Where to Eat at Pike Place Market Restaurants

The Pike Place Market has many great options to enjoy eating while you are there and let’s start off with a few of our favorite locations.

Seafood Options in the Pike Place Market

Pike Place Chowder

 We believe there is no better place to get clam chowder than at Pike Place Chowder. Based on Yelp reviews their New England Clam Chowder is the #1 best rated dish in America.. yes you read that right, in America. The “Chowderheads” have taken first-place in 16 regional and national competitions…so far, so yeah you could say it’s going to be the best clam chowder you will ever have. 

The lines can be a bit long, but just order online and skip to the front.

Prices start around $8

Located in Post Alley next to Rachel’s Ginger Beer

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Cutters Crab House

Cutters Crab House

This restaurant has always been a favorite for Seafood in Seattle. Of course they serve wonderful crab dishes like King Crab legs and whole Dungeness Crab but they also feature a fantastic Spicy Jambalaya that is not to be missed.

On their dinner menu, If you are in the mood for Halibut or Salmon or maybe a little sushi or the delicious, Kumamoto raw Oysters, then you won’t be disappointed with these choices. Lunchtime options also offer Oysters, Sushi and a delicious Open Crab faced sandwiches. For those who would prefer non Seafood items, they have chicken sandwiches as well as their Market Burger.

Prices start around $18

Located on the North end of the Pike Place Market, just follow the cobble stone street Pike Place, to the corner of Western and Virginia and it’s across the street at 2001 Western Avenue, to the right of Victor Steinbrueck Park.

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Seatown Rub Shack and Fish Fry

Seatown in Seattle

Seatown is owned by local celebrity chef, Tom Douglas. Located on the north end of the cobblestone street, Pike Place, it is a great place to get fish and chips and our favorite dish the Albacore Tuna Melt. Pair this with Bundaberg, Australian Ginger Beer (Non-alcoholic), and you have a perfect meal. 

Seatown Albacore Tuna Melt

Other enticing dishes include raw oysters, Roasted Dungeness Crab, Wild Salmon Sockeye burger and other great seafood dishes. 

Prices start around $15

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Enjoy Great Salmon Dishes at the Athenian Restaurant in Seattle.

Opening in 1909 in the Pike Place Market, the Athenian is famous for a scene in the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” with Rob Reiner and Tom Hanks. However they are also known for their wonderful seafood options such as mussels and oysters and the Northwest Salmon Fish and Chips.

Maybe start off with their smoked salmon platter served with cream cheese and herb crostini. Their neighbors next door, Pure Foods Fish, has what we feel is the best smoked salmon in the market (Featured in Sunset Magazine) and proudly serve their salmon with this dish.

Maybe you’re in the mood for some pasta and the Dungeness Crab or Prawn Fettuccini would be a fantastic choice. The portions are pretty large, so you might share this and couple it with a bowl of New England Clam Chowder. 

Prices start around $16

Located in the middle of the market next to Lowell’s Restaurant and Pure Foods Fish, it’s easy to find on the main arcade level of the market.

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Located next to the Athenian, Lowell’s has three levels of waterview seating for a great place to enjoy breakfast or lunch.

Why not start off with their delicious grilled Dungeness crab cakes served with citrus aioli sauce and their homemade fresh mango salsa on spinach side. 

Lowell's Restaurant in Seattle Bagels and Lox

For your main course you might enjoy the House Brined & Cured King Salmon Lox & Toasted Bagel with house pickled red onions, cream cheese & Moroccan capers. Or perhaps you’re in the mood for their Slow Braised Corned Beef Reuben piled on thick rye bread with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and 1000 island dressing then grilled.

Perhaps you are in the mood for the Grilled Blackened Alaskan Cod Tacos or Beecher’s “Flagship” White Cheddar Burger with home made patties of fresh Angus beef grilled and topped with Beecher’s “Flagship” white Cheddar made daily in the Pike Place Market.

Prices start around $15

Also located in the middle of the market next to the Athenian Restaurant and Pure Foods Fish, it’s easy to find on the main arcade level of the market.

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Non Seafood Restaurants in the Market

Pike Brewing Company

Pike Brewery

Known for their excellent beers in Seattle, Pike Brewing Company not only has fantastic beers, but an extensive “Bar Food” menu of choices to enjoy.

Maybe start of with three fresh pretzels with Pike XXXXX Stout mustard, house-made cheese sauce, and malt-infused whipped butter and couple that with Draper Valley Ale Glazed Chicken wings, Monk’s Uncle sauce, chili-lime cream and fresh carrots.

How about a Wild Salmon BLT? yes you read that right, they put thick-cut bacon on a salmon sandwich.  Rounding it out with lettuce, tomato, onion, and smoked pepper mayo on local artisan bun. Served with fries.

They also have a children’s menu, so it’s a great location for the whole family. 

And don’t forget to wash down your food with a Pike Sampler: a flight of six 4-ounce tastes.

When you are done, don’t forget to checkout the beer museum, claimed to be the biggest microbrewery beer museum in the world. Just grab a beer and walk around the free museum.

Prices Start around $14

The Pike Pub is located at 1415 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Enter on 1st Avenue, between Pike and Union just south of Pike Place Market, or via Post Alley, across from Post Alley Park, down from the Gum Wall.

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Bacco Cafe

Bacco Cafe in Seattle

Bacco is a fantastic place to enjoy breakfast and don’t miss their fresh squeezed Orange Juice. We’re not sure what they do to it other than foam it up a bit, but it just tastes the best. Their breakfast menu is served till 3 PM as is their regular brunch menu, so if you’re in the mood for some breakfast food midday, this may be a perfect fit. 

One dish not to miss is their Brioche French toast. Served with Brioche, Vanilla, fresh berries and maple butter. Oh man, our mouths water just thinking about it. 

Bacco’s Classic Eggs Benedict, is also a favorite, paired with potatoes and a blackberry Mimosa and you’re all set to start the day exploring in the market.  

Prices start around $8

Bacco is located on the SW corner of 1st Avenue and Stewart Street

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Grab and Go Items in the Pike Place Market

Piroshky Piroshky

Piroshky Piroshky

Located a couple doors down from the Original Starbucks, this little bakery is packed with some nice surprises for a quick grab for breakfast or lunch. Though the lines can be a bit long during the tourist season, they are super efficient and get people through real quick. 

You might enjoy the spinach and ham with bacon and egg piroshki and if you’re in the mood for a little sweetness, the berry dazzle might be a perfect fit. The poppyseed cinnamon roll will also be a great choice to pair with your coffee from Storyville Coffee.

For a quick afternoon fill-up, you might try the Salmon Pate, a delicious blend of Smoked Salmon, cream cheese, a dash of dill and onion. Perhaps the delicious Uli’s Jalapeño and Cheddar Sausage wrapped in Piroshky dough with be a nice addition to your day. Our good friend Uli makes the best sausages in the market and this likely could be a perfect combo for you.

Prices start around $5

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Le Panier 

Le Panier in Seattle

Le Panier is a classic French Bakery with all products made on-site and sold fresh every day. They have a wonderful selection of breads and sweets that one would expect from a French bakery including one of our favorites, the Macarons. With flavors ranging from vanilla to pistachio to coffee and black currant.

Why not grab a loaf of sourdough bread and a whole cooked Dungeness crab at a local fish market and make yourself a great meal? Perhaps a Casse-Croute sandwiches on their classic baguette would be in order for a lunchtime treat. Try the Crudités with seasonal vegetables with Emmental, goat cheese and lettuce or the Jambon fromage with Ham, Emmental, lettuce with dijonnaise. 

