This last weekend I met up with some fellow PNW bloggers on a morning out on the water with Argosy cruises. I always enjoy putting faces to “friends” that I make through blogging online, especially when they live so close! The morning was a success on all fronts but when I learned some fun tidbits about my city on the cruise it got me thinking about the perks of playing tourist in your own city, and a Seattle to-do list is in the works!
Perks of Playing Tourist in Your Own City
Turns out that learning is actually really fun when it’s not forced upon you:). Although I’ve lived in Washington all of my life (and Seattle area most of it) there is a lot that I still don’t know, and learning it in a fun format makes it even better. Maybe all that info will come in handy when I’m playing tour guide to loved ones, or at least earn a couple of correct Jeopardy questions. For instance, I knew that the Beatles had stayed at the Edgewater downtown but I had no idea that they fished out their bedroom window (because that is what the hotel advertised for a while)!
You See Things From a Different Point of View
Passing the same skyline day after day it’s easy to become numb to the details. These tourist-y events point out things that you might have forgotten about or possibly never even seen. It can take someone else to open your eyes to a whole new point of view.
It’s Like a Faux-Vacation…for Less
If I could I would visit a new state or country every month, but that’s just not practical. When I’m on a guided tour of some sort it kind of feels like I’m vacationing somewhere, without the big hit to our wallet. Especially when I’m snapping so many pictures that I blend right in with the real tourists anyway.
Supports Your Local Economy
If you’re spending money; it feels a little better when it’s going right back into your community, right?
Great for Groups
If the same old is in need of revamping, these type of events are perfect for your friends, work outings, date nights, or whatever else involves people. It’s the answer to the age old question “What do you want to do?”.
My Seattle Tourist To-Do List
Like I mentioned, we did an Argosy cruise around the Harbor which was a lot of fun and I’d highly recommend it if you’re coming to town.
My top 3 Seattle Top Tourist Spots (that I haven’t been to already) are:
Underground Tour. There’s a lot of crazy Seattle history that all happened underground, and I’ve heard only good things about all these tours.
Walking Food Tour of Pike Place Market. Of course I’ve been to Pike Place (us locals love the inexpensive and beautiful flowers) but I’ve never taken the walking food tour! It also gets rave reviews.
Theo Chocolate Factory Tour. They do these 7 days a week, and what’s not to love about high-quality, fair-trade, local chocolate?!
Whether it’s by boat or on foot, I’m amazed at how many different kinds of tours Seattle offers. There are a few others that peaked my interest but these are the ones that are most on my radar. Yes, we do have a Ride the Ducks here but I don’t know that I’ll be getting on one anytime soon ;-).
What are your favorite tourist attractions in your city?
More weekending love:).
Have a wonderful week!
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