Art lovers will also enjoy driving past the SoDo Track wall murals, only a couple of miles south of downtown. This must-see mural monument features a 2-mile-long series of themed graffiti pieces created by artists from around the world.
Before heading to Canada, consider adding kite flying in Gas Works Park and other family-friendly Seattle sights to your itinerary, including Woodland Park Zoo, Pike Place Market and The Museum of Flight. Then, venture north about 125 miles on Interstate 5 to the border for the Canadian leg of your vacation.
Where to Stay
Stay in the heart of the city at Hotel Theodore, a newly updated boutique hotel with a vintage vibe, nodding to its historic namesake (originally opened as the Roosevelt Hotel in 1930). Bonus: Cars stay free, and guests enjoy complimentary valet parking.
Where to Eat
Enjoy a piping-hot bowl of ramen noodles washed down with an ice-cold beer and some friendly conversation at Kiki Ramen, a mile north of downtown. For travelers planning to arrive in the evening, book a dinner table at the swanky Rider restaurant for your first night. Located in Hotel Theodore, Rider offers upscale ocean- and forest-to-table dishes that range from locally sourced salads to fresh, sky-high seafood towers to grass-fed grilled meats.
Venture to Vancouver
Getting Across the Border to Vancouver
Save time and avoid long lines by skipping the main Peace Arch border crossing into Canada and opting for the shorter Sumas crossing slightly farther east. From I-5 North, take exit 255 for State Route 542 East toward Mount Baker to reach the Sumas border point, located about 110 miles northeast of downtown Seattle. After you’ve collected a Canadian passport stamp from border agents, continue driving about 60 miles northwest to Vancouver.
What to See and Do
Stroll along the seawall in Stanley Park — Vancouver’s urban oasis located steps from downtown — and take in views of the water, towering trees and nearby mountains. For another outdoor excursion, drive to Queen Elizabeth Park, home to the highest point in Vancouver, for phenomenal city views. Stretching almost 130 acres, Queen Elizabeth Park features a scenic quarry garden, sculptures by Henry Moore and recreational activities like lawn bowling, tennis and pitch-and-putt golf. Park for free along the park’s edges or in paid lots near the center of the park by the Bloedel Conservatory, where you can discover more than 100 exotic birds of various species and 500 types of plants and flowers.