Prices start around $3

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Beecher’s Cheese

Becchers Cheese in Pike Place Market

No stop in Seattle or the Pike Place Market would be complete without tasting the “World’s Best Mac and Cheese” at Beecher’s Cheese. Work with talented cheesemakers who apply traditional cheesemaking methods who make the cheese right there in the window at the market. They don’t use anything artificial using only the finest ingredients that are free of artificial preservatives, flavor enhancers, sweeteners, colors and hydrogenated oils (trans fats).

We suggest getting the smokey mac and cheese, you will likely never taste a better tasting macaroni and cheese in your life and you’ll know the cheese was made right there and not full of artificial ingredients out of a box. 

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Market Grill

Market Grill in Pike Place Market


The Market Grill is not to be missed if you are looking for a fantastic Wild Salmon sandwich. Wild Salmon is the key here because many places throughout the United States one can only get Atlantic salmon. Atlantic Salmon is always farm raised, did you know this? Don’t feel bad, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute found that 90 percent of respondents (800 people, ages 35 to 54) in a survey did not know that Atlantic salmon is farmed-raised. And a third believe that Atlantic salmon is wild… it’s not. The Atlantic Salmon is an endangered species and cannot be caught legally pretty much throughout the world. Atlantic Salmon are also raised in pens and fed mostly food pellets and do not taste as good as wild salmon.

So why the long rant on Atlantic Salmon you may ask? Well, when you’re at the Pike Place Market you have the opportunity to taste a Wild Salmon Sandwich that you might not be able to get where you live and they are delicious. 

Featured on ‘Delicious Destinations’ on the Travel Channel, the Market Grill has developed quite the reputation and our favorite is the blackened salmon sandwich with caramelized onions and herbed mayonnaise on a baguette. You’ll likely be dreaming of this sandwich way after you return home, but don’t miss it when you are in Seattle. 

Prices start around $17

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For a full list of where to eat in the Pike Place Market, check out this link. 

Covid-19 Health and Safety

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An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By taking our tours, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

  • Masks are Not Required – Please feel free to wear your mask and free masks are available on our buses should you choose to wear one.
  • Vaccination Proof Not Required – As of March 12, 2022, King County has dropped the mask mandate and proof of vaccination is not required on our tours.

  • Stringent Cleaning of Buses – We are disinfecting touch surfaces and high traffic areas between each tour including windows, seats, seat belts and handrails with an EPA registered, ecologically sound, disinfectant. We will also have hand sanitizer available to all of our guests and masks are required at all times.
  • Wellness Checks – Employees receive daily wellness checks to ensure they are healthy and symptom-free. According to the CDC, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. If you or anyone in your group is experiencing symptoms, we will work directly with you to cancel or reschedule your tour.

9 Fun Things to Do in Seattle

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There are many options of things to do in Seattle from sightseeing tours such as our Snoqualmie Falls and City Tour, to exploring Seattle waterfront and local neighborhoods like Fremont, how of the famous Fremont Troll.

We thought we would put together ideas for you to help make your travel plans to Seattle.

Snoqualmie Falls and City Tour

Snoqualmie Falls

Of course, we think our Snoqualmie Falls and City Tour is the best value in Seattle and so do over 900 people on Trip Advisor who gave us 5-star reviews. Our tour begins at Pike Place Market at 10 AM, just late enough where you can grab some breakfast at Biscuit Bitch, known for their biscuits and perhaps a cup of coffee at the original Starbucks or one of our favorite coffee shops, Storyville Coffee.

Seattle Kerry Park Shutter Tours

You’ve probably searched for how to get to the location where the famous viewpoint is in Seattle with the Space Needle in the foreground, that is Kerry Park, our last stop on our tour. This is the view made famous in the show Frasier, and we often see Mt. Rainier towering 14,410 feet in the distance. By taking our tour you can check this off your bucket list, but better than that, you’ll have the perfect viewpoint to get some fantastic photos of the city to remember your trip to Seattle.

Tour price $69.00

 Chihuly Garden and Glass


Dale Chihuly is a world famous glass artist known for his large-scale “Glass Sculptures” and was born and raised in the Seattle area. You may not know this, but Seattle is #2 in the world for glass studios next to Murano, Italy thanks to the local influence of Dale. Dale Chihuly’s  work has been featured all over the world and is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. On your visit to Seattle, you don’t want to miss this impressive Chihuly Gardens to see the work of this master artist that has brought a whole new appreciation of glass art.


Where to Eat in La Conner During the Tulip Festival

If you’re taking our Tulip Festival tour with us in April, you’ll want to plan for where to eat when we arrive in La Conner. Here is a quick list of the restaurants located all within walking distance of each other in the main part of town. Just click on the restaurant name for a link to the menus (if available) or their website/social media site.

During the Tulip Festival, please make sure you eat first and shop second as the town fills up really quick. Waiting any more than 15-20 minutes after opening and you may not get seated in time to catch our bus departure time.

This list is in order of where they are located in town, closest to furthest from our drop off point. Click on this Google Map link to get a map of town and restaurant locations.

The Slider Cafe

The Slider Cafe’ is a great place for a home cooked meal whether you’re in the mood for a Chicken Fried Steak or some corned beef hash or their delicious burger. The service is usually fast and friendly and a great value for the money.

Closed on Tuesdays

Santo Coyote Mexican Kitchen

Traditional Mexican fare with a well rounded menu and great staff.

Opens daily @ Noon

Salted Grape Bistro

In 2021 this was one of our favorite new restaurants in La Conner. The salmon bagel and cream cheese was something we always came back for as well as a personal favorite of Veggie hoagie with garlic sauce.

Lunch served 11:00-3:00 Wed-Sat

La Conner Brewing Company

This is one of our go to spots for our guides during the Tulip Festival. We especially enjoy their House Slow-Roasted Prime Rib Dip and their wood fired pizzas and nachos. Though we don’t drink beer when visiting, if you see us hoisting a pint it’s their delicious in-house made root beer.

Opens daily @ Noon

Nell Thorn

Hands down our favorite restaurant in La Conner. The Crispy Polenta is almost a meal in itself and topped with a shiitake gorgonzola cream sauce is not to be missed. For a main meal check out their Nicoise salad with grilled wild sockeye salmon or the Nell burger or fantastic Cod and chips.

Closed on Mondays and opens @ 11:30 Tuesday-Sunday

Oyster and Thistle

We really like their bar seating and if you get their early you can sit in the nice cozy booth. Here they offer an exotic fare from a half dozen raw oysters to Crispy Duck Confit to Northwest Seafood Stew.

Closed on Tuesdays and opens @ Noon Wednesday-Monday

Waterfront Cafe

When we are in the mood for fish and chips, theWaterfront Cafe is a perfect fit for us. Quick indoor and outdoor seating and right in the center of town make it a perfect place to grab a quick bite and enjoy the shopping afterward. They also have great choices for children and a Vegan menu as well.

Closed on Tuesdays and opens @ 11:30 Wednesday-Monday

The Fork at Skagit Bay

Serving upscale “Southern Comfort” food, the former location for Anelias Kitchen and Stage, Owners Jennifer and Matt offer great dishes like a fresh Dungeness crab in the shell with Grilled Focaccia. Or for that Southern style, why not have a Corned Beef Po’ Boy which will have you dreaming of New Orleans. They also offer local Taylor’s Shellfish oysters and clams.

Saturday & Sunday Noon to 9pm (only available days for our tours)

Wednesday to Friday 4pm to 9pm for Dinner

La Conner Seafood and Prime Rib House

Though Prime Rib is not available until after 4 PM, there are some wonderful dishes you be dreaming of. The Halibut Macadamia with crushed macadamia nuts and panko, topped with a beurre blanc sauce is not to be missed along with pan fried local oysters and the Dungeness crab cakes. If you’re in a mood for a burger, their bacon jam burger with gouda cheese is a house favorite.

