Visiting Seattle

The city that has it all — from fresh seafood to nature at your doorstep. Seattle is an urban retreat with a rich history in music, culture, and coffee. So while you’re here, don’t forget to add these awesome attractions, activities, and restaurants to your checklist.

Attractions

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Pike Place Market

You’ve probably seen its iconic sign and videos of fishmongers throwing, well, fish to and fro. But did you know that the Pike Place Market is actually one of the oldest continuously operated farmers’ market in the U.S.? Venture through this historical market to try some good eats, browse through artisan treasures, and visit the original Starbucks store.

Space Needle

This towering spectacle is what makes Seattle’s skyline so recognizable. Fun fact: it only takes a swift 41 seconds to reach the observation deck, thanks to an elevator that runs at 10 miles per hour. At the top, you’ll get stunning views of Seattle, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and the surrounding islands.

Gas Works Park

Get a beautiful view of the city from this park that’s on the National Register of Historical Places. The abandoned gasification plant and artificial kite-flying hill make this park one of the strangest and unique ones around town.

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The Gum Wall

This sticky work of art is a popular backdrop for many Seattleites and tourists. Yes, the city did remove over 2,350 pounds of gum from the wall, but it didn’t stop people from re-adding gum after the cleaning. Tradition just can’t be beat.

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The Waterfront

Seattle sits on the Puget Sound, which is home to a diverse range of wildlife, ranging from oysters to sharks to whales. If scuba diving isn’t your thing, you can take a stroll along the waterfront to stop for a ride on the Wheel, shop at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, or grab a seafood snack at Anthony’s.

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Fremont Troll

Modeled after the infamous fairy tale Three Billy Goats Gruff, this troll lives under a neighboring bridge. If you look closely, you’ll see that it’s clutching a VW Beetle.

Arts and Culture

Chihuly Garden and Glass

One of Seattle’s most beloved artists, Dale Chihuly, showcases his stunning collection of works in this indoor and outdoor exhibit. You’ll find eight galleries, the Glasshouse, and the Garden full of vibrant glass twisted and polished to form elaborate sculptures.

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EMP Museum

Seattle has a rich history in music, being the home of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and, of course, Sir Mix-a-Lot. Pop culture, video games, sci-fi — these are all themes that are covered in the museum’s dozens of exhibits.

Seattle Art Museum

Also referred to as SAM, this museum lives smack-dab in the middle of Downtown Seattle. Its exhibits boast classic to contemporary art from all across the globe.

Olympic Sculpture Park

Feel like a jog or evening stroll through an open-air museum? This nine-acre park is full of visual surprises, from the giant head to the Father and Son fountain.

Food

Don’t feel like going far? Trace is located right in the W Hotel, and they’re committed to creating a thoughtful culinary experience by fusing local personality with their commitment to integrity and socially responsible food. Their dishes are prepared from locally foraged and sourced, sustainable ingredients — or obtained through national partners with well-known sustainable practices.
Try out one of the best burgers around town at 8oz. Their burgers feature a creative medley of ingredients that have been locally sourced through sustainable, organic practices. Just a warning though: come hungry. You’ve got 8 ounces of meat ahead of you.
When you dive into Seattle’s food scene, you dive into another world. At Wild Ginger, you’ll get delectable dishes full of authentic Asian flavors. But most importantly, you should try the duck. No, really, order the duck.
Located on Seattle’s waterfront on Pier 54, Ivar’s Acres of Clams has a view that’s hard to beat. Indulge in Northwest seafood while taking in the landscape of Elliot Bay and passing ferries. And if it’s a nice day out, make sure to ask for a table on the open-air patio.

Coffee

As you may already be aware of, Seattle has an incredible coffee culture. Seattle Coffee Works is the only active coffee roastery in downtown Seattle and sources coffee beans directly from the farmers who grow them.
Storyville is a coffee shop on a mission. They donate to organizations who have a vision and a plan — but lack the funds — to end human trafficking. Check out the Pike Place location, where you can get a clear view of the iconic “Public Market” sign.
Located underneath Pike Place Market, Ghost Alley Espresso is the first in Seattle to serve coffee via modbar (a modular under-the-counter machine). You’ll find unique concoctions all brewed using local organic Northwest beans.
Want a taste of the beans served at the Four Seasons and Freds at Barneys? Fonté Café offers a European-style bistro in the heart of Downtown Seattle, just steps from Pike Place and the Seattle Art Museum.

Craft Beer

Cloudburst Brewing is the brainchild of the former Elysian experimental brewer. You’ll find 11 different taps featuring a rotating list of craft beers, from hoppy IPAs to rose-infused saisons.
This small, family-owned brewery has a tap list that sure packs a punch of flavor. The brews from Reuben’s have won over 30 World Beer Championship medals along with gold and bronze medals at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.
It’s rare to find a brewery in Seattle that doesn’t specialize in IPAs. Holy Mountain is one of the most talked-about breweries and was founded by three well-respected local brewers who craft yeast-driven, hop-forward, and barrel-aged ales and lagers.
Schooner Exact lives among a sea of warehouses in Seattle’s industrial district. You’ll find one of the most flavorful selection of rotating taps around at this family-friendly establishment. But if you only have time for one beer, go for the Hopvine IPA.