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Seattle itinerary

Seattle is such a beautiful and fun place to visit.

The Pacific Northwest has a reputation for it’s beautiful green scenery and for good reason. Seattle is no exception and it also boasts beautiful waterfronts as well. If you are headed to Seattle and looking for a perfect Seattle itinerary for your first time, the you have come to the right place!

For a first time visitor I would give yourself 3-4 days to be able to hit all the major landmarks.

I had the awesome opportunity to spend the trip with a friend who is a local which was great because they knew the best things to do and how to fit them in to each day based on traffic and crowds.

Read below for the perfect 4 day Seattle Itinerary.

“Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it.” -Kimberly Kinrade

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Tips: I think it is worth it to get a city pass that allows you to skip lines and gives you a discount for seeing multiple attractions as opposed to just buying single tickets for each attraction. My favorite pass is the Seattle City Pass. It allows you to get into 5 of the most popular Seattle attractions included the ones in this itinerary for 49% less than if you buy them individually. 

Day 1

Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture

We arrived in Seattle around 11 am and dropped off our bags at our hotel and then we headed to Seattle City Center where the Space Needle is located.

We bought the pass where you could go to the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, and Chihuly Garden and Glass with one ticket, it saves you about $20 versus buying each one separately. Get yours here.

We decided to do the Space Needle first as this is what most people think of when they think of Seattle. We took the elevator to the top and the views are breathtaking. It can be give you some anxiety if you have a fear of heights which I am definitely one of those people but I pushed through it.

There are plenty of lookouts, both overlooking the ocean and those overlooking the city. There are picture taking stations where you can get free pictures from different vantage points. You get a code and then can email them to yourself.

There is a cafe so we grabbed an afternoon pick me up and enjoyed the scenery.

After that we went below the other lookout deck which the floor is made of windows and the floor rotates!

After we did the Space Needle we walked next door to the Museum of Pop Culture. This is such a fun museum that I think kids and adults of all aged can enjoy.

They have exhibits featuring famous musicians such as Nirvana and Prince. My favorite part was the fantasy area where they had props and costumes from films like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter!

Space Needle part of Seattle Itinerary
Space Needle

After the museum we headed over to get some dinner at pizza place nearby called Zeek’s Pizza.

After that we headed over to Ward Winery for a paint night! If you have never done a paint night, it is something unique and fun to do both locally and when you are on a trip.

Day 2

Pike's Place Market, Waterfront, Ferry, Bainbridge Island

We woke up and headed straight to Pike’s Place Public Market. This is one of the most well recognized place in Seattle and something you need to experience on your first time in Seattle.

As we were headed to Pikes, we can across the infamous gum wall.

Pike's Place Public Market

If if you haven’t heard of the gum wall it is exactly what it sounds like. A wall filled with thousands of pieces of gum. Just observe the grossness or add to it yourself with your own piece of gum!

Pike’s Place sit on the waterfront and is one of the Country’s oldest public farmer’s market. You will find fresh fish, fruits and veggies, beautiful flower arrangements and countless unique merchants. This is a fun place to just stroll around and take in the hustle and bustle of the market and it is a fun place to get unique souvenirs.

After walking Pike’s stop for lunch at either the super touristy but also traditional Ivar’s Fish Bar for the fish and chips that may get ripped out of your hand by the seagulls. Or if you want to go with somewhere delicious and less touristy try Pike Place’s Chowder or Beecher’s Handmade Cheese for delicious mac and cheese.

For more eats, treats, and drinks in Pike’s Place check out this.

Bainbridge Island Ferry

After lunch we took the ferry to Bainbridge Island. I recommend taking a ferry as part of your Seattle itinerary because even more than the destination it is a fun experience to take a ferry out on the Puget Sound.

You can either drive your car if you rented a car on the ferry or just walk on as a passenger. Get a seat out on the deck for some great views and picture opportunities of Seattle. Be sure to bring a jacket because it can get cold out on the deck.

Once you get to Bainbridge it is about a mile walk to the city center which has a lot of cute boutiques and stores to peruse.

We stopped for a drink at Bainbridge Brewing Ale house which sits next to a wine establishment next door. So you can stop for an afternoon beer or wine. After taking in the cute island you can either head back to Seattle via ferry or you can take in some of beautiful nature found on Bainbridge Island.

 

Seattle itinerary Bainbridge ferry

You can walk along the beach at Fay Bainbridge Park which has beautiful views of Mt. Reiner, Puget Sound, and Mt. Baker.

After arriving back to Seattle we ate dinner at an Irish Pub called Owl N’ Thistle. It was cute place with delicious traditional Irish food!

Day 3

Monorail, Westlake, Amazon Spheres, Chihuly Glass and Garden

We decided to explore more of the city and it’s sights. We took the monorail to Westlake which is a cool experience to viewing the city and it’s buildings. The is a mall and park with food trucks once you get out at Westlake. You can grab lunch at any of these locations.

