While you could spend weeks exploring all Seattle has to offer, not everyone has that kind of time. For those with only a day or two in the city, it’s important to be strategic about planning your itinerary so you don’t miss out on any top experiences. To help you, here is a recommendation on how to spend 24 hours in Seattle.

While you could spend weeks exploring all Seattle has to offer, not everyone has that kind of time. For those with only a day or two in the city, it’s important to be strategic about planning your itinerary so you don’t miss out on any top experiences. To help you, here is a recommendation on how to spend 24 hours in Seattle.

Morning

Pike Place Market
Photo: Ed Schipul / Flickr

Begin your day at Seattle’s first farmer’s market, Pike Place Market, which was established in 1907. They open for breakfast at 6am, with the market bell sounding at 9am and the official merchant hours being 10am to 6pm. Pike Place Market is home to over 200 artisans and small businesses, allowing you to meet the people who make your food and handicrafts. Along with being home to one of the country’s largest craft markets, you’ll find fresh produce, local honey, apple cider, buffalo jerky, colorful flowers, stinky cheeses, Pacific Northwest seafood, veal sweetbread and much more. Cooking demonstrations, culinary classes and artisan-themed events are also part of the fun.

After a morning at the market, head to the iconic Space Needle and enjoy 360-degree aerial views of Seattle, the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. The observation deck reaches 520 feet (159 meters) and features complimentary Swarovski Telescopes and informative graphics that tell you what you’re looking at to enhance the experience.

As you’re near to the Seattle Center — a 74-acre (30-hectare) complex of park, museum, art, entertainment and attraction offerings — it’s worth it to spend some time exploring. In the center of the complex you’ll find the International Fountain, which was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and now showcases water dancing to music. If you’re interested in the arts, some venues of interest within Seattle Center include the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Center House Theatre, Harrison Street Gallery, Broad Street Green Sculpture Garden and Seattle Mural. For a museum experience, the Pacific Science Center, EMP Museum and Seattle Children’s Museum are great options. If you can only choose one attraction to spend time at within Seattle Center, we recommend Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, where you can peruse the artwork of artist Dale Chihuly including large scale installations of beautiful blown glass in mind-blowing designs.

Afternoon

Washington State Ferry
Photo: Razvan Orendovici / Flickr

For a delicious lunch experience that truly gives you a taste of Seattle, opt for a farm-to-table venue. In these establishments you’ll enjoy dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. Some top venue picks include Art of the Table (1054 N 39th Street), Sitka & Spruce (1531 Melrose Avenue E) and Local 360 (2234 1st Avenue).

After lunch, continue exploring Seattle on the water by taking a ride on the Washington State Ferries. This provides an inexpensive way to see the Seattle skyline while also giving you the chance to explore some other local islands like Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and San Juan Islands (recommended for a longer stay).

Because you don’t have time for a day trip to one of Seattle’s nearby wine countries, explore some of the vino offerings within the city. Purple Cafe and Wine Bar (1225 4th Avenue) is a top choice, offering an idyllic ambiance and wines from around the world available by the glass, bottle or flight. Staff can help you perfectly pair menu items like cheeses, cured meats, housemade spreads, Gorgonzola-stuffed dates, cranberry chicken, braised bacon poutine and housemade Merguez sausage. Another top option is The Tasting Room (1924 Post Alley), an intimate venue serving over 50 local wines and flights you can pair with chocolate, cheese and small plates.

Evening

View of Belltown, Eastlake and the U-District
Photo: Matthew Rutledge / Flickr

Make dinner a memorable one by dining at The Walrus and the Carpenter (4743 Ballard Avenue NW), touted as one of the city’s top restaurants for fresh local seafood. The ambiance is a mix of elegance meets pub, with lots of windows letting in light, a zinc bar, a 1950s-era chandelier, and a mix of wood and steel accents. While the menu changes daily to stay fresh and seasonal, some dishes you may find include duck broth, scallop tartare, smoked trout, Tomales Bay oysters and chilled avocado soup.

For a fun nightlight experience, head to Belltown, a neighborhood full of clubs and bars for every personality. Dance to top DJs at a club, sip upmarket cocktails at a lounge, hear some live music or enjoy cheap beers at a local dive.

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24 Hours in Seattle

  1. Thanks so much for this. I\’m off to Seattle this Thursday.. This should be enough for a day. Now, I need still need itinerary, suggestions for the next 48 hours. LoL ☺️

  2. Love your plans for most of the day in Seattle! However, getting to Ballard is not such an easy thing for dinner if it\’s a 24 hour trip. I would stick to downtown and suggest Bar Sajor as the dinner stop – http://www.barsajor.com/reservations.html. Bar Sajor is located in Pioneer Square, home to many fabulous local art galleries and lovely historic buildings. Bar Sajor\’s chef is a Seattle favorite, embracing the local food movement to perfection. Their slow roasted chicken is the best food ever. If your visit happens to be on the first Thursday of the month, you can take in the free Art Walk in Pioneer Square while there too.

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