Opens daily @ 11:30

La Conner Pub and Eatery

In the mood a for a $1.75 oyster shooter? Or how about 8 spicy hot wings or a pub platter with two hand dipped beer battered cod with jalapeño poppers, Mozzarella sticks and some other yummy choices like onion rings and breaded mushrooms with dipping sauces.

Opens daily @ 10:30 AM

Calico Cupboard Old Town Cafe

Are you gluten free? Then this bakery is for you with the best GF cookies and muffins. Their lunch menu includes some wonderful sandwiches like the Grown Up Grilled Cheese sandwich to Tuna Melt to a Garden Veggie. All of these are available GF and pair this with their wonderful Clam Chowder and don’t forget to walk out with their famous and deliciously large old fashion cinnamon roll.

Opens Daily @ 8:30 AM

The Best Ways to Get to Downtown Seattle from Seatac Airport

How to get to Seattle from Seatac Airport

Here is a list of options (updated May 23, 2021) to go from Seatac Airport to Seattle and back.

1. Ride the Light Rail

If you don’t mind wheeling your luggage, this is the best and cheapest way to go. The light station rail is about a 10-15 minute walk from the airport terminal with the final stop at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle. The trip will take between 35-40 minutes and will cost 3.00 per person for downtown stops. Once you arrive at your station, you’ll have to take an escalator or elevator to exit the station to go to your hotel

You’ll find all the information you need for getting to Seattle from Seatac Airport on the Link Light Rail at the Sound Transit website.

When coming back to the airport from Downtown Seattle, you will be getting off at the very last stop. The two closest stations to Downtown Seattle are the University Street Station at Benaroya Hall and the Westlake Station at 5th and Pine at the Nordstrom building.

Sound Transit also has an easy trip planner to help you determine which stop you’ll need to get off at that is in close proximity to your hotel.

2. Using Uber to go to Seattle from Seatac

I love Uber and travelling to Seattle is easy via their app. You’ll need to meet your driver by following the “Ground Transportation” signs towards the parking garage. On the third floor, you’ll see a pickup zone marked with a rideshare sign. This is where your Uber driver will meet you.

There are a couple of options with Uber

Ubergreen: You will be riding in an electric vehicle. Approximate cost from Seatac via Ubergreen  to the Westin Hotel as of this writing is $41 with no surge pricing in effect.

UberX: You and your party are not sharing an Uber and as of this writing during non-surge to the Westin Hotel from Seatac would be $41-$57 depending on traffic.

Coming back to Seatac Airport from Downtown Seattle is approximately $4-5 less than the above prices.

Download the Uber App

3. Take a Cab from the Seatac Airport

When leaving Seatac Airport, cabs will charge a metered rate that is set by the City of Seattle. Currently, that rate is $2.70 per mile plus pickup charges and also charges for any time delays you may have sitting in traffic. If you are travelling to the city during a work week from 6:30am-9:30 am, you’ll have to expect some delays coming into Seattle from the airport.

Based on the app, Taxifarefinder, you will pay anywhere between $54 during non-peak times and over $75 during rush hour.

When leaving Downtown Seattle for Seatac Airport, most cabs charge a flat rate of $40 from downtown to the airport.

4. Use Lyft

Lyft is another rideshare service you can use to get to Downtown Seattle from Seatac. Based on the website Ride.Guru, the cost for a car by yourself with Lyft is about $41.00  for a 22-minute ride between Seatac Airport and the Westin Hotel which is centrally located to downtown.

5. Take an Airporter from Seatac Airport to Seattle Hotels

Airporters are probably your cheapest option if you have lots of luggage and don’t want to walk to the light rail station.

A few options with pricing are:

Capital Aeroporter $37 in a shared van

Shuttle Express Only offers private shuttles and prices vary

6. Get a Rental Car

All the major rental car companies operate out of Seatac airport, but one thing you have to keep in mind is that parking at your hotel will be very expensive. The Seattle Westin Hotel is $50 for self-service parking. Valet Parking at the W Seattle Hotel is $68, so be careful about these additional rates when making your travel plans to Seattle.

Also check out this great resource from Kayak to find options to get around in Seattle.

In Conclusion

As you can see there are many options for getting to Seattle from Seatac airport and it all depends on what your budget is. We have found it super easy to use the Light Link Rail and for most hotels, the Westlake stop will be a perfect fit for those of you staying in downtown Seattle. You could always use the money you saved to take one of our tours.

Note: We do not offer shuttle transportation to and from Seatac Airport, we merely present this information to help with your trip planning.

Top Seattle Tourist Attractions | 50 Must Do Things in Seattle

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Looking for the top tourist attractions in Seattle? You’re not alone. Seattle welcomes over 40 million tourists every year! Based on their reviews, here are 50 of the Emerald City’s most popular parks, museums, eats, and entertainment venues. 

Green Lake Park

A perfect urban park, Green Lake delivers serene lakeside views and a relaxing walking trail

— the perfect intermission to a busy day of sightseeing around Seattle. Pack a picnic, rent a paddle boat, play some tennis, swing through the putt putt course, or simply lounge on the grass and soak in the fresh lakeside breeze.

Pike Place Brewery 

Pike Brewing Company in Seattle
Pike Brewing Company in Seattle

Fond of local artisan brew? You’re in luck! Coffee isn’t the only drink Seattle is known for. We’re also famous for our beer. In fact, Seattle is packed with 174 breweries — more than any other American city. Stop by Pike Place Brewery to get an authentic taste of fine Seattle beer and engage in cheerful banter with other beer connoisseurs.  

Pioneer Square

Seattle Underground Tour

Pioneer Square is rich in 19th-century architecture and offers a historic vibe that encapsulates Seattle’s pioneer-fueled past. This is a must-do in Seattle if you want to learn about the city’s history. Stop by the neighborhood’s free museum, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, or climb Smith Tower, Seattle’s first skyscraper.

Bakery Nouveau 

Bakery Nouveau has won Seattle’s Best Bakery award four years in a row and offers delicious European-inspired pastry delights. Stop by and eat your way through buttery bear claws, flaky croissants, macrons, chocolate treats, and gourmet bread.

Tour the Boeing Factory 

Boeing Dreamlifter

Hop on a bus with Shutter Tours and head to the Everett Boeing Factory, famous for being the largest building in the world and the assembly site for many of Boeing’s planes. If you love educational tourist experiences or have kids that are fascinated by airplanes, the Boeing factory is one of Seattle’s best attractions for you. Book your tour of the factory today!

Visit the Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle

The most obvious tourist stop on this list, Seattle’s iconic Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and has dominated our skyline to this day. Walk around the Needle’s base to get a sense of its enormous size, then head up to the observation deck or make a reservation for dinner in its high-in-the-sky restaurant (complete with stunning glass floors). 

Woodland Park Zoo

Want to see a Komodo dragon or Indian flying fox up close? Book a trip to the zoo! Seattle’s expansive Woodland Park Zoo is home to over 1,000 animals from all over the world and is the perfect day-trip for families with kids.

Contribute to the Gum Wall

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A local landmark, the Seattle Gum Wall has been the resting place of many a stick of chewing gum since the 1990s. The tradition of sticking gum to the wall began when patrons of the nearby Market Theater started sticking coins to the wall whilst they waited for their show. Theater workers have attempted to clean the gum away, but locals and tourists alike have deemed the Gum Wall a permanent tourist attraction.

Seattle Great Wheel

Great Seattle Wheel

Looking for unforgettable views of the Puget Sound and Pier 57? Seattle’s Great Wheel offers stunning vistas from the tallest Ferris wheel on the West Coast. For tourists who enjoy a good vantage point (go in the evening to see the city light up), the Seattle Great Wheel is a must-do Seattle activity.

