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72 Hours In Seattle + the First Starbucks! A Guide For Family Fun

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We had always wanted to go to Seattle! Things like the first Starbucks and the Space Needle were calling our names!!

This was a bucket list trip in a lot of ways. Maddie has always wanted to see Seattle and Halloweentown in St. Helen, Oregon so we decided to surprise her with a graduation trip! Since she graduated back in June, we told her about it then, but kept many aspects of it a secret until we actually left.  

The first big surprise was flying in first class. We normally travel in premium cabins, but this time we took up almost the whole cabin as many seats were empty. It was pretty awesome! 

Our first day in Seattle was actually spent driving to Oregon. The changing leaf color left us all in awe, and of course, we must have looked like tourists. Since we get practically no leaf color change at home, we stopped every chance we could get to see the beautiful colors!

About four or so hours later, we made it to Halloweentown. 

The girls have all grown up watching the movies and knowing that it was filmed here in St. Helens was really cool for them. They walked in the same places that are featured in the movies and pointed out all sorts of insider facts. 

During the weekends we heard it gets pretty busy and there are a lot more things happening.

We all had a great time and picked up some coffee for the drive back!

Seattle is such a walkable place and when we got back into town we explored more and then had dinner. We also tried to count all of the coffee shops that are on practically every corner, but lost track. There are SO MANY!

The next morning it was time to see some famous landmarks:

Pike Place Market is a must. Fresh flowers, fruits, veggies, food and so much more!

We even saw the first Starbucks ever, on Pike Place. 

Then it was time to see the Space Needle.

The view from above was pretty spectacular and it is something worth seeing at least once.

The last thing on our list was with the Seattle underground tour. Maddie loves ghost stories and historical fun so we knew this would be a hit….and it was. 

Loved this view on the flight home!

The vlog at the top of this post covers all 3 days of our trip. You can see we had an amazing time. We’ve decided to come back and see more of Seattle in the summer for a completely different experience and of course to enjoy more of that delicious coffee it is known for!

Have you been to Seattle?

Pete Reese
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Pete is a Dad of 3, travel enthusiast, and online entrepreneur who brings the adventure to our lives! He constantly encourages us to take risks and be the best we can be! He loves sharing tips to help others earn an income online so that they too can travel and spend more time with their families.


  • I use to live in Seattle and I’ve never heard of the underground tour. That looks like fun. How did I miss that LOL. Wasn’t surprised to see it was raining. Looks like you were able to see a lot.

  • Seattle is one of my favorite places. I have friends there so we go at least once a year to see them. We are looking for a new car this spring. I am interested in getting a KIA.

  • I did not know that the first Starbucks originated in Seattle! I love visiting the west coast, Seattle is such a great looking city!

  • Wow! It looks like you all had an amazing time. I would love to see Halloweentown for myself!

  • Seattle is such a neat place to visit! So many things to do, places to visit and delicious food to eat! I loved the Pike Place Market and the first Starbucks.. Looks like you guys had a great time.

  • Oh wow Seattle looks like so much fun! It’s been so long since I went with my parents that I’m definitely in need of a visit soon. Happy you all enjoyed your time.

  • It looks like you all had a wonderful time in Seattle. I actually don’t believe I ever heard of Halloweentown before but it looks interesting. The Space Needle is a place I would love to visit some day too a long with the first Starbucks. Thanks for sharing your amazing experiences.

  • My son and his family are stationed in Seattle and I spent two weeks there last year. Loved the Space Needle also and my grandson who was 10 at the time loved the view from the top! When you go back the Chihuly Museum is a must! So exciting that you and your family are getting to share all these experiences. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Hi Dianne! Thanks for sharing those ideas. We have added them to our to-do list for next time. It has been really great exploring Seattle a couple times now, and we are excited to keep going back. It is also a really easy flight from California. Please thank your son for his service and also to the whole family!

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