Welcome to Seattle!
Are you ready for your next adventure? A city with an undeniable appeal, plenty of history, the country’s best coffee (we could stop at best coffee!), a thriving arts scene and a booming tech scene – Seattle has got an undeniable appeal to it. Nestled between Puget Sound and Lake Washington and backed by the Cascade Mountains, the city’s laid-back attitude is easy to fall in love.
Diverse neighborhoods are there to explore and the city has a way of enveloping trends and embracing the latest in arts & tech. From the renowned retro Space Needle to its markets – there’s so much to do for all types of travelers in Seattle. Needless to say, it’s the perfect place to spend a week in
Unforgettable Moments - Seattle Highlights
From shopping at the Pike Place Market to indulging in some fine cuisine, to taking pictures next to the Space Needle and discovering the Olympic Structure Park – you’ll probably never run out of things to do in Seattle. Just when you think there’s nothing more to see, the city has a way of getting to your heart.
Day 1: Arrival
Once you arrive at the airport, you’ll be itching to get to the center and start exploring, and luckily for you, Seattle is very easy to navigate with a variety of different transportation options. We recommend buying an All-Day Regional Transit Pass for unlimited riding on all public transportation. You can take the Central Link Light Rail that will take you straight to the center. You can also use UberX or Lyft if you want to avoid any hassle.
Seattle is known as a city of neighborhoods, so after you’ve dropped your bags at t your hotel head straight to Fremont. Its one of the most unique neighborhoods in Seattle with plenty of shops you can check around, restaurants to have breakfast at, and a lot of things to see. The best thing about it is the fact that it’s much less touristy than other attractions in Seattle so you actually get a local feel of the city.
The first attraction you’ll stop by will be the Fremont Troll, Seattle’s renowned 18-feet sculpture that grips a Volkswagen car. This is not only a fun spot, but also one of Seattle’s top attractions!
For lunch, choose one of Manolin’s famed fish dishes and enjoy their happy hour drinks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Walk down Fremont Avenue to continue exploring the local shops and boutiques. You’ll be seeing sights like the Fremont Rocket, and the statue of Lenin. If you’re a choca-holic (who isn’t?), check out the Theo Chocolate Factory so you can get a tour and learn about organic cocoa bean practices (or just go for the free samples!).
If you’re more into cider than chocolate, then you’d be glad to know that Schilling Cider house has cider-related classes, tastings and over 30 craft ciders.
For dinner, some sushi at conveyor belt-style Blue C and have a round of Seattle microbrew at the Fremont Brewing Company for a great ending to your first day.
Good morning Georgetown! Spend your morning exploring this artsy neighborhood that embodies everything eccentric, quirky and artistic! Stop at art galleries, quirky stores, and have a delicious breakfast at the Hangar. Next, drive down to the Museum of Flights – one of Seattle’s most famous museums and one of its largest as well.
The museum is well worth at least a couple of hours where you’ll get to check a wide array of airplanes, educational and non-educational exhibits and much more. You can choose between checking out the outdoor or indoor gallery (or both!), stroll around the Personal Courage Wing, and take part in the interactive flight simulator if you’re feeling a little adventurous!
So hopefully by then you’ll be done looking at planes, and your next stop will be Harbor Ave. If you’re into iconic views with gorgeous beaches, this is the place to be. All you need is a little prayer that the weather is good, and you’ll be okay!
Spend your afternoon on Alki Beach where you can indulge on food at water-front restaurants, spend your day taking part in outdoor activities and basking under the sun. Have lunch at any of the beach’s many restaurants. We especially recommend Salty’s on Alki solely for its incredible views of the city.
We also think it’s a great idea to end your day right at Alki Beach. There’s just a certain vibe to the area that’ll make you want to stay there longer anyway. Have Mexican at Cactus and then try out some of Seattle’s famous craft beer at the West Seattle Brewing Company.
Morning + Afternoon
We all know you can’t be in Seattle without trying out their biscuits. Try a MacGregor biscuit with Bavarian bacon at Honest Biscuits and try not to fall in love too much. Spend your morning at Discovery Park where you’ll be able to hike amidst 5500 acres of gorgeous scenery, meadows and a beautiful view of the coastline. There are all types of trails – from paved, to rough to meadows and forests, so you could easily spend your whole morning there.
