Get ready to enjoy top-notch coffee shops, breathtaking views, and one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the United States.
Though you might have heard that it “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” we can assure you that Seattle, the largest city in Washington (and the Pacific Northwest), is a vibrant, exciting place to visit — and one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States.
And yes, it’s the birthplace of grunge music! Home to world-famous bands including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam, Seattle is a hotbed of creativity, and the passion for innovation and forward-thinking continues today, with a blossoming art and music scene, culinary hotspots, and a slew of startups calling the city home every year. With gorgeous ocean views, historical sites, exciting attractions, a temperate climate, and an easily accessible airport, Seattle is a wonderful place to visit any time of year.
Pike’s Place Market – First opened on August 17, 1907, Pike’s Place Market is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers markets in the United States — and with good reason! The market is full of some of the finest artisans, craftspeople, farmers, and small businesses in the city, and is known as the “soul of Seattle.” Plus, there are plenty of delicious restaurants in the market to get a true taste of the Pacific Northwest.
Starbucks – You have probably had one of Seattle’s most famous exports: Starbucks coffee. The ubiquitous coffee chain originally opened in Seattle, Washington, on March 30, 1971, and has since taken the world by storm with its famous beans. Visit the original storefront in Pike’s Place Market, or head over to the Seattle Roastery for an immersive and dramatic experience, located just nine blocks from the original shop.
Take in a Game – Seattle is home to plenty of professional sports teams, so if watching a game is up your alley, you’re in luck! Notable teams include the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, and the MLB’s Seattle Mariners.
Sky View Observatory – If you’re looking for great views of the city, look no further than the Sky View Observatory, the tallest public observatory in the Pacific Northwest. You’ll enjoy breathtaking, 360-degree views of the city and all of its magnificent scenery and landmarks. Take the elevator to the 73rd floor in just 70 seconds to see the best sights Seattle has to offer, including the Space Needle, Safeco Field, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, San Juan, and the Olympic mountains.
Discovery Park – In Seattle, you’re always near nature — in fact, there are more than 450 parks within the city limits, but if you’re going to pick one, our recommendation is Discovery Park. As the largest urban park in Seattle, Discovery Park is located on Magnolia Bluff overlooking the Puget Sound, with jaw-dropping views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. There’s also miles of protected tidal beaches, open meadow lands, sea cliffs, forest groves, sand dunes, thickets, streams, and more. It’s both free and fun for the whole family!
Seattle Harbor Cruise – To take in a little culture during your visit, the Seattle Harbor Cruise is a great way to learn more about the city and bask in its beauty during a scenic one-hour cruise. You’ll learn about Seattle’s evolving skyline, historic downtown, and shipping port, with an expert guide narrating throughout the ride. Soak up the panoramic views of Elliott Bay and get ready to leave with a deep understanding of the waterfront city’s heritage and history.
Space Needle – Located in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, the Space Needle is one of the defining features of Seattle’s skyline. Standing at 605 feet, the structure features an observation deck that only takes a mere 41 seconds to get to on the elevator. Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the tower was designed to be a symbol of humanity’s Space Age aspirations. With its stunning views and cultural significance, you shouldn’t leave town without experiencing this landmark.