“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Seattle’s natural scenic beauty, arts and culture, fresh seafood, gourmet restaurants, fun attractions and thriving waterfront make it a popular West Coast travel destination. The area is also known for its beautiful Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Seattle is the headquarters for Starbucks. The coffee houses seem to be everywhere in the city. Visit the original Starbucks, located near the waterfront in Pike Place Market. It opened in 1971 and today, it’s still going strong… no pun intended!
Fun Seattle Attractions
One of Seattle’s top landmarks and most popular attractions is the iconic Space Needle (pictured above). One of our favorite places is the bustling and historic Pike Place Market. It’s one of the city’s most popular attractions, visited by millions of tourists and locals every year. It’s the oldest continually operating Farmers Market in the country. Home to more than 300 shops and restaurants, it’s filled with farmers, craftspeople, street performers and musicians. The market is known for its variety of fresh seafood, regional fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, imported and domestic cheeses, exotic foods, handmade arts and crafts, flowers, antiques and collectibles. It’s a fun place to hang out, shop and people-watch. Be prepared for crowds, especially during weekends and holidays.
Seattle is also home to one of the largest communities of floating homes in the world. The famous “Sleepless in Seattle” house boat is docked off Westlake Avenue on Seattle’s Lake Union. It continues to be one of the most asked about sites in Seattle. This house boat was Tom Hanks’ home in the romantic 1993 movie “Sleepless in Seattle.”
Fun Seattle attractions include:
- Asian Art Museum
- Ballard Locks (also known as Hiram M. Chittenden Locks)
- Burke Museum
- Boeing Future of Flight and Boeing Factory Tours
- Museum of Pop Culture, (Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame)
- Museum of Flight (Air and Space Museum)
- Olympic Sculpture Park
- Pike Place Market
- Pioneer Square
- Seattle Aquarium
- Seattle Art Museum
- Seattle Opera
- Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat
- Space Needle and Observation Deck
- Underground Tours at Pioneer Square (fun and educational)
- Woodland Park Zoo
Book Seattle Sightseeing Tours, Days Trips and Fun Things To Do
Take a Seattle Locks or Harbor Cruise and enjoy time on the water. Buy a Seattle City Pass and save on Seattle’s top attractions. One of our favorite tours is the “Underground Tour” that takes you beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. Get an idea of what old Seattle looked like prior to the Great Fire of June 6, 1889 that destroyed most of the city. This tour is one of Seattle’s most popular attractions. You can even get married in the Underground.
Book Day Trips & Excursions to Mt. Rainier, Snoqualmie Falls, Tillicum Village, Blake Island State Park, and go Whale-Watching off San Juan Islands (the “jewels” of the Pacific Northwest, located in the Puget Sound.
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The Best Time To Visit Seattle
The best time to visit Seattle is between June-August, the driest and warmest months. Rainfall is heaviest between January-May and October-December. Wear layers so you can be prepared for any type of weather. And don’t forget to pack your umbrella.
Due to contrary opinion, Seattle does not have the highest rainfall in the nation. It’s just that it can be drizzly and overcast for nine months of the year! What’s nice about the area is that it is never really hot in the summer or cold in the winter.