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Things to do in Seattle

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Welcome to Seattle

Set on the Puget Sound, with Mount Rainier framing the distinctive skyline, Seattle showcases an energetic mix of urban cool with rugged natural beauty. For an overview and incredible views, head to the top of the Space Needle. Back at ground level, browse the bustling stalls of Pike Place Market or brush up contemporary life at the Museum of Pop Culture. The Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Boeing factory provide more indoor diversions. Experience nature with a boat trip to the nearby islands or a day trip to the mountains. And when it rains, duck into one of Seattle’s famous coffee shops.

Top 10 attractions in Seattle

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Space Needle

Space Needle

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Seattle’s Space Needle, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinctive icons, rises 605 feet (184 meters) above the city. What was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River at the time of its construction—built for the 1962 World’s Fair—the tower features a rotating restaurant and an observation deck at 520 feet (158 meters) with 360-degree panoramic views over Seattle and its surroundings.More
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Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

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The cold, dark waters around Seattle hide an abundance of marine life, from orca whales to giant Pacific octopus to otters and salmon. The Seattle Aquarium helps visitors access this rich underwater world without getting wet. The experience involves touch tanks, daily dive shows, and plenty of exhibits showing off the area’s sea life.More
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Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square

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Pioneer Square, where Seattle’s founders first settled in 1852, is a bustling district in the southwest corner of downtown Seattle. The shop- and nightlife-laden neighborhood takes its name from the small, triangular cobblestone plaza known as Pioneer Square Park, and features a bust of Chief Seattle, an ornate pergola, and a totem pole.More
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Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

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Every day from dawn to dusk, Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market buzzes with locals and tourists alike, who come to browse the 150 stalls of fresh seafood, produce, flowers, artisanal products, and local art, plus see the numerous street performers wandering throughout.More
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Lake Washington

Lake Washington

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More than just the second-largest lake in all of Washington State, Lake Washington defines Seattle as a city intimately tied to the water. Residents and visitors alike come to Lake Washington to connect with the natural beauty of the landscape, which includes views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains.More
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Fremont District

Fremont District

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Seattle’s funky, irreverent, and always colorful Fremont neighborhood is a vibrant place to explore. The area bills itself as the “Center of the Universe,” and it’s a hotbed of interesting landmarks. Visitors stroll along the scenic Ship Canal and grab coffee, artisan chocolate, craft beer, or a full dinner at one of Seattle’s best restaurants.More
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Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park

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One of the oldest national parks in the United States, Mt. Rainier National Park was established in 1899 to preserve the wilderness surrounding Mount Rainier, an active volcano standing 14,410 feet (4,392 meters) above sea level. Encompassing 369 square miles (956 square kilometers) of old-growth forests and other protected land, it’s a must-do for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The park draws locals from Seattle and visitors from around the globe who come to hike among wildflowers meadows, take in the glacial scenery of the Pacific Northwest, and spot wildlife such as elk, black bears, and mountain goats.More
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Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle Great Wheel

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The Seattle Great Wheel is a can’t-miss icon that speaks to the fun-loving nature of the city’s residents. One of the biggest Ferris wheels in the US, the Seattle Great Wheel features enclosed gondolas that afford spectacular coastal views. It stands above 175 feet (53 meters) and weighs in at more than a quarter of a million pounds.More
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Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

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You can’t miss this colorful shrine to pop culture and creativity. When architect Frank Gehry designed the shimmering exterior, he made one of Seattle’s most eye-catching landmarks. From rock music to science fiction, film, and video games, it’s an immersive experience that includes interactive exhibits and treasured memorabilia.More
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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

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Olympic National Park covers a huge swath of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, encompassing rugged coastline, towering mountain ranges, temperate rain forests, and wildflower-filled lowland meadows. Home to some of the biggest stretches of old-growth forest remaining in the US, this misty Pacific Northwest park is the ultimate outdoor escape.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in Seattle

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Top activities in Seattle

Recent reviews from experiences in Seattle

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The best Seattle day trip!
Tony_LaMastra, Oct 2020
Seattle Private Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted
Since Covid has closed some attractions, she was able to put together a day for me that makes me can’t wait to come back!
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The ease of getting in to the sights
Brian_E, Sep 2020
Seattle CityPASS
The City pass is a great way to see the sights in Seattle.
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Best tour ever!
Evelin_C, Nov 2020
Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle
I also recommend bringing hiking shoes when traveling in the winter time.
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THIS is the "underground" tour to take!!
Chicago_Girl, Oct 2020
Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour
while emerging from the tunnels a couple of times to see the Pioneer Square neighborhood.
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Perfect Day Trip
Lisa, Sep 2020
Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour
The falls were beautiful as well.
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Amazing experience with Captain Steve
Ioana_O, Aug 2020
4-Hour Seattle City Tour
We had the chance to see all the highlights we hoped to, and more.
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A must do!
Paige, Jul 2020
Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise
Only had 1 day in Seattle so decided to see it from the water with 6:30 cocktail cruise.
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Great experience
Anne_C, Jul 2020
West Seatte Electric Bike Tour
Great way to see the city and neighborhoods of West Seattle.
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Captain Amy was awesome
Heather_B, Jun 2020
Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise
A beautiful way to see Seattle from the water.
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Much fun with tour guide Lance!
Markus_K, Mar 2020
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
No we know what to see next!
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Great Values
Rachel_R, Mar 2020
Seattle CityPASS
It kept you busy with Seattle's main attractions.
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Wonderful!
Shamsher_P, Mar 2020
Chef Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market- 2 Hours
Would highly recommend it to visitor coming into Seattle!
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Very informative!
jesiah a, Dec 2019
Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour
Nice to learn about seattle and then be able to see other attractions and already know how they came about:
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Unique Experience
Cyrus V, Nov 2019
Boeing Tour from Seattle
It was a great experience to see first hand how the planes we have flown on are assembled and produced.
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Good broad overview
camping4fun1, Oct 2019
4-Hour Seattle City Tour
Only bad thing is it’s hard to see out of shuttle buses.
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Educational and entertaining
NorthStar60121598687, Oct 2019
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
He drove us safely around the city while constantly providing information about landmarks and attractions.
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Refreshing
DealingSue, Oct 2019
Half-Day Guided Tour of Seattle City and Snoqualmie Falls
The Falls were a MUST SEE!
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Great!!
Gail S, Oct 2019
Half-Day Guided Tour of Seattle City and Snoqualmie Falls
Recommend this as a good way to see and hear about Seattle and the surrounding area.
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akolkin, Sep 2019
City Sightseeing Seattle Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Nice way to figure out what else you would like to see in Seattle, when you have more time
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Awesome
Deborah B, Aug 2019
Mt. Rainier Day Tour from Seattle
This trip to Mt Rainier was one of the best things to see and do in Seattle.

All about Seattle

When to visit

Pack a jacket and umbrella no matter the time of year, as Seattle lives up to its overcast reputation. It takes a little luck, but summer days can fly by without rain, and locals risk the chance by packing outdoor festivals. Summer highlights include big outdoor celebrations such as Seattle International Beerfest and Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.

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