Seattle Attractions - Three Days in The Emerald City
Located in the heart of Seattle's cultural core, the AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel boasts 891 smoke-free rooms featuring panoramic views of the Puget Sound, Space Needle, Cascade Mountains, and Seattle's cityscape. Near the bustling financial and shopping district, and walking distance from the Washington State Convention Center, historic Pike Place Market, and Qwest and Safeco Fields, The Westin Seattle offers the perfect Northwest escape.
If you're looking for Seattle attractions, here are a few tips from our Concierge.
Seattle doesn't require a huge amount of pre-planning. Most of our ‘can't miss' Seattle attractions are clustered around downtown within easy walking distance of each other. Complimentary city maps are available at The Westin Seattle Concierge desk. To locate your direction and the lay of the land point to the icon of the Space Needle at the Original Space Needle located north of downtown.
Day One - Arrival in Seattle
Our city is hilly - bring on your good walking shoes! Many Seattle streets are one-way so leave the car in the garage. Walking and public transportation can take you to almost all Seattle attractions. Upon arrival in your first few hours, you may want to walk the quarter mile to the waterfront and there - you can take advantage of great dining at restaurants on Piers 54, 56 & 57, ride the Argosy cruises that depart from pier 55/56 or take ride on charming horse carriages for a romantic view of the city.
Feeling adventurous? Take a walk south on Alaska Way to Pier 52 and ride the Bainbridge ferry as a pedestrian to Bainbridge Island (35 minutes crossing, $7.70 per person roundtrip). On your way, soak in the stunning views of Seattle and Puget Sound. Once you arrive at Bainbridge Island, enjoy a lazy stroll through its water front, village of stores, wineries and cafés. Take a short hike to Mora Iced Creamery where 48 hand crafted ice creams and sorbet are made locally (139 Medrone Lane) and it's all non-fat. Relax on the ferry ride back to Seattle. Catch bus #16 or bus #66 (in front) back to downtown. Unwind in The Westin Seattle lobby bar with ½ price appetizers and great people watching.
Day Two - Sleepless in Seattle
Wake up early and walk four blocks to the 107 year old Pike Place market, one of the most popular Seattle attractions, where you will fall "Sleepless in Seattle" in love with the city. Stop at La Panier bakery and grab a cup of Umbria Italian coffee before you visit the original Starbucks two doors over. The scene is fascinating any time of the day (market hours 10am- 6pm) but best in the morning when most locals and customers are getting their shopping done. We recommend that you try a walking breakfast option from fresh fruits to pastries and fresh seafood. Browse the literature at book stores or treasure hunt in the markets many stores. Find Rachel the bronze pig and view the famous tossing of fish at Pike Place fish stand. Take the stairs down to the waterfront and visit the Aquarium at Pier 59 and stroll to Ivar's at Pier 54. Take in the panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains. After enjoying the surroundings, you can walk or ride bus #99 ($2.25 off-peak and $2.50 peak) to Seattle's historical neighborhood in Pioneer Square. Take the 90 minute Underground Tour, then ride the bus tunnel to University Station. Exit and enjoy the cultural Seattle Art Museum.
Alternately, we would also recommend taking a morning three- hour, sixty mile city tour for a general overview of the Emerald City and top Seattle attractions. You can choose from city tours or all day tours to Mount Rainier, wine country or a tour of the Boeing tour center in Everett. Victoria B.C. or whale watching may be available.
Day Three - The Best Places in Town!
Return to Pike Place - part market, part tourist attraction and part shopping mall. South is Pioneer Square with many art galleries and shops. At Westlake Center, you can take the one mile monorail to visit the 74-acre Seattle Center, that includes billionaire Paul Allen's ode to American music - the Experience Music Project (EMP), designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry, the Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit, and the Seattle Space Needle. These Seattle attractions are lots of fun, as is the Children's Museum, the Pacific Science Center and the International Fountain that spurts water in time with music.
Ride bus #17 to the Hiram M Locks where you can watch boats rise and fall as they move through Puget Sound and inland waterways. Visit Seattle's Pacific Rim Chinatown and the sprawling Uwajimaya Asian Village and store. Ride bus 5 to Woodlawn Park Zoo. Bus #26, 28 will take you to Fremont which still has its hippy charm. Ride the water taxi to West Seattle (seasonal), Seattle oldest neighborhood and best impression of California. Walk the 1.5 mile beach and visit Seattle's own statue of liberty and the Alki lighthouse. Finish your day with a trip back downtown to Pacific Place Mall - a top Seattle attraction and the city's most coveted address for shopping. Filled with options like Barney's New York, J.Crew, William-Sonoma and more. Finish with dinner at Salty's Seafood Restaurant and toast to a great view of the city.