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Planning My Trip to the Pacific Northwest | Seattle, Victoria, & Vancouver

fourth of july outfit

Last week I mentioned on Instagram stories maybe leaving on the 4th of July (cheaper flights) to explore the Pacific Northwest; Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver to be exact. It was more of just an idea. Did NOT think it would actually happen. Within the hour I probably received over 100 messages from people with recommendations and previous travel itineraries. Y’ALL ARE SO AMAZING. I called my mom, who is quite the little jet-setter herself (just returned from China and is now in Cabo…) and we booked our flights. Once my brother caught wind, he got a little jealous and decided to come along. Next was my dad and then Jordan! WATCH OUT CANADA! Here come the Austin’s (+ Jordan). Guys, my family is the goofiest family on the planet. I am so excited.

A lot of people have asked for my travel itinerary. I’m not the best planner but I feel like I owe it to everyone who has been so helpful to be organized and try to fit in as much as we can. If you see something missing from our itinerary you think we should definitely add, or something that just does not make any sense, feel free to comment! Nothing is set in stone. This is kind of a list I just threw together! Let’s crowd source the crap out of this itinerary. Lol.


Check in at the W Hotel at 12 PM.  I am partnering with the W on this portion of the trip. SO PUMPED because the W Hotels are so fun. This one in particular has a Sound Suite where Landon can actually work and record. Like wut. How cool is that?

Walk to Pikes Place Market. Now one of the oldest continuously operating farmers markets in the country! I actually cannot wait to hear about the history of this place and grub of course. If I can fit in a couple of outfit shots, I wouldn’t mind either. :) I’ve been told to try the Pike place chowder, fish, Becher’s handmade cheese, Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe, and the Crab Cakes at Etta’s.

What the locals say: “My faves are steelhead diner (bomb seafood), pink door (Italian), Von’s (American? Idk but amazing sourdough pasta), purple cafe and wine bar, serious pie (excellent pizza), Lola for breakfast, and japonessa (Japanese)! Beecher’s mac and cheese and Rachel’s ginger are great and would be good snacks! Also, gotta try ellenos Greek yogurt… Best yogurt I’ve ever had lol”. –Megan Chisick 

Storyville Coffee Shop OR Ghost Alley Coffee. Any preference? I’ve heard both are great. Question is, which one is more insta-worthy? hehe.  After that long flight. I am thinking we are going to need a little pick-me-up plus it is located right above Pikes Place.

Columbia Tower. So we debated on whether we should visit the Space Needle or Columbia Tower. Apparently Columbia Tower is taller and has the better view?

Dinner. Purple Cafe and Wine Bar.  Thank you Lydia (in the comments) for this rec! Looked it up and on Yelp and all I can say is YUM!

Dessert at Serious Pie. This one is for you dad. Daddy loves his pie.

Hang out at the W Hotel Sound Suite. The Sound Suite is a private recording studio and creative space for artists to use during their stay at the W! Looks like my brother Landon may beed to bring his guitar!


Hike Trail Loop in Discover Park. Apparently if you hike to the lighthouse, this is a 5 mile hike.

Bruch at Portage Bay Cafe. They have a pancake and waffle toppings bar with fresh fruit and homemade whip cream. So, I’m sold.

Nordstrom & Starbucks Reserve – (lol sorry but I have to…)

Sunset Sail. I actually don’t know where to go to do this or reserve a spot but workin’ on it! Any recs?!

Dinner on the Patio at The Pink Door. For our last night in Seattle, I think we will have worked up an appetite and the Pink Door’s Italian sounds pretty delish. Plus it has a pink door…so I am bias.


Breakfast at Lola’s. 

Ferry from Seattle to Victoria.

Check into Airbnb. Reserving an airbnb is also on my to-do list among like 100 other things.

Butchard Gardens. Just google ‘butchart gardens.’ I dare you. It’s like Alice in Wonderland and Cat in the Hat had flower babies.

Tea at the Empress Hotel. Wow. This luxury hotel looks amazing. I am not a huge “tea” person but I’ve been told this is quite the experience! Of course, I’d be lying if didn’t say this idea is totally “insta-worthy.” So yes, you will be seeing me sipping tea in my cutest outfit on insta. :)

Fisherman’s Wharf. You can see seals & other marine life along this quaint floating pier with food kiosks & shops! I love to shop. :)


Lunch. Undecided

Whale Watching Tour. Not sure what company just yet!

Shop on Robson Street. 

Drinks at Chill Winston.  


Check into The Fairmont Pacific Rim (hopefully) still have not booked it though.

Bus to Capillano Bridge. Ohhh. boy. This looks scary!!! I’m up for the adventure.

Dinner at Nightingale. Already booked this one. Heard it can get pretty crowded! The ambiance and interiors look amazing.


Bike through Stanley Park. Stanley Park is almost COMPLETELY surrounded by wanter. I am thinking a bike ride (or maybe even a jog) is the way to go!

Chambar for Lunch. Looks cute and delicious!

Granville Island.  Thinking about doing a food tour here. Thoughts?!

Kitsiano Beach. According to google, “Scenic stretch of sand & lawn with a playground, tennis courts & a heated outdoor saltwater pool.” Looks pretty cool.


