Your Weekend Guide to Seattle

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  • Seattle

  • City Travel

  • Active Travel

  • Washington

  • Downtown

  • Adventure

  • Outdoor

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Curator’s statement

Known for its vibrant arts scene, Seattle is a haven for creative minds. From the historic Pike Place Market, where local artisans showcase their goods, to the numerous art galleries and theaters, the city exudes a palpable sense of cultural richness. Music enthusiasts will find their nirvana here, as Seattle's legacy in rock music, particularly the grunge movement of the 1990s, has left an undeniable mark on the world.

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Where to stay in Seattle

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Fairmont Olympic Hotel - Seattle

Old school glamour and refined service meet at this central Seattle stay, with 450 luxe guestrooms and the gorgeous brasserie, the George.

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Lotte Hotel Seattle

Spacious suites and contemporary dining experiences with high-touch service.

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The Edgewater Hotel

Situated on the Seattle waterfront, this hotel is just a short walk from Pike Place Market and boasts views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains.

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Things to do in Seattle

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Space Needle

Arguably the biggest tour attraction in Seattle, this cultural landmark stands at 605 feet tall and provides people with breathtaking panoramic views of the city, surrounding landscapes and the picturesque Puget Sound. Fairly comparable to Toronto's CN Tower, the Space Needle allows you to experience the city from above while grabbing a quick bite to eat or a glass of champagne. I recommend going at sunset for the best photos - but make sure to book ahead of time for this is the most popular time to go. Bundle your fare with a ticket to the Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum below, where incredible glass sculptures are showcased.

Pike Place Market

I am sure if you have researched Seattle at all, you have heard of the Pike Place Market. This iconic waterfront marketplace is a vibrant hub of local culture. I recommend getting there early to browse the vendors, for it gets packed FAST. Travel light too - you will not want to be lugging big bags or suitcases through the thousands of people. It is absolutely a must-do in Seattle and you will find amazing hand-crafted goods, artwork, artisanal foods and international delicacies. Some funky stores that are favorites of mine include MarninSaylor, Market Magic Shop and Nature's Twist. Pike Place is also home to the famous "flying fish" which I am sure you will witness if you spend enough time here. As well as the iconic gum wall. A great place for a photo op - maybe not a great place if you have a weak stomach.

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop)

While in the city where grunge music was born, it is vital that you immerse yourself in this history. The Museum of Pop Culture is not only architecturally stunning, but it also covers a wide spectrum of pop culture. The museum's exhibits delve into the cultural impact of iconic musicians, filmmakers, writers and artists, showcasing how their work has shaped and influenced society.

Seattle Aquarium

A great rainy day activity or family activity. Located right on the waterfront, near Pike Place Market, this aquatic haven is both entertaining and educational. The Underwater Dome is the highlight of the experience, where you can physically stand under the water and watch fish in their natural habitat for as long as you'd like. This is another attraction where you will want to get tickets ahead of time! Getting tickets at the door can have you waiting in line for an hour or more (not ideal in Seattle's infamous rainy climate).

Day Trips

If staying in Seattle for an extensive amount of time and not just 24 hours - take a day trip to Mt. Rainer or the gorgeous Leavenworth, WA to feel as if you've been transported to Europe.

Places to eat & drink in Seattle

An entrance view of a coffee shop in Seattle

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