My name is Shirin and I am an Iranian American living in the Pacific Northwest. Welcome to my journal where I share my travels throughout the PNW and beyond!
You will find travel itineraries, PNW bucket list hikes, and PNW weekend getaways, road trip ideas, and more! My aim is provide travel options for the working professional living in the Pacific Northwest to take advantage of your free time and get out in this big wide world!
June 24, 2022
Thanks for joining and trusting me to be your local Seattle guide! One weekend in Seattle is a very short time, but never the less, there are many things you can do! Now this guide is for people who ONLY want to spend time in Seattle and not do any hiking. In this blog, you will find a loose itinerary with a few different options as people visiting Seattle may actually stay in other areas so I will try to be a bit accommodating.
Seattle is known for rainy days, Puget Sound and mountain views, and a pretty cool city landscape. Recently the homeless and crime population has also gotten a bit out of hand in actual downtown so always visit cities with caution and being aware of surroundings.
Before planning your trip it’s always nice to check weather, local festivals, sporting events (go Seahawks, Sounders, Kraken, and Mariners!) to determine traffic and potential changes to the below itinerary. Additionally, One weekend in Seattle on a summer day is very different than one weekend in Spring/Winter/Fall. Make sure you check weather forecasts to help you better pack for clothing attire!
First off, when people come to visit Seattle the neighborhoods they often visit or stay are:
Here is how you can spend your one weekend in Seattle:
-Upon arrival, get situated in your place and get ready for the night! After that, I would recommend grabbing a bite to eat. My recommendations would be dinner at Lola or The Pink Door (reservations required), but you can always find something near you!
-After that, end your night by grabbing a drink in Belltown!
-Cocktail bar recommendations: Bathtub Gin Co, Some Random Bar, Roquette, The Alibi Room
-Begin the morning breathing in the beautiful clean air and start your day with a wonderful cup of coffee
-Coffee options: Cafe Vita, Anchorhead Coffee, Victrola Coffee Roasters, or Mr. West Cafe Bar
-Secondly, fuel your day with some breakfast so you have energy to walk and explore the rest of the day!
-My ABSOLUTE favorite spot would be Meet The Moon Cafe! Depending on where you are staying that may be out of the way, so if you are looking for something more local than: Biscuit B*tch, Portage Bay, or Skillet Capitol Hill all have wonderful options
-Thirdly, check out the iconic Pike Place Market! You will quickly realize why people come from all over the world to check out this fish market. Here, you will soak in amazing views of the city, walk through fruit and fish markets, and look at the handmade craft!
-Definitely spend lots of time checking out ALL the shops, getting a piroshky at Piroshky Piroshky, checking out the view from the garden patio/urban garden (this is a gem tucked behind Pike Place Fish Market), grabbing a beer from the Pike Brewing Company and Old Stove Brewing
-Additionally, I would recommend loading up on snacks putting them in your purse, fanny pack or backpack so you have them for the rest of the day as you adventure around town!
-After Pike Place, walk down to the waterfront and take a ride on the ferris wheel
-After that, walk to the Space Needle and check out the surroundings. I would not recommend going to the top as there is an amazing view for free else where but if you want to check it out, then go for it! I would not recommend
-If you are traveling with kids it would be fun to stop in to Pacific Science Center. Occasionally they have 21+ over events which is also pretty fun at night time with beer and wine. Other options to check out for a family friendly adventures would be: Chihuly Garden and Glass or MoPOP
-Check out the amazing view at Kerry Park and get in all your photos!
-Grab a drink from MBar to check out the amazing view. Reserve ahead of time!
-Choose your dinner depending on where you want to spend your night! I would suggest checking out Alki Beach/West Seattle, Ballard, or Capitol Hill.
-Dinner options could be: Noi Thai, Itto’s
-Ballard Drink options:
-Too many to state! Just walk around this super cute town and take your pick!
-Capital Hill Drink options:
–Unicorn (this definitely have a 21 year old feel but it’s a pretty cool vibe to check out)
-Take the morning ferry to Bainbridge Island
-If the ferry is not an option than: Discovery Park, Gas Works Park & Ballard
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