How To Spend a Long Weekend In Seattle

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Seemingly outshined by its southern neighbor California, the beautiful city of Seattle sits quietly to the north breathing adventure, excitement and beauty through its urban streets.  Seattle, situated in the Northwest corner of Washington is surrounded by vast mountain ranges and bodies of water. Synonymous with coffee and rain there is way more to this amazing city besides a warm cup of joe with an umbrella in hand.

Seattle Space Needle

The Space Needle

Every city has its landmark and Seattle’s isn’t hard to find.  The Space Needle stands at an astounding height of 605 feet, allowing you to see the city and its surroundings from an absolutely breathtaking view.  Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of heights the glass elevator up is well worth the spectacular scenery.  The Space Needle is open 365 days, from Monday-Thursday from 10am to 9:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9:30 am to 10:30 pm. You’re virtually guaranteed to never miss the opportunity to reach city’s highest limits.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Right after seeing Seattle from above, you can step off the elevator and enter one of the city’s newest must-see attractions.  The Chihuly Garden and Glass museum is located at the base of the Space Needle and features an amazing collection of glass-made masterpieces rendered by eye patch-sporting entrepreneur/artisan Dale Chihuly.  Whether you’re into art or not, you will be truly astonished by the massively colorful pieces put together by Chihuly. This installation of artistic exuberance features 10 unique display galleries, a theatre featuring Chiluy’s team of artists and a quaint café with fresh snacks and coffee.  The museum and its collection of glass treasures inspire visitors to engage with Seattle’s cultural community by getting to know one of the world’s most talented artists. It is open every day until 8pm and will open your mind to the endless possibilities that art has to offer.

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Seattle Aquarium

If you happen to drag the kids along for the weekend, or maybe want to feel like a kid again yourself, the Seattle Aquarium will certainly not disappoint.  As the 9th largest aquarium in the U.S., this is the perfect attraction if you are in Seattle on one of its wetter days.  The aquarium features six major exhibits that allow you to see, touch and hear all types of animals up close and personal. Your children will fall in love with the Puget Sound tide pools, home to sea creatures including hermit crabs, sea stars, anemone and many more.  The aquarium also features an underwater dome, providing you with 360-degree views of Puget Sound life inside a massive 400,000 gallon-tank.  Open daily from 9:30am-5pm, spend a couple hours getting to know some of the aquatic locals that call the Seattle Aquarium home.

EMP Museum

Music fans, treat yourself to a few hours at this amazing exhibit dedicated to the history of popular music, science fiction and pop culture right in the heart of Seattle!   The EMP (Electronic Music Project) Museum offers a two-in-one experience as it features the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. You will certainly need to dedicate a few hours exploring such displays as The Art of Video Games, Icons of Science Fiction and collections focused around rock legends Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana.  Unleash your inner rock star in the “birthplace of Grunge” and learn some amazing facts about science fiction while you’re at it!

Argory Cruises Harbor Tour

If the day allows you to, this tour will be one of the most fulfilling activities of your trip. Take a break from walking around and jump aboard one of the Argosy’s Harbor cruises.  This educational cruise will offer you breath-taking views of the city skyline, Olympic mountain ranges and unique beaches surrounding Seattle. If you are looking for a romantic get-away from the hustle and bustle of the urban streets, jumping aboard this cruise will help you appreciate the beauty that the city has to offer.

Pike's Place Market

Savor Seattle Food Tours

At this point, you have probably worked up quite an appetite. If you are looking to taste your way around the Emerald City, this is the best way to do it.  Savor Seattle Food Tours offers five different cultural food tours, enabling you to chew your way through some of Seattle’s best and most unique eateries.  Depending on what your palate prefers, the food tours include: Pike Place Market, the gourmet restaurant scene, the city’s Capitol Hill Section, Chocolate Indulgence and Booze n’ Bites. Each tour offers completely different dishes and dining experiences, sure to give you a great taste of the city’s wonderful culinary establishments.

When it comes to the city of Seattle, the museums, adventures, sights and activities are endless.  If you have the chance to check out some of the aforementioned attractions, you will leave the city with emerald smiles and pockets full of coffee beans.

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by Dan Patterson

Dan Patterson works for CityPASS. With the Seattle CityPASS you can visit several of the attractions listed above for less. Visit our blog for additional tips on things to do and see in Seattle.

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