Seattle is one of our favorite cities to visit.
I grew up 30 minutes south of Seattle and love traveling to check out the amazing sites, food and everything that Seattle has to offer.
I thought it would be fun to put together our best Seattle Travel Tips.
Seattle is the perfect city to visit for vacation or a weekend getaway. There are so many things to do in Seattle that are well unique to Seattle. Where else can you visit the original Starbucks, see a giant troll holding a VW bug under a bridge and stick a piece of gum on a world famous Gum Wall?
Seattle Travel Tips
Must See Attractions
The Seattle Gum wall is located next to Pike’s Place Market. It is well worth a visit to get a photo with the gum wall.
The Space Needle is 605 feet tall and it take a 43 second elevator ride to reach the observation decks. On a clear day you can see Mount Rainier clearly in the distance. Visiting the Space Needle is a must do for any visitor to Seattle. This is a great opportunity to see Seattle, the waterfront, Cascade mountain range and more.
Directly below the Space Needle is the Chihuly Glass Museum! This museum is unbelievable. You can wander in wonder among amazing glass instillations. You have the opportunity to get an iconic photo with the Space Needle behind you as you are surrounded by Chihuly Glass.
Pikes Place Market is the oldest farmers market in the country. Give yourself time to enjoy the fish mongers tossing fish near the iconic pig bank at the front entrance. The original Starbucks is just down the street from the entrance to the Pikes Place Market. You can pick up a coffee mug that is only available at this location.
A little farther down the block is Beechers Cheese! If you love cheese and how can you not then this is a must stop! They have the most amazing mac and cheese!!!!! It was on Oprah’s favorite list!
This area of Seattle is very walk able though you do need to be prepared from some nice size hills.
For a truly Seattle experience visit the Freemont Troll! This is one of those things you can only find in Seattle.
A visit to Pikes Place Market is a definite must do during any trip to Seattle. From fresh fish being thrown through the air to gorgeous flowers there is something for everyone at the market.
Seattle City Pass offers a way to gain discounted tickets to multiple Seattle attractions!
Rain or shine
A couple of things to know about Seattle and rain. Locals do not use umbrellas. They are used to the rain and are prepared with rain jackets and rain boots. Don’t worry if you want to carry an umbrella just be aware that it can make you stick out as a tourist so be cautious of the areas you are visiting and what you are doing.
Be prepared for I-5 traffic if you are renting a car or traveling on I-5 at any point. Rush hour is brutal in Seattle. If you need to be someplace around 5-6pm make sure and give yourself ample time for the ride into town.
Downtown Seattle is a great city for walking. You can easily walk between Pike Place Market and downtown for the most part. If you plan on visiting the Space Needle be prepared that it is not right downtown. There is a monorail that runs from Seattle Center to downtown.
Link Light Rail will take you from the airport to downtown Seattle in about 35 minutes, 7 days a week. At about $2.50 a ride, it is the best deal in town to travel between Seattle and SeaTac.