If you’ve been craving an escape but can’t choose between city, mountains, and water, perhaps Seattle is the perfect destination for you. Nicknamed the Emerald City, the greenery of the city and the areas surrounding it are a great backdrop for a fun weekend of exploration.
To begin your journey, book your seat on the Thursday or Friday afternoon Contour Airlines flight from Fort Leonard Wood to St. Louis. After a quick, easy layover in St. Louis you have the choice of booking with Alaskan Airlines or Southwest for the second leg of your journey. If you haven’t flown with Contour Airlines to St. Louis before, you’ll want to check out our guide for using our airport.
While in Seattle, we recommend staying at a vacation rental or hotel on the water. If you’re looking to see some of the places Seattle is known for, you’re in luck because most of the best-known landmarks are within walking distance from one another.
Whether you’re traveling solo or with your partner or family, we highly recommend you check out Pike Place Market. The shops and craft tables are full of interesting items perfect to bring home as unique gifts. It can get crowded during the day, so we recommend going early. While you there, head downstairs to see the infamous Gum Wall and the first Starbucks store. Not too far away is the Seattle Great Wheel, a perfect place to get a new perspective on the city. It’s likely already on your list, but be sure to check out the Space Needle, Seattle’s best-known attraction.
If you’re traveling with your children, Seattle has a plethora of family-friendly activities. With both a zoo and an aquarium, a science center, and a number of other museums, your trip can be fun and educational. If you have young aviators in your family, be sure to check out the Museum of Flight. There are also dozens of parks throughout the city to relax and unwind in while the kids get out some of their energy.
Just beyond Seattle lies a whole different world of outdoor activities. There are a number of trails to bike within the city, and some of the Pacific North West’s best hiking is within a few hours of Seattle, with many trails being just minutes away, and Mt. Rainier is just a 2.5 hour drive from the city. Additionally, the waters of Seattle provide great opportunities for boating, paddleboarding, and other water sports. Be sure to keep an eye out for whales, as the Puget Sound is a popular corridor for traveling orcas in the summer months.
Wherever your Seattle adventure takes you, be sure to share your experience with us!