Seattle is a place you can go back to, and always find new things to do, foods to eat, and places to explore.
Visiting during the winter was way more interesting, and exciting than I thought. Prior to my trip I’d read reviews online saying winter was not a nice time to visit. Nonetheless, I was enrolled to a design course and was determined to find cool things to do while I was there.
And guess what? I did find a share of new activities, was able to beat the cold and see the top sights, and fell hard for the Christmas cheer.
So whether you visit in summer, autumn, winter or spring…here are the top 10 things to do in Seattle…
1. GO UP THE SPACE NEEDLE & ENJOY THE VIEWS WITH A NICE MEAL
To state the obvious, there’s no visiting Seattle (especially if it’s the first time you visit) if you don’t get to go up the iconic Space Needle. The views are amazing, and if you’re willing, you can sit for brunch, lunch or dinner in it’s rotating, 500 feet up SkyCity Restaurant.
What’s the iconic dish? SALMON!
Address: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
2. MARVEL AT CHIHULY GARDEN & GLASS
Just beside the Space Needle, you’ll come across this spectacular museum displaying large scale, glass sculptures. The ticket fare is no more than 20 bucks, and it’s absolutely worth a visit. I was mind blown to see so many pieces worked to perfection.
Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
3. EXPLORE PIKE PLACE MARKET
Pike Place Market is a unique, fun, and sometimes even a bizarre Seattle gem. Besides flower, fish, and food markets, you’ll get to discover many other shops in its mysterious floors offering clothes, magic tricks, vintage art, and many other cool things. There’re restaurants and coffeeshops here as well, making it easy for people to spend half a day or as much time they want to explore at their leisure.
Address: Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA, USA
4. SEE THE GUM WALL
You can see the Gum Wall when you’re exploring Pike Place Market. This urban work of art is famous for being weird, and disgustingly beautiful. It’s right outside the Market Theatre in Post Alley, in a side street off of the market. Visit to marvel at the concept of art, and how something so interesting can be created with simple materials. Every 2 years they clean the wall out, but people keep it alive by sticking more pieces of chewed gum every day!
Address: 1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
5. TAKE A WALK TO THE WATERFRONT
There’s a pedestrian access to the Waterfront from Pike Place Market Hillclimb. From the Gum Wall, just walk down, and keep going until you’re beside the Seattle Great Wheel, and up front with the water. This is a nice place to snap a photo of the Olympic Mountains. Take a look at mine!
If you wish to visit the Seattle Aquarium, you’ll find it right here as well, just steps away from the Great Wheel.
Address: Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
6. GET THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPH OF THE CITY FROM KERRY PARK
The word “park” in its name can be a bit misleading, because it’s rather an outdoor observatory, where you can spot this incredible view of the city. At night it truly comes alive with all those city lights!
Address: 211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98119, USA
7. VISIT THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
The Seattle Art Museum (SAM), especially the YSL exhibit, was the perfect combo to make any museum and fashion enthusiast excited. If you visit Seattle, look into current exhibitions to see if there’s something that catches your eye. The museum is organised, clean; the staff is friendly, and it’s exhibitions are worthy of the ticket fare.
Address: 1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
8. HEAD TO THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
The library is just as impressive inside as it is on the outside. Just step in, and walk around to let architecture and design impress your eyes. This is a great sight, and it’s absolutely free. I really enjoyed visiting the library because it made me analyse on how Seattle makes knowledge, culture, and all information available to everyone. The building truly is astonishing; worthy of the books it houses on the inside.
Address: 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
9. ORDER COFFEE AT STARBUCKS RESERVE ROASTERY & TASTING ROOM
Seattle has a great coffee scene. It’s no secret this is the American city for all coffee fanatics, which is why I couldn’t resist going coffeeshop hopping while I was there. Starbucks started in Seattle, and as opposed to the first Starbucks you can visit on Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room is spacious, and has sitting areas for people to relax, chat, and taste delicious coffee.
Address: 1124 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
10. STROLL DOWNTOWN
Part of the city experience is to walk downtown, where the buildings are high, and where the shops are. Seattle is a city where you can walk places, and the downtown area is definitely somewhere you can spend some time strolling around. Here you’ll find restaurants, shops, coffee-houses, and many others going by foot, just like you are.
Address: Downtown, Seattle, WA, USA
Have you ever been to Seattle? What was your favorite thing about the city?
Let me know on the comments!