Seattle is no cookie cutter city. It boasts more than its fair share of specialties, including unrivaled seafood and the rise of an eclectic dining scene in recent years, plus several lakes (most notably Lake Washington and Lake Union), parks and fairly distinct neighborhoods. Consider the following quintessential activities during your trip:
Describing Washington, my state of origin, simulates describing an ex to someone who might want to date them, in that I simultaneously warn them of the bad parts while throwing in a “but you might really like it!” and a “I hope it works out for you!” Love is subjective, is it not?
Only in Portland can you pull up to a red light and find yourself flanked by station wagons:
It was upon leaving California that my mind went blank except to consider that I might make it from San Francisco to Seattle in the space of one day.
I did not make it. Pulling into Salem after nine hours in the car, sleep and roadside motels summoned me sooner than I’d hoped. And so I spent a night in Oregon.