53 Best Places to visit and Things to do in Seattle, Washington

We created a list of top things to do in Seattle that you shouldn’t miss while visiting this ever-growing city. Some are totally touristy, although worthwhile, like the Smith Tower, Pike Place Market, and Kerry Park, but some places are secret treasure, like the Bainbridge Island tour, Green Lake Park, and an off-the-beaten-path gum wall.  

Seattle offers the best of both worlds: a bounty of indoor options, plus easy access to the region’s riches of outdoor beauty. This article is chock-full of tips on everything you can do when you are visiting the evergreen state of Washington

Seattle is packed with natural beauty, outdoor adventures, gorgeous lakes, and charming towns. Whether you want to try skiing or snowboarding, go on challenging hikes, camp on the beach, or paddle down rapids of the lakes, this city has it all. Whether it’s your first time in this Emerald City or you already have your favorite pizza place, this guide is for you!

Pike Place Market

One of the first places to visit when you are on a trip to Seattle, is Pike Place Market. Yes, it is crowded and flooded with tourists throughout the year. But if you haven’t touched this place in Seattle, you haven’t experienced the true essence of how the city of Seattle has transformed over the years. 

You must have heard of the iconic flying fish markets in Seattle. Well, this is where it all is. Apart from the fish tossing market, the famous Pike Place Market sign, Rachel the Piggy Bank, gum wall, the original Starbucks café, restaurants, over 200 local artisans selling their merchandise, and street performers, there are enough sights and sounds at Pike Place Market to behold. We are positive it will blow your mind away. Don’t forget to stop by the famous bakery Le Panier for a petit dessert pause and grab a bag of creamy meringues to take with you. 

Ample space for romantic escapades around the open-air plaza with a backdrop of Elliot Bay make this Marketfront one of the best Seattle attractions. 

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Address: 85 Pike St #500, Seattle, WASHINGTON 98101, United States | Timing: 24X7 | Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/WXsnTViR3d97iyt68  | Phone Number: +12066827453

Space Needle

Synonymous with Seattle, the Space Needle in Seattle Center, stands out as the timeless monument on Seattle’s silhouette from the last 60 years.  Among the best things to do in Seattle, the glass elevator in the Space Needle will take you to the observation deck at 160 meters in just 43 seconds, where you can adore the epic 360-degree view of Puget Sound, Seattle downtown, the majestic Mount Rainier, the Cascades, and the Olympic Mountains. There are cafeterias in Space Needle with plenty of seating facing outward to enjoy the sights while you munch. 

If you time your trip up the Space Needle around sunset, Seattle will look even more beautiful than usual. 

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