10 Fun Things to do in Seattle + Vlog
Video was shot using the iPhoneX + DJI Osmo Mobile 2 for stabilization. Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Most of the content on my YouTube channel is music-related, and I'm definitely a newbie when it comes to vlogging. But I recently bought the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, which is a gimbal that helps stabilize footage from smartphone cameras. I purchased it mostly because I want to capture videos of my upcoming trip to Italy without having to carry around another heavy camera for filming. The Seattle trip came at a good time to try out this gimbal on a smaller, safer scale.
If you liked what you saw, please subscribe to my YouTube channel :) It's looking a bit empty right now, but I'll try to upload more content now that I have Adobe Premiere and my gimbal. For those who want more detail beyond the video, please read on for a list of 10 fun things to do in Seattle:
1. Catch the view of the bay from the Seattle Great Wheel (No dad, it's not called the "Seattle Eye")
2. Geek out and jam out at the Museum of Pop Culture, which is conveniently located right next to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass museum
3. Take a stroll through Chihuly Garden and Glass, one of the most gorgeous and unique museums I've ever been to
4. Explore Pike Place Market and (try to) eat at Pike Place Chowder. If you're not one to wait in line, no worries—you have 10,000 other food options at the market.
If you really must try Pike Place Chowder, consider its other location inside the Pacific Place shopping mall, which is far less crowded than the one in Pike Place Market.
5. Stop at the the futuristic Amazon Domes while strolling through Downtown
So for number 6, I'm going to focus on food. And because there's so much good food in Seattle, I'm going to separate it out into 3 parts: brunch, coffee, and dinner. These photos are not from my most recent trip to Seattle, but from 2014 when I went to interview for a certain tech company and was given a generous budget to spend on food.
6c. (7:30 PM, Dinner): Get a seat at The Pink Door (if you can, given they're completely booked most Saturday nights) and try the "boobie cake"—a dense chocolate cake + mousse covered with ganache finished with a gold leaf on top. Just telling the waiter your order will be very fun.
7. Head up the Space Needle just before sunset to catch a romantic panoramic view of the city. It's always hard for me to decide what time of day to head up the observation deck in large cities to catch the best view. I always find the daytime view quite boring and lean towards nighttime so I can see everything light up, but it's not very practical for photos—or for cities so north that it takes until 9:30-10 for the sun to finally set. Sunset is a great compromise where you'll see the color of the sun saturate the city with warm tones—as well as some buildings start to light up—but also be able to get great photos without much grain.
8. Go coffee tasting at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room. I would definitely skip the long lines at Pike Place Market for the original Starbucks and come here instead. There are so many options for signature coffees and drinks here—which you won't find at any other Starbucks—as well as an in-house Princi Bakery (originally from Milan). Plus, you can get really unique breakfast items here, like the Eggs in Purgatory, which we ordered. We also got the coffee flight, which featured 3 different types of specialty coffees to share, plus chocolate truffles on the side. The affogato, made from cold brew with vanilla ice cream, was also a really delicious, unique drink that you can't get at any other Starbucks.
9. Visit the Picturesque campus of the University of Washington. Usually this place lights up with cherry blossoms in April. We were a bit late to the party, so we missed them unfortunately ): But the campus is still beyond gorgeous!
10. Take the Boeing Tour and walk inside famous planes like Air Force 1 and the Concorde
Do you guys enjoy the travel content I've been putting up lately? Do you prefer the video over the more text/image-heavy LA post? Let me know in the comments, or just message me on Instagram about what you'd like to see more, and I'll try to incorporate your suggestions into the next vlogs/blogs on Italy!
All photos from the current trip taken on the iPhone X and edited on VSCO. The photos from 2014 were taken on an iPhone 5 I believe.