I recently visited Seattle but only had one day to explore the city. I choose a few of the most known landmarks and made the most of my day. There is going to be a lot of walking and you need to make sure to book reservations in advance so you actually have time to visit and enjoy these locations.
Here it the list of the things I was able to do in one day that where on the list of most popular Seattle tourist points on most travel websites.
Take the Eat Seattle Tours at Pike Place Market
The Pike Place Market is a must to visit while in Seattle. So much to do and enjoy while in the market that can get overwhelming. I found out about a way to explore the market while learning about the history and cool facts, and enjoying some food samples at the same time.
The Eat Seattle Tours provide tours that are run by chefs who contribute a culinary perspective, telling the story of the Northwest through its food. Small group lead by the chef walks around the market learning about the history of the place while enjoying some samples of the best that the market has to offer. Imagine being able to try the very famous
Pike Place Chowder while skipping the long line!
Enjoy some coffee at the original Starbucks
Although there are plenty of places with great coffee, you want to stop by the first Starbucks coffee ever opened. I mean, you don't have to make the long line to buy some coffee, but you do want to stop by and at least take pictures, right?
Visit Gum Alley
Located next to the Pike Market Place, you can find the Gum Alley. The Market Theater Gum Wall is a brick wall covered in used chewing gum under Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle. It is located on Post Alley near Pike Street.
My son challenged me to leave my "mark" on the wall, so I did. Just make sure to have a good piece of gum so you don't touch anything when leaving your gum in the wall and have hand sanitizer.
Take the monorail to the Space Needle Center
Just a few blocks from the Pike Place Market you will find the Westlake Center Station (5th Avenue and Pine Street), where every 10 minutes a monorail goes toward the Seattle Center Station. Round trip in May 2022 was 6 dollars and it was a nice ride, get to see some of the Seattle downtown architecture and enjoy a smooth ride to the Space Needle.
Monorail fees until the end of June 2022
$3.00 Adult (age 19-64)
$1.50 Youth (age 6-18)
$1.50 for Reduced Rate(Seniors 65+, disabled, persons with Medicare cards, U.S. military with ID, ORCA LIFT cards accepted)
Children 5 and under ride free
Monorail Fees will be increasing soon:
Visit the Space Needle
The Space Needle is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and is a treasured Seattle icon. The tower’s 520’ saucer-shaped “top house” offers visitors Seattle’s only 360-degree indoor and outdoor panoramic views of downtown, Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and the Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges.
At the time of this post, reservation times were required to visit, so make sure to check on that when you buy your tickets. Your ticket includes the digital version of your welcome photo and some selfies that are located through the observation deck.
Walk to the Waterfront Park
The Seattle Waterfront centers on a collection of lively piers filled with seafood restaurants, souvenir shops, and attractions like the Seattle Great Wheel, with gondolas overlooking Puget Sound.
The Seattle aquarium is located here too.
I am sure there is much more to explore in Seattle and I cannot wait to go back, but if you only have one day to explore, I recommend visiting these places, they are very popular and you will get a taste of everything that Seattle has to offer.