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop)


Honoring famous contributions to cinema, television, literature, art, and music, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) hosts rotating exhibits that feature props from the world’s biggest culture hits. Permanent exhibitions include artifacts from famous movies and musicians like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Jimi Hendrix — all of which were Seattle locals.

Pacific Science Center 

Pacific Science Center Seattle

Passionate about science? Seattle has you covered. Stop by the Pacific Science Center for daily planetarium shows, live exhibits (want to see what a naked mole rat looks like?), VR experiences, and a host of other science-based activities. 

Pike Place Chowder

One of the most memorable experiences in Seattle is visiting Pike Place Chowder and ordering your first chowder bread bowl. Named the Nation’s Best Chowder three years in a row, eating a bowl of this Pike Place Market institution’s clam chowder is a must-do thing when visiting Seattle.

Seattle Pinball Museum

Explore the evolution of pinball at Seattle’s expansive Pinball Museum. With vintage pinball machines that you can view and play, as well as other retro arcade games, this is one of the best Seattle attractions for those who love true hands-on gaming and nostalgic arcades. 

Tour Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Visiting Seattle on a coffee pilgrimage? We’re proud to call ourselves America’s coffee capital, so you’ll find plenty here to keep your caffeine high humming. Visit the enormous Starbucks Reserve Roastery and spend an afternoon tasting exotic brews from Seattle’s iconic coffee shop.

Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

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Get a taste of Seattle’s art scene by visiting the SAM. The Seattle Art Museum showcases a wide variety of different art pieces ranging from paintings to artifacts. From Native American pieces to contemporary art, to Islamic works, there is something here for every art aficionado. 

The Pink Door 

Looking to merge a delightful meal with a Seattle tourist attraction? If so, add The Pink Door to your trip itinerary. This hotspot offers delicious Italian-American cuisine complemented by dazzling burlesque shows and trapezists. 

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Catch a stirring performance at Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet — a dedicated team of over 50 dancers who are passionate about portraying creativity through movement. This is one of Seattle’s best attractions for families with kids who are intrigued by colorful costumes and dance.

Comedy Underground

Catch a night-time show at Comedy Underground — Seattle’s top venue for side-splitting laughs and good grub. Comedy Underground is great for locals and tourists who are looking to get out of the rain and love a good time. 

Pike Place Market

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Supporting local businesses and artisan foods and craft, Pike Place Market has been a fixture in Seattle since 1907 and is one of Seattle’s most memorable attractions. Enjoy strolling through the maze of stalls and sampling chocolate pasta, local honey, and a host of other delicacies. Pike Place Market is one of the top things to see in Seattle, receiving over 10 million tourists annually.

The Fremont Troll

Fremont Troll

Have you heard tales of bridge trolls? Well, they’re real and we have one rumbling around in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The Fremont Troll was created by four local artists and has become one of Seattle’s top tourist attractions since its unveiling in 1990. You can visit the Fremont Troll on one of our Seattle tours

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Gardens and Glass in Seattle

Need some color to break through the grayscale Seattle weather? One of the best Seattle attractions to do as a family is Chihuly Gardens and Glass, a facility that displays colorful blown glass art and sculptures. Your kids will be mesmerized with the rainbow of colors and intricate glassworks lining the walls.  

Olympic Sculpture Park

Visit downtown Seattle’s largest green space and take a stroll among sculpted art pieces. Admission is free, making this a great experience for visitors who want to get a taste of Seattle’s wacky modern art side. 

Amazon Spheres

Amazon Spheres

Home to over 40,000 unique plants, a trip to this botanical conservatory is an exotic way to spend a rainy Seattle afternoon. Amazon had the Spheres built as a space for employees wanting to switch up their workspace. The Spheres are open to the public two Saturdays a month and require advance registration, but don’t let this deter you. This unique experience is well worth the planning ahead. 

Feast on Dim Sum

There is no end to the delicious Asian cuisine in Seattle. Visit Harbor City Restaurant or Jade Garden Restaurant for an authentic dim sum experience and delight yourself with fluffy, steamed buns and custard tarts to your heart’s content.

Museum of Flight

Another must-do tourist attraction for families, Seattle’s Museum of Flight offers engaging, educational displays for all ages. What better way to spend a rainy Seattle afternoon than by seeing some of history’s most famous planes up close, exploring the evolution of human flight, and learning about the amazing details of Seattle’s personal history with the sky.

The Crocodile

Considered one of Seattle’s top places to go for concert fans, The Crocodile has been hosting music events since the early 1990s. If you are a fan of our local music scene, catch a show at The Crocodile during your Seattle visit. Beyond local artists, The Croc has also hosted names like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Death Cab for Cutie.

Tulip Fields Tour

Seattle Tulip Festival Tours

Visiting in the spring? Get a taste of rolling Dutch tulip fields during your Seattle stay. Skip the entry lines by booking your visit with Shutter Tours — Seattle’s top-rated shuttle tour company. Reserve your tulip field tour today!

Washington Park Arboretum

Enjoy a respite from the city and go forest bathing in the ambiance of  magnolia, maple, and oak. Washington Park Arboretum is a popular Seattle location for couples, families, and anyone looking for some fresh air and solitude. 

Seattle Central Library 

The Seattle Public Library is the flagship library in the region and houses over one million books. This is the perfect Seattle tourist attraction for rainy days. Take a few hours and spend a quiet afternoon reading and appreciating the stunning architecture of this 11-story building. 

Explore Seattle’s Underground

Seattle Underground Tour

The Great Seattle Fire of 1889 destroyed much of the wooden structures in the city (over 25 blocks of houses and buildings) leaving room for new, innovative architecture. For practicality’s sake, city officials decided to use the relatively clean slate to create a new street-level over 20 feet higher than the original grade. This meant that existing buildings soon found their ground floors entirely buried, giving birth to Seattle’s notorious underground. 

Seattle’s underground maze of stores, shops, and homes stayed in use for some years but eventually fell to disrepair and abandonment. Fortunately for adventure seekers, much of the underground has been reopened for tours. 

Sky View Observatory 

View From Sky View Observatory
View From Sky View Observatory

Want an iconic view of the Emerald City with the quiet Puget Sound to one side, the Space Needle off in the distance, and the expansive city stretching out below? Head to Sky View Observatory, Seattle’s tallest tourist attraction and top place to go if you enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of glistening cityscape and Seattle’s tallest peak, Mount Rainier.

Seattle Japanese Garden 

Japanese Gardens at Arboretum - Shutter Tours Trip

A portion of Washington Park Arboretum has been dedicated to Japanese gardening. Considered to be one of the best in the nation and seeing over 100,000 visitors annually, Seattle’s tranquil Japanese garden will transport you to the heart of Japan. Enjoy watching enormous koi swim back and forth while listening to maple trees whisper in the breeze.

Alki Beach 

Ride the water taxi over to West Seattle and enjoy a good view of Seattle’s skyline while relaxing on a picturesque beach. Then walk down the west end of Alki Beach and stop at Pegasus Pizza for some of the best pizza pie in town.

Catch a Concert at Neumos

If you enjoy grungy, intimate music performances, Neumos is the venue for you. Offering live music shows every night and featuring local and recognized artists, Neumos is at the top of our “places to party in Seattle” list. 

Seattle Aquarium 

Hands down the best attraction in Seattle for kids, Seattle’s Aquarium offers educational exhibits and an array of sealife for visitors to appreciate. Learn about marine mammals, catch a diver show, or learn about the whales that inhabit the Salish Sea.

