Seattle City Guide

A true gem of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is a vibrant city renowned for its stunning natural beauty, thriving tech industry, and rich cultural scene. From the iconic Space Needle to the bustling neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and Ballard, Seattle's blend of urban sophistication and natural splendor is truly something special. It’s lined by the Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington, which is one of the reasons it’s home to some of the best seafood in the country. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the city's abundant recreational opportunities, while foodies delight in its diverse culinary offerings sourced from local ingredients and global influences. Seattle's legendary music scene, iconic landmarks like Pike Place Market, and thriving arts community contribute to its dynamic and progressive reputation. With its scenic setting, innovative spirit, and cultural diversity, Seattle offers a robust experience for residents and visitors alike.

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market sign at day time during summer in Seattle

Dive into the hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market, one of the oldest continuously operated public markets in the United States. Stroll through the maze of stalls selling fresh produce, seafood, flowers, and crafts, and don't miss the famous flying fish at Pike Place Fish Market.

Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square brick buildings with blue sky behind

Explore Seattle's historic district, Pioneer Square, known for its charming cobblestone streets, Victorian-era architecture, and thriving arts scene. Take a guided underground tour to learn about the city's colorful past or visit the numerous art galleries, boutiques, and cafes that line the streets.


Freemont Brewing storefront in Seattle

Discover Seattle's quirky and eclectic side in the neighborhood of Fremont. Visit the Fremont Troll, a larger-than-life sculpture under the Aurora Bridge, and explore the neighborhood's vibrant arts community, eclectic shops, and lively nightlife scene. If you're a beer fan, then this is your neighborhood - it's the hottest spot for breweries in Seattle.


Colorful barn style buildings in Ballard, Seattle

Experience Seattle's maritime heritage in the Ballard neighborhood, home to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and the Nordic Museum. Stroll along the historic Ballard Avenue, lined with trendy boutiques, cafes, and breweries, and don't miss the Ballard Farmers Market for local produce and artisanal goods.

Green Lake

Aerial view of Green Lake in Seattle at golden hour

Escape the urban hustle and bustle at Green Lake, a picturesque oasis in the heart of the city. Enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride around the lake, rent a paddleboat or kayak, or simply relax on the grassy shores and soak in the scenic views.

Kerry Park

Kerry Park in Seattle at Sunset with a perfectly clear view of the city and Mount Rainier in the background

For the quintessential postcard-perfect view of Seattle's skyline, head to Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill. Snap photos of the cityscape with the Space Needle and Mount Rainier in the background, especially stunning during sunset or on clear days.

Alki Beach

Paddleboarder off the shore of Alki beach with the cityscape of Seattle in the background at sunset

Take a scenic drive or water taxi to Alki Beach in West Seattle, where you can enjoy stunning views of the city skyline and the Olympic Mountains. Relax on the sandy shores, take a leisurely bike ride along the waterfront path, rent a paddleboard for a little time on the waterfront, or indulge in fresh seafood at one of the beachside restaurants.

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge island with sailboats and Seattle in the background

For a serene escape from the city, visit Bainbridge Island, located in Puget Sound. A short ferry ride across the Puget Sound from Seattle, this tranquil island offers hiking trails, picnicking spots, and stunning views of the surrounding lake and mountains.

Seward Park

Views from Seward park in Seattle of Mt Rainier and cherry blossom tree

Experience the beauty of nature at Seward Park, a 300-acre peninsula that juts into Lake Washington. Explore miles of walking trails through old-growth forest, enjoy picnicking and swimming along the shoreline, and keep an eye out for local wildlife such as bald eagles and beavers.

International District

International district entrance with Chinese temple and writing as the archway in Seattle

The International District, or the "ID," as it’s known in the city, was originally settled in the 1880s by a group of Chinese railroad workers and has since become a mecca for Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean cultures that have come together to form the Asian-American district of Seattle. Here you will not only find trendy boutiques but also an assortment of delicious Asian cuisine and authentic shops. One that might be of interest is Uwajimaya, an enormous market where you can find everything from arts and crafts to live fish to fresh produce and herbs.

University Village

Cherry blossom trees in full bloom in front of heritage building at University of Washington State

The hub of Seattle's University District shopping scene, University Village is an open-air complex that features popular hometown outdoor clothier Eddie Bauer along with other chain retailers. More than two-dozen local merchants also maintain stores here, providing shoppers a touch of Northwest flavor. Check out Glassybaby for unique hand-blown glass candle holders and drinking glasses, as well as Fran's Chocolates, chosen as one of Oprah’s favorite things in recent years. Attractive garden areas, numerous restaurants, and ample free parking are additional draws. Or check out The University of Washington campus, a iconic spot to view cherry blossom trees in the spring.