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|If you’re visiting Seattle for the first time you may be overwhelmed with all the things to do and sights to see. Have no fear, as we’ve put together an itinerary from vacation powerhouse Frommer’s to help you navigate the city. Use it as a starting point, and make revisions as you see fit to create the perfect Seattle vacation for you. This itinerary is for two days, so you can hit the highlights right away and then relax the rest of your stay, or spread it out over the course of 3 to 4 days for a more leisurely pace.
Hit all the hotspots on your first day, ensuring that you’ll get your trip off to a fun and memorable start.
Olympic Sculpture Park is the perfect first stop, and you can catch the free Waterfront Streetcar bus to Pike Place Market. Not to be missed, this historic complex features stalls of fresh seafood and the original Starbucks. It’s a quick jaunt to The Waterfront where you can enjoy the tourist shops and beautiful view. Make sure to hit the Seattle Aquarium while you’re here. Next it’s on to historic Pioneer Square where you can see how it all began. And don’t miss the Seattle Underground Tour where you can see the seedier side of Seattle past. Head over to the Seattle Center where you can see the beautiful grounds of the 1962 World’s Fair, and visit the iconic Space Needle. No trip is complete without a stop at the EMP/SFM where you can learn about Seattle music and see historic artifacts from your favorite musicians.
A day full of fresh salmon, breathtaking scenery and the finest culture await you on day two of your Seattle excursion.
Start off at Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks to watch boats travel between Elliott Bay and Lake Union. In the summer you may even get to see salmon migrating up-river. Hop back down to Pike Place Market to take in any sights you may have missed the first day, and then on to the Harbor Steps. The sculptures, shops, and restaurants make a lovely excursion of their own on your way to Bainbridge Island. Take a ferry out to this charming island, full of natural beauty and historic elements. After that, hit up the Seattle Art Museum and enjoy the impressive collection of art. The Ancient Grounds will keep the learning experience going, with Native American art and artifacts galore. End your day at Tillicum Village Tour, where you’ll enjoy a boat ride to Blake Island State Park where you’ll enjoy a fabulous salmon dinner and watch a fascinating performance by Northwest Coast Native American mask dancers.