Day 1 - 11 Sep 2021
Content: Fly into SEA airport. From there make your way to your hotel. Naturally the first thing you’ll want to do when visiting Seattle is check off a bunch of the iconic locations in the city. That’s why I’ve coupled these destinations together. You can go to the top of the Space Needle if you want to, but we found seeing it from the bottom to be just as beautiful. I stayed with my friend while visiting so I don’t have a general hotel to recommend, but i’ll share one suggestion later on in the guide
Content: When you’re ready for something to eat head over to Pike’s Place Market. This is the very famous market where you’ll be able to see the first Starbucks. If you’re interested in a bite to eat, Beecher’s is known for their cheese, Chukar Cherries has yummy chocolate covered cherries, and there are tons of produce markets scattered throughout
Content: I recommend checking out the Great Wheel, the big Ferris Wheel in the city, at night. The views of the city are beautiful. If you’re traveling with your partner, this is a perfect date-night sort of activity. Admission costs $14
Day 2 - 12 Sep 2021
Content: Start off the day with a delicious, and sustainably sourced, breakfast from Home Grown. I really recommend the breakfast sandwich! From there head to Pioneer Square.
Content: Take the Underground Seattle Tour, there’s only one company that does the legitimate tour, so make sure you use the right one. The original creator of the tour is Bill Speidel, and I can say it was definitely a fun way to learn about the city’s history. You’ll get to walk through the interconnecting tunnels that make up Seattle’s underground.
Content: If you’re interested in a drink, there’s a bar across from the Underground Tour, called the Merchants Cafe, that is rumored to have a haunted downstairs section. I’ve heard it’s worth checking out. If you’re interested in vintage stores I really enjoyed Bon Voyage Vintage. It’s quite close to the tour.
Content: Head back to Freemont around 3 or 4 pm. Pay a visit to the Freemont Troll, who you can find living under the bridge on Troll Lane.
Content: Afterwards head over to Gas Works Park. You’re going to want to get there early to get a parking space. I recommend bringing some drinks and snacks with you to have a sunset picnic. The park itself is on the grounds of an old gas industrial plant. There are also some pretty great views of the Seattle Skyline!
Content: We stayed at Hotel Hotel and found it very well located. We had a private room with a shared bathroom. It was a great value for what was included
Day 3 - 13 Sep 2021
Content: Even if you’re not a huge sports fan, I really recommend checking out one of the two cities team’s. I went to a Seattle Sounders game when I visited and had so much fun. The fans are very passionate so the energy in the stadium is awesome. Also, it’s a relatively reasonable price for tickets – we paid $40 for seats two rows behind the goal!
Content: The stadiums are pretty near the heart of Seattle, so you’re never too far from anything you may want to do after. I’ve heard that Flatstick Pub is pretty great, since you get to enjoy a beverage and play mini-golf.
Day 4 - 14 Sep 2021
Content: I think this may be my new favorite national park! Located about a 2 hour drive from Seattle, this park is fully of incredible views. The whole drive there was also quite beautiful. This park is free if you have the National Parks Pass, if not – entrance costs $30. If possible, try to plan this adventure for the day with the best weather. The views of Mt. Rainer can be exceptional.
Day 4 - 14 Sep 2021
Content: I recommend trying to visit these spots during your visit: Sunrise & Paradise are known for their hikes with awesome views. If you’re in Sunrise, check out the Skyline Trail & Sunrise Point. The Naches Peak Loop is also a great hike, especially for wildflowers in the summer.
Day 5 - 15 Sep 2021
Content: If you’re going for a long hike in Mt. Rainer National Park you may want to stay near the park that night. If you decide to do that, make your way back to Seattle slowly. Grab something to eat, I recommend Portage Bay Café. I got their Pancakes and was able to add the fruit & toppings I wanted from their breakfast bar. Everything is sustainably sourced and delicious!
Content: From there, make your way to the Chihuly Glass and Garden center. It’s an incredible exhibit full of beautiful glass-blown pieces. Admission is a bit pricey, with tickets costing $32. If you have the budget to spare and are interested in seeing beautiful art, it’s worth it
Content: I think this would be a great time to visit the Pop Culture Museum as well. I’ve heard incredible things about it, and it’s right next to Chihuly. Entrance here costs between $23-$28. I figured a day of relaxing and looking at interesting exhibits was a good way to recover after the physically demanding day at Mt. Rainer. If there are other things you’d like to do in Seattle, you can totally do those this day.
