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Only one day to spend in Seattle? Make the most of your time in the 'Emerald City' with these highlights.

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  • Nature Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

11 Places

3 City Tips

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11 Places

Pike Place Market

Flea & Street Markets

Pike Place Fish Market

Farmers Markets

The Gum Wall

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Seattle Waterfront

Piers & Boardwalks

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Art Galleries, Art Museums

Space Needle

Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Fremont Troll

Monuments & Statues

Gas Works Park

Parks

Safeco Field

Arenas & Stadiums

Snoqualmie Falls

Hiking Trails, Waterfalls

Whitney C's City Tips

  • Make sure to tip 15-20% on restaurant bills if gratuity is not already added.
  • Public transportation in Seattle is pretty good. But if you have a car, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding a parking spot either. Best of both worlds!
  • Seattle is known as the "Metronatural" city — meaning it's got a great combination of both city and nature. Make sure you leave time to enjoy both!
  • Pike Place Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Whitney C Says:

    No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to the iconic Pike Place Market: This is one of the rare instances when a tourist trap actually lives up to its reputation! Wander around for a bit, grab a cup of coffee, and be sure to take a picture with the 'Public Market' sign!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make sure you wander through the various shops and places selling handmade goods. There is some really cool stuff — and the fresh flowers are absolutely gorgeous!
    • There are lots of restaurants and cafes to choose from so you can grab some breakfast while you are here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 416 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It’s Ok 15/10/2018
    • Nice place to visit but wasn't overly impressed. 15/10/2018
    • Pike Place Market
    Phone:
    (206) 682-7453
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 1:30 AM
    Other:
  • Pike Place Fish Market
    Farmers Markets
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    Whitney C Says:

    Mention Seattle or Pike Place to anyone and they'll most likely start talking about the 'fish slinger' in the Fish Market. Even if you're not looking for dinner, this makes for a fun stop and a great Seattle experience. Just don't get hit by a flying fish!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you're hungry, make sure to grab some crab legs or clam chowder. Yum!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 416 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Catch a fish 15/10/2018
    • busy 14/10/2018
    • Pike Place Fish Market
    Address:
    86 Pike St
    Seattle, WA 98101-2025
    Phone:
    +1 800-542-7732
    Other:
  • The Gum Wall
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Whitney C Says:

    The Gum Wall is gross. Let's just get that out of the way. This is a weird landmark if you ever saw one, but it's still worth a stop!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Gum Wall is just down the street and around the corner from Pike Place, so this makes a great stop afterwards.
    • One of the charms (?) of the Gum Wall is the chance to make your own mark. Have some gum on hand and get chewing!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 416 things to do in Seattle
    • Super Gross, But a Must 15/10/2018
    • Meh, nothing special-recently cleaned up 12/10/2018
    • The Gum Wall
    Address:
    1428 Post Aly
    Seattle, WA 98101-2034
    Other:
  • Seattle Waterfront
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Whitney C Says:

    From the Gum Wall, make your way down to the waterfront. This area of the city is absolutely beautiful and is definitely worth a leisurely stroll along the water.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The closer you get to the coast, the more windy it can get, so depending on the time of year you visit, bring a jacket because it could get chilly!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 416 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Budget car rental Seattle airport! 14/10/2018
    • Beautiful fall day! Great views, souvenir shops, and places to eat! 14/10/2018
    • Seattle Waterfront
    Address:
    Alaskan Way
    Seattle, WA 98101
    Phone:
    +1 206-938-3322
    Other:
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
    Art Galleries, Art Museums
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    Whitney C Says:

    One of the absolute highlights of Seattle is the spectacular Chihuly Garden and Glass. This place is amazing! Blown glass is such an incredible art form and Chihuly will give you a look at some of the best in the world.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is a bit pricey, but if you're planning on visiting the Space Needle Observation Deck, they offer a combo ticket that helps.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 416 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Expensive, but excellent! 15/10/2018
    • Must See if you like galleries 15/10/2018
    • Chihuly Garden and Glass
    Address:
    305 Harrison Street
    Seattle, WA 98109-4623
    Phone:
    +1 206-753-4940
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Space Needle
    Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Whitney C Says:

    The Space Needle is another great Seattle icon. Whether you want to go all the way to the top or just stop by and take a few pictures, don't miss the opportunity to see this important part of the city's skyline in person.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Space Needle is just around the corner from Chihuly Garden and Glass, so grab a parking spot and walk.
    • Tickets to get to the top are a bit pricey, but if you're willing to spend the money, the views are great!
    • You will also find a restaurant here if you are ready for a bite to eat for lunch.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 416 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit during the work week 15/10/2018
    • See Seattle! 15/10/2018
    • Space Needle
    Address:
    400 Broad Street
    Seattle, WA 98109-4607
    Phone:
    +1 800-937-9582
    Price range:
    US$ 38 - US$ 38
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Fremont Troll
    Monuments & Statues
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    Whitney C Says:

    Along with the Gum Wall, the Fremont Troll is another bizarre Seattle landmark. (But so fun...) Take a few minutes to stop by and take some funny pictures.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Troll is a little ways outside of the city, so it makes a great stop on your way out to Gas Works Park, Safeco Field, and Snoqualmie Falls.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 416 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Scenic Troll 15/10/2018
    • Fremont is good 15/10/2018
    • Fremont Troll
    Address:
    North 36th St.
    Freemont District
    Seattle, WA
    Other:
  • Gas Works Park
    Parks
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    Whitney C Says:

    Gas Works Park is my favorite park in Seattle! It is in such a beautiful location and offers gorgeous views of the skyline. Go for a walk, have a picnic, or ride a bike — just enjoy being outside here!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure to get a closer look at some of the huge structures in the park. These leftover pieces of manufacturing equipment are quite interesting.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 416 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place for pictures 07/10/2018
    • Unique Attraction 06/10/2018
    • Gas Works Park
    Address:
    3300 Meridian Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103-9150
    Phone:
    +1 206-684-4075
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Safeco Field
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Whitney C Says:

    Depending on what time of year you're in Seattle, try to catch a Mariners game at Safeco. Baseball is a huge part of Seattle culture and it makes for a fun few hours! If no games are scheduled during your trip, I'd also highly recommend the stadium tour, where you'll get a sneaky peek behind-the-scenes at areas like the press box and the dugout.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • One of the best parts of a baseball game is the food! Make sure to grab a hot dog or some beer while you enjoy the game.
    • Stadium tours last for around an hour and are scheduled year-round. Check the website for days, times, and to book online.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 416 things to do in Seattle
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place to see a game but doesn't feel distinguished compared to other ballparks 15/10/2018
    • Cool Ballpark! 14/10/2018
    • Safeco Field
    Address:
    1250 1st Ave S
    Seattle, WA 98134-1216
    Phone:
    +1 206-346-4000
    Other:
  • Snoqualmie Falls
    Hiking Trails, Waterfalls
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    Whitney C Says:

    Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most beautiful natural sights in the Seattle area. It's about a 40-minute drive outside the city, but it's absolutely worth it if you have the time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Parking is free, and you have the option to take a short hike if you'd like to, so bring your walking shoes!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Snoqualmie
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful drive out to the falls and a great view 14/10/2018
    • A Must See in Seattle! 13/10/2018
    • Snoqualmie Falls
    Address:
    6501 Railroad Ave SE
    Snoqualmie, WA 98065-9687
    Phone:
    +1 425-326-2563
    Other:
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