Six romantic Seattle attractions to impress your loved one
Seattle isn’t often seen as being a city of romance. It’s certainly not viewed in the same way as cities like Paris or Venice, and that’s a shame. Because the truth is, Seattle is saturated with romantic destinations and fun options for couples. Seattle has so much to offer a vacationer that it’s hard to keep recommendations limited to just the romantic. One of the least romantic things you can do on a vacation is get stuck in a sweltering car for hours on end. Watch out for rookie road trip mistakes and everything else should make for smooth sailing.
Some places are so cool they need to be visited by everyone, no matter what. While watching fish swim around isn’t typically considered “romantic,” you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Seattle Aquarium. The 400,000-gallon Underwater Dome exhibit offers an ever-changing slice of what life is like in the Puget Sound. And frankly, the rock fish are so beautifully colored that just seeing them could be considered romantic. Okay, now let’s get down to business and discuss six of the most lovey-dovey Seattle locations.
Scenic Seaplane Tour
Once you’ve finished sitting with your partner in silence, why not sit with them while doing a bit of yelling? Head over to the lovely Lake Union for a plane tour of Seattle. If you want to get a bird’s-eye view of Seattle, there’s no better method than via a Seattle Scenic Seaplane Tour courtesy of Kenmore Air. Takeoff is exhilarating; the tour is informative, private, and leisurely; and you get to end the experience with a fun on-the-water landing. It’s still romantic if you’re holding your partner’s hand to stop yourself from falling out of an airplane, right?
If you want a spectacular view of the city sans the flying, there’s no better place than the Space Needle. Now, the Space Needle is the single most popular tourist destination in Seattle, and it’s not as though everyone is going there for the potential of romance. However, if you want it to be, visiting the Space Needle can be quite romantic. Once you and your partner are tuckered out from climbing to the top, why not stop in at the Atmos Cafe for some wine and charcuterie? The splendorous view of Seattle that the Space Needle offers is only made better by a shared cheese board.
Woodinville Wine Country
Did talking about Space Needle wine get your tastebuds salivating? If you or your partner is a fan of wine, you simply have to go to Woodinville Wine Country. Admittedly, this is technically outside of Seattle, but it’s less than a half-hour drive to get to the charming town of Woodinville. Plus, once you’re there, you have over 100 wineries/pouring rooms to choose from, ensuring there’s the perfect flavor for every palette. Make sure you swing by Chateau Ste. Michelle, the oldest (and thus most full-bodied and flavorful) winery in Washington State. Make sure you have secured your lodgings ahead of time! When you’re having drinks and staying in Seattle, it pays to have a nice living area reserved for your trip.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery
No one has ever been in Downtown Seattle and said out loud, “Ugh, I just can’t find a Starbucks.” Starbucks are more plentiful in Seattle than gun ranges are in Texas. However, for a truly special Starbucks experience, pop on over to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. Located on Capitol Hill, it offers a personal look at the brewing process, several coffee flavors, and a coffee library. Take your time soaking in all the smells and flavors wafting through the roastery. Disclaimer: this is not a romantic option if your partner doesn’t like coffee. Don’t go dragging them to the Reserve Roastery thinking it’s going to change their minds and suddenly make them coffee fans. I know from personal experience that this is a bad way to try to convert someone to coffee if they’re a tea lover at heart.
Seattle Great Wheel
The last entry on this last also makes a great last stopping point in Seattle. The Seattle Great Wheel is a 175-ft. Ferris wheel located on the edge of Puget Sound. Enjoy several slow, oscillating revolutions and the views that come with them, all while sharing a seat with your partner. This is the perfect place to reflect on all the fun you had in Seattle, or to feel like teenagers again. Whether it’s the view, the privacy, or the motion that entices you most, it’s a sure thing that you’ll enjoy finishing your Seattle vacation at the Great Wheel.
Pacific Northwest Ballet
The Pacific Northwest Ballet is located in the famous Seattle Center, near several other (less romantic) quality attractions. All shows are hosted in the beautifully constructed McCaw Hall and feature some of the ballet artists in the world. The Pacific Northwest Ballet is in the top five ballet companies in the world. Any one of its shows is a triumph and easily lovely enough to be romantic, but for a special treat, sign up to go see the PNB’s annual performance of The Nutcracker. Costumes were designed by Maurice Sendak, the late author of Where The Wild Things Are!
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