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From the top of the Space Needle to the shores of Puget Sound, this metropolis on the Pacific coast harmoniously weaves its richness in nature with the cosmopolitan sites and sounds of an exciting urban landscape.

Pike Place Market

The city's original farmers market, which spreads over seven blocks, is the promised land for foodies and has been offering fresh fish, fruit, veggies, and much more since 1907.

Space Needle

It takes just 41 seconds by elevator to reach the observation deck 520 feet above the city streets. This iconic symbol has been a hit since its debut at the 1962 World's Fair.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

Gaze in wonder at Dale Chihuly's stunning glass artwork at the Seattle Center. A tiptoe through this garden reveals colored glass sprouting like stalks through the lush foliage.

EMP Museum

Don't pass up a chance to step inside this museum of modern music and pop culture. Visitors can also relish the limelight while playing on stage in front of a virtual audience.

Seattle Public Library

Curl up with a good book in the open and airy "Living Room," with a 50-foot high ceiling, or enjoy the views of Elliott Bay on Level 10 at the city's avant-garde central library.

Discovery Park

Curl up with a good book in the open and airy "Living Room," with a 50-foot high ceiling, or enjoy the views of Elliott Bay on Level 10 at the city's avant-garde central library.

Seattle Harbor

It's where Seattle was founded in 1850, and there are plenty of fun activities at the Waterfront on Elliott Bay. You can also enjoy the great views with a harbor cruise.

Seattle Premium Outlet Mall

Get a high from an exhilarating shopping spree at this upscale outlet mall. There are 125 shops boasting brand names and household goods. Bargains are just 30 minutes away.

Seattle Aquarium

Take a seat to watch the sealife of Puget Sound glide by in a 400,000-gallon tank beneath an underwater dome. You can also learn about the orcas that call this region home.

Woodland Park Zoo

Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my! Spend the day at the award-winning zoo, which hosts 1,100 animals of 320 species; sadly 44 of these are endangered and 18 are threatened.

Planning Your Seattle Visit

CityPass

The booklet costs $69 (adults) and $49 (children) and allows visitors to choose up to five top Seattle attractions, including the Space Needle, a harbor cruise, and the Chihuly Garden and Glass, for nine consecutive days. You can even skip most lines at the entrance.

Space Needle tickets and opening hours

Purchase tickets online and choose the day and time to view Seattle's amazing cityscape. The cost for adults is $18 and $11 for kids aged 4-12. The Space Needle Observation Deck is open daily from 8 am - 12 midnight..

How do I get to the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall?

The outlet mall is 30 minutes north of the city. Take Interstate 105 to 116th St. NE, then west on Quil Ceda Blvd. The mall is open Monday - Saturday from 10:00AM-9:00PM; Sundays from 10:00AM-7:00PM.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

The exhibition is open daily Monday - Thursday from 10:00AM-9:00PM; Friday - Sunday from 8:00AM-10:00PM. Admission costs $23 (adult). It's also possible to purchase a ticket that combines a trip to the Space Needle Observation Deck for $33. Book tickets in advance online and select the date and time to visit the two locations.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Summer is peak season, so delay your visit to September through November, when you'll still enjoy good weather, but fewer crowds. Just remember, the light drizzle is ever-present!

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What people are saying about Seattle

No stress and no hassle one day tour all inclusive

This smaller size group is complete and includes extra to both way rides, fresh pressed coffee, all day snacks and beverages including flat water and mineralized water. Lunch is a real picinic with local ingredients home made lunch with the wine. The guide is highly professional and takes the time in the morning to bring us in a trail to introduce all indigenous and local plants while explaining their role. He also takes the time to present a simplified geological context of the area.

Full-Day Mount St. Helens Experience Reviewed by Francine, 08/09/2017

Fin way to see the sites of downtown Seattle

Fun way to see highlights of downtown Seattle, and where you might want to go back and spend more time. But definitely plan on more than 2 hours for this adventure.

Seattle Urban Adventure Quest Team Scavenger Hunt Reviewed by Barbara, 09/06/2017

Good trip with necessary food and equipments

Although the road towards the main area is not open, we have a good time along the beach.

Olympic National Park Nature Lovers Tour From Seattle Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 30/11/2015

Fantastic. The 2 guides were so knowledgeable and nice.

We were picked up at the hotel on time and were informed how the day would proceed. The stop with a snack was delicious. I learned so much about Seattle, the different plants and wildlife. Lunch was the best. My sister had the vegetarian meal which she said was the best meal of the entire trip! Our tour guides were so cordial and comfortable to be around, it felt like I met 2 new friends. Loved it.

It was a very fun way to explore Seattle in a different way!

We have a small staff (six) and was looking for something fun to do as a team building activity. We are located about 30 minutes outside of Seattle, so this was a perfect way to get us into the "big city" and do something fun and out of the ordinary together!

Seattle Urban Adventure Quest Team Scavenger Hunt Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 25/01/2016