Touring Seattle in a Day | Port Orchard Lifestyle Photographer

View of Downtown Seattle from the Seattle Ferry

I have lived in Washington for most of my life and have been to Seattle many times, but I’ve never visited as a tourist. I was inspired to do so after shooting a senior photo session last summer. I brought it up to the family and and they were all for it! Of course I had to bring my camera to document this occasion!

We started our adventure at the iconic Pike Place Market. Being it was the day after Christmas, I din’t expect it to be so crowded, but boy was I wrong! Many people were out and about shopping and touring this fun location.

The famous fish throwing was especially fun to watch not just for the kiddos but for adults too. No matter how many times I’ve seen this featured on television, there’s nothing like seeing it in person!

The produce and flower stands were in full array and so eye catching to say the least. Vendors shared fruit to sample and they were delicious!

There was even a magic show for entertainment!

Of course I had to squeeze in some photos of my amazing family! There is no shortage of interesting backdrops in Seattle! Check out that gum wall! I should add that when I was there last summer the wall was covered in much more gum.

After visiting Pike Place Market, we headed over to Seattle Center to ride the Monorail and visit the Space Needle.

The Monorail was a quick ride as we rode it roundtrip without getting off at the mall, but it was fun for the kids since they’ve never ridden on it. Shocking, I know!

We purchased tickets online for the Space Needle and had some time to kill while waiting to go up, so we walked around and enjoyed some of the interesting sites around Seattle Center. Did you know there was a skating rink?!?

The last time I visited the Space Needle was in 1999, so needless to say there were some amazing new features. I wanted to watch the sunset from the top, so I chose our time slot to be at 3:30. The view was breathtaking! Since it was starting to get dark by the time we got to the top, I was unable to capture the glass floor which is a new feature of the current remodel. I probably wouldn’t have captured it anyway as it made my stomach drop to the floor!


All in all it was a fun filled day spent with my family. Whether you’ve lived here your whole life or are visiting from out of town, I highly recommend visiting these iconic locations in Seattle!

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