Seattle: A Sensory Experience

Sometimes, I think the best way to really capture a place or a moment is in a visual manner. And one thing I noticed while walking through the streets of Seattle was the bright, vibrant scenes I was constantly stumbling across. Seattle may be cloudy 90 percent of the time, but that doesn’t by any means make it dull. Join me on a jaunt through Seattle using the senses.


Check out the Space Needle, making sure to make a trip up at dusk to see the whole city illuminated below you.

Take a walk through the Pioneer Square Historic District, where you can see old ivy-covered buildings like this one.

Be sure to make a trip to Pike Place Market, and be prepared for your senses to be bombarded. You’ll find hundreds of vendors selling their wares.



At Pike Place Market, you’ll not only see plenty to keep you occupied and entertained, but you’ll hear plenty, too. Listen up for the fishermen selling their catch, artists selling their work, and buskers (like Emery Carl, right) performing all styles of music on every corner.

Make a stop at Waterfall Park in Pioneer Square. Sip a cup of Starbucks and listen to the small waterfall rumble peacefully in the middle of the city.

And, whether you’re into aviation or not, check out the Museum of Flight. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to hear the roar of engines, like those on this B-24 bomber.


Grab some popcorn from a stand near the Space Needle at Seattle Center. And don’t forget to visit the world’s very first Starbucks at Pike Place Market.

Back at the market, catch a whiff of everything from fresh fruit to fresh fish.


Well, you can’t truly “touch” these delicate creatures, but some of them may very well touch you if you visit the Tropical Butterfly House inside the Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center.

Hopefully these photos give you a taste (pun intended) of Seattle as I experienced it. My final verdict? Seattle is a great city.


  • This is a great blog!!!! Love the layout of the pictures as well. Its funny, because I recently decided Im going to apply to the University of Washington to see if I could transfer.

    • Thanks, Jess! I’m glad you liked it. I met someone who goes to the U. of Washington, and she says she loves it there. I think Seattle would be a great city to live in as a college student.

      I’m also planning to do a guide for must-see attractions in Seattle sometime in the next week, so check back!

  • Steve says:

    I haven’t been to Seattle yet, but these photos really make me want to go. I like how you covered all the main attractions plus a few others I didn’t know about. I’ll definitely have to check out the first Starbucks when I go there.

    • Glad my photos do Seattle justice! It really is a fun city. I’m planning to eventually do a full-blown city guide, telling you all the touristy things you should definitely do if you only have a couple of days. But I wanted to do this post to really highlight some of the cool photos I took there. And yeah, the first Starbucks is a must! But be prepared to stand in a long line.

  • Kevin says:

    I can’t believe I have stayed in about every possible north Seattle hotel and have never made it to Pikes. And all the posters are correct. Your pictures really DO do Seattle justice!

  • This is a very good tourist guide for visitors in Seattle. I really like the pictures that you take.

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