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A Backpacker's Guide to Seattle

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Seattle, the Emerald City, is an ideal jumping off point for a backpacking adventure in the Pacific Northwest. Before you hit the trail, why not take a day to explore the city itself? Traversing Seattle by foot allows you to experience the city with all your senses. Follow this Seattle must-see guide to smell the fresh fish at Pike Place Market, drink an original Starbucks, and walk beneath the city streets.
After a day of city delights, it's time to strap on your backpack and see what the lush mountains around the Emerald City have to offer. Your feet may be sore, but your heart (and camera) will be full.

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Explore Pike Place Market
At the heart of Seattle's vibrant downtown is Pike Place Market. You may know Pike's Place Market from its famous fish-throwing fishmongers, but there's much more to it. Check out the vendors on the main level before descending into the belly of the beast. Tiny shops, cozy cafes, and specialty food markets all mingle together into an unforgettable feast for the senses. The original Starbucks is across the street from Pike Place and continues to brew its signature drinks for thirsty tourists.
Walk Back in Time in Pioneer Square
Pioneer Square is known as "Seattle's Original Neighborhood" for good reason. The neighborhood emerged as early as 1852 and lived through the Gold Rush, political and social upheavals, and natural disasters. The architecture is Romanesque Revival but the vibe is all modern Seattle. Walk the brick-paved streets to find trendy shops, farm-to-table restaurants, art galleries, and historic attractions. For a truly unique experience, take a walking tour under the city with Beneath the Streets.
Seattle's Best Hikes and Backpacking Trips
Hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and backpacking await within an easy drive of Seattle. After you get your fill of city life, lace up your boots and hit the dirt. No matter your skill level, there is a trail just right for you.
Poo Poo Point delivers breathtaking views within a 30-minute drive of downtown Seattle. Located in nearby Issaquah, Washington, the 6.7- mile trail climbs to an eagle-eye vista of the valley below. If the weather is just right, you may see a paraglider taking off from the summit.
For a longer hike, check out the Pratt Lake Trail east of Seattle on Highway 90. The 10.8-mile trail climbs switchbacks and stairs to Pratt Lake, perched at 3,400 feet above sea level. Bring bug spray and a pair of dry socks to stay comfortable while soaking in the views on this hike through the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
For a multiday backpack adventure, plan a trip to the Northern Loop in Mount Rainier National Park. Known as being one of the most pristine backpacking trips in the Pacific Northwest, the Northern Loop is best done in the summer. The loop can be hiked in as little as 15.5 miles or as many as 40 miles. A permit is required and can be hard to get, so be sure to start planning this trip in advance.
Exploring Seattle and the surrounding mountains by foot is a rewarding and unique experience. Lace up your boots, strap on your backpack, and head to the Emerald City for an unforgettable adventure.

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