From there we went to see the Amazon Spheres. The Amazon Spheres are three spherical conservatories that are part of the Amazon headquarters campus in Seattle. They are very unique looking and make for a great photo opp. If you are visiting on a Saturday, twice a month they allow visitors inside.

 

Chihuly Glass Seattle
Chihuly Glass Sculpture
Space Needle Reflection at Chihuly Gardens

We got a late afternoon drink at a cool deck bar with great views called Frolik Kitchen+Cocktails which is very hip with modern cocktails and delicious fries!

After that we road the monorail from Westlake back to Seattle Center. We went to Chihuly Glass and Garden which is located right by the Space Needle.

If you haven’t heard of it it is a showcase of Artist Dale Chihuly glass blown art. You don’t need to be an art connoisseur or have a love of glass  (is that even a thing?) to be completely blown away by this place. The glass sculpture are so gorgeous and other-worldy looking. They have an inside portion and some out in the garden. Both have completely different feels and both are equally amazing. This is one of my top recommendations for your Seattle itinerary. It is so unique and you won’t want to miss out!

Day 4

Snoqualmie Falls, Lake Washington

I recommend fitting a day trip into your Seattle itinerary. One that I recommend the most Snaqolamie Falls which is a gorgeous 268-foot waterfall. This is a day I recommend renting a car as it is about a 30 minute drive to the falls. Or you can opt for this wine tour that takes you to the falls and on a wine tasting adventure!

Once you park it is a short walk to the outlook to see the falls. After that there is a short 1/2 mile trail to the bottom. The views are not as great as from above but it is still worth it and walking amongst Washington’s beautiful green nature is absolutely beautiful.

 

After the trail we headed to Lake Washington. Lake Washington is located right by Boeing plant so it was cool to see a lot of the the airplanes outside. Lake Washington has a trail you can use to walk along the lake. It is really peaceful and beautiful. After we were done at Lake Washington we got some lunch at a thai place. Seattle has some of the best place to get authentic Asian food.

After lunch it was time to head to the airport and say goodbye to Seattle, until next time.

HOW TO SAVE MONEY IN SEATTLE

f you plan on doing a few attractions in Seattle, consider Purchasing a CityPASS.

It is a city discount card which will save you money on 5 of the top Seattle attractions, including several we listed above.

We use them in all major cities we visit (See New York  and San Francisco).

GETTING TO AND AROUND SEATTLE

Parking in Seattle

Parking in Seattle is possible but can be costly. There are tons of parking garages in town for you to use but they can range in price.

To find cheap or free parking click here.

Metro light rail and bus lines

You can ride the metro to most places in Seattle.

The ORCA card is a reusable transit-fare card that can be used on the metro, bus, and ferries.. It can be purchased and loaded with fare at Metro stations or online here.

We did not experience the metro on our last trip, but we had many years previous.

Seattle also has bike sharing opportunities and Seattle is a very bike friendly city. You can reserve a bike on your UBER app using Jump.

Flights to SEATTLE

  • Skyscanner is a comparison website that searches millions of flights. Once you find your best deal, book directly through the airline (no extra fees).

Car Rental in SEATTLE

  • Hertz is one the world’s biggest car rental booking service You may want to rent a car if you want to visit beyond Seattle, like the scenic Snoqualmie Falls or Mount Rainer.

Seattle TOURS & SIGHTSEEING

Our partner, the Get Your Guide tour company offers many Seattle tours and attractions. They have lowest prices, guaranteed — no booking fees or hidden charges.

You can pre-book tickets and skip the line at top attractions and cancel up to 24 hours before.

See what Seattle tours are available here. 

WHERE TO STAY IN SEATTLE

There are so many wonderful places to stay while in Seattle.

Downtown Seattle

By the Airport

 

Airbnb Rentals in Seattle

You can often find great deals on Airbnb rentals in Seattle. See what’s available below and if it is your first time, save $40 by clicking here.

Lake Washington Seattle

There is so much to see and do in Seattle but I felt like this 4 day Seattle Itinerary is perfect for first timers. It gets in most of the main sights and attractions and offers both city and day trip options.

Click here for more guides and itineraries in the United States.

There are also so many fun tours and day trips, click below to explore!

-Brittany

Comments:

  • November 12, 2019

    To some extent, Seattle remains a frontier metropolis, a place where people can experiment with their lives, and change and grow and make things happen.
    -Tom Robbins

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  • January 18, 2020

    It looks beautiful! I’m hoping to visit on a trip to the US next year. What time of year is best to visit?

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  • January 18, 2020

    What a great post! I love Chihuly so much! It is incredible what they can create with blown glass! I live in Western Canada, so I love sneaking away to Seattle for a long weekend throughout the year- especially when the Jays are in town. Much easier to catch a ball game in Seattle than it is in Toronto!

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  • January 18, 2020

    I love Seattle! One of my favorite cities! Great post and cool ideas!

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