Seattle Dos and Don'ts

by Anna Wickham


This month, Hammock Pack is excited to take you on a journey to yet another favorite American destination: Seattle. As one of the fastest growing cities in the country and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is more than a city-- it’s a lifestyle.

Visiting Seattle requires more than the usual trip preparation. It requires a shift in mindset. That’s why we’ve created this handy cheat sheet of dos and don’ts when visiting Seattle.


  • Visit in the fall. Fall is one of the best times to visit Seattle because the weather is lovely, with cooler nights and warmer days.
  • Take day trips out of the city. We love downtown Seattle just as much as you do, but with so many other sights to see within driving (or ferry) distance, it’d be a shame not to get out and explore. Seattle is known as a center for outdoor activities, so no matter what you’re into, you’ll find choice hiking, biking, and camping right next door. Some of our favorite day trips include Mount Rainier and San Juan Islands. Don’t worry-- you can always come back to Seattle when you’re done!
  • Visit the Space Needle. Sure, it’s a little cheesy, and you don’t want to come across as too touristy. But we think that for the Space Needle, you should make an exception. From the top of this 605-foot structure you can view the entire city. Check the weather forecast to make sure you’re going on the clearest day possible! 


  • Smoke. Seattle is serious about its smoking laws. Leave the cigarettes at home for this trip.
  • Use an umbrella. I know it sounds a little crazy. After all, chances are it will be raining. But using an umbrella is a surefire way to be pegged as a tourist. If that doesn’t deter you, the locals insist that the wind renders umbrellas useless anyway. So embrace the frizz and don’t forget your waterproof mascara!
  • Overdress. Seattle may be a modern metropolis, but Seattleites don’t get dressed up for much. Your active gear and whatever you need to brave the wet weather will be dressed up enough for most places. Spend your packing energy making sure that you bring outwear, not eveningwear.

There you have it. Grab your Starbuck’s coffee, your rain jacket, and your best friend, because you’re ready for Seattle! The only question is, is Seattle ready for you?



Image via Flickr user dph1110

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