Megan Hill

Correspondent

  • Seattle, Washington, USA

Megan Hill is a correspondent who lives in Seattle and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. As a travel and food writer, Hill has contributed to magazines around the country, writing about farm-to-table cuisine, craft beer, agritourism, and the fascinating personalities behind the Northwest’s robust locavore culture. Growing up in New Orleans helped cement her admiration for a lovingly-prepared meal while family road trips fueled her passion for travel. Her favorite travel experiences allow her to walk the streets of a faraway town, people-watch over espresso, drink local beer and wine, and explore the wilderness on long hikes. In her free time, you’ll find Megan playing tennis, crushing problems at the local bouldering gym or parked at her computer planning her next adventure.

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    What is the best time to visit Seattle?

    Summer is undoubtedly the best time to visit Seattle. Our reputation for rain and clouds is true for most of the year, but from July to September, we’re blessed with warm weather and abundant sunshine. There’s an occasional heat wave, but for the most part summers are comfortable --  think 70s.

    June is an iffy month. Some years, it’s beautiful, and others, it’s rainy and chilly. We nickname it Juneuary. But June brings 16 hours of sunlight, and the air is filled with the electricity of summer. Seattle residents feel a bit frenzied, abuzz with the excitement of lots of sunshine and outdoor activities.

    October can be a nice month to visit, too. If we get an Indian Summer, the warm weather can extend into early or mid October. And the leaves are starting to change colors, too.
    Whenever you visit, be sure to bring layers. Even in summer, chilly weather can catch you by surprise. And pack that rain jacket, just in case.
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    What are the best activities to do in Seattle?

    Among my favorite activities in Seattle are biking the Burke-Gilman Trail, a 27-mile bike path that runs in part along Lake Washington. Adventurous cyclists can take it all the way to Woodinville, Western Washington’s version of Napa Valley. There are a slew of wineries here, including Chateau Ste. Michelle, which offers excellent tours. Beer lovers can head across the street to the Redhook Brewery.

    Or you can drive to Woodinville. Be sure to make reservations at the Herbfarm, one of the best restaurants in the area.

    On a sunny day, rent a kayak or stand up paddle board from the Northwest Outdoor Center. Paddle around Lake Union, often clogged with colorful sailboats and floatplanes in summer. You can get pretty close (just don’t trespass) to the city’s famous houseboats, which you may recognize from Sleepless in Seattle.
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    Where is the best shopping in Seattle?

    While Pike Place Market is most visitors’ default shopping spot, there are also plenty of shops strewn throughout downtown. Major retailers like J. Crew, Michael Kors, and Ann Taylor and many more have set up shop in Pacific Place, downtown’s enormous shopping and dining district.

    One of my favorite places to shop is in the historic Ballard neighborhood, on Ballard Avenue NW. The street has several blocks of unique shops with vintage finds, high-quality handmade goods, jewelry, and furniture. Favorites include made-in-Seattle clothier Kavu, Monster Art and Clothing, Drygoods Design, Ballard Home Comforts, Horseshoe, and Clover. The best part about shopping here is you’re within reach of several of the city’s best restaurants and pubs. My favorite is The Walrus and the Carpenter, an airy oyster bar.
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    What are the best attractions in Seattle?

    Seattle's best attractions range from newcomers like the Great Wheel and Chihuly Garden and Glass to reliable staples like Pike Place Market.

    Pike Place Market occupies a nine-acre historic district in downtown Seattle. The year-round market opened in 1907 and continues to sell fresh produce, crafts, art, souvenirs, and seafood. Be sure to check out the world famous Pike Place Fish company, known for throwing fish behind the counter when someone places an order. And head to Lowell's for a snack, where you can sit looking out over scenic Elliott Bay -- you may also recognize the restaurant for its cameo in Sleepless in Seattle.

    Chihuly Garden and Glass is a newer addition to Seattle. The museum, which is under the Space Needle, is dedicated to glass artist Dale Chihuly’s whimsical designs. Speaking of the Space Needle, head to the top, where you’ll be treated with panoramic views of Puget Sound’s islands and the Cascsade Mountains.

    Another new addition is the Great Wheel, a Ferris Wheel on the Seattle waterfront. The wheel is one of the largest in the U.S., and riders sit in gondola-like enclosures as they float over Elliott Bay.

    Finally, one of my favorite spots in Seattle is the Seattle Aquarium. There’s a giant Pacific octopus which changes colors as you watch, and an outdoor exhibit with playful otters, plus lots of incredible fish.
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