Don’t sleep on Seattle. The Emerald City is an incredible travel destination for everyone who is looking for a mix of big city culture and idyllic nature.
Upon arriving in Seattle, your first stop should be at your hotel. Here, you can drop off your bags, freshen up and get ready for a busy day. Remember that rain can come out of nowhere in the Emerald City, so when you are out exploring, keep an umbrella handy.
Ready to begin your first day of exploration? Well, there’s no better place to start than with a nice cup of coffee to get you going. With Seattle being the birthplace of Starbucks, it only makes sense to grab a cup of the city’s most famous brew. The very first Starbucks was located at 2000 Western Avenue and is now located at the Pike Place Market downtown. Pop into this iconic location for a cup o’ joe, because you have a lot to see and do during this short trip.
While you’re sipping on your coffee (and perhaps munching on a delicious pastry), explore the beautiful Pike Place Market, the nation’s oldest farmer’s market. Some of Seattle’s best fruits, vegetables and meats will be on display, and there are plenty of great places to grab brunch. Friendly locals will surround you, and should you have any questions regarding the Emerald City, don’t hesitate to ask. Most locals will be more than happy to help.
After the market, head over to Chihuly Garden and Glass, routinely voted one of the top things to do in Seattle. A museum that highlights the art of Dale Chihuly, the attraction is located in the shadows of the famed Space Needle, which you should also check out while you’re in the area. The Space Needle provides spectacular views of the entire Seattle region and will absolutely take your breath away. Is the Space Needle calling your name? Click the photo below to check hotel rates on Skyscanner today!
It’s time to head back to your hotel for a quick rest before your first night out on the town! Need dinner? Seattle has some of the best restaurants in America. From pasta at Il Corvo to oysters and seafood at The Walrus and the Carpenter, you’ll be sure to find anything your palette is craving. Should you prefer a dinner that is lighter on the food and heavier on the wine, then be sure to make a stop at Purple Cafe & Wine Bar on 4th Avenue, where the wine flights are sure to broaden your horizons.
We hope you brought your dancing shoes because the Emerald City clubs and bars are calling your name! Q Nightclub, located on Broadway, gets our vote for where to go to a party with locals, tourists, and everyone in between! Featuring over 12,000 square feet of space designed by the same team that did the flagship Apple store in New York City, Q Nightclub will have you loving every second of your night on the town.
After a nice long slumber in your hotel room, it’s time to start your final day in the Emerald City. A good breakfast should start the day off just right and, luckily, Seattle is one of the best places in America to enjoy just that. Lola’s, off of 4th Avenue, nabs our vote due to its variety of food (from octopus to donuts) as well as its location, which is right in the heart of the city.
From Lola’s, take a short walk to beautiful Lake Union Park. This 12 acre park encompasses the best of Seattle, with boat rides, live music, greenery, and so much more! You will easily get lost in all that the park has to offer, but don’t get too wrapped up. You still have a lot left to do on your trip.
After the part, head inside to one of Seattle’s many amazing museums! From the MOHAI to the EMP to the Museum of Flight to SAM, Seattle is teeming with incredible opportunities to experience amazing culture throughout the city. Pick one or two of the ones that you really want to see, and enjoy your afternoon perusing all that the best artists in Seattle have to offer.
Quickly head back to your hotel to freshen up, because it’s your last night in the city and you’ll want to enjoy it. The Pacific Northwest Ballet is considered one of the best-performing arts groups in all of the world, and if they aren’t dark you should be there! From classics such as Swan Lake to new cutting edge performances, the ballet troupe will entertain people of all ages. Be sure to book well ahead of time to ensure that you’re not left standing on the curb if it’s a sold out night.
Well, you did it all on your trip to the Emerald City. You had Starbucks, saw amazing art (both live and on canvas), danced the night away, indulged in decadent feasts and enjoyed the nature of the city. There’s only one thing left to do; plan when you will be returning!
Did we miss anything in Seattle that you feel visitors should experience? If so please feel free to let us know in the comments below, or on social media!