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If you book a surprise trip to Seattle, while the trip may be a surprise for the person or people you have booked the trip for, trust us when we say that Seattle itself will probably surprise all of you, and in a good way.
Set your own agenda for an entertaining mystery trip in Seattle
It’s very easy to fall into the trap of latching on to a local tour guide and allowing them to show you the best Seattle has to offer. There’s only one problem. You only get to go where everyone else has been before, and often these places are those that offer the best ‘incentives’ for guides to include them in their tour.
Doesn’t it make more sense to do a bit of personal research and set your own agenda, especially if any of you have a special interest in something? A local tour guide is unlikely to include breweries, yet for some of you, a surprise vacation to Seattle and a brewery mystery trip thrown in might be a dream come true, particularly as there are over a dozen of them according to Stranger.com
There’s more to Seattle than the Space Needle
|It’s true, there is a whole lot more to see in Seattle than just the Space Needle, but boy do you get to see a lot of Seattle from the Space Needle itself, especially since it has just had a $100 million makeover. To be honest, any surprise trip to Seattle has to include a trip up to the top of the Space needle, unless you’re scared of heights!|
Why a surprise vacation to Seattle should include a cup of coffee if you are nostalgic
If we were to mention Café Nervosa, would that ring a bell? Perhaps if we were to say that it is second only to Central Perk as the most famous coffee shop on TV would that help? Okay, we’ll admit it, you won’t actually find Café Nervosa, the haunt of Frazier Crane, in Seattle for two reasons – only the 100th episode of the hit sit-com Frazier was shot in Seattle, and the coffee shop never existed. However, Elliott Bay Café does exist, and it was this coffee shop which was the inspiration for Café Nervosa. It also makes a damned fine cup of coffee.
Five unusual places to visit on a surprise trip to Seattle?
There are thirty places we could tell you are worth a visit, but a surprise trip deserves to be full of surprises, so the following are at the top of our list of unusual places to visit in Seattle:
- Go meet the Freemont Troll – built in 1990 to prevent drug users from gathering under a bridge, the troll succeeded and has become a bit of a local ‘celebrity’.
- The Giant Shoe Museum has to be seen, if only to say you’ve been. It’s kitsch and not your average museum. The fact that entry only costs fifty cents should tell you it’s not exactly huge!
- Just under Pike Place market is the world-famous gum wall, where it has become a ritual to leave your gum. The city has cleaned the wall twice, but now given up and instead has embraced this quirky ‘tourist attraction’.
- Drink craft beer and play indoor mini golf, giant Jenga or Connect Four in Pioneer Square – great fun for hours, and you can even take your dog in there if you’ve brought him or her with you.
- Just to even up the balance between four-legged pet lovers – you have to visit the Meowtropolitan Cat Café and you don’t need to take a cat with you either…
So, if you weren’t sure about visiting Seattle for a surprise trip or surprise vacation before, hopefully with what you have just read about the city, it is now high up on your list of places to see.
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We had the best anniversary ever. We enjoyed the fact that we did not know where we were going, it made the trip so much better. The hotel was beautiful and was just accross the street from central park. We loved the suggestions in the app, and the scavenger hunt was so much fun! Thank you so much for a perfect anniversary!