The best part about the hike will be the views of the Mt Rainier lighthouse and Puget Sound in the distance. Grab some lunch at Chinooks, and then head back to your hotel to shower and get dressed!
Once you’ve had a rejuvenating shower (or nap) after this morning’s hike, spend your evening at the International District where you’ll get to enjoy Seattle’s bustling Japanese and Chinese spirit while having multiple dinner options to choose from. We recommend Uwajimay for specialty Asian food.
Day 4: Day trip to Mount Rainier Washington Park
One of our favorite things about Seattle is its sheer proximity to a plethora of different national parks, gorgeous soaring mountains and unparalleled natural beauty. You can choose between so many day trip options that will take you to places that completely juxtapose the ‘city vibe’ of Seattle.
Our favorite option, though, is definitely Mount Rainer. Only a short distance away from Seattle, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into paradise.
Now before you head over to Mount Rainier, here are a few things you should pack:
- Hiking Shoes that have been broken into.
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and a cap.
- Snacks, and a portable water bottle.
- pack your own lunch with you.
We recommend taking a tour to Mount Rainier instead of venturing out on your own, especially if you’re not a local. It’ll make things a lot easier for you when it comes to planning. If you still feel like going on your own, then you can either rent a car and drive for two hours, or hire a driver with a car!
Once you arrive at the mountain, you’ll get what all the hype is about. The place is simply majestic. It embodies all things “iconic” and “grand” and you’ll certainly get to understand why over 2 million people visit the mountain per year.
Now put on your hiking shoes and spend your day hiking in the lowland forest, snow-shoeing, and checking out cascading waterfalls. If you go with a tour, they usually offer lunch so you won’t have to worry about whether or not you’ve packed enough for the day!
Hope you had an early night the day before, but if you haven’t then some breakfast at Toulouse Petit with coffee will get you up and re-energized in no time! Spend your morning at Queen Anne Ave. window shopping, checking out the different stores, stopping for a coffee break at el Diablo and then arrive at your final stop – Kerry Park. If you’re into some sweeping panoramic vistas, then Kerry Park is pretty much the place for you.
After you’ve gone back down, visit the Seattle Center for all of Seattle’s top highlights and attractions. There you’ll find the iconic retro Space Needle (highly recommended to go up to the observation deck and enjoy the views), and the famed Monorail.
Your next stop will be the Chihuly Garden & Glass with its soaring steel and glass ceilings, glass artworks and much more. The Chihuly Museum houses some of Seattle’s greatest treasures, from unique exhibits to collections, to gorgeous glass sculptures. There are a staggering 8 galleries, so you’ll possibly spend the rest of your afternoon there.
By the time you’re done exploring the museum, you’ll probably be looking for a snack. There’s no better place to try Seattle’s famed oysters than at Taylor Shellfish.
Spend your evening in Ballard where you’ll get to check out the quintessentially Seattle Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars you can spend your evening at and we definitely recommend Sunset for some great drinks and live music.
We left the best for last, and for good reason! Spend your morning at Pike Place Market after you’ve grabbed a filling breakfast and coffee from Daily Dozen Doughnuts. The market will make you feel like you’ve been taken to Europe, with flower vendors, shops of all types, fresh food and much more! Don’t forget to check out the, albeit a bit gross, Gum Wall.
Stroll along the street until you reach the Seattle Waterfront with more shops that you can explore.
The Olympic Structure Park will be your next stop and the place you’ll get to see most of Seattle’s top sculptures in. Check out the Eye Benches and the Seattle Cloud Cover bridge. Your final stop will be the Seattle Art Museum.
The museum always hosts special exhibitions, ancient artwork, galleries, modern pieces, international collections and much more. They even had a Yves Saint Laurent exhibition once!
Stop for dinner at The Pink Door, a restaurant with a cozy ambiance and delish Italian cuisine. The cherry on top though is the evening show with live music and burlesque art.
If you still have some energy and you’re ready to hit the town, then Needle & Thread should definitely be on your to-do list. This speakeasy/cocktail bar will need a password (or a reservation), and you’ll get to enter through a real bank vault. Talk about adventure!
We recommend taking the latest flight out of Seattle so you can enjoy the city for just a few more hours. If you do have time, we recommend taking the Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. This tour will pretty much give you a glimpse into what Seattle used to look like back in the 19th century!