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Welcome to Seattle

Set on the Puget Sound, with Mount Rainier framing the distinctive skyline, Seattle showcases an energetic mix of urban cool with rugged natural beauty. For an overview and incredible views, head to the top of the Space Needle. Back at ground level, browse the bustling stalls of Pike Place Market or brush up contemporary life at the Museum of Pop Culture. The Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Boeing factory provide more indoor diversions. Experience nature with a boat trip to the nearby islands or a day trip to the mountains. And when it rains, duck into one of Seattle’s famous coffee shops.

Top 10 attractions in Seattle

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Space Needle

Space Needle

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Seattle’s Space Needle, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinctive icons, rises 605 feet (184 meters) above the city. Once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River at the time of its construction—built for the 1962 World’s Fair—the tower features a rotating restaurant and an observation deck at 520 feet (158 meters) with 360-degree panoramic views over Seattle and its surroundings.More
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Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

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You can’t miss this colorful shrine to pop culture and creativity. When architect Frank Gehry designed the shimmering exterior, he made one of Seattle’s most eye-catching landmarks. From rock music to science fiction, film, and video games, it’s an immersive experience that includes interactive exhibits and treasured memorabilia.More
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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Learn about the annual phenomenon of salmon spawning at Seattle’s Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, known locally as the Ballard Locks, where three types of Pacific salmon pass through the fish ladder during the summer months on the way upriver to their spawning grounds.More
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Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

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The cold, dark waters around Seattle hide an abundance of marine life, from orca whales to giant Pacific octopus to otters and salmon. The Seattle Aquarium helps visitors access this rich underwater world without getting wet. The experience involves touch tanks, daily dive shows, and plenty of exhibits showing off the area’s sea life.More
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Lake Washington

Lake Washington

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More than just the second-largest lake in all of Washington State, Lake Washington defines Seattle as a city intimately tied to the water. Residents and visitors alike come to Lake Washington to connect with the natural beauty of the landscape, which includes views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains.More
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Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square

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Pioneer Square, where Seattle’s founders first settled in 1852, is a bustling district in the southwest corner of downtown Seattle. The shop- and nightlife-laden neighborhood takes its name from the small, triangular cobblestone plaza known as Pioneer Square Park, and features a bust of Chief Seattle, an ornate pergola, and a totem pole.More
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Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

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Every day from dawn to dusk, Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market buzzes with locals and tourists alike, who come to browse the 150 stalls of fresh seafood, produce, flowers, artisanal products, and local art, as well as see the numerous street performers wandering throughout.More
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Seattle Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront

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When a city has an enviable location on a large body of water, like Puget Sound, the waterfront becomes a top attraction. This is definitely true in Seattle, where the nearly 20-block stretch along the water is home to restaurants, hotels, markets, shops, and more than a dozen piers.More
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Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park

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One of the oldest national parks in the United States, Mt. Rainier National Park was established in 1899 to preserve the wilderness surrounding Mount Rainier. Encompassing 369 square miles (956 square kilometers) of old-growth forests, wildflower meadows, glacial scenery, and wildlife, it’s a must-visit for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.More
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Lake Union

Lake Union

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Just north of downtown Seattle, the glacially carved freshwater Lake Union is ringed with houseboats—including the one made famous by the movieSleepless in Seattle—and home to numerous recreational opportunities. The lake is a true urban gem, contributing to Seattle’s high standard of living.More

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Top activities in Seattle

Recent reviews from experiences in Seattle

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Seattle/Falls tour
TLG, Jul 2021
Half-Day Guided Tour of Seattle City and Snoqualmie Falls
Not only did we get to hear about Seattle and see the falls, but our guide was super helpful and informative.
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A must do!
Nicole_S, Jul 2021
Seattle Harbor Cruise
It was an inexpensive way to see Seattle.
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Amazing Experience
Cindy_T, Jul 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
I highly recommend this tour for someone who wants to see the most of the Beautiful Seattle City … This tour fits the bill!
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Great tour
Judi_S, Jul 2021
3 - 4 Hour Seattle City Tour
There was so much to see in Seattle.
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Fun day with Joel
Jeremiah, Jul 2021
Olympic National Park Tour from Seattle
Always interesting to see Seattle from the view of an Local.
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Great overview tour
William_D, Jul 2021
Seattle Harbor Cruise
Great tour guy wonderful sights to see and perfect Seattle weather good value and nice relaxing hour to see the city from the sound.
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Fun time!
Erin_H, Jul 2021
Seattle Scavenger Hunt Adventure
The clues were great and we loved getting to see the Seattle center and downtown!
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Great Tour!
Windy_H, Jul 2021
One-Hour Private Seattle Sightseeing Cocktail Cruise
The lake is beautiful and Brian gave us lots of intersting information about the area and recommended additional things to do and see.
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2 enthusiastic thumbs up.
David_F, Jul 2021
Half-Day Guided Tour of Seattle City and Snoqualmie Falls
Outstanding tour of Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle neighborhoods Best part was Terry, the tour guide Friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, and all-around nice guy.
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Unique and fascinating experience!
Molly_D, Jul 2021
Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour
I definitely recommend this tour if you would like to see a fascinating different side of Seattle’s history!
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It was a good tour
Cathleen, Jul 2021
3 - 4 Hour Seattle City Tour
It was a little disappointing not being able to be in the bus while you sit up higher we had to go in a small vehicle but we were able to see multiple different little spots.
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The Waterfalls
Monica_E, Jul 2021
Best of Mount Rainier National Park from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
As a result the waterfalls were spectacular.
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Amazing trip
Etefework_U, Jun 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
I recommend this tour to anyone visiting Seattle and want to know major attractions and history of historic neighborhoods in Seattle.
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Very interesting and fun cruise
Dayle_R, Jul 2021
Seattle Harbor Cruise
This is a wonderful way to see Seattle and learn so much about the city.
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Amazing Weekend In Seattle!
Gracie_W, Jun 2021
Seattle CityPASS
We were able to see all the amazing highlights of Seattle without spending a crazy amount of money!
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Would pay twice as much to do the tour again
Anita_J, May 2021
Chef Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market- 1 Hour
He gave us tons of recommendations for things to do in Seattle and hikes around the area.
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Loved it!
Lillian_T, May 2021
Chef Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market- 2 Hours
She also provided fun, touristy things to do and places to eat at the end of the tour.
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Amazing way to se Seattle
Brittany_D, May 2021
20-Minute Narrated Seattle Seaplane Flight from Lake Washington
Got to see most of what Seattle offers from the air and so glad we did this!
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Best Tour in Seattle
Karen_S, Apr 2021
Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour
This was a great tour to see the parts of Seattle the we normally wouldn’t see.
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Super fun!!!!
Sharlene_L, Apr 2021
Discovery Park Electric Bike Tour
My daughter and had an awesome time with Monty during spring break.

All about Seattle

When to visit

Pack a jacket and umbrella no matter the time of year, as Seattle lives up to its overcast reputation. It takes a little luck, but summer days can fly by without rain, and locals risk the chance by packing outdoor festivals. Summer highlights include big outdoor celebrations such as Seattle International Beerfest and Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.

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