Seattle, Washington is an exciting place to visit whether it’s your first time to this icon of the Pacific Northwest or you’ve been traveling here for years. Fondly referred to as the Emerald City, Seattle has grown into a sprawling metropolis surrounded by lush foliage, gorgeous waterways and stunning mountains. Providing a unique balance between the natural world and city adventures, outdoor enthusiasts and city-seekers alike fall in love with Seattle upon arrival. You could spend weeks exploring all Seattle activities and attractions, but if you’re new to the city and only have a week, here are a few highlights to hit to make the most of every day of your trip!
Making the Most of Monday
Monday is best when spent with a downtown Seattle focus. While there is a lot to see on the city’s outlying areas, the heart of Seattle beats in downtown and it’s an amazing place to start. Breakfast begins at The 5 Point Café where you can pick up a cinnamon roll and eggs 24/7. The café is done up in the style of the 1920s and is an eclectic and delicious way to start the day. From here, walk on over to the Seattle Space Needle for a grand overview of the city. Rising 605 feet into the sky, it’s the best way to get a feel for Seattle’s layout from a thrilling vantage point. Mantra Thai Restaurant and Bar is an excellent choice if you’re in the mood for a soup-based lunch with a little spice on the side. When you’re full, wander over to Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum and admire a building dedicated to this glittering art form. End the night at Zeek’s Pizza for a casual atmosphere to sit, relax and reminisce on the day’s activities.
Taking on Tuesday
Day two of your travels takes you back to the downtown area for further exploration. Start your morning at the historic Pike Place Market. This vibrant fish-flinging locale brings a lively combination of music, shopping, eating and overall enjoyment to your day. Make your way to The Crumpet Shop for a brilliantly British start to your morning. Once you’ve explored the local art and listened to plenty of music, lunch at Sound View Café is a savory must-try stop. From here, you’ll want to get into your modern mindset as you make your way to the Museum of Pop Culture. This is a place where all that is cool, creative and contemporary is celebrated in style! End your day in the refined Italian way with a dinner under sparkling bistro lights at The Pink Door. With a view of Seattle Pier and Italian delicacies on your plate, you’ll be able to count Tuesday a complete success.
Walking Through Wednesday
Wednesday should be all about walking and Chinatown is just the place to start. Framed with an ornate gate, it’s a hard-to-miss attraction when you’re in Seattle. This area alone can take the day, so enjoy the food and enchanting fare you’re sure to encounter. Eastern Café offers guests coffee and crepes and is a great place to start the morning. Once you’re fueled up, make sure to take time to explore the Uwajimaya Supermarket and pick up those must-have souvenirs along with an assortment of unique snacks. Lunch can be an authentic experience in Hong Kong style eating at Duk Li Dim Sum Restaurant. Once you’re done, check out the Seattle Pinball Museum and try your luck at a game or two! End the day at the Jade Garden Restaurant which is nearly always open late.
Tourist Time Thursday
Seattle is the official birthplace of Starbucks and those with a passion for coffee will want to take advantage of their time in town. Drop by the Starbucks Reserve Roastery this morning for an experience in sampling the best brews in the city. This location also provides small breakfast items and snacks to go along with your beverage. Put all that energy to use with a trip around the city on two wheels. Seattle Bicycle Tours offers three-hour standard guided trips that take you past all the city’s major highlights. After your bike tour, you’re bound to be famished. Signing up for a Savor Seattle Food Tour is the ultimate way to satisfy your cravings and connect with the city on a tasty level. Offering food and drink tours alongside chocolate indulgence tours, you can choose to hop from restaurant to restaurant or eat dessert first to end your Thursday!
Seattle Activities for a Family Fun Friday
Friday is dedicated to family fun and begins at Pier 57. Three revolutions on the towering Seattle Great Ferris Wheel will offer up beautiful views of the city and leave you wanting more. Make your way towards Ghost Ally Espresso for an energizing Cappuccino that will give you the boost you need to head towards South Lake Union. With a variety of boats to rent, this lake is a hub of activity on any given day and always fun! Movie enthusiasts will recognize it as the location of the waterfront house featured in Sleepless in Seattle. If you’re looking for an adventure from above, Kenmore Air provides scenic seaplane tours that last approximately 20-minutes. If your skyward tour has left you famished, Novilhos Brazilian Steakhouse is a delicious and hearty way to end the day. If you’re up for more exploring, finish up Friday at Alki Beach for some impromptu whale watching and retire to Cactus Alki Beach when the sun sets for Mexican-inspired fare and a Margarita to top it all off.
A Stay to Remember
Seattle is a sensational city to visit and make memories. When you’re here, why not make the most of your time exploring downtown? Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals can help you book the ideal property right in the heart of downtown Seattle. Close to all the action and complete with top-notch amenities, you’ll find your home away from home brings unprecedented luxury alongside exceptional comfort. Contact us to learn about more Seattle activities and to book one of our vacation rentals today!