Content: This iconic fast food place is the perfect stop for a burger. You’ll love the retro vibes while enjoying your meal
Day 6 - 16 Sep 2021
Content: Have your Grey’s Anatomy moment as you ride the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. You can take your car for about $25 or ride as a passenger for $9.25. The ride takes about 30 minutes. I thought it was a very beautiful journey, I loved every second of it. We got lucky on our way back, Mt. Rainer came out to say hi!
Day 6 - 16 Sep 2021
Content: Once you’re on Bainbridge Island, you’ll probably fall in love with its charm. I recommend grabbing lunch at the Plate & Pint. I got their Chicken Pub Pie and it was super yummy. It’s also right outside of the ferry station so it’s a perfect thing to do first. One of the great things about this island is how small it is, you can definitely see everything in one day!
Content: From there, I recommend visiting the Grand Forest. It’s got lovely trails throughout that aren’t crazy difficult. With how small the island it is the walks through the forest are quite peaceful. I also loved the Halls Hill Lookout and Labyrinth. It’s such a beautiful space that’s been created & cared for by the community. I also thought Fort Ward Park was a nice place to relax.
Content: If you plan on going to Olympic National Park, it may be smart to stay on Bainbridge Island or start the drive towards the park. It’s about 2-3 hours away from Bainbridge, depending on the entrance you’d like. If not, take the ferry back to Seattle.
Day 7 - 17 Sep 2021
Content: Olympic National Park is absolutely beautiful! There are so many different landscapes in the park, there’s something for everyone. It is a bit of a far drive from Seattle (3-4 hours), which is why I recommended going to Bainbridge Island the day before to break up the journey a bit.
Content: If you’ve got the National Parks pass, this is free to visit. If not, entrance costs $30. This park is huge, so be prepared to drive a bit if you want to see it all. I recommend trying to see Hurricane Ridge, Hoh Rainforest, Rialto Beach, and Sol Duc Falls. The beaches are so beautiful, and with the rainforest, the weather can be a bit foggy – so be prepared!
Day 8 - 18 Sep 2021
Content: Make your way back from Olympic National Park, it’s a long journey so feel free to stop when needed. If you’re up for it spend a day exploring the neighborhoods outside Seattle. Find yourself hungry and near Redmond? Check out Tipsy Cow for some awesome food.
Day 8 - 18 Sep 2021
Content: Next, head to Kirkland. Grab some wine, beer, or ciders from Grape Choice. Once you’ve got those head to the park on the waterfront and enjoy the view. There’s a little beach as well, plus a cute path that winds around the water. It’s a great place to relax and take everything in.
Content: Once you’re done head to Book Tree. This is one of my favorite bookstores we visited, they were so nice and helpful. If you’re feeling like shopping this is a great area to find some boutiques. Feeling hungry again?
Day 8 - 18 Sep 2021
Content: Grab some food at Din Thai Fung. I loved everything I tried, including the garlic green beans, milk tea boba, spicy noodles, and all the dumplings. Seriously such a yummy meal and so worth the wait.
Day 9 - 19 Sep 2021
Content: Seattle has some pretty fun arcade bars. You’ve got to make time in your schedule to visit at least one. I highly recommend Add a Ball Arcade Bar in Freemont. The drinks were reasonably priced, and a lot of the games cost $.50 or $.75 a play. They also had an ATM and quarter machine so you don’t have to worry about running out of plays.
Content: Looking for more fun? I recommend heading over to the Unicorn, a unique bar / restaurant in Seattle. Once you walk in you’ll be able to tell immediately how unique it is. There are fun colors and designs everywhere. In typical Seattle fashion, there’s also fun games to play. I got their tater tots and they were DELICIOUS!
Content: When you’re ready for dinner grab some Thai food at Thai Tom. This incredible restaurant is cash only, so be prepared, but it’s quite worth it. Some of the best Pad See Ew I’ve ever had.
Day 10 - 20 Sep 2021
Content: I wanted to leave at least one day with very minimal plans that way you can adjust this itinerary to fit your schedule better. For instance, maybe you’d like to have your ‘relaxation’ day after adventures in one of the National Parks. Maybe you’ve got some other things you’d like to do in the city!
Content: Whatever you choose to do, I recommend starting your day with a cup of coffee from one of Seattle’s many independent coffee shops. Another of my favorite things to do here is try different breweries and vineyards! I really enjoyed our experience at Holy Mountain Brewing Company.
Day 10 - 20 Sep 2021
Content: If you like Italian food, I really loved eating at Maggiano’s. The portions are quite large so you can definitely take home leftovers. They also have a special where you can get another portion of your food to take home for $5! I thought this meal would be perfect for a day when you’re looking for comfort.