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How to Spend 1 Day in Seattle

How to Spend 1 Day in Seattle

Set on the Puget Sound, Seattle is a thriving metropolis, full of cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities. Mountains serve as a backdrop to the Emerald City’s high-rise buildings, and there’s rich culture around every corner. Read on for the best way to spend a day in Seattle.

Morning: Tour Pike Place Market

Start your day off with a tour of Pike Place Market, a sprawling collection of food stalls, restaurants, and independent shops. Tours often involve sampling food at several different stops throughout the market, and guides weave in discussions of the market’s history. Scenes fromSleepless in Seattle were filmed here, and coffee giant Starbucks still runs its original cafe within the Pike Place Market campus. Your morning might involve dining on fresh French pastries, shopping for souvenirs, taking in views of Elliott Bay, and sampling the season’s best produce. 

Afternoon: Get to Know Downtown

Downtown Seattle is home to several other worthwhile attractions beyond Pike Place Market. A hop-on hop-off tour is a great way to access these. You can explore the waterfront and its numerous piers, visit the Space Needle, try dim sum in Chinatown, check out the quirky Seattle Central Library, and discover other parks and viewpoints via bus. Thrillseekers should save time for a ride on the Great Wheel. The waterfront Ferris wheel complete with gondola-style compartments shows off views of downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay. On clear days, mountains rise to the east and west.

Night: Set Sail

No trip to Seattle is complete without a waterborne experience. Several tour companies offer cruises, and some are scheduled around sunset. Your day might end with a cocktail sail on Elliott Bay, where you can take in views of islands and the downtown skyline as the sun sets behind the craggy Olympic Mountains. You might spot wildlife such as orcas, seals, and otters. Or, end things with a nightcap and cruise on Lake Washington to see Seattle’s rolling hills and nearby Cascade Mountains. Keep an eye out for bald eagles as the city lights up the night. 

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Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Seattle is famous for its bustling waterfront, numerous green spaces, and historic neighborhoods. Ideal for first-time visitors, this sightseeing tour provides an overview of top attractions such as Pioneer Square, the Space Needle, and Pike Place market. Sit back and relax while your guide provides historical and cultural background for each destination, and enjoy stops to walk and take photos.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Seattle CityPASS

Seattle CityPASS

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Experience Seattle’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Seattle CityPASS. Visit the world famous Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium. Then choose from the Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Park Zoo and the Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass to complete the tour. CityPASS mobile tickets are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. Transportation to and from attractions not included.
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  • 30 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Seattle Harbor Cruise

Seattle Harbor Cruise

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Seattle from Elliot Bay and Seattle Harbor on this narrated cruise. Learn about Seattle’s historic waterfront and get an up-close look at one of the world's largest shipping terminals. Take in the view of the city’s skyline with a spectacular panoramic background of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, including majestic Mt. Rainier. Food and beverages are available for purchase onboard the ship.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.13
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Food and Cultural Walking Tour of Pike Place Market

Food and Cultural Walking Tour of Pike Place Market

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Experience the food and culture at one of Seattle’s most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market, on this walking tour. This is the original food and cultural tour of Pike Place Market. Enjoy a ton of diverse tastings, from fresh produce and crab cakes to local coffee, doughnuts, pastries and much more. Feel like a market insider on this behind-the-scenes adventure to savor the flavors of this historic attraction.
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  • 2 hours
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Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Seattle from the water on this comfortable, 2-hour, cocktail cruise along Lake Union. Watch seaplane arrivals and departures and see landmark Seattle locations like the iconic Space Needle, Seattle Great Wheel, the Fremont Bridge, Gas Works Park, the University of Washington and much more — plus a plethora of floating homes, including the one from the popular movie ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ Choose from a morning, midday, afternoon or evening cruise. The first round of drinks is included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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City Sightseeing Seattle Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Seattle Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Visit top sights and neighborhoods with 1- or 2-day tickets for a hop-on hop-off Seattle bus tour. Without the hassle and expense of parking in some of the city’s busiest areas, you can simply enjoy the view from the double-decker, open-top bus, hopping off to visit the Space Needle, Chinatown, Pike Place Market, waterfront piers, and more, while listening to interesting facts and background on each place you pass.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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3-Hour Seattle City Tour

3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Experience the best of Seattle on this small-group minibus tour in and around the Emerald City. Visit great attractions in downtown Seattle and at the Seattle waterfront. Travel to Pioneer Square, Chinatown and International District, plus Seattle Center (with the iconic Space Needle), hopping out for photo ops throughout the tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.29
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Exclusive: Early-Access Food Tour of Pike Place Market

Exclusive: Early-Access Food Tour of Pike Place Market

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Experience the food and culture at one of Seattle’s most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market, on this guided tasting tour. This is the original food and cultural tour of Pike Place Market with a bonus: exclusive, early access to the Market before the crowds arrive. Enjoy diverse tastings, from fresh produce, warm cheddar biscuits and smoked salmon to local coffee, doughnuts, pastries and much more. Interact with the merchants before it gets busy, then savor the flavors, as well as the sights and sounds, of this historic attraction.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Private Sailing Adventure on the Puget Sound

Private Sailing Adventure on the Puget Sound

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Sail the seas around Seattle on this private, 3-hour adventure to Puget Sound. Climb aboard the S/V Kingsley and set sail from the Shilshole Bay Marina with an experienced captain leading the way. Learn how to sail or simply sit back and enjoy the view. See an abundance of marine wildlife, the downtown Seattle skyline — including the iconic Space Needle — plus incredible views of the Olympic Mountains, featuring majestic Mount Rainier in the distance.
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