Woodinville Wine Country

Drive 30 minutes out of Downtown Seattle and you’ll be in the heart of Washington wine country. Woodinville is home to over 100 wineries and dozens of tasting rooms. Book a tour to the area and get a taste of some of the world’s best wine, all grown and produced here in the Evergreen State. 

Gas Works Park

Gasworks Park Pano
Gasworks Park Pano

A public park made out of the remains of an old gasification plant, Gas Works Park is a perfect example of Seattle’s draw towards alternative style and quirkiness. The park makes a great location for photoshoots, picnics, and views of downtown Seattle across Lake Union.

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

Seattle has been hugely influential in the development of many industries over the past century. MOHAI gives visitors an educational glimpse into Seattle’s history and key role in launching various world-leading industries.

South Lake Union 

Due to Amazon’s presence, South Lake Union has evolved into a futuristic, slick, and tech-infused neighborhood. Enjoy shopping at a cashier-free Amazon Go (a semi-automated convenience store chain offering prepared foods and select groceries) or stop by Portage Bay Cafe and dine at one of Seattle’s top brunch spots.

Volunteer Park Conservatory 

Volunteer Park is a gorgeous green Space in Capitol Hill that features a historic conservatory (built in 1912) and outdoor amphitheater. During the summer months, live performances are often held in the amphitheater.

Frye Art Museum 

Showcasing global artists who incorporate messages relevant to our time through their art, Frye Museum is committed to displaying contemporary and bold artwork. The museum was started by a couple’s personal art collection and has quickly become a beloved tourist attraction in Seattle.

University of Washington 

For over 150 years this beautiful Seattle campus has been the vehicle of education and innovation for Seattleites and untold thousands of visiting students. Featuring European-inspired historic buildings, the UW is an excellent destination for Seattle tourists who are passionate about education and gorgeous architecture. Visit the campus during cherry blossom season to get Insta-perfect portraits against the flowers and European lecture halls. 

Olympic National Park

Tired of city life and thirsty for elbow room? Head across the Puget Sound to Olympic National Park. This enormous national park is home to two temperate rainforests and offers a host of outdoor activities (e.g. kayaking, hiking, fishing, and camping). 

Theo Chocolate Factory 

An artisan, fair-trade, and ethical chocolatier, Theo Chocolate has its flagship store in Fremont. For tourists on the hunt for the best chocolate in Seattle, a stop by our very own Wonka factory is a must! 

Join a Tour of Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls Tour

Embark on the perfect combination of urban sightseeing and crashing waterfalls. This educational and awe-inspiring tour package from Shutter Tours merges the magnificence of Snoqualmie Falls with information-packed narratives about the history of Seattle. Tour highlights include historic Snoqualmie Falls, the Fremont Troll, Kerry Park, and Pike Place Market as a pick-up/drop-off location. Book your Seattle and Falls tour today!

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

Facing Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is a delicious tourist attraction for visitors who love artisan cheeses or are intrigued by the cheesemaking process.

Paramount Theatre 

A gorgeous performing arts venue built in the roaring 20s, Paramount Theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places and one of Seattle’s prized landmarks. Upcoming 2020 shows include Rock of Ages, Cinderella, Ragtime, and Groundhog Day (the musical). 

Elliot Bay Book Company 

Bookloving Seattle tourists will find themselves in paradise at Elliot Bay Book Company. With over 150,000 titles, romantic cedar shelves, and the sleepy patter of rainfall on the roof, you can easily spend an entire afternoon engrossed between these pages.

Dimitrou’s Jazz Alley

A lively jazz scene awaits you at this intimate venue. Seattle, while famous for its grunge music scene, also has a soft spot for some good jazz. Order from an expansive menu of drinks and enjoy local and renowned jazz performers. If you are visiting Seattle and want a taste of our timeless music scene, Dimitrou’s Jazz Club is a tourist attraction you can’t miss.

Explore Mount Rainier


Mount Rainier is one of the top things to see in Seattle for tourists who love natural landscapes and breathing crisp mountain air. Don’t have a car while you’re here? Shutter Tours offers guided tours to Seattle’s most famous natural landmark, giving you the opportunity to learn about Washington State’s largest volcano. During your tour, an expert guide will fill you in on the mountain’s history and take you to famous viewpoints like Reflection Lake and Christine Falls. Book your Mt. Rainier tour today! 

Check out our other blog post A Quick Guide to Seattle’s Fremont Neighborhood

10 Ways an African Safari Will Change Your Life Forever

Africa Safari

When Shutter Tours first embarked on our adventure to Africa, I had no expectations as to what it would be like. Back in early 2014 Shutter Tours participated in an adventure trade show in Seattle. The show was so big that we parked our bus inside the venue and marketed our local tours in the Seattle area. A needed a bit of a break and decided to wander the show to see what other vendors were there and ran into Hellen from Maasai Magic.

As a photographer I enjoyed the photos she had on her display and not being one to be afraid of asking questions, we talked at length about what they do in offering trips to Tanzania. Thinking there might be some way to a partnership with them, she suggested I hop on a plane and join them on a “Fam” trip.  Anyone that knows me will agree that once I say yes to travel, I am on my way. Six months later I was on a plane to Amsterdam, with my ultimate destination to fly to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania. How exciting I thought, being in Africa and flying into the airport named for the highest freestanding mountain in the world.

Fast forward to today, and I’m just a week away from taking my fourth trip to Tanzania and partnering with Maasai Magic Safaris. This trip is extra special to me as I will be taking my daughter Amanda with me this year. She has been an excellent tour guide for Shutter Tours this year, and with the cancellation of a guest who was unable to make the trip, I was excited to have her fill that spot.

Africa can seem like a scary place for some people, but from my experience, it is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever travelled to. The people are warm and gracious and also seem to have a love of life that is missing in western society. So this is point number one.

So this is point number one.

1. You Will Change Your Opinion About Africa and the African People.

You will cast aside your thoughts of little children with distended stomachs and all the visions from late-night television commercials. Tanzanians are very educated and even value education more than westerners it seems. In the travel industry, you don’t just show up and become a tour guide for safari, it takes years to achieve that goal. Most workers have a four-year degree in the hotels and they all speak English.

From the time Tanzanians start high school, all lessons and homework are in English, even though Swahili is their natural language. The value of education is refreshing and is not a have to, but a want to.

The economic pressure we experience is not as apparent as well. Happiness comes from interactions with family and friends and not accumulation.

2. The adventure will be better than you thought

Our customers have made comments like “Trip of a lifetime” and there is no doubt that this trip will be top of your all-time favorites. I always say that travel is an appreciating asset and you will talk about this trip for years afterwards.

3. Every day will be a wow moment

That time that Christa got scared because she thought the lions were chasing us in the vehicle at night, or when we saw the double rainbow in the Northern Serengeti on our last day. The visit to the Hadzabe tribe where we learned to make fire and eat after they hunted or the visit to the Datogo and Makonde tribes to watch them make jewellery and wood carvings. Every day is a new experience that you will not soon forget.

4. You’ll have to address your fears of wild animals

I hate snakes, never seen a snake in Tanzania, but I heard they are there. The first trip I would do a complete sweep of the place I was staying, on the off chance that one somehow made it into the tent or room. Now I am fine, but sometimes your fear will take over and that’s something you have to wrestle with. Overcoming that is a wonderful feeling.

5. You never realized how much you’ll embrace other cultures

Hadzabe with his Dog

For me, the highlight of our trips is meeting the people of Tanzania. Whether we are visiting the Hadzabe or the Maasai or spending time with the Datoga tribes, I’m always excited to meet old and new friends.

