The Pacific Northwest (PNW) is one of my favorite places in the world. From the beautiful landscape to the hustle and bustle of major cities, the PNW is a fantastic place to visit. The opportunities to explore between Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are endless. However these four things are PNW must-sees and dos this summer!
Catch a Mariners Game
Of course, my top PNW summer must-do is visiting the Safeco Field to watch a Mariners game. Safeco is an excellent stadium to watch baseball, and there are really no “bad seats” because every seat has a great view of the field. The stadium also offers beautiful views of the downtown skyline and sunsets. Even if you are not a Mariners fan, this stadium’s atmosphere is worth the visit!
Get Lunch at Pike Place Market
No matter the time of year, Pike Place Market is a must-see. Pike Place Market is a Seattle favorite and home to fresh produce and food, shopping and crafts. The market is home to so many delightful treats but the Market Grill and original Starbucks are must-sees! If you are a coffee aficionado, be sure to visit the original Starbucks cafe and the home of Pike Place coffee. The Market Grill is another fan favorite due to their delicious fish sandwiches, seafood stew, and clam chowder!
Seafair Festival Weekend
Another PNW summer must-do is attending the annual Seafair Weekend Festival. This PNW tradition started in 1950 and is the culmination of the summer-long Seafair Festival. Seafair is a ten week-long festival that includes 75 events and reaches nearly two million people. There are boats, parades, entertainment, music, and fun! This year, the Seafair Festival weekend runs from August 3-5 and will have an air display, hydroplane racing, wakeboarding, inflatables and more!
Visit Cannon Beach
Summer is the perfect time to hit the beach, so be sure visit one of the many PNW beaches. I . particular, I recommend Cannon Beach due to its sheer and natural beauty. Cannon Beach is located in northwest Oregon is known for its long shoreline and its famous 235-foot Haystack Rock. Cannon Beach is also must-see if you want to view Tufted Puffins, a medium-sized pelagic seabird. If you make the trip to Cannon Beach, be sure to save extra time to hike and whale watch at the nearby Ecola State Park.
The Pacific Northwest is home to many adventures, but these four are musts if you are traveling during the summer!
Mitch Levy has spent nearly 30 years in radio and sports broadcasting after earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse. Read more of his advice for the radio industry or check out his Twitter!