If your gold standard of samples is Costco on a Saturday, welcome to your mecca. The longest continually operating public market in the country, and the star of Seattle, the Pike Place Market has more and better free samples than you could ever dream of coming out of the microwave at the local big box. Salmon jerky, okra chips, truffled potato soup, peaches, apples, pears, it’s all here, and it’s all free -- until you give into temptation and buy something.
Don’t all cities have a 22ft waterfall just hanging out on a street corner? No? Well, Seattle does, and it’s a part of the nicest little green pocket of park, complete with benches and shade and everything you could want while eating your lunch outside -- with the bonus of being just blocks from the office. Also, it’s a historical site to boot: it’s built on the site of UPS’ original location when that company started in 1907.