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Seattle is a beautiful city that is full of personality. The artsy vibe, the vast amount of green space, the location on Puget Sound, and the diversity of the people make it one of my favorite cities on the West Coast. In three days, you can experience the best of what Seattle has to offer.

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

15 Places

3 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Turkish Delight

Restaurants

Pike Place Market

Flea & Street Markets

Original Starbucks

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Coffeehouses

The Gum Wall

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Space Needle

Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues

Day 2

Fremont

Neighbourhoods

Caffe Ladro

Restaurants

Portage Bay Goods

Gift & Speciality Shops

Fremont Troll

Monuments & Statues

Gas Works Park

Parks

Day 3

CenturyLink Field

Arenas & Stadiums

Safeco Field

Arenas & Stadiums

REI Climbing Pinnacle

Other Outdoor Activities

Olympic Sculpture Park

Parks

Seattle Waterfront

Piers & Boardwalks

Joshua S's City Tips

  • Be sure to check out the little cafes and coffee shops. It's hard to beat a cup of coffee from Seattle!
  • Fresh seafood is a must when visiting Seattle.
  • Be sure to pack your rain gear, as Seattle is known for its cloudy weather.
    Day 1
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    Turkish Delight
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish)
    Joshua S Says:

    Turkish Delight is a great place to start your day with a little snack... or you might find yourself addicted to the baklava and spend the rest of your day here. Either way, be adventurous and try something new! And if you can, take some time to talk with the hospitable owners!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • I would recommend trying the baklava and "Turkish Delight." Both are amazing!
    • Turkish Delight is located very close to Pike Place Market, an easy walk to the popular attraction.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #556 of 2,899 restaurants in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Authentic Turkish Lunch in the heart of Markets in Seattle 06/08/2016
    • went back twice for more Turkish Delight 29/06/2016
    • Turkish Delight
    Address:
    1930 Pike Pl
    Seattle, WA 98101-1013
    Phone:
    (206) 443-1387
    Other:
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    Pike Place Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Joshua S Says:

    Pike Place Market is the classic 'must see' in Seattle. You can find fresh seafood catches of the day, amazing Washington produce, beautiful flowers, craft stores, and plenty of touristy shopping in one prime location. With the diversity of local culture and the variety of people who visit on a daily basis, it's also a fun place for people watching. Don't miss out on this unique Seattle experience!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Pike Place tends to be a busy place, so be prepared to fight through some crowds.
    • Hang around one of the fish stands long enough to watch the famous fish throwing!
    • The Market is open 9am to 6pm (9am to 5pm on Sundays).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 419 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool market to stroll round 29/08/2016
    • gotta visit if in Seattle 29/08/2016
    • Pike Place Market
    Address:
    Between Pike and Pine sts. at First Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98101
    Phone:
    206-682-7453
    Other:
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    Original Starbucks
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Coffeehouses
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    Joshua S Says:

    Yes, this is the original Starbucks. The place where it all began. The first outpost of one of the largest coffee chains in the world (if your hometown is anything like mine, there is probably a Starbucks on just about every street corner.) If you are looking for the best coffee in Seattle I would look elsewhere, but the iconic nature of the first Starbucks makes it a worthwhile stop!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The line tends to stay fairly long throughout the day. Don't think of this as a quick coffee stop, think of it more as a tourist attraction.
    • The Original Starbucks is within easy walking distance of Pike Place Market.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 215 Nightlife in Seattle
    • Over-hyped? 29/08/2016
    • Starbucks is Nice, HOWEVER ! 29/08/2016
    • Original Starbucks
    Address:
    1912 Pike Pl
    Corner with 1st Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98101-1013
    Phone:
    2064488762
    Other:
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    The Gum Wall
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Joshua S Says:

    The Gum Wall is as gross and cool as it sounds. Literally thousands of people have visited, chewed their gum, and added to the massive collection stuck to this section of wall in downtown Seattle. Some people get creative and actually make gum sculptures, but even if you just throw your gum on the wall, it's a fun stop for a few pictures.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Gum Wall can be a challenge to find, but if you ask any local or shop keeper in Pike Place they can point you in the right direction.
    • Don't forget to bring your own gum to add!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 419 things to do in Seattle
    • Interesting 29/08/2016
    • A sticky sort of mess 28/08/2016
    • The Gum Wall
    Address:
    1428 Post Aly
    Seattle, WA 98101-2034
    Other:
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    Space Needle
    Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues
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    Joshua S Says:

