Making the move from the East Coast to the Pacific Northwest? Whether you’re switching coasts for employment or in pursuit of a bit more greenery than our concrete jungle can offer, there’s a laundry list of to-dos you’ll need to work through in order to make the transition as painless as possible.
Don’t let all the tasks on your moving timeline distract you from the big picture down the road! Packing, cleaning, moving furniture, and traveling across states can seem like a major headache, but if you focus on how great you’ll feel once you’re finally settled into your new, humble abode, knocking those items off your moving checklist will feel substantially less painful.
Here’s some inspiration for five different things you can do after your cross-country move to Washington. Use these ideas to day dream about strolling beneath big, Ponderosa pines and take your mind off all those boxes you haven’t gotten to yet.
Visit Pike Place Market
Perhaps there’s no better way to experience the spirit of Washington all at once than by visiting Pike Place Market, located in the heart of Downtown Seattle at the Elliott Bay waterfront. Here in this historic district, you’ll find one of the oldest, continuously-operated farmers’ markets in the United States.
Marvel in amazement as local fisherman playfully throw their fresh catch onto ice with flying fish so large, they put even the best seafood eatery in NoHo to shame. You’ll find all sorts of owner-operated bakeries, butcher shops, produce stands, and specialty food stores in addition to a bustling crafts market and over 200 unique stores—all nestled against a backdrop of city skyscrapers.
Tour the Space Needle
Is this a tourist destination? Yes. Should you still check it out after you move into your new home? Also, yes! The Space Needle isn’t far from Pike Place Market, meaning you can easily hit these two must-see attractions in the same day.
Boasting a recent, multi-million dollar renovation and an all-new glass floor experience, a visit to the Space Needle will take your move to new heights—literally. By climbing 50 stories to the observation deck of this iconic landmark, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the new state you call home, including the beautiful Puget Sound, Mt. Rainer, and more.
Pick up Some Wheels
Chances are that you were able to get by living in NYC without a car, and that’s still possible if you move to the dense city of Seattle or capitol of Olympia. However, if you want to explore the sprawling state’s many parks and nature reserves, you’re going to need to invest in a car.
Save money by shopping deals from multiple dealers in your new city. That means if you settle down in Bellevue, don’t purchase a German sports car from the first lot you drive past without checking out somewhere further afield, like an Audi dealership near Sammamish, for instance.
Whoever said “Don’t go chasing waterfalls” has clearly never been to the state of Washington before! Although it’s tough to rival the massive Niagara Falls in New York, you’ll be plenty impressed by the bodies of water flowing their way towards the Pacific Ocean.
Among the many waterfalls in Washington (and there are many, indeed!), the tallest is without a doubt Snoqualmie Falls, located east of Seattle on the Snoqualmie river. This famous 270-foot tall waterfall is home to over 1.5 million visitors every year. Compared to the 30 million annual visitors who make their way to Niagara Falls, you might find this viewing platform in WA to be much less crowded—and much more peaceful.
Visit the Islands
If you love taking the ferry to Long Island, you’ll feel right at home aboard the San Juan Clipper which provides all sorts of sea excursions from Seattle to Friday Bay. Options include sightseeing packages, whale watching adventures, direct service transportation, as well as overnight accommodations to Victoria, British Columbia.
If you head straight for the San Juan Islands, an area world-renowned for its epic wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery, you’ll discover a flurry of fun activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, and more. You’ll revel in the 100-million-year-old islands, once a mountain range carved out by glaciers and now an archipelago home to windswept grasslands and Madrona-filled forests. Once you glimpse the deep blue ocean, lush greenery, and maybe a few orcas, you won’t miss the polluted water in the Long Island Sound.
With these five destinations in mind, packing up won’t seem so bad after all. Good luck!