I was born in Seattle, but raised in Tacoma where I lived for 18 years before moving back to Seattle where I lived for about 10 years before exploring...
I was born in Seattle, but raised in Tacoma where I lived for 18 years before moving back to Seattle where I lived for about 10 years before exploring the world, compliments of the United States Marine Corps. I've spent time in various parts of the country and even overseas, but something about Seattle always keeps me coming back for more. It is definitely one of the coolest cities to visit.
As a child, my family and I would occasionally make excursions to surrounding areas such as Cannon Beach (home of Haystack Rock) down in Oregon, Victoria and Vancouver up in Canada, and the San Juan Islands right here in our own backyard.
Things may have changed a bit since then, but I’ve always loved exploring new places and things to do and am what I think many would consider a certified “guidebook” junkie due to my love of purchasing guide books and studying them fastidiously before any outing. However, I also know that some of the best travel advice doesn’t come from a book and some of the best excursions I’ve ever gone on came about simply by asking a local.
Seattle and Tacoma: the climate, the outdoors, the water and its waterfronts, Pike Place Market, the Olympic Mountains, the Puyallup Fair, the Bite of Seattle, the Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle's new light rail system, downtown Seattle, Seattle's restaurants, the Paramount Theater, Point Defiance Park, St. Edward State Park, the ferries, the numerous districts in Seattle and the distinct character you'll find in each one
Washington, D.C.: the free museums and just the sense of importance, tradition, reverence, and excitement that seems to permeate the sidewalks, the architecture, the monuments and everything in between when visiting the nation's capital, the areas just outside of the city (e.g., Great Falls, Virginia; the C&O Canal; Alexandria, Annapolis, Assateague Island)
San Diego: the climate, the mesmerizing vastness of the Pacific Ocean, the beaches and beach cities (La Jolla, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Dana Point), the Gaslamp Quarter, and the many opportunities you have to practice your Spanish or participate in a triathlon
Portland: the bridges, the restaurants, the train ride from Seattle-Portland, no sales tax, gas station attendants pump your gas for you, Lincoln City and Cannon Beach on the coast