Located on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle reminds me a bit of our current home city, Auckland. Both are surrounded by water, mountains/forests, and green park lands. The nearby evergreen forests in Washington are massive, thus giving Seattle the nickname of “Emerald City.” To hit the highlights, we have created a Seattle itinerary.
We had a Seattle CityPASS. It provided us with both quick and easy access to several Seattle highlights as well as 50% savings over the total cost of these activities, had we paid for them each individually.
My recommended Seattle itinerary, sorted by geographic proximity:
- Full day along the waterfront (Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market, Argosy Cruises, Seattle Great Wheel, and dinner at Ivers)
- Full day at Seattle Center (Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, EMP Museum, and dinner at Collections)
- Half day at Museum of Flight
Seattle Itinerary Day 1: Along the Seattle Waterfront
1. The Seattle Aquarium: Home to the marine life of Puget Sound and around the world, the Seattle Aquarium’s mission is “Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.” Hands-on opportunities for children, and plenty to see for adults. The Seattle Aquarium is a featured destination of the Seattle CityPASS.
2. Pike Place Market: A favourite destination amongst tourists and locals, Pike Place Market is one of the country’s oldest continuously operating farmer’s markets as well as being a community resource for low-income families. See my complete review: Pike Place Market: Where to Catch Fish in Seattle.
3. Argosy Cruises: Avid sailors, we love to view a city from the water. However, the weather was quite cold and misty. This is the only Seattle CityPASS activity that we skipped, yet the pass was still a good deal.
4. The Seattle Great Wheel: Boasting breath-taking views of Puget Sound from 200 feet above the water, we opted to skip the Great Wheel on the cloudy day that we visited.
5. Waterfront walk and dinner at Ivar’s Acres of Clams: Located on Pier 54, the building and views are half the fun. It’s an icon, a classic Seattle restaurant that’s been around since 1938, yet still, serves mouthwatering meals.
Seattle Itinerary Day 2: Seattle Center
6. Seattle Space Needle: Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, it was considered a space-age wonder. Don’t miss my views from the top of the Seattle Space Needle. The Seattle CityPASS includes both a day and nighttime entry.
7. Chihuly Garden and Glass: Featuring the vivid colours and fluid shapes of the glass creations of Dale Chihuly, this is one of my personal top two destinations on this Seattle itinerary (the other being the Museum of Flight). More of my photos are at Chihuly Garden and Glass, A Vibrant Must See in Seattle. The Seattle CityPASS offers the option of Chihuly Garden and Glass or Pacific Science Center.
8. EMP Museum: If pop culture, science fiction, or rock music are your thing, EMP Museum is the perfect museum. Beginning next month (July 2016) New Zealand’s World of Wearable Art (WOW) will make its North American premiere at EMP. The Seattle CityPASS offers the option of EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo.
9. Collections Cafe: The delicious food is almost secondary to Dale Chihuly’s 28 collections that are hanging on the walls, shelves, and ceiling, or embedded into the table tops. Aside from the glass art that made him famous, Chihuly collected things like pocket knives, inkwells, string holders, tin toys, and more. You can even make a reservation on-line.
Seattle Itinerary Day 3 (half day): at the Museum of Flight
10. Museum of Flight: Taking you through flight history from the earliest planes through the space age, the Museum of Flight has it all. It is one of my two favourite Seattle itinerary destinations (the other being Chihuly Garden and Glass). See more at Museum of Flight Connects Aircraft with History.
*Still want more? Check out Lonely Planet USA Travel Guide.
Wondering where to stay?
If comfort, location, or ambience are important to you, I would recommend the centrally located Hotel Monaco. It’s a Kimpton Property, and it was a perfect choice for us. Read our full review to find out why we loved it so much: No Sleepless Seattle Nights at Hotel Monaco.
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Have you been to the Emerald City? Would you make any changes to this Seattle itinerary?
Disclaimer: We are frequently provided with a complimentary entry or other benefits. However, the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.