Seattle & Vancouver Sight-Seeing Checklist

The hubs and I are days away from our trip to Seattle/Vancouver, and I’ve spent the past couple days in research mode, trying to figure out what to do, where to eat and most importantly — where to shop. There’s no shortage of interesting things to do in both cities. In fact, we have a short list of touristy possibilities to ponder in the days leading up to our vacation. Check out the list below.


Future of Flight Aviation & Boeing Tour: For the Air Force brat in me and the airplane lover in Mikey. It includes an insider look into the production lines of the Boeing 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner.

Photo courtesy of Future of Flight

Olympic Sculpture Park: An outdoor sculpture museum and beach with great views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Times

Space Needle: The most iconic of all Seattle structures. Ride to the top and enjoy a bird’s eye view of downtown Seattle. The question is, should we see it during the day or at night?

Photo courtesy of The Best Travel Destinations

Kerry Park: In the event that we still haven’t had our fill of magnificent Seattle views, Kerry Park provides incredible photo opportunities of Elliott Bay and the Central City. And if visibility is on our side, maybe even a glimpse of Mount Rainier.

Photo courtesy of Home on the Hillcrest


Stanley Park: A chance to experience the natural beauty of Vancouver with more than 1,000 acres of greenery, including cedar, hemlock and fir trees.

Photo courtesy of The Point

Sea to Sky Highway: AKA British Columbia Highway 99, this long stretch of road leads you out of Vancouver and north towards Whistler, the location of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Some say it’s one of the most beautiful drives in the world, with great scenic stopping points amid mountain cliffs, including snow-capped mountain tops and majestic waterfalls.

Photo courtesy of Travel and Leisure

Pacific Centre Mall: BCBG Max Azria, Michael Kors, Club Monaco. Need I say more?

Photo courtesy of

Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre: A 40-second ride in a glass elevator takes you to the top of a Vancouver skyscraper for 360-degree views that include Stanley Park, the Pacific Ocean, the North Shore Mountains and the Olympic Peninsula Mountains.

Photo courtesy of Inside Vancouver

Despite the list of things we can do in Vancouver, there’s also a small list of things we can’t do. Things I really, really, really want to do, but can’t due to the winter season we’re traveling in.

Whale-Watching: It’s an action item on my bucket list, and unfortunately, it’s going to have to remain there for a little while longer. Whale-watching season starts in March/April, and with our visit scheduled in the next couple weeks, we’re just a few weeks too early. Oh well. I’ll save it for the vacation to the Hawaiian islands that I’m banking on in 2013.

Photo courtesy of Destination 360

Butchart Gardens: I have this recurring image of myself running through a field of bright red tulips all Sound of Music style. And Butchart Gardens would be the perfect place to do it. It’s a group of floral display gardens on Vancouver Island, and because I’m such a nut when it comes to flowers and pretty things, I have a feeling I’d really enjoy a visit there. But of course, winter weather doesn’t really yield the brightly-colored tulips I’m envisioning, so I don’t think a trip out there would be worth it. Oh well. I’ll save my Sound of Music style escapade for a visit to Holland or something.

Photo courtesy of B for Bel

Obviously, there’s a lot of sight-seeing opportunities to consider, and on top of all these, there are also suggestions from the friends we’re visiting. And of course, there’s the big reason we’re driving to Vancouver — the St. Louis Blues hockey game! I doubt we’ll get to do everything on our checklist, but you know me and my anal-retentive self just can’t leave home without one.


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One response to “Seattle & Vancouver Sight-Seeing Checklist

  1. Beautiful pictures! So beautiful…wish I had a camera with such high quality 🙂

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