If you are visiting the Washington State, then you must spend a day in Seattle. An eclectic city with vibrant neighborhoods, it’s home to tech giants and famous artists. A great place to spend 24 hrs.
We spent a few days in the city of Seattle and although I was busy attending a conference most of the time, on our last day in Seattle when we were mostly sightseeing.
This guide is very mellow as there is so much to see in Seattle that a day is not enough, but if you want to take in the main places and not have to rush through the day, then this guide will help you make the most of your 24hrs in Seattle.
How to Spend 24hrs in Seattle
[ 1 ] Gawk at or Visit the Space Needle
This Space Disk shaped building is so easily accessible by monorail and a landmark in the city of Seattle. If you decide to go up, there are several ticket options available, including a Night and Day pass. There is also a restaurant in the Space Needle if you want to take the view in style.
[ 2 ] Make the Sonic Blooms Sing
This art installation is also pretty high tech. Created by Dan Corson and commissioned by the Pacific Science Center, these 40 feet tall “flowers” interact with visitors by making music. It’s pretty fascinating if you like science!
[ 3 ] Eat at the Armory, Kizuki or Serious Pie
The Space Needle and other attractions are all conveniently located within the Seattle Center. Within this complex, you can find different dining options from street vendors to high end restaurants. If you are looking for a quick bite, head on to the food court called the Armory for a variety of eats.
If you out and about town, try Kizuki for delicious Ramen and Japanese offerings.
If you are in the mood for gourmet pizza, try Serious Pie.
[ 4 ] Stroll Pike Place Market
Iconic like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market is a place for a little of everything. This is where you can find vibrant produce and groceries, beautiful and very reasonably priced flower bouquets, the first Starbucks store, the biggest cookies I have ever seen, freshly made cheese and juices, some of the best restaurants in town and of course the Gum Wall.
It takes at least a couple hours to sightsee the market so plan accordingly. It’s always busy, but specially crowded on the weekends. Here is their site for more info.
[ 5 ] Take a picture in front of the Gum Wall
It’s a little disturbing to see all these pieces of gum glued to the wall, but the visual appeal of colorful candy that has been chewed on and no doubt still contains the DNA of its donors glued on an alley wall, make for a pretty cool background for pictures. Just be careful not to get too close, pieces fall out of it all the time. Yuck!
Here is our video of how to spend a day in Seattle.
If you are heading to the area, don’t forget to read my post on the Olympic National Forest.
Have you been to Seattle? What’s your favorite place to visit?
This post was updated in May 2019.