If You Only Have Three Days in Seattle
Collected by Stephanie Perry , AFAR Local Expert
If you only have three days in Seattle, here’s how to make the most of it. Day 1: Visit the Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market. Stroll the waterfront, grab some fish and chips, and watch the sunset at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Day 2: Head to the Seattle Center for the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, and EMP/Sci-fi Museum. Day 3: Take Pioneer Square’s Underground Tour, admire the view at Smith Tower, then chill in Capitol Hill for shopping, drinks, and dinner.
1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Look UP--contrary to popular perception, Seattle isn't ALWAYS grey. There can be stretches of summer when one might almost believe (almost) that Puget Sound lies in a Mediterranean climate zone: lavender in bloom, Italian restaurants with tables...
1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Taking just the 'right' wrong turn on a visit to Pike Place Market can land you in Post Alley, where spearmint, wild cherry, and tropical punch bubble gum drizzles down the window panes and grape, peppermint, and lemon ice gum-cicles form from...
108 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Seattle has become a cupcake town; you can (and I have) had entire conversations debating the merits of various cupcake shops. Cupcake Royale is one of the best, and definitely worth a visit. They have rotating monthly flavors (pictured is the...
1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Yes, you read that right... "Keep clam" is the motto at Ivar's famous Seattle seafood restaurants. Ivar's has plenty of locations around town, from the casual fish-and-chip stands to the fancier waterfront Acres of Clams and Salmon House, but all...
2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Art. Outdoors. Free. Just north of downtown Seattle, on a 're-purposed' terraced hillside overlooking Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains beyond, is the Olympic Sculpture Park. On an uncharacteristically clear January afternoon, this sculpture...
370 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Far and away Seattle's most iconic structure, the Space Needle really isn't that old—built in 1962 for the World's Fair (along with several other buildings like the Pacific Science Center and Key Arena), it celebrated its 50th anniversary in...
305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
The recently opened Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle is one of the most amazing art experiences I've ever had. It was one gorgeous room after another filled with Chihuly's work, each room with a theme like sea life or flowers. The rooms...
325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Seattle Center's most well known attraction is, of course, the Space Needle. Yet make sure you mark out plenty of time in your day to stroll over to its young, brash neighbor: the EMP Museum. This sheet metal fever dream of Frank Gehry is home to...
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
One of Seattle's most postcard-friendly areas, Pioneer Square is a beautiful, historical neighborhood with plenty to do. The galleries come alive for First Thursday art walks, not to mention the delicious lunch spots, quirky boutiques, and vibrant...
102 Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Seattle has plenty of history — and if you believe the ghost hunters, it’s had its fair share of grisly deaths and eerie spirits, too. Based in Pioneer Square, Spooked in Seattle’s lively (and occasionally corny) 90-minute walking tour takes you...
614 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
The Underground Tour is one of Seattle's most iconic attractions and a definite must-do for visitors. Sure, the tour guides tell corny jokes, but the history really is fascinating: in the late 1800s, after a devastating fire and chronic flooding...
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
If you see a line stretching around the block and think, "No way," then Salumi isn't for you. But if you see a long line and think, "I want what they're waiting for!" bring a book and get ready for one of the messiest, meatiest, richest sandwiches...
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
For decades, Elliott Bay Books has been one of Seattle's best bookstores. So, a few years ago, when it was announced that the venerable institution was going to leave its historic Pioneer Square neighborhood digs, there was widespread...
1622.5 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Molly Moon's Ice Cream. I remember when my husband and I moved to Seattle, we had friends who took us to all of their favorite hole-in-the-wall, funky places but this was one of the most memorable. Their menu is simple and divided into two parts:...
1635 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Cal Anderson Park (named after Washington's first openly gay legislator) is located at the Pike/Pine nexus of gay-friendly, hipster-filled Capitol Hill. With plenty of grassy lawns for picnics, reading, or playing bocce ball, it's no surprise that...
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