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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.