Introduction: Around the country there are walking clubs who map out walks, write up directions, and have them available in most major cities. These are called “year rounds” or YREs. This is a great way to become acquainted with a city, and mostly, avoid the not-so-nice areas while enjoying the better and historical places of an area. It is even better when the directions include the historical trivia within the notes. All that is needed is to register at the starting point, take the directions, and enjoy the walk. What follows is a ‘shout-out’ for one of these walks.
Seattle, named after Chief Sealth of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes, is the northernmost major city in the US, with over 630,000 residents. Abundant in history, it is also a city of firsts. Nordstrom’s, Starbucks, Amazon.com … all started here in Seattle. One downside is the parking lot traffic you may experience during rush hour. Be sure to plan accordingly and then add 30 minutes.
You have arrived in Seattle, so now what? Look for an organized walk that will lead you to the views atop Queen Anne, the ghost stories shared on Capitol Hill, or walk around Lake Union. Yes, that can be done. One of my favorite walks is along the Seattle Waterfront.
You start near the Seattle Center, at the Quality Inn on John Street, where you can enjoy the Chihuly Glass Exhibit. Head down Broad Street and meander through the unique sculptures in Olympic Sculpture Park. Down the stairs towards Pier 70 and you will walk about fifteen blocks of waterfront with shops, eateries, the Seattle Aquarium, and the Wheel. If you follow the walk further, you will visit the International District, the Seattle Library, and pass many old buildings from decades past.
You can plan for 2 to 3 hours to walk the route, or simply spend the day enjoying all the sites. Even on a cloudy day, which we recently experienced, this is a wonderful walk. Click here for more details about this walk.