I’ll make it easy for you by listing the places we’ve had the most fun sightseeing with visitors and then you can put together your own list based upon your schedule and location. Obviously you’ll want to put together a daily tour by seeing sights close to each other on the same day. And whether you want to spend a lot of coin at the elegant Met (Metropolitan Grill) or save your money for other things by eating at one of the famous (infamous?) Dick’s Hamburgers, be sure to plan time for Seattle’s great variety of food. Personally, I like taking people to Dukes Chowder House on Lake Union in Seattle because you can order anything from chicken club sandwiches to smoked plank salmon, taste their award-winning clam chowder, and devour French fries that are always just right. Along with that you have a view of seaplanes taking off and landing and some pretty incredible yachts!
Fun things to do – in no particular order:
Seattle Underground City Tour – Did you know there’s a whole city under the city? The tour is more than amazing because you really see and learn a lot in a very relaxed and humorous atmosphere. Be sure to go with your guests because we should all know what lies beneath! Unforgettable. Did you even know it was there? or WHY?
but scientists say it is one of the safest places to be in an earthquake because of the way it is designed.
Experience Music Project (EMP) – The actual very long name is Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame but we affectionately call it the EMP, or “that place that looks like a pile of shiny metal.” Whatever you call it, it’s one of the most unique tributes to music that you will ever find. The word “experience” in the name is a true moniker because it is truly an experience and well worth the visit if you love pop music. Its founder, Paul Allen, is a huge Jimi Hendrix fan, one of our many local rock stars who changed the sound of music and who inspired Allen’s idea for the Project. There is a Science Fiction Museum on the same site and the building itself sits on the Seattle Center property along with the Space Needle and the Monorail. Visit all of Seattle Center and check out the many amazing events that take place there daily. (Then take a quick monorail ride to downtown for lunch.)
SEATTLE POP MUSIC FUN FACT: Seattle was the first city in the US to play a Beatles song on the radio.
Seattle Aquarium – Most people know we eat a lot of fresh fish in Seattle, but we also love to look at them and learn about their natural habitats and the water's inhabitants. I think the Seattle Aquarium website says it all: “We invite you to visit our facility and stand within a circle of glowing jellyfish. Run your fingers along a sea anemone’s soft tentacles. Delight in the antics of the sea otters. Then come back for another visit — and an entirely different experience.“
the Wharf where the Aquarium is located, visit Pike’s Market and experience the wonder of the Seattle Aquarium all on the same day. You’ll find restaurants galore for those hungry moments, too. Nearby Carriage Rides are also a charming way to tour the city.
Museums – Museums – Museums –
Seattle Art Museum - Wing Luke Asian Museum – Olympic Sculpture Park - Seattle Center Experience Music Project and Sci-Fi Museum –
Frye Art Museum – Gold Rush Museum – Children’s Museum - Museum of History and Industry – Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center; (206) 374-4000) and our wonderful and unique Museum of Flight.
Sports – Sports – Sports –
Mariner’s Baseball game at Safeco Field , join the loudest fans in football as you see the Seahawks play at Quest Field, (now called CenturyLink) or watch our latest sports passion, The Seattle Sounders playing an exciting game of professional soccer. Your guests will be impressed by standing room only crowds and incredibly enthusiastic fans.
Quick tip: Even if a sporting event is sold out, you can usually find tickets on Craigslist or even EBay.
West Seattle – Alki Beach
Snoqualmie Falls . The Falls are always beautiful. Whether there’s a lot of water or not, its magnificence is a site to behold. The Salish Lodge located right there on the grounds above the Falls, is a lovely place to visit. Then drive down the road about 5 minutes and hit the North Bend Outlet stores. Spend the day enjoying the Northwest at its best and find some great deals, too.