Why is Seattle so beloved? Let us count the ways and turn you on to some of our favorite things about the center of our universe. You can start with Alki Beach and go down the list alphabetically to discover and enjoy the gems that Seattle culture has to offer!
10 Classic Restaurants Every Seattleite Must Try – With a seemingly constant stream of buzzy new restaurants in Seattle, old, reliable spots can get forgotten. Here are 10 classic Seattle restaurants that have stood the test of time, operating for twenty years or more and still going strong. Time to get nostalgic.
20 Northwest Day Trips to Make the Most of Fall – Fall foliage, haunted parks, enchanted islands, unforgettable museums—all less than two hours from Seattle. (PNW)
Alki Beach – A long beach strip that runs from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay. It’s a great spot for a 2.5 mile walk (with or without your dog) and great eats any time of year, and in the summer draws joggers, rollerbladers, volleyball players, beachcombers, sunbathers, bicyclists and strollers out to enjoy the sun. (Alki)
Alki Kayak Tours – Enjoy hourly kayak, stand up paddle board, cruiser bike, longboard and inline skate rentals to paddle or cruise by Alki Beach, explore the Duwamish River Head and Jack Block Park. Hourly and daily rental rates are available to suit your kayak and stand up paddle board rental needs.
Aqua Verde Paddle Club – Explore Seattle the way it’s meant to be viewed–from the water. We offer kayak and paddle board rentals March through October. Embark from beautiful Portage Bay explore Seattle’s diverse and vibrant house boat community. Cross the Montlake Cut to drift among herons and turtles in the serene Washington Park Arboretum. Or, sail under the freeway bridge toward Gasworks Park for beautiful views of the Seattle skyline. After your adventure is done, top it all off with margaritas and delicious Mexican food from upstairs. Kayaks, food and ambience may just be the best way to explore Seattle. (Portage Bay)
Argosy Cruises – They say the only thing better than having a boat is having a friend with a boat. And for over 60 years we’ve been proud to be Seattle’s “friend with a boat,” showing locals and visitors a side of Seattle they rarely get to see. Since our early days as Seattle’s Spring Street Water Taxi, Argosy Cruises has been a Seattle institution. As a family-owned and operated company, we’re part of the community and take pride in showing it off, as well as in giving back. And we consider it a privilege to be able to share this area’s breathtaking beauty and fascinating history. Currently, Argosy Cruises operates a variety of vessels providing private and public cruises around the Puget Sound area. Argosy Cruises offers must-see tourist attractions, such as the Lakes, Locks and Harbor Cruises and hosts countless weddings, trips to Blake Island for the Tillicum Village Excursion, corporate events and community activities, including the Christmas Ship™ Festival, and Camp Goodtimes, a non-profit that provides cost-free, medically-supervised “camp experiences” for children with cancer.
Art – How to navigate the Seattle art world on a budget. Here are some of the best programs for promotions and discounted tickets to live music, dance, theater, opera, and comedy around the city.
Artusi – The celebrated, casual bar next door to its notable, Northern Italian sibling restaurant, Spinasse. It is the perfect stop on Capitol Hill for an expertly crafted cocktail and a light bite. (Capitol Hill)
Asian Art Museum – A museum of Asian art located inside Volunteer Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. (Capitol Hill)
Ballard Kayak – As sailors, kayakers, paddle boarders and outdoor enthusiasts, John and Becca, started Ballard Kayak and Paddleboard to share their love of the Puget Sound with the many residents and visitors of Seattle, WA. Ballard Kayak’s mission is to provide Seattle and its visitors a means to experience the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest while prioritizing safety and having a darn good time. We emphasize environmental protection and education by teaching customers about the local ecology and offering simple ways to positively impact the shoreline and waterways, like picking up trash and minimizing harmful runoff.
