I have lived in Seattle for 4 years now, and during these 4 years I have had over 15 visitors. All of my visitors wanted to do all the same touristy fun things so I have become quite the pro, in fact some days I consider making it a permanent job. So if you are coming to the Emerald City and want to know the “must do” things in Seattle, look no further than my list!
1. Space Needle
I believe this one goes without mention, however seeing the Space Needle is a must do when visiting Seattle. If you are able to go on a clear day you will get a 360 view of all the mountain ranges that Washington has to offer and a stunning view of our favorite peak Mount Rainier. It’s about $20 to go up and you can stay as long as you like but cannot go back up unless you pay for a night pass.
Bonus: Combine with the Chihuly exhibit for $32. The Chihuly exhibit is a beautiful assortment of artfully blown glass created by a Washington local Dave Chihuly. If you have time it’s a great escape from the rain if you are here during our rainy season.
Pike Place Market is an Iconic Seattle must see. You can view the famous “fish throwing” at the front of the market, purchase a $10 bouquet of wild flowers that would cost you over $30 elsewhere, or purchase a souvenir from the many local booths that set up in the hallways of the market. If you’re broke then just take it all in and try some of the many delicious samples that you will find in your venturing.
Bonus: Try the donut holes to the left of the fish throwing. Maple Bacon is my personal fave.
Famous for appearing the movie “10 Things I Hate About You”, the Fremont Troll is a unique monument to see while in Seattle. It is located in Fremont a few miles north of Pike Place. If you don’t want to take an uber you can always go on the “Duck Tour” which will take you right to the troll amongst other fun things. Oh and yes that is a real VW car the troll is holding.
4. Check out the view from West Seattle
The view from West Seattle is indeed one of my favorite Seattle views. To get to West Seattle on foot simply hop on the ferry and it will take you across the water to some incredible views of the Seattle skyline.
5. Go to Kerry Park
Kerry Park may possibly be the best view you will find in all the city of Seattle. Combine this with a cloudless sky and you will think you have landed in heaven. With a scenic Seattle skyline and Mount Rainer perfectly positioned in the background you will find a photographers dream.
6.Eat Fish and Chips
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Well when in Seattle, eat fish and chips. If you’re going to be on the coast you cannot leave without at least trying some of our famous fish and chips. It’s delicious fresh cod with tartar sauce that Long John Silver’s has no idea exists. My favorite place to get fish and chips is Red Mill or Market Arms in the neighborhood of Ballard, but really it’s so fresh no restaurant will lead you astray.
7. Sip on some local brew
Seattle is known for it’s micro brews and they grow by the day. A famous brewery “Fremont brewery” is in the same neighborhood as the Troll and a great place to stop during your travels. If you are looking for a fun day out check out Ballard and their many breweries. We currently live in Ballard and have 7 breweries all within a mile walk.
8. Take a walk on the wild side
So I know this post is about Seattle but the best part about living in Seattle is being able to get out of the city and see our beautiful mountains. A great hike I always suggest is Rattlesnake Ledge in the Snoqualmie mountains. It is about an hour outside the city and the hike usually takes around 2 hours, if you decide to eat a picnic lunch at the top. It’s only about 3 miles RT but if you are not in shape make sure and take it slow or at the top you will find yourself wanting to give up right before it gets really good!
9. Golden Gardens
Within my favorite neighborhood of Ballard you will find our “beach”. It looks like a true sandy beach but you probably won’t find anyone actually swimming in those cold waters. Instead pull up a chair by a fire pit and relax while gazing at the majestic Olympic mountains.
10. Hike inside the city
The next best thing to taking a drive outside the city for a hike, is to go to one of our many large parks and take a stroll on the trails. Discovery Park is a favorite of mine for many reasons. You will find a tough enough trail that will lead you from the forest right down to a rocky beach with a lighthouse to top it off. On your way back admire the old military base and glare in envy to the new owners of those houses who get to bask in the beauty of the Olympic mountains every day.
Seattle is full of things to do no matter what time of year. So come visit and you will realize why it is one of the fastest growing cities.
Is there anything you would add to this list?