6. The food and accommodations are way better than you expected

In Swahili, they say “Hakuna Naficy Yauatcha Kula” which translates into I’m full. Learn this phrase, because of the amount of food they feed you in amazing. I have skipped meals while on safari as I just cannot eat anymore. Also, keep in mind there is no “Bushmeat” served, it’s beef, chicken and vegetarian options made by wonderful chefs each night.

7. Going to the zoo will never feel the same

Tanzania has over 6,000 elephants in Tarangire park and some of the highest concentrations of lions in the world. A visit to the zoo will never compare to the experience of a lifetime on safari.

8. An African safari will be one of the most memorable trips of a lifetime

I like pretty and captivating places, but at the end of the day, I want experiences and conversations that I’m talking about for years to come. At the top of my list are all the trips I have taken to Africa.

9. Seeing animals roam free as nature intended without interruption of man is exhilarating.

Lion in Serengeti

10. You’ll want to come back

After 6 trips bringing groups to Tanzania, I can safely say I cannot wait to get back to there to see old friends If you’ve been there before and the wild is calling you back, why not join us in 2021 on another exciting safari.

If you’ve always dreamed of going, well I can assure you that our itinerary will allow you to have lifetime experiences every day.

Learn more at our Safari Page




One Day In Seattle: What To See And Where To Go

Where To Spend Your Morning In Seattle

You only have one day to make the most of Seattle’s sights?

If so, you’re probably having trouble figuring out where to start. With Seattle’s colorful highlights and famed places to visit, planning a 1-day Seattle itinerary is a daunting task.

While yes, it is impossible to see everything that Seattle has to offer in just one day, you still have plenty of time to see some of the highlights that this city has to offer!

To help you make the most out of your time in Seattle, I’ve written this loose itinerary, offering multiple suggestions for the best Seattle sights to see during your one day trip.

If you’re arriving in Seattle during the morning, your first concern is getting a good breakfast.

Best breakfast in downtown Seattle – Fonté Cafe

Fonte Avacado Toast
Fonte Avacado Toast

Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Fonté Cafe offers one of the best breakfasts to be found and superb coffee to match.

Fonte Coffee
Fonte Coffee

Pick your choice of avocado toast, cinnamon roll French toast, or biscuits and gravy — to name a couple of your savory options. While you’re here, don’t forget to order a sage or rose latte for an exotic drink to accompany your breakfast.

Best cheap breakfast in Seattle – Sweet Iron Waffle Bar

With delicious Belgian waffles starting at just $4, Sweet Iron is a good choice for a tasty, cheap breakfast in Seattle. Start your one day tour of Seattle with a sweet or savory waffle and a warm cup of coffee.

If you aren’t in the mood for waffles — don’t worry! Downtown Seattle has more than a few breakfast options for you. Just take a stroll in any direction and you’re sure to come across a breakfast joint or two.

Looking for more than breakfast? Why not take a food tour with Savor Seattle Tours and their Signature Pike Place Market Food Tour

Ideal morning tourist attraction – Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market in Seattle
Pike Place Market

Now that breakfast is out of the way, you can start visiting some Seattle highlights!

Pike Place Market is Seattle’s #1 tourist destination and you can beat the hoards of tourists by visiting this location in the morning.

Pike Place Market opens at 6 am on weekdays and is a place that you must visit during your one day in Seattle. Grab a coffee from the original Starbucks just opposite the market and stroll through the colorful stalls.

Avoid the lines by visiting early – Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle
Space Needle with Monorail and MoPop

If you spend even one day in Seattle and don’t see the Space Needle, it’s arguable whether you’ve truly visited Seattle at all.

The Space Needle is one of the best places to visit in Seattle and is the most recognized icon of the city. The tower opens at 8 am and gets very crowded as the day progresses, so visiting early is a good way to avoid lines.

Seattle Highlights For Your Afternoon

Continuing your one day Seattle itinerary, let’s explore some places to visit during your afternoon in Seattle.

Best cheap lunch in downtown Seattle – Market Grill

Market Grill

Since this is likely a very full day for you, the Market Grill is a great grab-n-go lunch spot.

Offering sandwiches and seafood, Market Grill is one of the best lunch spots in downtown Seattle.

Due to Seattle’s adjacency to the Puget Sound, seafood restaurants are abundant in downtown Seattle. Seafood is practically it’s own religion in the city so don’t miss your chance to try some at Market Grill.

Top-rated green space in Seattle – Seattle Japanese Garden

Seattle Japanese Garden
Koi Pond at the Seattle Japanese Garden

With lunch out of the way, you’re probably feeling like getting away from the city bustle for a couple of hours. If you are fond of serenity and nature, a good place to visit is the Seattle Japanese Garden.

While Seattle is a populous metropolitan, the city still prioritizes parks and green spaces, resulting in lush gardens like this one.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is a beautiful Seattle highlight and deserves a good hour or two of exploration.

A combination of water & nature – Gas Works Park

Gasworks Park Pano
Gasworks Park Pano

Gas Works Park is an iconic Seattle location. This relic from the industrial age is now a public park and a popular Seattle site, due to its picnic sites, water access, and photo opportunities.

Gasworks Park Seattle
Perfect place to fly a kite at Gasworks Park

With its scenic view of Seattle across Lake Union, Gas Works Park is the perfect place for photographing the city’s skyline or just taking a nap on the grass.

Best Seattle Sights For The Evening

There are a number of Seattle sights that are best visited at night. As always, let’s start with food first.

Dinner in Seattle with a view – Salty’s on Alki Beach

Offering a stunning view of Seattle, Salty’s is an upscale seafood restaurant with a gorgeous aesthetic and mouthwatering menu.

I can’t think of a better way to finish off one day in Seattle than by eating delicious, local seafood with a view of Seattle.

Best bar in downtown Seattle – The Pike Brewing Company

Pike Brewing Company in Seattle
Pike Brewing Company in Seattle

If you are looking for a bar with a quintessentially Seattle atmosphere, The Pike Brewing Company is one of the best bars in downtown.

Offering a moody, industrial interior, The Pike Brewing Company serves local beer and pub food that doesn’t disappoint. If you are a fan of craft beer and want to experience Seattle’s night culture, The Pike Brewing Company is a Seattle highlight that you shouldn’t miss.

Tallest view in the city – Sky View Observatory Columbia Center

View from Sky View Observatory

Open until 10 pm, Sky View Observatory Columbia Center offers visitors a breathtaking night view of Seattle. The observatory gives you a bird’s eye view of the city and is sure to be one of your favorite Seattle highlights.

A combination of city and sea – The Great Seattle Wheel

Great Seattle Wheel
Great Seattle Wheel

The Great Seattle Wheel is a giant Ferris wheel on Pier 57. The observational Ferris wheel gives you a beautiful view of the Puget Sound and ranks as a top Seattle highlights for most tourists.

View From Great Seattle Wheel
View From Great Seattle Wheel

If you’d like more information on ticket prices for The Great Seattle Ferris Wheel, here is a blog post with details on prices for various Seattle attractions.

Create The Perfect 1-Day Seattle Itinerary

One of the best ways to get the most out of your day in the city is by partnering with a Seattle downtown tour company. Here at Shutter Tours, our expert guides know this city like the back of their hands and will ensure that your trip to the Emerald City is memorable and stress-free.

Things To Do In Seattle On A Rainy Day

Yes, the rumors are true, it rains here! But while the streets may get wet, your enthusiasm for visiting Seattle doesn’t have to. 

Whether you are planning a full-length rainy day itinerary, or are just looking for backup ideas in case the sky turns gray, here are a few of the many things you can do in Seattle on a rainy day. 

1. Drink Your Way Along a Coffee Crawl 

There are few activities more simple or enjoyable than a warm cup of artisan brew on a rainy Seattle day. 

