No matter which season, The Pacific Northwest is always a great region to visit. Seattle is my favorite city and has been my home for the past year and a half.
Start off by buying the City Pass. You’ll save 45% off of 5 different attractions, skip most of the ticket lines, and get nine days to use the pass from first day you use it! With the CityPass you will have admission for:
• Space Needle
• Seattle Aquarium
• Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
• EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo
• Chihuly Garden and Glass OR Pacific Science Center
Firstly, Head to The Space Needle which offers a great view of the whole city and you can walk around on top. Be prepared, it will be windy! There is also a restaurant on top but it’s quite pricey. The great thing about your ticket is that you are granted access twice in one day, so you can watch the sunrise and come back for sundowners.
The Pacific Science Center is only a few minutes away from the Space Needle observatory. The museum is pretty impressive and will make you feel like a child again. You can try out so many things and learn about so much. From sea creatures that you can touch to the history of dinosaurs and IMAX movies, you won’t get bored! If you have children, it’s even better.
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See The Seattle Armory, a big fountain which is on during most seasons. Different artists perform there and you can listen for free, relax in the park and grab some food or a drink in the building of the armory and snack outside.
In this corner you will find the Museum of Pop (MPop), I would only recommend it if you are really into music, then it is definitely worth a visit. Otherwise I would say that’s something you can skip.
The monorail runs through this building where you can get to the other side of the city in only a few minutes. Here you can either pay with cash or with an ORCA card. You can get the orca card at Westlake Station, King Street Station and also some stores like Safeway. More information HERE
A great way to end your day is to take a bus to the famous Kerry Park. There you can enjoy a great view of downtown Seattle. Grey’s Anatomy fans might spot the house of Meredith!
When you’re done with the first part of downtown then you can either walk or take the monorail to the other side of the city. If you walk and the easiest way to do that is walking along 5th avenue until you approach Pier 66 where you can enjoy a nice atmosphere with coffee shops, restaurants and as you continue you will find some more tourist attractions.
The Seattle Aquarium for example is a pretty good one, especially if you wanna see sea otters. If you’ve already been to a bunch of aquariums in other cities you could skip it. If you want to get lunch there I’d recommend Ivar’s Seafood Bar. You can either eat inside the restaurant or get some clam chowder while enjoying a great view on the ocean or you can grab fish n chips outside of the restaurant which would be the cheaper alternative.
In this area you will also get to see the Ferris Wheel, if you like riding on big wheels like that then go for it! Another thing I really loved was Wing’s Over Washington. Get your tickets right across the entrance and enjoy a virtual reality flight over Washington State. It’s pretty short and costs 20$ if I remember that right. I would always do it again and prefer it to the Ferris Wheel and the Aquarium.
If you like visiting parks check out Gas Works Park, Golden Gardens or Alki Beach. The area around Lake Union and Belltown that you can reach by bus from downtown is also nice to see. At Lake Union you will find the Museum of History and Industry.
Head to Fremont District and go chocolate tasting at “Theo” and you can also see the Fremont troll holding a Volkswagen in his hands. Try some beer at the Fremont Brewery or visit Capitol Hill, which is another district with many bars, cafés, restaurants and rainbow crosswalks! Capitol Hill is also great for going to bars in the evening.