A Seattle Travel Guide For Any Occasion
Seattle is a great city for a weekend trip or longer! This guide compiles a list of some of the best things to see and do while you're in Seattle.
Seattle is a fun city located in the Pacific Northwest. Don't let its reputation for rain and fogginess deter you from visiting: the city actually gets a surprising number of fair-weather day per year! And whatever the season and whatever the weather, you'll find plenty of activities to keep you occupied. In no particular order, here are some of our favorites:
1. Pike Place Market
This market is the oldest continually-run farmer's market in the United States. You'll find everything from fish to souvenirs, and there are tons of restaurants serving up some of the city's best. If you're feeling a little unsure about where to start your perusal of the market, there's a free tour of the market put on by Seattle Free Walking Tours which will tell you all about the history of the market and help you find those spots (like Rachel the Pig) that you really can't miss!
Located at 1st and Pike, just next to the waterfront. Open at the top level: M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM; other levels: daily 11AM-5PM.
2. Space Needle
Seattle's iconic Space Needle was built for the World's Fair and does indeed look like a UFO taking flight. It's one of the most-visited attractions in the city, and you can get great views from the top of it. It'll cost you $22 per adult and $13 per child over age four to go up, but you can often find coupons and Groupon deals so you can get a bit of a discount. Try to hit it on a clear day when you can see all the way out to Mt. Rainier.
Located at 400 Broad St. Open daily 8AM to midnight.
3. The EMP
Located on the grounds of the Space Needle, you'll find the EMP, or Experience Music Project. It combines a rockin' music museum with an out-of-this-world science fiction museum with a totally awesome pop culture museum, so you should find something interesting no matter what your tastes are. They've got a great selection of exhibits both permanent and temporary, and if you're going to be in the area anyway, it's well worth checking out! Note that adults can save $3 off the $25 regular admission fee by booking online through their site.
Located at 325 5th Ave (at the Seattle Center). Open summer daily 10AM-7PM, winter daily 10AM-5PM.
4. Seattle Art Museum
Not far from Pike Place Market, you'll find the Seattle Art Museum. It contains an impressive collection of works from around the globe and exhibitions that further flesh out their collections with styles from Impressionism to Modern and everything in between. Best of all, despite the recommended $19.95 entrance fee, they actually function on a pay-what-you-want basis, meaning that if you're only remotely interested in what they have to offer, you can pay whatever you feel your visit is worth. The museum is also free to all on the first Thursday of every month.
Located at 1st and Union. Open W-Su 10AM-5PM; open Th 10AM-9PM.
5. Kerry Park
If you're looking for that perfect shot of the Seattle skyline, this is the place for you. Here, you'll get that postcard-perfect view of downtown, including the Space Needle and Mt. Rainier off in the distance. Although it's a magnificent view no matter what time of day it is, one of the best times to go is around sunset on a clear night when you'll get some extra color in Mt. Rainier and the surrounding sky.
Located on Queen Anne Hill, Highland Dr.
6. Columbia Center
Looking for that great view of Seattle but reluctant to shell out for the admission fee at the Sky Needle or the Columbia Center's own Sky View Observatory? Instead, you can head up to the Starbucks on the 40th floor of the Columbia Center! From Monday through Friday, you'll get impressive views of the city, all for the price of a coffee. But shh, don't tell them I sent you!
Located at 701 5th Ave. Open M-F 5AM-6PM.
7. Museum of Flight
Although it's located a little outside of downtown, the museum of flight, built on the grounds of the original Boeing aircraft factory, is definitely worth a visit. You'll learn about the history of aviation from early experimental craft to WWI and WWII aircraft to our modern day jets to spacecraft and everything in between, all with beautifully laid-out exhibits that allow you to see the craft in question up close and personal. You can even do a walk-through of the Concorde and sit in the cockpit of an SR-71! The best day to visit is when there's a home game at CenturyLink field: you might get to watch the jets take off and land at Boeing Field when they do the fly-over of the stadium.
Located at 9404 E. Marginal Way South. Open daily 10AM-5PM; outdoor airpark closes at 4PM.
8. Professional Sports Games
Seattle is home to the NFL Seahawks team, the MLB Mariners team, and the MLS Sounders team, among others, and locals are fiercely supportive of their teams. Catch a game at CenturyLink or Safeco Fields during your time in Seattle and you definitely won't be disappointed. If you aren't interested in the sports, though, you might still want to look up when games are: traffic in and around the downtown area can get a bit hectic!
CenturyLink Field is located at 800 Occidental Ave S; Safeco Field is located at 1250 1st Ave. Hours and dates vary.
Looking for somewhere fun for a trip? Seattle should definitely top your list! There's plenty to see, do, and explore, regardless of your interests, budget, or timeframe. After all, there's a reason it's one of the most-visited cities in the US—get out and see it for yourself!
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