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Things to do in The Seattle and Tacoma Area

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in The Seattle and Tacoma Area. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite The Seattle and Tacoma Area attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in The Seattle and Tacoma Area to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in The Seattle and Tacoma Area.

  • Artisans on Taylor

    Five years ago, Anna Nasset-Glenn took over ownership of this artisan boutique and longtime Port Townsend institution, where she helps customers fi... More
  • Bainbridge Island Vineyards & Winery

    Have a picnic overlooking the vines and cap it off with a few sips in the tasting room. More
  • Batdorf & Bronson

    Just east of Capitol Lake Park, this downtown coffee shop is home to what many consider the best brew in the city. Now a small chain—which includes... More
  • Bellevue Arts Museum

    Step through a spacious light-filled glass and aluminum entryway into Bellevue Art Museum's (BAM) textured concrete space. Designed by architect S... More
  • Bellevue Square

    Check out the gleaming shops, which include 7, For All Mankind and Michael Kors Lifestyle. More
  • Betz Family Winery

    The small family winery specializes in Rhône grapes such as Syrah and juicy Grenache. More
  • Bloedel Reserve

    This 150-acre preserve at the northern tip of Bainbridge Island (35 minutes by ferry from Seattle) is a mix of pristine second-growth forest and me... More
  • Capitol Campus

    There’s no way to miss the Capitol Campus—you can see its regal, domed legislative building from almost everywhere in the city. Take a guided tour,... More
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle

    The Provençal-style castle on 87-acres was built by Washington's second-largest wine producer. More
  • DeLille Cellars

    The boutique winery makes a firm Bordeaux blend called Chaleur Estate. More
  • Dungeness Lighthouse

    For even more solitude, hike about five miles to the end of the Dungeness Spit and tour the Dungeness Lighthouse. More
  • Dungeness Spit

    Drive to remote Dungeness Spit on the Olympic Peninsula, often buffeted by turbulent waters. More
  • Fort Casey State Park

    See the park's lighthouse and artillery units from the 1890s or fly kites on the parade field. More
  • Fort Ebey State Park

    Day-trippers head 25 miles north of Seattle to Whidbey Island, where beaches, nature, and wildlife abound. For panoramic views of the Olympic Mount... More
  • Fort Worden

    Located along Admiralty Inlet, this 433-acre stretch of land once served as an active army installation and then a juvenile detention facility befo... More

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