city of Seattle, where you can find a breathtaking view pretty much anywhere, is home to a wild amount of outdoor adventures, great sports events, and delicious local grub. Because everyone’s probably going to ask you anyways, make sure to pass by the original Starbucks. (Don’t bother going in, though—there’s probably going to be a line around the block, and do you really need a bland latte?) Instead, take a stroll through Pike Place Market, where you can watch guys sling freshly caught fish across aisles and grab a quick snack from one of the market’s many vendors (anything from handcrafted Greek yogurt at Ellenos to Alderwood-smoked salmon from Pure Food Fish Market). If you’re looking for something a little livelier, take the hour or so drive to nearby Mount Rainier for some picture-perfect scenery, or even check out a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field.Back to top