Go West! Northwest, to be exact.
Beat the summer heat in Seattle, Washington, nestled between the cool waters of Puget Sound and the snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Explore the city on foot, hike the many pristine wilderness areas nearby, sample local wines or take to the water for orca watching on a high-speed boat. Alaska Airlines and Spirit Airlines fly non-stop from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and American Airlines will get you there non-stop from Miami International Airport. Plan your trip at VisitSeattle.org.
Take the Seattle Center Monorail (SeattleMonorail.com) from the Fifth Avenue shopping district to the city’s iconic Space Needle (spaceneedle.com) to catch stunning 360-degree views of the region. At the base of the tower, admire the fanciful glass creations of master artist Dale Chihuly at the Chihuly Garden and Glass (ChihulyGardenAndGlass.com). Also, nearby in an iconic, aluminum-clad Frank Gehry structure is the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP.org), formerly the Experience Music Project Museum.
Afterwards, relax with a cup of Starbuck’s coffee.
There are plenty of fine hotels at all price points, but our favorite is the Edgewater (EdgewaterHotel.com), 2411 Alaskan Way. Built on Pier 67, the hotel extends into Elliott Bay and offers panoramic views and true waterside dining. The airy rooms capture the Pacific Northwest lifestyle with knotty pine furniture and river-rock fireplaces, but with all the conveniences of a luxury hotel. Land a room on the south side facing the adjacent cruise port and you just might wake up one morning to find the bow of a massive cruise ship towering over your balcony.
Eat & Drink
Founded 110 years ago, the Pike Place Market (PikePlaceMarket.org) is one of the oldest continuously operated public markets in the country. After watching the fish mongers toss massive salmon over the counter, explore the many food stalls and restaurants. Choose from Greek, Thai, Korean and more, sample fresh oysters, or we recommend the Dungeness crab melt at Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar, 1519 Pike Place.
Afterwards, wash your dinner down with a strong cup of coffee or a cocktail in the hipster-filled and LGBT-friendly Capitol Hill neighborhood.