Year(s) of Family Trip: 2006 and 2010
Cities Visited: Seattle
Can't miss tourist attraction(s):
Pike Place Fish Market
I'm kicking off this Saturday States series with our least favorite of the fifty. But not because we didn't try. After all, we did make two trips there! We wanted to have a good experience, but it just wasn't in the cards for our family...
C.L. - Officer of the Year
On our first trip in 2006, Jordan was at the wheel of our minivan when we all started to get a little cranky and decided we better stop for food soon. Mom, newly diagnosed with diabetes, was also feeling a bit like she needed something to raise her blood sugar levels. The next thing you know, we see a sign that there won't be an opportunity for food/gas for another 30 miles or so. Quickly, we decide our best bet is make a U-turn and head for the exit we'd just passed up instead. Enter C.L. - a woman on a serious mission to cut down
The Slap Heard 'Round Seattle
On our first visit to Seattle, we visited the Space Needle and made one other memorable stop - The Public Library. Mom, ever the librarian, insisted that we visit this newly remodeled library. She wanted to gather some information to take back with her. The rest of us were not real excited about this stop. Since it was raining, we headed inside to escape the constant drizzle. Jordan and I made it inside without a problem. I'm not sure if anyone knows exactly what happened in that revolving door when Dad and Bubsa entered though. What everyone did hear was the slap (on the back) heard 'round Seattle.
The Most Terrible McDonald's EVER
As the years have passed, it is difficult for me to recall exactly how this McDonald's (located directly across from the Space Needle) screwed things up. But I do remember that it was such a mess that I even refused an ice cream cone meant to redeem the epic failure. The photo above required the following Facebook caption upon my return from this 2010 trip: "WORST MCDONALD'S EVER!!!!!! NEVER go here...it's across the street from the space needle...HORRIBLE PLACE!!!!"
Eat and Run at the Fish Market
When we visited Seattle in 2010, our time in Washington came before and after our Alaskan cruise. Beforehand, we explored the remnants of the underground city, did a little shopping, and had a generally enjoyable time. Washington was starting to ease its way out of last place. Upon return to Washington State, we booked a final cruise excursion around Seattle. This mostly included time at Pike Place Market. We really enjoyed watching the fish be thrown and checking out all the fun shops in this area. Our guide suggest we grab lunch in the area, but somehow we mismanaged our time and found ourselves scarfing down piping hot fried fish before literally running to catch our tour bus back to the ship. Far from the ideal meal we intended.
Have you spent time in Washington State?
Enjoyed another city in Washington outside of Seattle?