Ballard Loft – Ready for fun? We’ve got it all. 16 flat screens. Free shuffleboard. One pool table. Steel tipped darts. Video games, including Big Buck Hunter and Golden Tee. Great music. A garage door opens to front patio on Ballard Avenue, an ideal spot to enjoy summer nights. Bring your friends or make new ones. Either way, as soon as you walk through the door, you will feel at home at Ballard Loft! (Ballard)
Bell Street Pier and Observation Deck – Check out the quiet rooftop deck full of benches to sit and enjoy the scenic views of the Sound. The Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal anchors an 11-acre complex along Seattle’s downtown waterfront. Pier 66 is home to Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises, which offer weekly sailings to Alaska. Pier 66 is an easy walk to the famous Pike Place Market, Seattle Aquarium and the Great Wheel. The iconic Space Needle is also nearby.
Best Parks and Beaches in Seattle – We have a lot of beautiful parks and beaches that are great for leisurely strolls, picnics, or low-level hikes, all within the city limits. Enjoy them!
Best Spots to Snap Sunsets – We have plenty of amazing spots to take photos of the skies — like Golden Gardens, Gas Works Park, and the appropriately-named Sunset Hill Park. But which ones are irresistibly photogenic? We reached out to some local photographers to learn a little more about their favorite spots around Puget Sound…
Beveridge Place Pub – Located in West Seattle, the Beveridge Place Pub is a premier destination for great beer. Enjoy local, regional and international draft beers on tap and by the bottle. Our impressive array of taps includes 36 handles pouring a rotating selection of ales, lagers, ciders, and seasonal selections from near and far. We offer one of the deepest bottle lists of any bar in the city – over 150 bottles! (West Seattle)
Book Larder – Offering a carefully selected collection of new, collectible, and imported cookbooks to lovers of food and cooking in Seattle and beyond. We are also a spot to gather for author events, cooking classes, demonstrations and other food related discussions, both formal and informal. When you visit, we hope you’ll linger over titles that catch your fancy, and make yourself at home around our big kitchen counter.
Brouwers Cafe – Hip pub offering Belgian-style grub, punk rock music, hundreds of beers & over 50 scotches in a former warehouse. (Fremont)
Buckley’s Belltown – Buckley’s is the best place in Belltown to cheer your favorite football team on to victory! Locals and tourists alike love the electric atmosphere and infectious team spirit. (Belltown)
Cafe Allegro – Seattle’s oldest coffee shop. (University District)
Capitol Hill Block Party – A 3-day music and arts festival, celebrating Seattle’s iconic arts and music center. (Capitol Hill)
Cascade Loop – Endless tulip fields to snowcapped mountains. The mighty Columbia River to open range. The great American road trip is alive and well on Washington’s Cascade Loop Scenic Highway. (Snohomish River Valley, Stevens Pass Greenway, Levenworth Cascade Foothills))
Center for Wooden Boats – A hands-on maritime museum where every visitor has opportunities to engage in heritage experiences. CWB is a laboratory of learning using hands and minds. Come as you are and you will leave with calluses on your hands, shavings in your hair, maritime skills in your brain and pride of what you have achieved. (South Lake Union)
Cheap eats – Costs keep rising, bills are due, and oh my god do you really have to pay parking meters until 10pm now? Here are the city’s best places where a relatively small outlay* can carry you through the day.
Cinerama – Seattle’s most epic movie theater and one of only three theaters remaining worldwide that can show Cinerama-format film. Walk into the theater with its wide curved screen, reclining red seats and star field-like ceiling panels and it, “just looks like a spaceship,” Seattle Cinerama Manager Ethan Caldwell said. “It truly does. You look at our screen when the curtains open and I like to think of it as the window looking out of the spaceship.” (You can take a virtual Google Maps tour here.)