    The Space Needle is by far the most notable piece of architecture in Seattle's skyline. It also offers some incredible sweeping views of the city and surrounding area. If you're not a fan of heights you might prefer simply appreciating the Space Needle from the ground, but if you're willing to ride to the top you'll be rewarded with a bird's eye view like none other!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you want a luxurious dinner with a view to top off day one in Seattle, look no further than the restaurant at the top of the Space Needle!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 419 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If your visiting Seatlle you gotta do this. 29/08/2016
    • best view 29/08/2016
    • Space Needle
    Address:
    400 Broad Street
    Broad St. and Fifth Ave. N
    Seattle, WA 98109-4607
    Phone:
    +1 800-937-9582
    Price range:
    US$ 22 - US$ 22
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    09:00 - 23:30
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Fremont
    Neighbourhoods
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    Joshua S Says:

    One of my favorite neighborhoods in Seattle is Fremont. It has an almost small-town feel even though it's located less than 15 minutes away from Downtown Seattle. Take time to explore the vintage antique stores and quaint cafes. Even just walking the streets of Fremont makes for a fun and relaxing morning.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes. Fremont is a great place to explore on foot!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 419 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Happening area! 29/08/2016
    • Cute party of town 22/08/2016
    • Fremont
    Other:
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    Caffe Ladro
    Restaurants
    Joshua S Says:

    Start your day with a relaxing morning at Caffe Ladro. There are multiple locations around Seattle, but I would recommend the Fremont location for a chill atmosphere that's great for just hanging out. After a good read or a good conversation with friends and a cup of Washington coffee, you'll be more than ready for a fun day in Seattle!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try some of the delicious pastries to go along with your coffee drink of choice.
    • Caffe Ladro is only a five minute walk from Portage Bay Goods and a ten minute walk from the Fremont Troll, so I recommend you continue your day there!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #877 of 2,899 restaurants in Seattle
    • stop on coffee crawl 06/08/2016
    • Possibly the best coffee I've ever had! 12/07/2016
    • Caffe Ladro
    Address:
    452 N 36th St
    Seattle, WA 98103-8631
    Phone:
    (206) 675-0854
    Other:
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    Portage Bay Goods
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Joshua S Says:

    Portage Bay Goods is a one of a kind, quirky gift shop. When you walk through the doors, you never really know what you will find. It's a great place for random Seattle Souvenirs, fun gifts for your kids, or a perfect find for your eccentric relative back home. No matter what you buy, you'll walk away with a unique part of Seattle's culture.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Portage Bay Goods is only a five minute walk from Caffe Ladro and a five minute walk from the Fremont Troll.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #131 of 165 Shopping in Seattle
    • Nice little shop 30/04/2016
    • Great Place For Everyone 09/04/2007
    • Portage Bay Goods
    Address:
    621 N 35th St
    Seattle, WA 98103-8608
    Phone:
    +1 206 547 5221
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Fremont Troll
    Monuments & Statues
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    Joshua S Says:

    The Fremont Troll is a perfect example of Seattle's artistic and offbeat lifestyle. Think about it, who actually builds a troll statue under a bridge? Seattle does! This giant statue is actually quite impressive and it is a great spot for pictures. Who knows, maybe your next Christmas card picture can be with a giant troll!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Fremont Troll is a five minute walk from Portage Bay Goods and a ten minute walk from Caffe Ladro.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 419 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Weird and fun 29/08/2016
    • Great place for a photo in a great neighborhood. 28/08/2016
    • Fremont Troll
    Address:
    North 36th St.
    Freemont District
    Seattle, WA
    Other:
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    Gas Works Park
    Parks
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    Joshua S Says:

    Gas Works Park might be my favorite spot in Seattle. It's a beautiful green space with one of the best views of downtown (across Lake Union.) An added bonus is the unique architecture that's great for artistic photography. Grab some lunch to-go and spend your afternoon picnicking here! It's a wonderful spot to enjoy the outdoors like a local!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Gas Works Park is a short drive from the Fremont area. Grab lunch in Fremont and bring it along for a picnic.
    • Make sure to bring your camera!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 419 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a view of Seattle and the Bay! 28/08/2016
    • An opportunity to get up close to an industrial work site 28/08/2016
    • Gas Works Park
    Address:
    3300 Meridian Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103-9150
    Phone:
    206-684-4075
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    CenturyLink Field
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Joshua S Says:

