Photo Diary : Seattle | Portland

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I went to Seattle and Portland to explore the Pacific Northwest. We went for our 10 year anniversary and also to celebrate our birthdays. The Pacific Northwest was such breath of fresh air compared to Southern California. The air was crisper, the leaves were changing color, the sky was bluer, and the grass was greener. All I have to say is that it was such a peaceful and low maintenance trip.

We arrived in Seattle in the early afternoon and took the train to downtown. We headed straight to our hotel to check in at the Holiday Inn. We had a lovely view of the Space Needle. After we checked in we went straight to Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. The tour is about 75 minutes and gives a great tour and history lesson on the city of Seattle. It takes you on a tour of how Seattle started and takes a look at how the city was planned. I highly recommend it!

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The next day was a fun-filled packed day. We had purchased a City Pass for the day that got us into a lot of attractions within the city. We started our day having breakfast at Pike Place at Athenian Seafood Restaurant and Bar. This restaurant was made famous in the movie Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks. Here you get a great view of the harbor along with a nice and hearty meal. After we headed to the Harbor Tour to see the city skyline from the harbor. The tour gives you a beautiful view of the harbor and the city skyline. It was nice that day we went because there were barely any clouds in the sky. After the tour we went to the Seattle Aquarium that was right next to the tour. We saw all types of fishes, sea lions, sea otters, and other sea creatures. I saw the cutest sea otters ever there! Next up, we went to the Pacific Science Center and the Seattle Space Needle at night. The PSC had great exhibits that explored the human body and what we are capable of and insects and other fascinating exhibits. Also, they had a laser show that went along to music of Daft Punk, which was AWESOME! At night we went back to the Space Needle to ride the elevator up to the top. The top of Space Needle gives wonderful views of the city. It was even better because it was a clear night, so we saw everything clearly.

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The next morning we took a taxi cab to King Street train station and headed down to Portland via Amtrak. It was about a 3 hour train ride down. I highly recommend taking the train from Seattle to Portland, it’s fast, inexpensive, and they have outlets for each seat! We got to Portland in the early afternoon and the MAX Rail from the Union Station to our hotel. We stayed at Hotel Rose near the water front. We really recommend this hotel as well. It’s sort of a boutique hotel, but without the steep prices. For Portland, we pretty much followed a list of places that our friend had recommended, which were all wonderful ideas! The first day we went to check out a mexican restaurant called Santeria. The fun twist to this place was that the bathroom is in a strip club! Hey-o! So that was fun. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any titties, but I did see a topless girl, but her back was towards me. Lol. After lunch, we went to check out  Powell’s City of Books. It’s basically, just a huge book store. I went in looking for a cookbook, but there were so many to choose from, I got really overwhelmed. It was pretty fun. We went on to walk and roam about the city. We ended up checking out the weekend market near the water front. We sat and enjoyed the sunset with the bridges in the background. Later on at night, we went to check out Ground Kontrol which is a Bar-Cade! It was pretty cool because they had a lot of old school games to choose from. After a few drinks, we went to have dinner at Rock Bottom and called it a night.

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The next morning we took the MAX Rail to the Oregon Zoo. We went right when it opened. This was the only day when it was wet, but it wasn’t too bad. We saw all types of animals that range from elephants to monkeys, to sea creatures to bears. They had a beautiful exhibit called the Great Northwest that had so much foliage and greenery. It was so beautiful. And the end of the walk way they had two beautiful American Eagles. It was amazing to see. We then took the bus to the Japanese Gardens. It was so pretty and peaceful to walk around the gardens. After we wondered around the gardens, we took the bus and train back into the city and went to SW 10th and Adler to get some lunch at the many food carts that Portland has to offer. We tried a German Sausage, a grilled cheese burger, and a waffle smothered with chocolate. They have so many food carts to choose from! Later that night we went to Huber’s Cafe. It claims to be Portland’s oldest restaurant. The food was pretty good and I recommend getting the Spanish Coffee just for the show. It’s very strong though because it has a lot of alcohol, but the show that comes with the drink is well worth it.

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During our last day in Portland, we decided to go and check out Voodoo Doughnuts! We picked up about a dozen to take back home. The doughnut themselves are alright, but picking them out are more fun. After exploring doughnut heaven, went to check out some of the shops near Pioneer Square and went souvenir shopping. We then went back to our hotel to pack up and headed out to the airport via MAX Rail.

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This trip was absolutely amazing, I just wish that were able to stay a bit longer. I love all of the attractions that these cities had to offer. The people, the food, the weather,… the transportation!!! were all so amazing! These cities are just so amazingly beautiful!

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