During most winter holidays, we’re more likely to be headed far down south for sun and warm temperatures, but this year, we decided to do something a little different and drive down the I5 to our sister city, Seattle, Washington. We’ve been down their a handful of times in the past for day trips, but never for any lengthly stays over the winter.

We stayed outside of Seattle in Redmond and drove in each day, which didn’t take too long over the holiday season thanks to most folks taking time off from work. The roads were a lot less congested and driving around town was fairly easily and scenic thanks to the clear sunny days the week we were in town.

Great Seattle wheel Great Seattle wheelWe toured around and caught a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel. It was the perfect ride to see the city along the harbour on a clear winter day. We also did the touristy things and visited the Public Market and other locales around the pier. Seattle downtown space needle Seattle downtown Seattle Public MarketOn New Years’ Eve, we visited the Seattle Children’s Museum with the kids. They had a count-down going on every hour for each of the time zones. We happened to catch the count-downs for Russia and Ethiopia that afternoon.Seattle Space Needle Seattle Space NeedleNo New Years’ eve could be complete in Seattle without visiting the space needle. There weren’t many people camped out in the afternoon, but we did notice a handful of people with their luggage waiting at the food court for something. They were probably planning to spend the entire day waiting for the New Years’ eve celebrations at night. Seattle Museum of Flight Seattle Museum of FlightOn New Years’ day, we visited the Museum of Flight, which was a fun experience for the kids. I’ve never seen so many planes in one place and there were a bunch of them in which you could take tours. Our favourite was the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the kids loved the fighter planes (of course). Shopping was a drag in Seattle, nothing to write home about, but I did stop at Glazer’s camera, which is one of the popular photographers’ stores in town, to check out their shop before they move over to their new digs. Overall, it was a nice getaway just a couple of hours down the highway. Spending a few days there let us see things we often miss in Seattle and were are glad to have made the trip.

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