CityPass Seattle – Enjoy our amazing city like a tourist to see some of our greatest attractions at a discount.Visit the Needle for spectacular views twice within 24 hours – once during the day, once at night. Discover playful sea otters, graceful octopuses, luminous moon jellies and more at the Seattle Aquarium. Learn about Seattle on this entertaining, one-hour, live-narrated cruise of Elliott Bay and the Seattle Harbor. Experience the power of pop culture in EMP Museum’s colorful Frank Gehry-designed building! Hands-on experiences, iconic artifacts, and award-winning exhibitions featuring luminaries in the fields of music, literature, television, video games, and film make EMP a destination unlike any other. Discover the world of gorillas, grizzlies, lions, birds, snakes, turtles and more at a top award-winning zoo. See penguins “fly” underwater along a stunning desert coast on an Argosy Cruise Harbor Tour. Explore hundreds of interactive exhibits, wander among fluttering butterflies, touch live marine animals, explore distant galaxies and immerse yourself in a giant-screen IMAX® movie at he Pacific Science Center. Immerse yourself in a world where curiosity, creativity and color come to life at the Chihuly Gardens. (All across Seattle)
Concerts at the Mural – Take advantage of the warm summer nights and take in the tunes from some of KEXP’s favorite artists. The four FREE all-ages shows are tailored to the culturally curious who seek to discover the best of the area’s independent music scene. Come early to get your seats, enjoy the beer/wine garden, and visit our sponsor booths. (Seattle Center)
Cupcake Royale – Seattle’s first cupcake bakery and café. In fact, Cupcake Royale is the nation’s first cupcake bakery to open outside of NYC! We also believe in creating a sustainable and viable local economy. We partner with Washington farmers and producers to bring you the best our neighbors have to offer, because we believe that buying local is vital to building a strong community (and it tastes a lot better). We are committed to giving back to our community and annually donate over 40,000 cupcakes to help raise funds for local non-profits. We care deeply about baking delicious cupcakes, crafting amazing espresso, and creating sustainable communities and joyous experiences. (Capitol Hill, Madrona, Ballard, West Seattle, 108 Pine, Queen Anne, Pagliacci’s in Bellevue)
Darrell’s Tavern – Where your dad used to drink. We are a popular dive north of Seattle on 180th and Aurora. Dive being the operative word; we like it that way. Carpet on the walls, classic decor and limited lighting are the perfect backdrop for cheap drinks and entertainment; blues, jazz, rockabilly and rock of all kinds. (Shoreline)
Daybreaker – An early morning dance movement in 25 cities around the world and growing. We start with a one hour yoga + fitness experience and then dance with reckless abandon for two hours before work.
Dick’s Drive-In – Where taste has been the difference since 1954. Great burgers. Hand dipped shakes. Real Potatoes. Customer donations have raised over $800,000 in Dick’s Change for Charity boxes. (Wallingford, Broadway, Holman,Lake City, Queen Anne, Edmonds)
Discovery Park – A 534 acre natural area park operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. (Magnolia)
Eater Seattle – Our favorite shortcut to finding the best places to eat in Seattle and over 20 other great cities in America. Discover the best bars, coffee shops, ramen place, Thai food, pasta, ice cream and so much more. (Online)
Everywhere Calendar – A compilation of awards ceremonies and sports events to watch on TV, eclipses and other astronomical events, UN “International Days,” major US holidays and observances, and other events to keep track of—no matter where in the country (or world) you are. (Everywhere, …including Seattle)
Fremont Solstice Fair – Naked bicyclists. ‘Nuff said. ..but if you need more – 100,000 revelers visit the Fremont neighborhood for Solstice festivities. (Fremont)
Gas Works Park – Has a play area with a large play barn, and big hill popular for flying kites. Special park features include a sundial, and a beautiful view of Seattle. Burke-Gilman Trail runs past Gas Works parking lot and follows the Burlington-Northern Railroad 12.5 miles north to Log Boom Park in Kenmore. It’s real live steampunk. (Kenmore)
George and Dragon Pub – Since 1995 a little bit of Britain in Seattle. Located in the Fremont area of Seattle. Serving cocktails, fine ales and great food. The only proper place to watch a good fubol match, especially the FIFA World Cup. (Fremont)
