Seattle Travel Guide
Searching for things to do in Seattle? Browse Travel + Leisure’s guide, which spotlights the scenic Washington city’s top attractions and activities, from Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market to Capitol Hill and Ballard Avenue. Whether you want to check out Seattle’s underground, stroll Olympic Sculpture Park, take a cruise on Puget Sound, ride the South Lake Union Trolley, or get far out of town and hike Mount Rainier, Travel + Leisure can lead the way.
With a reputation for being caffeinated and anti-establishment, Seattle’s less grungy side is also worth exploring. Some places like Discovery Park, the Seattle Art Museum, the REI flagship store, and the Space Needle need no introduction, but there are plenty of hidden hangouts, local institutions, and things to do in Seattle only insiders know about. Follow the vertical Tiger Mountain Trail for stunning views of Maple Valley and snowy peaks beyond; go for the best burgers and beer in town at King’s Hardware; shop for super-seasonal picnic fixings at University District Farmers Market; imbibe creative cocktails in a former opium den at Fu Kun Wu; or check out the latest in electronic art at McLeod Residence. Read on to find out more great ideas on what to do in Seattle.
Paddle out to tiny Cutts Island, keeping an eye out for seals; later, wind down the day with a beach stroll on Kopachuk’s shore, looking for sand dollars.
The small family winery specializes in Rhône grapes such as Syrah and juicy Grenache.
This West Queen Anne shop is the retail storefront (and headquarters) of the sustainability-minded foodie E-tailer.
Two local filmmakers started this nonprofit in 1995 to provide resources for the region’s struggling film artists.
Between April and December, beekeepers, artisans, and local organic farmers gather here to sell their wares.
This whimsical shop stocks pétanque sets and handblown sake glasses.
The handmade custom-created vintage wedding gowns at Isadora’s, based on bias-cut designs from the 1930’s, draw brides-to-be from all over the country.
King’s Hardware, a beer bar that serves some of the best burgers in town, attracts a young, fun-loving crowd. Inside, the weathered brick and wood-paneled walls are adorned with pictures of the great outdoors, animal skins, and deer heads, and the Skee-Ball machines add further rec-room charm.
The Pike/Pine corridor is home to this popular café-bar-restaurant that opens early and stays up late. With timeworn wood floors and exposed brick, Oddfellows continues the vintage look with salvaged or recycled industrial-era furniture and fixtures.
This quiet community is regarded by its residents as a small town within Seattle. Named after a species of tree common to the area, Madrona’s motto is “The Peaceable Kingdom,” in homage to its ethnically diverse makeup of Caucasian, Chinese, and African Americans.
Named after the 1920's phonograph, Victrola Coffee Roasters celebrates the exuberant zeitgeist of this bygone era at its three Seattle locations.