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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. Once 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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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, as well as see the numerous street performers wandering throughout.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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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. Encompassing 369 square miles (956 square kilometers) of old-growth forests, wildflower meadows, glacial scenery, and wildlife, it’s a must-visit for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.More
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Seattle Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront

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When a city has an enviable location on a large body of water, like Puget Sound, the waterfront becomes a top attraction. This is definitely true in Seattle, where the nearly 20-block stretch along the water is home to restaurants, hotels, markets, shops, and more than a dozen piers.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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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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Lake Union

Lake Union

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Just north of downtown Seattle, the glacially carved freshwater Lake Union is ringed with houseboats—including the one made famous by the movieSleepless in Seattle—and home to numerous recreational opportunities. The lake is a true urban gem, contributing to Seattle’s high standard of living.More
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Seattle Center

Seattle Center

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Spread across 74 acres (30 hectares) in the heart of the city, Seattle Center was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and today houses many of the city’s top attractions. This is where you’ll find the Space Needle, International Fountain, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Pop Culture, and Seattle Children’s Museum.More

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Top activities in Seattle

Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle

Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle

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Seattle CityPASS

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Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Seattle Harbor Cruise

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Chef Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market- 2 Hours
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Best of Mount Rainier National Park from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
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Half-Day Guided Tour of Seattle City and Snoqualmie Falls
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4-Hour Seattle City Tour
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Leavenworth Day Trip from Seattle through the Cascade Mountains
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Seattle Locks Cruise

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Seattle Indoor Skydiving Experience with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate
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Woodinville Wine & Snoqualmie Falls: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour from Seattle
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Recent reviews from experiences in Seattle

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First Seattle Experience
Abisai_O, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
You get to see a whole bunch of interesting parts around the city that I wouldn’t have thought to visit on my own.
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Daniel did a great job driving and describing the scenery. He took excellent care of us.
WA_B, Nov 2021
Leavenworth Tour from Seattle
The water falls were spectacular and Leavenworth has very interesting architecture.
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Must try!
Stephanie_O, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
A perfect way to see Seattle in such short amount of time.
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Gorgeous Hike
Tiffany_C, Nov 2021
Hike the Gorgeous Trails in Washington
High reward for such a short hike (under 4 miles) and got to see everything I was hoping to see.
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Good times and surprises
bevnarburgh, Oct 2021
Roll the Dice Tour: Throw caution to the wind, dealer's choice tour!
So much fun to see Seattle through the eyes of a passionate local.
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See the city from underground
Anonymous, Oct 2021
Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour
Very interesting history of Seattle and fun to see the city from beneath the streets!
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Beautiful views
Cynthia_G, Oct 2021
Seattle CityPASS
This is a very convenient pass to see alot of the attractions in Seattle.
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Great Market Overview
barbara_a, Oct 2021
Pike Place Market Food Tour
Chip was really knowledgeable on every aspect, as well as a good reference for other things to do in Seattle.
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National Park Marvel!
Marsha_N, Oct 2021
Mt. Rainier Day Tour from Seattle
And we saw snow at other points as well, several waterfalls, wildflowers.
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Perfect view
JOSHUA_B, Oct 2021
20-Minute Narrated Seattle Seaplane Flight from Lake Washington
It was such a great ride and wonderful way to see Seattle.
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Great tour outside of Seattle
Dean_S, Oct 2021
Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour
The wine tasting was great as were the falls.
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Must Do Tour- Highlights of Seattle!
David_C, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
It was a great way to see the high lights of Seattle.
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Great tour, great price!
Camille_M, Oct 2021
Seattle Harbor Cruise
Great way to see the city of Seattle!
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Great tour!
Walter_W, Sep 2021
Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour
Great to see how the town of Seattle was built.
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Fantastic Day Tour
Monica_B, Sep 2021
Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour
The waterfall is beautiful and we had ample time for pictures.
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A wonderful time.
JENNIFER_H, Sep 2021
Seattle Harbor Cruise
Out on the harbor we had a chance to see a beautiful Seattle skyline and a few porpoises and seals.
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Enjoyable day
Harold_S, Aug 2021
4-Hour Seattle City Tour
CAPT Steve gave us history and on-site to many of Seattle’s neighborhoods as well as the regular tourist attractions.
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Great tour!
Amy_S, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
The tour was a fun way to see Seattle on our first day and decide where we wanted to spend more time on the rest of our trip.
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Karen_B, Aug 2021
Seattle CityPASS
Perfect for a short trip to visit Seattle.
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Seattle and the Amazing Snoqualmie Waterfall
Olan_H, Aug 2021
Half-Day Guided Tour of Seattle City and Snoqualmie Falls
Seeing Snoqualmie Falls was the best part of the tour.

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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