3 Days in Taipei: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, January 2015

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Taipei, the capital and largest city in Taiwan, has everything you’d want from a big city: monuments and museums, a buzzing nightlife, a rich food culture, easy transportation and some of Asia’s best shopping. Most travelers who come to Taiwan use Taipei as a base for exploring the rest of the island, and in three days, you should have plenty of time to see all the highlights.

Day 1: City Overview

Start your first day in Taipei with a trip to the top of its highest building, the Taipei 101. The world’s fastest elevator whisks you to the 89th floor, where an audio tour will point out some of the city’s major landmarks from the 360-degree windows. Check out the views from the outdoor observation deck, or mail a postcard from one of the highest mailboxes in the world.

After some shopping in the Taipei 101 mall, grab a lunch from the basement grocery store and head to the nearby Chiang Kai Shek Memorial for a picnic in the park. Now that you’ve had an survey of the city, get a sampling of Taiwanese cuisine with a visit to the Shilin Night Market for a dinner of inexpensive and delicious street food.

Day 2: History and Culture

Taiwan has a very rich history, one you’ll explore today with a morning visit to the National Palace Museum. Considered one of the best museums in the world, the National Museum displays a collection of art, artifacts and relics spanning 8,000 years of Chinese and Taiwanese history.

After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring one of Taipei’s many temples. Longshan, the most popular, is a Taoist temple dating back to the early 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. As evening approaches, catch a cab to the Elephant Mountain trailhead for a short hike to watch the sun set behind the iconic Taipei 101.

Day 3: Taipei Outdoors

Taipei is lucky enough to have a national park within its city limits. Get an early start for a day of hiking in Yangmingshan National Park, where you’ll find high peaks, rolling hills, waterfalls and mountaintop meadows waiting to be explored.

In the evening, relax those tired muscles with a soak in the famous Beitou Hot Springs. If you’re interested in the long history of thermal spas in Taipei, make sure to visit the Beitou Hot Springs Museum before you leave.

Tours & Tickets

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Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour from Taipei

4.5 star rating: Recommended 246 Reviews

See one of the seven wonders of Asia, the Taroko Gorge. Take a train ride to Hualien from Taipei to see this great wonder, a must-do while in Taipei.

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00

Chiufen Village (Jiufen) and Northeast Coast Half-Day Tour from Taipei

4 star rating: Recommended 138 Reviews

Explore the Northeast Coast of Taipei and stroll through the Chiufen Village also known as Jiufen on this four-hour tour from Taipei. Drive to the east coast ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.00

Private Tour: Taroko Gorge Day Trip from Taipei

View the natural and cultural highlights of Taroko Gorge, one of the Seven Wonders of Asia, on a private day trip from Taipei. Receive the expertise of a ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $220.51

Taipei Half-Day City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 125 Reviews

Get a glimpse of Taipei on this three-hour tour. See how the people live in this interesting city. Visit Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Martyrs's Shrine, a ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.99

Pingxi Day Trip From Taipei: Old Pingxi Railway Line and Sky Lantern Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Travel on the historical Pingxi railway line to this remote mountain town renowned for its annual Sky Lantern Festival. Following a hike on Mt Xiaozi and Mt ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00

3-Day East Coast and Hualien Tour from Taipei

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Taiwan’s east coast on a 3-day small-group tour from Taipei. Traveling by luxury vehicle to Hualien, you’ll enjoy this ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $395.00

Taipei Layover Tour: Private City Sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transport

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

See the best of the Taipei on a private layover tour, with round-trip transport from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport! The Airport is approximately 24.5 ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 4-5 hours

From USD $94.00

Tea of Taipei: Small-Group Tour with Taipei City Sightseeing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy a tea and sightseeing tour steeped in history from Taipei! Taste the Guanyin variety and learn how it is prepared at the Taipei Tea Promotion Center, ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00

Taipei Unlimited Attractions Pass

Choose from more than 35 of Taipei's top attractions for free entry plus additional benefits with your Unlimited Attractions Pass. Take a day tour to the ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: Varies

From USD $74.00

Taipei Night Tour including Mongolian BBQ Dinner

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 42 Reviews

Taipei comes alive at night and the city is a buzzing. This 3.5-hour night tour of Taipei starts with a delicious Mongolian barbeque dinner at a downtown ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.99

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