Last Updated on 19/03/2021
Seattle is one of my favorite cities. If you’re looking for an excuse to visit, I’ve got you covered! Here are my top 15 reasons to visit Seattle to inspire your next trip to the Pacific Northwest!
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Reasons to visit Seattle
I’ve outlined my top 15 reasons to visit Seattle below. From its striking skyline to amazing coffee, Seattle has plenty to offer!
If you’re a coffee-lover, you need to visit Seattle. The city is the home of the coffee giant, Starbucks, and you can still visit the original store in Pike Place or the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. However, it is Seattle’s love of coffee that ignited Starbucks’ success, and you’ll find a number of local brands and coffee shops that are well worth a visit.
Let’s be honest, if a city does good coffee, you can be sure they do good donuts! Seattle is no exception. The local donut chain, Top Pot Donuts is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a sweet treat to complement your coffee.
One of the most magical things about Seattle is that, just a stone’s throw from downtown, you can lose yourself in nature. The city is surrounded by the Cascade Mountain Range, which offers beautiful mountain hikes with breath-taking views. Perfect for when you want an escape from city life.
Despite being a bustling metropolis, downtown Seattle features a large number of parks. Gas Works Park is a 19-acre public park that has inventively reimagined the former site of Seattle Gas Light Company. Overall, there are an impressive 485+ parks within the city limits!
5. Space Needle
The Space Needle is a Seattle icon. This 604-foot towering observation point provides excellent panoramas of the city. No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to the observation deck to take in the spectacular views.
If you want to explore the history of Seattle, the city has a novel way of showing it to you. After the Great Seattle Fire in 1889, the city was reconstructed at a higher elevation. The original city including alleyways and facades still exists beneath Seattle today, and you can take an underground tour to explore them.
Personally, I think Seattle has one of the most underrated skylines. The iconic Space Needle is instantly recognizable against the crowd of skyscrapers. If you’re lucky, you’ll also catch glimpse of Mount Rainier providing a stunning backdrop.
If you’re visiting Seattle, be sure to venture further than downtown. Seattle’s suburbs have some fantastic sights such as the Fremont Troll to the north of the city. Alternatively, you can take a day trip East to Bellevue to explore the Botanical Gardens and the Bellevue Arts Museum.
9. Pike Place Market
Pike Place is the thriving hubbub of Seattle; this bustling marketplace overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront and is a constant hive of activity. Merchants gather daily to sell fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, and the infamous fish throwing, as well as boutique stores. Impressively, this market is the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world!
Although Seattle is a busy city, it is surprisingly easy to navigate. There is a comprehensive public transport system which includes buses to and from the suburbs, and take an underground route through the downtown area. There is even a monorail to take you from the Westlake shopping center directly to the Space Needle.
Music has always played an important role in shaping Seattle’s culture. You can learn more about how it has influenced Washington State and in some instances, the world, at the Museum of Pop Culture.
If you are a sports fan, catch one of the local teams. You can see the NFL team Seattle Seahawks or Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. Or if you prefer baseball, catch the Seattle Mariners at the T-Mobile Park.
The beauty of Seattle is you are never too far from a breath-taking waterfront. Whether you’re keen to explore the exciting watersports on offer, catch sight of some whales, or just relax in an idyllic spot, Seattle is surrounded by natural beauty.
One thing that I personally love about Seattle is that it is a city of Artisans. In Pike Place Market you can find a section wholly dedicated to local people selling their handmade goods. The local store chain Made in Washington is also dotted throughout the city, shining a light on the talents of the local people and providing unique gifts and souvenirs.
It might surprise you to learn that coffee isn’t the only drink Seattle knows how to do well. There are over 100 wineries located in Woodinville, a suburb only 30 miles from downtown Seattle. Why not treat yourself to a glass on a wine tasting tour after you’ve taken in the Seattle sights?
Ready To Book?
Has Seattle stolen your heart? If you’re ready to start planning your trip, check out these great resources to get you started.
- Find flights with Google Flights
- Book affordable accommodation with TripAdvisor or Booking.com
- Want someone else to do the hard work? Book a package with EasyJet Holidays or Jet2 Holidays
- Get travel insurance from Coverwise
- Hire a car through Travel Supermarket
- Never pay international payment fees again with a debit card from Currensea that works with your existing bank account.
- Book a tour with Get Your Guide or Viatour
15 Reasons to visit Seattle
So these are my top 15 reasons to visit Seattle. I hope I’ve inspired you to add a visit to the city to your bucket list!
Are you booking your Seattle trip already? I’d love to hear about it! Let’s connect on Instagram and send me a DM with the reason that convinced you to visit Seattle!
Until our next adventure,