Drive to Whistler and Joffre Lakes. Will be have time to do both? Is there hiking around Whistler? I believe you can hike to the top of a glacier here? Not totally sure but the views looked amazing. Trying to find other amazing hikes in Vancouver.

Dinner: Undecided.


Amtrak from Vancouver to Seattle. This is a 4 hour train that takes you through the Rockies. I hear it’s absolutely breathtaking. Jordan has taken it before!  I’ve never been on a train like this before.


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  • Reply
    Becca Chandos
    June 30, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    You should DEFINITELY go to Molly Moon’s in Seattle! It’s a homemade ice cream shop and they have the most delicious ice cream! I live about an hour south of Seattle and whenever we’re up in Seattle we always have to stop by Molly Moon’s! My favorite flavors are Earl Grey and Honey Lavender! Something cool is you can get half scoops so you can get 2 flavors but only 1 scoop!

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      Dani Austin
      June 30, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      LOVE this recommendation! Thanks Becca. Will def try to stop by.

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    June 30, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I love the fun pop of color from your shoes! I would have never thought to pair orange and a palm print together

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    June 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    This sounds like an amazing trip! I can’t wait to watch your Instagram stories for this trip. I love your family too! I started watching Landon’s videos YEARS ago and remember when he convinced you to make a YouTube channel!

    Brittany |

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    Karen Lucas
    July 1, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I was just in Victoria at the beginning of June. Although it was cold and raining, it is such a cool spot! You should try Canoe Brewpub. It has a great patio. Also, Bard & Banker is a great restaurant with a beautiful atmosphere and live music every day.

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    July 1, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Hi Dani!

    You should definitely check out the original Starbucks, but I recommend spending more time at the original Starbucks Reserve. The interior is so cool and has such a great atmosphere (not to mention special blends and reserve drinks!!) Also, if you want a great dinner view you should eat at Ray’s boathouse. The view is one of my favorites to watch the sunset.

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    July 1, 2017 at 5:56 am

    For sure do dinner at Purple Cafe your first night in Seattle!

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      Dani Austin
      July 1, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Really?! okay looking it up now! What do you order there?

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    July 1, 2017 at 6:22 am

    This trip looks amazing! I live in Vancouver and LOVE it here! We have such amazing hikes that any of them will be the perfect addition to your trip, but check out this link, it has really good descriptions of the most well-known ones that you can do in a day :) I would also try and do some shopping on Robson street, and go to Thierry, the cutest little french patisserie just off Robson that has the best French desserts! Have an awesome trip! Also, if you can make it up to whistler you should definitely go, otherwise come back soon!

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      Dani Austin
      July 1, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you so much for sending this over! This helps a lot. I am about to check out the hikes. Which is your favorite?

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    July 1, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Have so much fun! I highly recommend orca spirit for the whale watching.

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      Dani Austin
      July 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Perfect going to reserve tonight. Thanks!

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    July 1, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Underneath Pike Place is ghost alleey coffee which is highly coveted and big on Yelp! Great coffee and very picture perfect place. :) โค๏ธ

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    July 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Lowell’s in Pike Place is a great place for breakfast! It overlooks the market and the menu is incredible. Portage Bay is also delicious. For seafood, Salty’s on Alki Beach is so great. They have fun cocktails and you get a full view of the skyline from the water. Like you mentioned, Columbia Tower is a much better view than the Space Needle and if you’re looking for a winery, Mt. St Michele isn’t too far out of the city and I would highly recommend! Seattle is so great enjoy!

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    July 1, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Vancouver looks solid! I’d actually recommend walking Stanley park vs. biking. Walking the park’s forest floor is so great – the trees are huge, the hidden lake is a stunner, and you can walk around the perimeter anytime you want. Also! Granville doesn’t have a ton of super cool food spots, but the market is AMAZING. And! The brewery Is great! I’d just plan to meander around there for a morning before it gets crazy (go early. Trust.). You neeeeeed to hike Lynn Canyon park in Van. It’s stunning. And go to Kitsilano Beach for the day and grab dinner there! Lots of little local spots along a few of the main veins. And yay! The train! Have so much fun!

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    July 1, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    AND. Get breakfast/brunch at Yolks in Vancouver. And high tea at the Fairmont! AND ICE CREAM AT RAIN OR SHINE ICE CREAM in Van!! Ugh yum.

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    July 1, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Hey dani! this trip sounds incredible!! I would also recommend brunch at Talullahs in Seattle. And you should check out Peridot Boutique in Queen Anne (my workplace!) :) For Vancouver you should go to Cactus Club Cafe! So delicious and amazing service and vibe!! :) Have a great time!!

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    July 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Okay when you are in Vancouver, you HAVE to check out Fable Kitchen. It’s incredible. They also have another restaurant called Fable Diner that is supposed to be awesome breakfast/brunch. I didn’t get to go there but I can tell you dinner at Fable Kitchen was amazing!

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    July 3, 2017 at 4:53 am

    OMG I live in Vancouver and grew up in Austin. The trip sounds super fun!

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    July 5, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I’m just outside Vancouver, all the places you mentioned are beautiful! So much fun!

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