    What better way to jump into local culture than by joining the 12th man for a Seahawks game! Century Link Field is located right on Puget Sound and is known across the country for its passionate Seahawk supporters. If you're a football fan, being part of the electric atmosphere at the game is an opportunity you don't want to pass up!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Games are usually on Sundays, which makes for a great weekend activity!
    • Make sure you dress according to the weather and be prepared for the possibility of rain.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 419 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pre Season game 29/08/2016
    • BEAUTIFUL CENTURY LINK FIELD!! 29/08/2016
    • CenturyLink Field
    Address:
    800 Occidental Ave S
    Seattle, WA 98134
    Phone:
    206 381 7555
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Safeco Field
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Joshua S Says:

    Get a taste of Seattle's sports crowd at a Mariners game! You'll love joining in with the locals to support their team — whether it's football, soccer, or baseball, Seattle is known for having some of the best fans in the country!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Games can fall throughout the week, so check out the schedule before your trip.
    • Century Link Field and Safeco field are located within walking distance of each other and are both near Seattle's waterfront.
    • This is a good alternative to CenturyLink Field, if football isn't your thing.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 419 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ideal location 29/08/2016
    • One of best ballparks I've been to 28/08/2016
    • Safeco Field
    Address:
    1250 1st Ave S
    Seattle, WA 98134-1216
    Phone:
    206 346 4000
    Other:
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    REI Climbing Pinnacle
    Other Outdoor Activities
    Joshua S Says:

    Seattle's REI might be the coolest outdoor adventure store in the world. With gear ranging from bikes, to snowboards, to backpacking essentials, and everything in between, you don't want to miss it. The store is on a beautiful piece of property complete with waterfalls, trees, and even a mountain biking trail! If you love the great outdoors as much as the Seattle locals, make sure you stop by!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The customer service at REI is second to none! If you have any questions or are looking to get into an adventure sport, this is the place to go.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 98 Outdoor Activities in Seattle
    • neat but not a must 22/08/2016
    • Coolest REI ever. 01/07/2016
    • REI Climbing Pinnacle
    Address:
    222 Yale Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98109-5429
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 19:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Olympic Sculpture Park
    Parks
    See more photos
    Joshua S Says:

    Art; the lifeblood of Seattle. You can't leave Seattle without taking time to appreciate the art that has found a home throughout the city. And if you want to see some of Seattle's best pieces of art in one place, look no further than Olympic Sculpture Park! It has a variety of modern art strewn about a beautiful green space with an incredible view over Puget Sound. This is a great spot to hang out for a relaxing afternoon!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The bike path along the waterfront is a great place to rent a bike and go for a ride, or even start your day with a morning run!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 419 things to do in Seattle
    • The best use of a really awkward site 27/08/2016
    • Gorgeous Walk 24/08/2016
    • Olympic Sculpture Park
    Address:
    2901 Western Ave
    Seattle, WA 98121-1025
    Phone:
    (206) 654-3100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Seattle Waterfront
    Piers & Boardwalks
    See more photos
    Joshua S Says:

    For all the best of Seattle in one spot, be sure to spend some time at the Seattle Waterfront. Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk, ride the Ferris wheel, enjoy the view over Puget Sound, and grab some fresh seafood at one of many restaurants right on the water. And don't miss out on a spectacular sunset in the evening! What better way to wrap up a visit to Seattle?

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • On a clear day, you can enjoy views of the city to the east, Mt. Rainier to the south, and the Olympic Mountain Range to the west.
    • This is a great spot for a romantic dinner and a sunset stroll.
    • The Seattle Waterfront area is central to the rest of the city, making it easy to get to from wherever you are.
    • Parking in this area can be a bit difficult due to a lack of space and a lot of traffic.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 419 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Noisy ! 28/08/2016
    • good walk 28/08/2016
    • Seattle Waterfront
    Address:
    Alaskan Way
    Seattle, WA 98101
    Phone:
    206-938-3322
    Other:
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