Green Lake Park – One of Seattle’s most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people daily from all over the city. The park serves as a natural preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as numerous birds and waterfowl. The newly reconstructed 2.8-mile path around the lake provides a perfect recreational spot for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers. Many others use the athletic fields or visit the park for boating, picnics and swimming. (Green Lake)
Green Leaf Restaurant – Experience the pho and great Vietnamese culture. (Chinatown, Belltown)
Hamilton Viewpoint Park – The best place to see Seattle views at sunset. With a stunning view of the city, Elliott Bay, the harbor and the Cascade Mountains, Hamilton Viewpoint showcases Seattle’s urban and natural beauty. (West Seattle)
Happy Hour Heat Map – It’s not hard to find a decent happy hour in Seattle (there’s also an essential happy hour map for some true greats and a late-night happy hour guide for the night owls), so this guide collects the hottest new offerings. Some not-so-new restaurants are just now getting into the happy-hour game. Others, brand new to the city, have rolled out happy hours from the very beginning, and some standbys offer retooled menus that serve the latest whims from the kitchen. (King County)
Hawks Nest – Where the 12’s watch their Seahawk games. (Stadium District)
Historic Panama Hotel (Bed & Breakfast and Teahouse) – LOVE this teahouse!! You’ll dig the unique atmosphere that’s as refreshing as the fantastic teas they serve. Schedule business meetings or romantic rendevous here. “Experience the Romance of a Simpler Time”. Serving the finest teas from around the world. Proudly serving LAvAzza – Italy’s #1 coffee. (Business District)
Hot Dog Stand In Front of Neighbors – Don’t forget to add cream cheese. (Pike)
Hot Tub Boats – Yes, this is real. Real amazing! Hot Tub Boats are available for rent and purchase. Due to our design and engineering, a valid driver’s license is all that is required to rent out our boats. All of our boats are custom built, in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. (South Lake Union)
Hula Hula Karaoke & Tiki Bar – Hula Hula opened its doors to Seattle in 2006. Centrally located in Lower Queen Anne, we are proud to be the neighborhood’s tropical oasis. A perfect place for an after work drink, happy hour, pre-Key Arena meeting spot, girls’ night out or rockin’ the best karaoke in Seattle, seven nights a week. (Lower Queen Anne)
IdeaX Makerspace – The Bellevue Library ideaX Makerspace features introductory workshops and drop-in sessions for collaboration and creation. The space encourages creativity through art, design, coding, recording, and more through emerging technologies, traditional mediums and explores the space between. (Bellevue)
Intentionalist – An online guide to intentional spending that supports small businesses and diverse local communities. We make it easy for you to find local restaurants, bars, gyms, shops, and more owned by women, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ, families, and differently abled people. Beyond serving as a directory, Intentionalist supports community connection through business profiles based on interviews with local business owners, and meet-ups that provide the opportunity to meet them and learn about the stories behind their businesses. It all starts with everyday decisions about where we buy a cup of coffee, work out, or pick up a birthday gift. Whether you identify as a localist, activist, or just a good neighbor, Intentionalist helps you contribute to the businesses that keep our communities vibrant and diverse. (Seattle)
JarrBar – Having co-authored In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys with the World Famous fish throwing guys of Pike Place Market, Bryan has a deep love for all things from the sea and the history and pulse of the Pike Place Market. While traveling, Bryan was inspired by the intimate neighborhood bars found in almost every city and town. Delectable anchovies and a plate of ham along with a cold beer made a great meal any time of the day. Thus JarrBar was born. An intimate place featuring cured seafood and meats paired with classic cocktails, wines from Iberia (and a few closer to home), and cold beer. Bryan also co-owned Madison Park Conservatory, a place that did not last but created some amazing food and memories.
