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Welcome to Seattle

Set on the Puget Sound, with Mount Rainier framing the distinctive skyline, Seattle showcases an energetic mix of urban cool with rugged natural beauty. For an overview and incredible views, head to the top of the Space Needle. Back at ground level, browse the bustling stalls of Pike Place Market or brush up contemporary life at the Museum of Pop Culture. The Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Boeing factory provide more indoor diversions. Experience nature with a boat trip to the nearby islands or a day trip to the mountains. And when it rains, duck into one of Seattle’s famous coffee shops.

Top 10 attractions in Seattle

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Space Needle

Space Needle

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Seattle’s Space Needle, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinctive icons, rises 605 feet (184 meters) above the city. Once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River at the time of its construction—built for the 1962 World’s Fair—the tower features a rotating restaurant and an observation deck at 520 feet (158 meters) with 360-degree panoramic views over Seattle and its surroundings.More
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Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park

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One of the oldest national parks in the United States, Mt. Rainier National Park was established in 1899 to preserve the wilderness surrounding Mount Rainier. Encompassing 369 square miles (956 square kilometers) of old-growth forests, wildflower meadows, glacial scenery, and wildlife, it’s a must-visit for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.More
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Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle Great Wheel

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The Seattle Great Wheel is a can’t-miss icon that speaks to the fun-loving nature of the city’s residents. One of the biggest Ferris wheels in the US, the Seattle Great Wheel features enclosed gondolas that afford spectacular coastal views. It stands above 175 feet (53 meters) and weighs in at more than a quarter of a million pounds.More
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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

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Olympic National Park covers a huge swath of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, encompassing rugged coastline, towering mountain ranges, temperate rain forests, and wildflower-filled lowland meadows. Home to some of the biggest stretches of old-growth forest remaining in the US, this misty Pacific Northwest park is the ultimate outdoor escape.More
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Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

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Every day from dawn to dusk, Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market buzzes with locals and tourists alike, who come to browse the 150 stalls of fresh seafood, produce, flowers, artisanal products, and local art, as well as see the numerous street performers wandering throughout.More
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Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium

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The cold, dark waters around Seattle hide an abundance of marine life, from orca whales to giant Pacific octopus to otters and salmon. The Seattle Aquarium helps visitors access this rich underwater world without getting wet. The experience involves touch tanks, daily dive shows, and plenty of exhibits showing off the area’s sea life.More
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Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass

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Glass artist Dale Chihuly, famous for his whimsical sculptures, was born in Tacoma but has left his mark on Seattle. Fans can revel in his colorful creations at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum at Seattle Center. The facility includes a 100-foot (30-meter) glass sculpture, theater, and Chihuly retrospective, plus an outdoor garden.More
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Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

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You can’t miss this colorful shrine to pop culture and creativity. When architect Frank Gehry designed the shimmering exterior, he made one of Seattle’s most eye-catching landmarks. From rock music to science fiction, film, and video games, it’s an immersive experience that includes interactive exhibits and treasured memorabilia.More
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Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square

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Pioneer Square, where Seattle’s founders first settled in 1852, is a bustling district in the southwest corner of downtown Seattle. The shop- and nightlife-laden neighborhood takes its name from the small, triangular cobblestone plaza known as Pioneer Square Park, and features a bust of Chief Seattle, an ornate pergola, and a totem pole.More
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Lake Washington

Lake Washington

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More than just the second-largest lake in all of Washington State, Lake Washington defines Seattle as a city intimately tied to the water. Residents and visitors alike come to Lake Washington to connect with the natural beauty of the landscape, which includes views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Seattle

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I had so much fun and got...
MartinDanielsen, Jan 2022
Seattle Harbor Cruise
I had so much fun and got to see Seattle from the boat and what a wonderful view.
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Great guide. Great recommendations. Amazing tour.
Brian_F, Dec 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Thankfully we had clear views and he made sure we got to see the whole town.
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First Seattle Experience
Abisai_O, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
You get to see a whole bunch of interesting parts around the city that I wouldn’t have thought to visit on my own.
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Daniel did a great job driving and describing the scenery. He took excellent care of us.
WA_B, Nov 2021
Leavenworth Tour from Seattle
The water falls were spectacular and Leavenworth has very interesting architecture.
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Gorgeous Hike
Tiffany_C, Nov 2021
Hike the Gorgeous Trails in Washington
High reward for such a short hike (under 4 miles) and got to see everything I was hoping to see.
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Good times and surprises
bevnarburgh, Oct 2021
Roll the Dice Tour: Throw caution to the wind, dealer's choice tour!
So much fun to see Seattle through the eyes of a passionate local.
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See the city from underground
Anonymous, Oct 2021
Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour
Very interesting history of Seattle and fun to see the city from beneath the streets!
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Great Market Overview
barbara_a, Oct 2021
Pike Place Market Food Tour
Chip was really knowledgeable on every aspect, as well as a good reference for other things to do in Seattle.
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National Park Marvel!
Marsha_N, Oct 2021
Mt. Rainier Day Tour from Seattle
And we saw snow at other points as well, several waterfalls, wildflowers.
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Perfect view
JOSHUA_B, Oct 2021
20-Minute Narrated Seattle Seaplane Flight from Lake Washington
It was such a great ride and wonderful way to see Seattle.
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Must try!
Stephanie_O, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
A perfect way to see Seattle in such short amount of time.
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Great tour outside of Seattle
Dean_S, Oct 2021
Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour
The wine tasting was great as were the falls.
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Great tour, great price!
Camille_M, Oct 2021
Seattle Harbor Cruise
Great way to see the city of Seattle!
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Great tour!
Walter_W, Sep 2021
Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour
Great to see how the town of Seattle was built.
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Fantastic Day Tour
Monica_B, Sep 2021
Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour
The waterfall is beautiful and we had ample time for pictures.
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Enjoyable day
Harold_S, Aug 2021
4-Hour Seattle City Tour
CAPT Steve gave us history and on-site to many of Seattle’s neighborhoods as well as the regular tourist attractions.
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Seattle and the Amazing Snoqualmie Waterfall
Olan_H, Aug 2021
Half-Day Guided Tour of Seattle City and Snoqualmie Falls
Seeing Snoqualmie Falls was the best part of the tour.
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Perfect end to a vacation.
gerald_m, Aug 2021
Mt. Rainier Day Tour from Seattle
We went on the perfect day in august and was able to see Mt.
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Our favorite tour of many.
Andrew_P, Aug 2021
20-Minute Narrated Seattle Seaplane Flight from Lake Washington
Great way to see all the top sites of Seattle and then some.
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Must Do Tour- Highlights of Seattle!
David_C, Nov 2021
Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
It was a great way to see the high lights of Seattle.

All about Seattle

When to visit

Pack a jacket and umbrella no matter the time of year, as Seattle lives up to its overcast reputation. It takes a little luck, but summer days can fly by without rain, and locals risk the chance by packing outdoor festivals. Summer highlights include big outdoor celebrations such as Seattle International Beerfest and Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.

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