This beautiful and rainy city is nestled between mountains, the puget sound, and evergreen forests. With incredible restaurants, the futuristic Space Needle, breathtaking nature, and a unique city culture, you’ll never be bored in Seattle.
Currency: US Dollar
SEA – Seattle-Tacoma International
Electrical Outlets: 120V supply voltage and 60Hz
Accommodation – I recommend staying downtown, near Pike Place Market. This way, you’ll be able to walk to the majority of the top things to do in the city. I stayed at the Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown and it worked out perfectly for my weekend trip.
Getting Around – I flew into Seattle-Tacoma International airport and took Lyft downtown. There are decent options for biking or taking buses around the city. You can also take the monorail for set routes of travel. I mostly walked since I just explored the heart of the city, and then took Lyft if I was going a further distance.
I’d recommend renting a car if you want to get outside the city at all, to visit Mount Rainier for example. Otherwise, you don’t need one.
Ellenos Yogurt, Beecher’s Cheese, Storyville Coffee, Le Panier, Piroshky Piroshky, Rachel’s Ginger Beer, and Seattle Bagel Bakery. There are endless food options in this little market, but these top ones get really busy. If you’re planning to come on a weekend, be sure to get there early because the lines will really start adding up later in the morning. There is also a bakery with a ton of gluten free options that I visited twice. Be sure to check out Cinnamon Works. Pike Place Market: Probably the most iconic destination in Seattle, but in my opinion, this spot is not overhyped. I loved exploring this huge market selling everything from flowers to donuts, from local produce to the fresh catch of the day. I tried some of the more popular foods such as:
original Starbucks, located right at Pike Place Market. There is ALWAYS a line to get in, so I recommend going off peak hours, and weekdays are better. At this Starbucks you will find exclusive merchandise branded for the Original Starbucks as well as an espresso roasted specially for this location. Definitely worth a stop! Original Starbucks: Grab a coffee at the first and
Gum Wall: This equally disgusting and amusing sight is located in an alleyway in Post Alley under Pike Place Market. This wall covered in chewed gum is part of the Market Theater box office and the tradition of sticking gum to the wall was started by patrons of the Seattle improv comedy company, Unexpected Productions’.
Buy a ticket ahead of time ($35 for general admission) for a timed entry to the top of the Space Needle. You will take a glass elevator up to the top and explore the two-story, indoor-outdoor observation deck. There are even photographers that will scan your ticket and take a professional photo for free! Space Needle: I was hesitant to buy my ticket to the top thinking it would be touristy and gimmicky, but on a clear day, it is worth it for the view!
online. For $16 per adult, you go around about 3 times and the ride is a total of about 15 minutes. Seattle Great Wheel: Another iconic part of the Seattle skyline, this huge ferris wheel set out on the pier over the sound is a great way to get a spectacular view of the city and water. You can purchase tickets at the gate on Pier 57, or ahead of time
Gas Works Park: A unique park a little outside the city, Gas Works Park offers great views of Seattle from across the water. You will see infrastructure from the former Gas Light Company gasification plant, which adds a cool history and attraction to this otherwise simple park.
Ballard Farmers’ Market. You will find 100+ local vendors selling goods all-year-round. Ballard Farmers’ Market: Sundays from 9 AM to 2 PM, check out the
Capitol Cider (fully gluten free menu!!!) or Nirmal’s, or just head over to the neighborhood in the evening and see what you find! Capitol Hill: This diverse neighborhood is home to some of Seattle’s best restaurants, bars, and clubs. Check out one of my top restaurants such as
Kerry Park: This is another spot for a spectacular view of the Seattle skyline. Kerry Park is a little public park located on Queen Anne Hill.
Bainbridge Island for a day trip. Ferry Ride: I didn’t have a chance to go on a ferry ride when I was visiting Seattle, but I was itching to get out on the water! With the most expansive ferry network in the United States, you are sure to find a trip that works for you. Many people enjoy heading out to
(limited to what I was able to try)