Escape from the summer heat in Phoenix Arizona and travel north. No not to Sedona or Utah, but north to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Imagine stepping out of the intense Arizona heat, onto an airplane destined to Seattle where the sea breeze is cool and refreshing. As your aircraft prepares for descent, your eyes will feast on tall emerald green trees, snow capped mountains and crystal blue waters. This article is the first of a series of five articles describing the attractions and area around Seattle Washington.
Pike Place Market is one of the most famous landmarks in Seattle Washington. When planning to travel to this beautiful Pacific Northwest community, be sure to shop at the oldest public market still operating in the country. The five story shopper’s paradise is located on the blocks in between Western Avenue, to First Avenue, and reaches out to Virginia Street and Pike Street.
An assortment of specialty shops, restaurants, vendors and performers present a shopping extravaganza to all Public Market visitors. The vendors present fresh picked fruits and vegetables, brilliantly colored flowers and a wide variety of arts and crafts.
A popular stop along the main level is the world famous Pike Place Fish Market www.pikeplacefish.com. Located on the main level at 86 Pike Place, visitors frequently crowd around the brilliant displays of fresh fish and wait for the popular fish toss. One of the crew, dressed in orange overalls, will take a nice freshly caught salmon from the display and toss it over the counter for another crew member to catch. This is a wonderful photographic opportunity. Be ready to press the shutter as the salmon flies through the air. The crowd squeals with delight, applauds, and the fish is wrapped for a hungry shopper. A bronze colored statue of a pig marks the market entrance that leads to the Pike Place Fish Market. (Be sure to take a moment to watch the slide show within this article. See if you can spot the flying fish.)
Across the street and a short distance north brings visitors to the very first Starbucks. Crowds flock to this particular shop to experience the ambiance within the walls that are home to the birth of specialty coffee drinks. Be prepared to wait a while if you want to purchase a drink at this shop. The line of coffee lovers often snakes out the front door and onto Pike Place.
The view from Pike Place Market is breathtaking. A small park is located at the end of the row of outdoor artisans. A totem pole marks the Seward Park and visitors can sit to rest and watch the ships, sailboats and ferries cross the passage from Elliot Bay to the Olympic Peninsula and Bainbridge Island.
Plan on spending the day at Pike Place Market and you won’t be disappointed. Visitors can find fresh fish, alder smoked salmon at Totem Smokehouse or enjoy salmon at the Inn at the Market www.innatthemarket.com . Perhaps some fresh baked goods are on your list, be sure to stop by Three Girls Bakery at 1514 Pike – stall #1.
Artists will enjoy the wide variety of artwork and crafts presented in pristine displays throughout the marketplace. Put the Bead Zone www.thebeadzone.com, Sunshine Jewelry and Hands of the World on your list of stops. “Hands of the World” is located on the first level and presents exotic folk art and jewelry.
Visitors stroll among the arts and crafts and enjoy the diverse musicians performing at random locations throughout the marketplace. Shoppers will find culinary delights, health food, an herb store, and various art media on display at this popular Seattle landmark.
Seattle Washington has many attractions for visitors of all ages such as the famous Space Needle, Museum of Flight and the Underground Museum. Some of them will be included in this 5-part series. So make your travel arrangements and explore the Pacific Northwest. You can do a tour of the wineries, sail around the islands or enjoy a tribal salmon barbeque and bask in the cool breeze away from the summer, desert heat.
Address: Pike Place Market – 85 Pike Street, Seattle, WA
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Phone: +1 206 682 7453
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