KEXP – Where the music matters. (Seattle Center; On radio waves on interweb live streams everywhere)
Knee High Stocking Club – Hidden in plain sight, Knee High Stocking Co. is a speakeasy cocktail bar in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Our mission is to chase perfection and share our love-affair with the cocktail. Building on the great traditions of classic American and French cocktailing from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, our drinks are accurately crafted, flavor balanced, full-bodied, and strong. We’ve tailored our menu to satisfy a variety of palates, and our professional bartenders will always create a new cocktail to your individual tastes. (Capitol Hill)
Living Computer Museum – Dedicated to preserving and displaying working examples of those computers that tell the story of our journey away from computing as a difficult and expensive undertaking toward the universal access to information technology we enjoy today. (SoDo)
Local 360 – A sustainable restaurant in the heart of Belltown. Our emphasis is on local sourcing, with the majority of our ingredients falling within a 360 mile radius of Seattle. (Belltown)
Map of Seattle’s Iconic Murals – Want to get to know vintage Seattle? Check out the Evergrey’s map of iconic Seattle murals and take a Saturday to visit them. This’ll take you in and out of some of Seattle’s historic neighborhoods and you’ll get your art fix on at the same time. Double bonus! (from Lake City down to South Seattle and many locales in between).
Marco Polo Bar & Grill – Best know for our world famous fried chicken, Marco Polo has been satisfying local cravings for generations. Located on the edge of historic Georgetown, we are a celebrated neighborhood saloon loved by many regulars. Over the years Marco has transformed from a small tavern to a larger and full-sized bar while maintaining a family owned atmosphere. The best spot in Seattle to watch a Cougs game with fellow fans. (Georgetown)
Market Theater Gum Wall – A brick alleyway wall now covered in used chewing gum. Parts of the wall are covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet. Anytime you visit you will see more selfies taken in a five minute period then you will probably see anywhere else in Seattle you visit. (Post Alley)
Marymoor Park – Interested in soccer, baseball, cricket or concerts? Need to take the dog for a walk? Want to try your hand at flying a radio-control airplane or climbing a 35-foot freestanding structure? Looking to enjoy the outdoors by strolling along a regional trail, picnicking on the lawn, or birdwatching on the shores of Lake Sammamish? Then Marymoor Park is the place for you! King County’s most popular park, more than 3 million people visit Marymoor annually to explore Marymoor’s 640 acres of recreational activities, rare amenities, and culturally-enriching events. (Redmond)
Molly Moons – Ice cream. Seattle ice cream. (Wallingford, Capitol Hill, Madrona, Queen Anne, U Village, and ‘minimoons’ are available in vending machines on Washington State Ferries and locations across the region; Each vending machine benefits the community by giving back 1 percent of its sales to a nonprofit related to its new home.)
Mount Rainier – Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits. (South of Seattle. It’s a mountain, you can’t miss it)
Myrtle Edwards Park – A 1.25-mile winding bike and pedestrian paths along Elliott Bay, fantastic views of the Olympics Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Puget Sound, easy access from downtown and easy connection to bike paths to Magnolia. (North of Belltown)
Navy Strength – A tiki-inspired bar along a sleepy stretch of Belltown, that has been anointed “Best New American Cocktail Bar” by Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, one of the drink industry’s highest honors. (Belltown)
Needle and Thread – Sophisticated, reservations-only, cocktail bar, accessed by a bank vault in the Tavern Law pub. (Capitol Hill)
Northwest Outdoor Center – NWOC was founded by five paddling entrepreneurs in October of 1980. Our goal was simple: to provide safe, high quality boating instruction for people in the NW. Years later, the concept has expanded but the goal remains the same. NWOC is best known for its classes, rentals, and tours, which are detailed in our class brochure. We also have about 100 kayaks available for use right from our docks, on Lake Union. Most of our classes and tours are for the beginner, from Rescue classes to Whitewater to Whale Searching. We also offer surf technique classes for those who wish to elevate their skill level. We started selling gear because of customer demand for quality kayaking accessories. While we have more items in our store, this covers many of the items that kayakers can’t do without. Whether you visit us here in our store, or mail order some gear for yourself or a friend, we would love to help you. (South Lake Union)