Being America’s coffee capital is a weighty title and one that Seattle takes very seriously. And with more than 800 coffee shops, Seattle has enough Joe to ensure that even the finest coffee connoisseur doesn’t leave disappointed. 

So if coffee is in your genes, Seattle is the perfect city for you — rain or shine! 

If you’re in the mood for a tastebud adventure, then join a coffee crawl. This will allow you to tour different coffee shops, sample various brews, and learn about the Emerald City’s proud coffee culture.

Here at Shutter Tours, our tour guides have inside knowledge on where to find the best cup of java and would be thrilled to take you on a coffee crawl during a classic rainy day in Seattle.

If you would like to schedule a coffee crawl, visit our custom Seattle tours page.

2. Join a Boeing Factory Tour

Boeing Dreamlifter
Boeing Dreamlifter arrives at Paine Field in Everett, WA

Seattle is home to the largest aircraft plant in the world — the Boeing factory. This massive facility employs over 30,000 people and receives 110,000 visitors each year. 

The plant and its associated facilities, the Future of Flight and Strato Deck, are great things to do in Seattle when it rains. 

Here at Shutter Tours, we offer fascinating tours of the Boeing factory that walk you through the history of the company and give you a front-row seat to the construction of massive Boeing planes. 

Other notable aviation tourism locations include the Museum of Flight and Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection. 

3. Sing-Along With Seattle’s Music Culture

As the birthplace of grunge, Seattle has deep musical roots and has seen the rise of numerous artists, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Fleet Foxes. Music is a huge part of Seattle’s culture and every day you can find local musicians performing in venues across the city. 

Get out of the rain by ducking into one of Seattle’s iconic music venues, like Neumos or The Crocodile, and singing along with local artists. 

4. Explore Seattle’s Historic Underground

Seattle Underground Tour

Do you like exploring mysterious locations with a touch of drama and history sprinkled in? If so, then you’ll love the Seattle underground — a web of basements and passageways which lie beneath the modern city. 

The Seattle underground exists as a result of the 1889 Great Seattle Fire. This raging fire destroyed 31 city blocks of wooden buildings — which was terrible but gave the city the opportunity to modernize. 

Seattle took advantage of this clean slate and constructed new buildings out of stone or brick and regraded the city streets to even out some of the hills. 

A consequence of regrading was that the street level was moved up a full story in some parts of the city. This put the first story of many buildings underground and made the second story the new ground level. 

Undeterred, Seattleites carried on using the now underground shops, using ladders and stairs to go down and do businesses under the streets. 

Seattle’s underground continued being used for business until 1907, when the underground officially closed down. 

Lucky for us, a small portion of Seattle’s underground has been restored and is able to be seen today, offering a unique look into Seattle’s past. Joining an underground tour and exploring the city’s colorful history is the perfect way to spend a rainy day in Seattle.

5. Visit One of Seattle’s Famous Museums

Love learning new and interesting facts about the city you’re visiting? If so, Seattle won’t disappoint you. Whether you are traveling alone or with kids, Seattle has enough museums to keep you occupied for an entire rainy day — or two!

Several museums that you can enjoy during a visit to Seattle include:


Seattle MoPop

MoPop stands for The Museum Of Pop Culture. This museum focuses on current pop culture and creativity. Although the exhibits change from time to time, you can expect to see displays on popular movies or music artists. 

The MoPop is perfect for adults or kids and is a fun and educational thing to do on a rainy day in Seattle. 

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum Middle Fork

If you enjoy the tranquility of art museums, the Seattle Art Museum or SAM is the perfect location to spend a rainy Seattle afternoon. You can view the Seattle Art Museum website to see what current exhibitions are going on or check the calendar for future exhibitions that you want to see.

The Museum of Flight

The largest non-profit air and space museum in the world, the Museum of Flight is a fascinating museum that could easily absorb your entire rainy Seattle day. With dozens of interesting exhibits, photographs, and almost 200 aircraft and spacecraft, the Museum of Flight is the perfect destination for any curious mind.


The Museum Of History And Industry, or MOHAI as it is commonly known, is an educational establishment that focuses on the working history of Seattle. 

With entertaining exhibits for both adults and children, MOHAI introduces tourists to the history of Seattle and its many industries, making this the perfect activity for a rainy day in Seattle. 

6. Get Festive on a Wine Tour

Chateau St. Michelle
Chateau St. Michelle Tasting Room

Did you know that there are more than 150 wineries in the Seattle region?

What can I say, we Seattleites love our beverages! So if coffee isn’t your cup of tea, we have a rich wine culture for you to explore. 

Wine tasting in a local Seattle cellar is one of the most relaxing ways to spend a wet and rainy afternoon. And with dozens of wineries spread across the city, there is a wine for every palate. 

If you would like to get out of the rain and experience Seattle’s wine culture with a local, consider booking a wine tour! 

The team of Seattle experts here at Shutter Tours can put together a custom Seattle wine tour for you that hits all the top wineries and cellars. 

7. Sky View Observatory

View From Sky View Observatory
View From Sky View Observatory

The tallest public observatory in the Pacific Northwest, Sky View Observatory offers a birds-eye view of Seattle’s cityscape. 

Because of the observatory’s height, make sure that you don’t visit this location on a foggy day or when clouds are hanging low over Columbia Center, as these will impede your view. 

Visit Sky View when the clouds are high and rain is falling from far, far above. In these conditions, the city will look mysterious and foreboding and you’ll feel like a character in one of Seattle’s famous TV shows. 

8. Enjoy the Performing Arts 

Use the rainy weather as an excuse to get inside and enjoy some of Seattle’s famous performing arts! From symphonies to modern dance to Broadway performances, the Emerald City has it all. 

Notable locations for entertainment include: 

  • Paramount Theatre
  • Moore Theatre
  • Meany Hall for the Performing Arts
  • Neptune Theatre
  • Benaroya Hall
  • The 5th Avenue Theatre

9. Get Spooked by the Oddities of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

As a leading port city, Seattle has long been recognized as a doorway into the unexplored, attracting many eccentric individuals and their establishments. 

One such location is Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. 

The Curiosity Shop was founded in 1899 by Joseph Edward Standley, who packed his shop with artistic objects and oddities from around the world. It was an immediate hit and has continued to draw tourists ever since. 

So if you’re in the mood for mystery, intrigue, and adventure, duck into Ye Olde Curiosity Shop during your rainy Seattle afternoon.

10. Embrace the Rain!

Don’t feel like spending your day inside? Do as the locals do and embrace the rain! We’ve learned to carry on regardless of what’s coming down from the sky and with a little practice, I’m sure you can too. 

Strolling through rainy Seattle will give you the opportunity to experience the city in its natural state. And the rain will only enhance the ambiance of each location by keeping the crowds away. 

If you’re ready to ignore the drizzle and keep exploring, join me on one of my popular Seattle city tours. We’ll hit all the highlights — Snoqualmie Falls, the locks, and even visit our infamous bridge troll. 

Don’t let the wet weather deter you! There are hundreds of things to do in Seattle on a rainy day.


5 Seattle Attractions You’ll Love

Planning a trip to Seattle? Here are 5 popular Seattle tourist attractions that you won’t want to miss!

1. The Space Needle

Let’s start with Seattle’s icon and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

The Space Needle was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair and was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

The observation deck stands at  520 feet (160 meters) and gives you a stunning vantage point of the rest of the city.

Feeling hungry? The Space Needle also has a rotating restaurant, Sky City Restaurant, that operates 500 feet (150 meters) in the air. Like the observation deck, Sky City Restaurant also offers excellent views of the city — with the added perk of delicious food.

More than a million people visit The Space Needle each year, making this one tourist attraction you can’t miss!

