and Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada
on a Road Trip Adventure across the USA (and into Canada)
Our parents helped plan sightseeing in Seattle since we actually enjoyed a family gathering in this beautiful city.
Who went on our Family Vacation?
- Belle’s and Buddy’s grandparents, my Momma and Papa Tom
- the parents Gary and I chose to adopt, Danny and Dinah
- the four of us
- and Fannie
What were our plans for our Family Vacation?
- We would spend two days together in Seattle.
- Our parents would be staying in a waterfront hotel in Seattle for two nights while the four of us would be returning to Fannie and our home on wheels parked at a campground in Issaquah. (Issaquah was less than 30 miles away from Seattle.)
- After spending time together in Seattle, the four of us and Fannie would leave our home on wheels behind, so the eight of us and Fannie could take a ferry to British Colombia, Canada.
- In British Columbia, the eight of us and Fannie would be staying in a hotel in Victoria.
- We would spend two days together in Victoria.
- On one of those days, our family vacation would include a sightseeing adventure to Butchart Gardens.
What were our plans for Seattle?
- Besides spending time together, we had no other plans for Seattle.
- Not wanting to be a tour guide for 8 but not knowing what our family could do together in Seattle, I spent some time researching while excitedly waiting for
our parents to arrive.
Sites to See in Seattle – the largest city in the Pacific Northwest
Top 10 Places to See in Seattle
- Pike Place Market to see, hear, smell, and taste what is Seattle
- Space Needle to see a Seattle icon
- Chihuly Garden of Glass to admire glass-blown art by a renowned artist in the Pacific Northwest, Dale Chihuly
- Washington State Ferry to get on the water and explore Elliot Bay
- Pioneer Square to walk the streets of one of the first settlements in the Northwest and to take an Underground Tour of Seattle and learn about Seattle’s colorful past
- Downtown Waterfront to walk on wooden piers or sit on wooden benches while admiring boats in the harbor
- Ballard Locks to watch boats travel between Puget Sound and the Lake Washington ship canal
- Discovery Park to stroll Seattle’s largest green space
- Boeing Everett Factory to tour the largest building (by volume) in the world
- Seattle Art Museum to spend an afternoon gazing at one of America’s premier art collections
5 Popular Places to Go in Seattle that don’t make the Top 10,15, or even 20 List
- Seattle Public Library – to see one of the favorite structures in the US as voted by the American Institute of Architects
- Olympic Sculpture Park – to stroll a 9 acre park and admire the works of Alexander Calder and other artists
- Klondike Gold Rush National Park – to learn about Seattle’s role in the
1897-1898 Gold Rush
- Smith Tower – to stand on the observation deck of the oldest skyscraper in Seattle
- Waterfall Garden Park – to find a hidden oasis in downtown Seattle
With a span of ages and a variety of interests, I had no doubt that our group of 8
would find plenty to do in Seattle together.