Oddfellows Cafe – Go for the historic decor. Stay for a great meal. (Capitol Hill)
Olympic Sculpture Park – A public park consisting of a 9-acre outdoor sculpture museum and beach. (Elliott Bay Waterfront)
Pagliacci’s Pizza – The Most Award Winning Pizza in the PNW. Just do yourself a favor and dig into a slice ASAP. (All across Seattle and Eastside)
Pegasus Pizza – Our most favorite pizza along with Pagliacci’s. Try the Alki Special and The Greek. Delicioso! (Alki, Bellevue)
Pike’s Place Market – Possibly you’ve heard of the Seattle icon where flying fish and spicy tea are but a fraction of the delicacies that await you. It’s much more than just a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. Great for picking up fresh fruits, vegetables and fish for home meals. (Elliott Bay Waterfront)
Pioneer Square – Seattle’s original downtown, dating back to 1852. The district is characterized by late nineteenth century brick and stone buildings, and one of the nation’s best surviving collections of Romanesque Revival style urban architecture. (Pioneer Square)
Portage Bay Cafe – Brunch like you give a damn. (Roosevelt, South Lake Union)
Private Clubs – …they’re private. Find someone who knows someone and you’ll be in! 🙂 (Puget Sound)
Post Alley Film Festival – A showcase for emerging and established filmmakers and focused on a wide variety of homegrown and international short films. Post Alley Film Festival is not restricted to screening only women’s work but it is a venue for female perspectives and it encourages film submissions focusing on female subject matter. (Pike Place Market)
Ram Restaurant & Brewery – The Northgate location is where Husky fans watch their UW football games. (Northgate)
Rhein Haus – German biergarten with bratwurst, pretzels & schnitzels plus fireplaces & bocce ball courts. (Capitol Hill)
RockBox – A Japanese style karaoke lounge in Capitol Hill, Seattle with full bar. Sing and drink with your friends in a private room or karaoke box! (Capitol Hill)
Salumi Cured Meats – Amazing sandwiches. Combining the tradition of Italian salumerias with Northwest flavors since 1999. (Pioneer Square)
Seattle 100 – Invites each of us to survey our own surroundings, our lives, our friends—and those not yet our friends—that make up the place we all live, whether thatʼs Seattle or anywhere else. The list is curated by award winning Seattleite Chase Jarvis who loves and evangelizes what’s best about Seattle culture.
Seattle.com – Everything Seattle. (Seattle)
Seattle Art Events – Discover local art openings, art walks and more vis The Stranger.(Puget Sound)
Seattle Art Museum SAM – Where the arts come alive in Seattle. (Seattle)
Seattle Comedy – Find details on stand-up, improv, and other comedy performances via The Stranger.(Puget Sound)
Seattle Community & Civics – Find details on political discussions, fundraisers, workshops, and other community events via The Stranger. (Seattle)
Seattle Festivals – Discover upcoming festivals from Vashon and Sequim to The Gorge at George, Washington via the Stranger. (Puget Sound)
Seattle Film Festivals & Events – Find film festivals, parties, lectures, and other special events here, and find regular movie times for all Seattle theaters on The Stanger’s movie times calendar. (Seattle)
Seattle Food & Drink Events – Hungry? Thirsty? Check out The Stranger’s guide to food and drink happenings around town. (Puget Sound)
Seattle Localist –
Seattle Live Music – Feeling the need to rock out? Explore The Stranger’s guide to music happening around town. (Puget Sound)
Seattle Japanese Garden – The earliest postwar public construction of a Japanese-style garden on the Pacific Coast, and thus has had a strong influence on the design on Japanese gardens throughout the region. (Madison Park)
Seattle Office of Arts and Culture – Activating and sustaining Seattle through arts and culture. (Seattle)
Seattle Readings & Talk Events – Discover author readings and great talks around town via The Stranger. (Seattle)
Seattle Resistance & Solidarity Events – The best guide to political resistance events in Seattle via The Stranger. (Seattle)
Seattle Theater and Dance – Find details on every theater, dance, musical theater, cabaret, burlesque, and drag event here via The Stranger.