Seattle Space Needle Price

General admission prices are:

  • Adult $32.50 to $37.50
  • Youth (ages 5-12) $24.50 to $28.50
  • Seniors (65 years and up) $27.50 to $32.50

Entry prices vary depending on the day and time that you go.

For more details, you can visit the official Space Needle website.

2. Seattle Great Wheel

Great Seattle Wheel

Standing at 175 feet tall, the Seattle Great Wheel was the tallest Ferris wheel on the West Coast when it was built in 2012.

The Great Wheel is located on Pier 57 and gives riders a gorgeous view of the Puget Sound and the city. The ride is between 15 and 20 minutes during which the wheel does three full rotations.

This is the perfect Seattle tourist attraction for someone who wants to have a quick rest break but doesn’t want to stop sightseeing.

Seattle Great Wheel Cost

Admission to the Great Wheel is:

  • Adults (anyone over the age of 12) $15 apiece
  • Youth (ages 3-11) $10 each
  • Senior tickets $13
  • Seattle Great Wheel VIP tickets $50 (VIP tickets give you access to the Great Wheel’s VIP gondola. It is outfitted with leather seats and a glass floor)

For more details, you can visit the official Seattle Great Wheel website.

3. Pike Place Market

flying fish Seattle fish market

Pike Place Market, one of Seattle’s greatest treasures and most popular tourist attractions, is a farmers’ market that opened in 1907. It is one of the longest-running farmers’ markets in the US and sees more than 10 million visitors annually.

Pike Place Market offers a vibrant look into Seattle’s food and street culture and is one of the best tastes of the city that a tourist can get.

Pike Place Market Cost

Pike Place Market is free to wander!

There is no entry fee associated with the market and the only money you spend will be on items from the market that you wish to purchase.

The market is open weekdays from 9 am to 6 pm and on Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm.

4. Museum Of Flight

If you’re in the mood for an educational tourist attraction, then The Museum Of Flight is the place for you!

This cutting-edge museum is perfect for all ages and explores the evolution of flight, from the first aircraft, all the way into the future. The Museum Of Flight’s bigger-than-life displays are especially popular among children.

Museum Of Flight Ticket Prices

General admission tickets cost:

  • Adult $25
  • Senior $21
  • Youth (ages 5-17) $16
  • Children (ages 0-4) FREE!

The Museum Of Flight periodically offers special tours and exhibitions, so check the website before going to see which displays are in season.

5. Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Whether you’re a coffee addict or just someone who likes a stiff, warm brew, you will love the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room.

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room has been appropriately called the “Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory Of Coffee.” Endless brass tubes, glass bottles, hissing steam, and the smell of roasting coffee fill the entire space, giving it an almost magical aesthetic!

If you, like many Seattleites, are a coffee snob, Starbucks Reserve Roastery is a Seattle attraction that you won’t want to leave off your itinerary.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Cost

Open daily from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, the Reserve Roastery has no admission fee and doesn’t require a reservation.

Book A Tour Of Your Favorite Seattle Attractions Today

Planning a trip to Seattle? If you are and you’d like to experience all the tourist activities that the city has to offer, why not book a Seattle downtown tour to enhance your vacation?

Shutter Tours offers engaging tour packages for popular attractions in Seattle. If you would like the full Seattle experience with guides who know Seattle inside and out, contact Shutter Tours today.

7 Day Trips From Seattle

While downtown Seattle isn’t lacking for things to do or sites to see, a change of pace can be nice during any vacation.

If you are feeling adventurous and would like to explore other parts of Washington State, there are numerous day trips that you can take during your Seattle stay.

How does a Bavarian town in the mountains sound to you? Are you in the mood to connect with nature? Perhaps you’d like to go whale watching?

You’ll be excited and surprised to hear that all of these activities are just a day trip from Seattle. Even though Seattle is a bustling city, some of the most picturesque nature scapes can be found just a short drive away.

Here are the 7 best day trips that you can take from Seattle!

1. Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier Tours by Shutter Tours

Seeing more than 2 million visitors annually, Mount Rainier is a majestic volcano that towers over Seattle and the surrounding region. An easy day trip from Seattle, Mount Rainier is fully worth a visit as it is a well-known icon of the city.

Here at Shutter Tours, we offer a day trip tour to Mount Rainier that you won’t want to miss.

During this Seattle day trip, you will get your fill of mountain wildflowers, icy glaciers, and crystal falls. Mount Rainier is one of the best day trips from Seattle so don’t miss your opportunity to visit one of Washington State’s most treasured locations.

lIf you’d like to know more about the best time of year to visit Mount Rainier, check out this resource from our blog.

2. Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls Tour

One of Washington State’s most scenic, natural attractions, Snoqualmie Falls sees more than 1.5 million tourists per year.

The 268-foot (82 meters) waterfall is a breathtaking natural tourist attraction and a short day trip from Seattle. At the falls, you will be able to take gorgeous photos from the observation deck, get souvenirs from the gift shop, and wander around the park.

If you would like to experience Snoqualmie Falls with an expert tour guide, Shutter Tours offers an enjoyable tour of the falls. This 4-hour tour is paired with other locations around Seattle.

3. Leavenworth


Leavenworth will give you a taste of Europe in the Pacific Northwest. Nestled in the Cascade’s, this picturesque Bavarian town always has festivals running and makes for one of the best day trips from Seattle.

The town was originally built in the 1800s and has successfully preserved its Bavarian aesthetic and culture over the years. Leavenworth is the place where you can find artisan German food, drink, and souvenirs galore.

4. San Juan Islands

If you want to go wildlife or whale watching, the San Juan Islands are a day trip from Seattle that you don’ t want to miss.

One of the most popular methods of visiting the islands is by riding one of Seattle’s iconic ferries. The ferries will carry you around the islands at a relaxed pace, giving you ample time to soak in the majestic scenery that Washington State has to offer. You might see whales, orcas, seals, or hundreds of seabirds! And above it all, the looming summit of Mt. Rainier.

Don’t forget to bring a camera and binoculars for this day trip from Seattle! Prepare to be amazed by Mother Nature.

5. Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass Bridge

Deception Pass State Park is located at the top of Whidbey Island and can be reached via I-5 (exit 226).

You enter the park via Deception Pass Bridge, an enormous steel bridge that offers knee-knocking vistas of the Puget Sound. While you can simply drive across, you won’t regret parking your car on the far side and then crossing the bridge again on the pedestrian path.

Once you’ve finished enjoying the bridge, you can take one of the state park’s trails down to the beach. The coast will give you many photo opportunities and is the perfect location for a family picnic or some quality time spent in nature.

6. Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake Photo Credit Analise Zocher

Diablo Lake still is a serene escape into nature and makes for the perfect day trip from Seattle. The lake is picturesquely nestled in the Cascade Mountains and is actually a manmade reservoir created by Diablo Dam.

The drive out to Diablo Lake offers forested scenery, mountain tops, and cool Cascade wind — making this one of the most peaceful road trips from Seattle.

7. Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

With its aged trees and mossy overgrowth, Olympic National Park will have you on the lookout for elves and mythical beings.

The Olympic National Forest is one of Washington State’s greatest treasures and is home to the Hoh Rainforest. This temperate rainforest is one of the seven of its kind in the world. The Pacific Northwest is home to the world’s largest temperate rainforest ecoregion.

This forest is entirely worth the drive from Seattle and is one of the best day trips that you can take while visiting Washington.

Plan Your Seattle Day Trip

If you are visiting Seattle and aren’t sure how to navigate the area, then it is a good idea to partner with one of the city’s many tour organizations. Here at Shutter Tours, two of our most popular day trips are the Snoqualmie Falls tour and our Mt. Rainier tour.

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