4 day Seattle Itinerary for First Time Visitors!
Seattle is such a beautiful and fun place to visit.
The Pacific Northwest has a reputation for its beautiful green scenery and for good reason. Seattle is no exception and it also boasts beautiful waterfronts as well. It is a city with plenty of things to see, fun things to do, great restaurants, and entertainment! If you are headed to Seattle and looking for a perfect Seattle itinerary for your first time, then 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 and to fit in a day trip!
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 which brings you an inside perspective for your Seattle Itinerary.
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 of 4 Day Seattle Itinerary
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 iconic Space Needle is located.
The best thing you can do to save money for your Seattle itinerary is to buy the city pass where you could get access to the 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 and it was worth it. The top of the Space Needle gives you a bird’s eye view of the city and harbor.
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 you 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. The exhibits change yearly so make sure to check out their website to see the current exhibit. My favorite part was the fantasy area where they had props and costumes from films like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter! As a fantasy nerd, I was in heaven.
This is museum is a great place to walk around and get appreciation for all things pop culture. Music and movie lovers will be in heaven here!
After the museum we headed over to get some dinner at pizza place nearby called Zeek’s Pizza which was within walking distance from the city center.
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. It makes for a great date night or girl’s night out.
Pike's Place Market, Waterfront, Ferry, Bainbridge Island
We woke up and headed straight to Pike’s Place Public Market. Your Seattle itinerary can not be complete without a visit to this iconic 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 if you are feeling brave!
Pike’s Place sits 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 with crafts, jewelry, candles, lotions and more.. 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.
There are so many great places to eat or get a treat at Pike’s. If you are in the mood for some chowder head over to Pike Place’s Chowder.
For delicious Italian American food at a charming historic space visit the class The Pink Door. It is a popular spot and they do take online reservations for groups under 6 which I recommend.
If you are in the mood for seafood try Market Grill.
For a coffee or delicious pastry don’t miss out on hitting up Le Panier, a great french bakery located in Pike’s Place Market.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese for delicious mac and cheese.
For more eats, treats, and drinks in Pike’s Place check out this.
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, straight 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. Take a leisurely walk through this charming town.
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.
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!
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 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.
The Chihuly is part of the Seattle Citypass.
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!
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.
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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.
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
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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
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You can pre-book tickets and skip the line at top attractions and cancel up to 24 hours before.
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WHERE TO STAY IN SEATTLE
There are so many wonderful places to stay while in Seattle.
By the Airport
- Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport
- Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Airport
- Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Airport/28th Ave
Airbnb Rentals in Seattle
You can often find great deals on Airbnb rentals in 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.
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