Seattle Underground Tour – A leisurely, guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. As you roam the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle, our guides regale you with the stories our pioneers didn’t want you to hear. It’s history with a twist! (Pioneer Square)
Seattle Walks with Great Views – Want a walk with a view? Here are five easygoing, flat walks. Most are several miles, but easier to make shorter or longer. (Seattle)
Seattle Waterfront – With spectacular views of Elliott Bay, Seattle Waterfront is one of Seattle’s most unforgettable neighborhoods. Visitors can enjoy fresh Pacific Northwest seafood, eclectic souvenir and curio shops, scenic ferry rides, or a visit to the Seattle Aquarium. (Elliott Bay Waterfront)
SeaFair – Annual July/August festival with ship tours, air shows, hydroplane races, parades, and street performances on the shores of Puget Sound. (Elliott Bay, Alki Beach, Waterfront and Lake Washington)
Secret Seattle Beaches – Seattle has 149 secret beaches. They sit at the ends of public roads and dirt paths and seemingly private driveways. Nearby, razor wire and security cameras guard expensive private properties that have tennis courts, groomed gardens, guesthouses, and long docks. These beaches are tiny crevices of public space, little known and offering the average citizen a chance to quietly take in the view of a multimillionaire without the fear of being evicted.
Shultzys Bar & Grill – Rare, Interesting and Delicious Beers! Great German bar if you’d like to hang with the college crowd. Extensive menu of housemade wursts, burgers & cheesesteaks, plus 9 tap beers that rotate daily. (University District)
Snoqualmie Falls – One of Washington state’s most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year. At the falls, you will find a two-acre park, gift shop, observation deck, the Salish Lodge and the famous 270 foot waterfall. (Snoqualmie)
Space Needle – It’s hard to take Seattle for granted when you see it from 520 feet on our Observation Deck. Trace the outlines of the Cascades against the misty horizon. Instagram Mt. Rainier. Track ferries and boats as they cruise through Elliott Bay. Listen to the distant hum of people, cars, trains, buses, and bikers bustling around Downtown Seattle. It’s all up here, ready and waiting to be seen. (Seattle Center)
Sports & Recreation – Explore upcoming opportunities observe or partake in sporting or recreational activities across this beautiful state of ours. (Washington)
Sun Liquor – An intimate neighborhood scratch cocktail lounge with two Capitol Hill locations. We quickly gained a reputation as a great place to get a quality classic cocktail. To ensure that our customers receive the highest quality cocktails, we use fresh squeezed juices, in-house made syrups & bitters and a diverse spirit selection, including those made at our distillery. (Capitol Hill)
The Evergrey – Live Like You Live Here. We’re connecting Seattle’s curious locals, and making media and events to help you explore, understand, and create the future of our city. Join their email list or scan their site to keep up on the community pulse of Seattle.
The Gorge Amphitheater – one of the most scenic concert locations in the world offering spectacular river gorge views and concert friendly summer weather as well as lawn terrace seating. Don’t believe us? See for yourself…a 20,000 plus seat concert venue that has played host to some big name performers such as Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Nickelback, The Police and more. (Gorge above the Columbia River in Washington, just 10 miles northeast of Quincy)
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The Pink Door Restaurant – Homespun Italian-American food, free provocative live entertainment, trapeze artists above the diners, and a view of Elliot Bay in a romantic setting inside a historic building with a mysterious ambiance. What’s not to love? (Post Alley)
The S.L.U.T. – Ride it and then buy a tee to let everyone know that you rode the S.L.U.T. (South Lake Union)
Touchdown City – The place to be before Seahawks home games. Admission is FREE and open to all Seahawks fans three (3) hours before each home game. (Stadium District; CenturyLink Field)
Top Ten Things to Know About Seattle – Discover the main aspects of Seattle culture that make up how Seattleites live, work and play together in our fine city. The bottom line is that we’re very humanist, collaborative and believe it’s better to live in a dolphin tank culture than a shark tank culture.
