I had the amazing opportunity to live and work in Seattle for a summer in 2015 and here is a small compilations of some of my favorite sites and things to do around Seattle. Whether you are a foodie, museum-lover or outdoor enthusiast there is a little something for everyone in Seattle.
The CityPASS is a great way to see the sites around the city center. For about $75 you get to go up the Space Needle twice, get entry into 3 museums (you have some choices) and take a ferry harbor cruise. The pass is valid for 9 days after the first day of use so it is a good deal if you have a couple days to spend in the city. I wasn’t able to do everything on the pass because of timing issues but even if you only do a couple things on the pass it is well worth the money.
- Space Needle– One of the most iconic landmarks of Seattle the Spaceneedle can often be a little overdone but going up is something everyone needs to do at least once. Make sure you go up at the right time of day to catch either a sunset, night scene or clear view of Mt. Rainer (which is visible from Seattle). Make sure to stop by the ticket counter in advance to book your ride up because the wait can often be several hours.
- Chihuly Garden and Glass– Right next to the Space Needle you will find Chihuly Garden and Glass. Chihuly’s glass sculptures are unique to glass blowing and take the field to a whole new scale. Although this museum/gallery is not very large the pieces inside are so unique and beautiful it is definitely worth checking out.
- EMP Museum- the Experience Music Project Museum also in the city center is a fun museum full of film, music, art and pop culture exhibits. I am by no means a museum enthusiast but the EMP musuem had unique exhibits and have a great flavor of Seattle culture, especially they music scene that seattlites are so proud of.
- Seattle Aquarium- What could be better than seeing some adorable otters at a cute aquarium right next to the Puget Sound. This is also a very kid friendly place to visit.
- Pike’s Place- Pike’s Place is a fun market place with produce, flower, seafood and craft venders. Although it is a little more expensive than going to the grocery store it is a must-see when visiting Seattle. In addition, the restaurants and shops around there are some of the best in Seattle. You can also check out the First Starbucks that is just down the street from the market.
- Museum of Flight/ Boeing Factory Tour- About a 45 minute drive north of downtown Seattle is the Boeing Factory in Everett. This is a cool place to check out for anyone interested in planes seeing how Boeing dreamliners and other large planes are built is pretty neat. You can take a tour of the gigantic factory (world’s largest building by volume) and see the Museum of Flight.
- Mt. Rainier
Mt. Rainier National Park is beautiful and only a 1.5 hour drive from Seattle. There is a stunning mountain, gorgeous green scenery and even some waterfalls. What more can you ask for? The Park is beautiful any time of the year but if you go during May or June you can catch the amazing wildflowers in bloom in front of the Mountain.
- Snow Lake
Snow Lake is about a 1.5 hour drive from Seattle because you have to go over the pass into the mountains, but the view on this trail is well worth it. Since it is pretty far out from the city it is quieter and more natural than the other hikes. Its a pretty easy 4 mile round trip to the lake and the lake is the one of the clearest I have ever seen!
- Snoqualmie Fall
Snoqualmie Falls is about a 45 minute drive from Downtown Bellevue but you only have to walk about 15 minutes down to the fall and its a beautiful view. This is a great place to go to have a picnic with a view and/or go tubing during the warmer months.