3 Days in Taipei: Suggested Itineraries
By Viator, September 2014
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
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
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
A geologists dream tour, explore the harbor city of Keelung on this four-hour tour from Taipei. A 40-minute drive northeast of Taipei, Keelung is one of ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)