Town Hall Seattle – A vibrant gathering place in the heart of Seattle, Town Hall fosters an engaged community through civic, arts, and educational programs that reflect—and inspire—our region’s best impulses: creativity, empathy, and the belief that we all deserve a voice. (Downtown Seattle)
Travelers Thali House – The word “thali” refers to the platter that holds an array of individual dishes that make a complete Indian meal (no need to order a la carte!). Our thali menu changes monthly to feature dishes appropriate to the season, and to use what’s best in the market. Meals are served on traditional stainless steel thali plates. If you love Masala chai, enjoy it in the restaurant and then bring a gallon home to enjoy in at home. (Beacon Hill)
Uneeda Burger – Doesn’t the name say it all? …and the fact that it’s located in the center of the universe? Premium beef, craft brews ,and wine make up Fremont neighborhood roadside-style burger spot Uneeda Burger. Equipped with a patio out front, you can chow down and tan at the same time. (Fremont)
Unicorn Narwhal – Two carnival themed bars located on Capitol Hill, Seattle. Each packs its own vibe into one location offering whimsical food & drink options. Also featuring an arcade, claw machine, pull tabs & photo booth. Weekly events include Mimosas with Mama, live shows, karaoke, trivia and more. …try the corn dogs. (Capitol Hill)
Uwajimaya – Quality is what matters – in relationships, experiences, knowledge, health and food. Family-owned, Uwajimaya has been serving the local Northwest community since 1928. Today, at our four locations in Washington and Oregon, you will find the freshest selections of produce, seafood and meats alongside a large assortment of quality Asian gift and grocery items. Come visit us today and check out what makes Uwajimaya a unique and quality shopping experience. (International District)
UW’s Medicinal Herb Garden – Tucked behind an assortment of trees along UW’s Stevens Way is a garden unknown to many. The UW Medicinal Herb Garden is home to about 1,000 plants from around the world, spread out across seven plots, and provides a relaxing escape from the surrounding campus.
Vito’s -An iconic restaurant and lounge located on First Hill. Opened in 1953, it has a history rich in cocktail culture, organized crime and east coast, family style Italian food. Known to have rare whiskey brands, fantastic jazz, and amazing food. (First Hill)
Volunteer Park – Includes a conservatory (a designated city landmark), completed in 1912; a water tower with an observation deck, built by the Water Department in 1906, a fenced-off reservoir; the dramatic Art Deco building of the Seattle Asian Art Museum (a designated city landmark); a statue of William Henry Seward; a memorial to Judge Thomas Burke; and a sculpture,Black Sun, by Isamu Noguchi (colloquially referred to as “The Doughnut”) around which a scenic view of the Seattle skyline that prominently includes the Space Needle can be seen, as well as several meadows and picnic tables. The wading pool is operational in the summer months and operated daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteer Park is also well known for its extensive dahlia garden in season. There are also Koi ponds at the park which contain fish during the summer months.(Capitol Hill)
Washington Park Arboretum – A 200-acre park on the shore of Lake Washington, in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle, with over 40,000 trees, shrubs and vines from all around the world. (Lake Washington)
Washington Trails Association – The voice for hikers in Washington state. They protect hiking trails and wild lands, take volunteers out to maintain trails, and promote hiking as a healthy, fun way to explore the outdoors. If you love hiking they have all the details you’ll need to enjoy our beautiful state – hike finder map, hiking guide, trip reports, hiking with kids, hiking with dogs, hiking by season, trail smarts, passes and permits, ranger station info, youth programs, trail work parties and more! (Washington State)
Waterfront Activities Center – Located directly behind Husky Stadium on Union Bay and the Montlake Cut, offers canoe and rowboat rentals, storage of non-motorized craft. Best. Canoeing. In Seattle. (Union Bay)
Water Taxi – See some of the best views of the city and venture across the water. (West Seattle, Pier 50)
Where to Swim in Seattle – It’s not like Los Angeles or Chicago, where the beaches are obvious. You need a guide to figure out where to go. But I’m convinced there is more water here than anywhere else in the world. This city has two public outdoor pools, eight public indoor pools, three lakes, and Puget Sound.