World-Class Attractions in Your Own Backyard

Seattle Staycations: The Best Things to Do

Everyone loves to travel, but flying to far-off destinations can be very costly. Thankfully, you don’t always need to go very far to enjoy the best parts of traveling, like marveling at inspiring art and architecture, exploring gorgeous natural wonders, and learning about fascinating cultures. If you happen to live in or near Seattle, then you actually have it all right in your own backyard. In fact, many locals will admit that they’ve never been to many of the city’s world-renowned attractions, which together draw millions of visitors every year. But there’s no need to worry, because Seattle is always ready to welcome you and show off her charms. Read on for inspiration on how to make your Seattle staycation truly special.

Discover Dazzling Architecture

In any major city, you can tell who the tourists are because they’re always staring up (if not down at a map). It’s a shame, though, because not all Seattleites appreciate how exquisite the skyline here is. Start your architectural tour by walking under the striking arched ceiling of Gothic Suzzallo Library, and explore the rest of the University of Washington Seattle campus while there. Follow it up with a visit to the Museum of Popular Culture, Frank Gehry’s signature neo-modernist masterpiece.

 

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Discover Dazzling Architecture

In any major city, you can tell who the tourists are because they’re always staring up (if not down at a map). It’s a shame, though, because not all Seattleites appreciate how exquisite the skyline here is. Start your architectural tour by walking under the striking arched ceiling of Gothic Suzzallo Library, and explore the rest of the University of Washington Seattle campus while there. Follow it up with a visit to the Museum of Popular Culture, Frank Gehry’s signature neo-modernist masterpiece.

 

Discover Dazzling Architecture

In any major city, you can tell who the tourists are because they’re always staring up (if not down at a map). It’s a shame, though, because not all Seattleites appreciate how exquisite the skyline here is. Start your architectural tour by walking under the striking arched ceiling of Gothic Suzzallo Library, and explore the rest of the University of Washington Seattle campus while there. Follow it up with a visit to the Museum of Popular Culture, Frank Gehry’s signature neo-modernist masterpiece.

 

Suzzallo Library
4000 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-0242

 

Museum of Popular Culture
325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 770-2700

Seattle Staycation Guide #2 - Suzzallo Library at The University of Washington
Seattle Staycation Guide #2 - Suzzallo Library at The University of Washington
Seattle Staycation Guide #2 - Suzzallo Library at The University of Washington

Discover Dazzling Architecture

In any major city, you can tell who the tourists are because they’re always staring up (if not down at a map). It’s a shame, though, because not all Seattleites appreciate how exquisite the skyline here is. Start your architectural tour by walking under the striking arched ceiling of Gothic Suzzallo Library, and explore the rest of the University of Washington Seattle campus while there. Follow it up with a visit to the Museum of Popular Culture, Frank Gehry’s signature neo-modernist masterpiece.

 

Suzzallo Library
4000 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-0242

 

Museum of Popular Culture
325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 770-2700

Admire Abundant Art

If you’re a Seattle local, then you’ve surely noticed the city’s artistic side. Public art — in the form of murals, sculptures, and other eye-catching works — dots the streets nearly everywhere you look. The main attraction is the Seattle Art Museum, which houses an impressive permanent collection and hosts renowned touring exhibits. We also highly recommend exploring the Frye Art Museum, a celebrated institution that interprets the ever-evolving identity of the area through the lens of expression.

 

Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3100

 

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-9250

Why We Love The Frye Art Museum
Why We Love The Frye Art Museum
Why We Love The Frye Art Museum

Admire Abundant Art

If you’re a Seattle local, then you’ve surely noticed the city’s artistic side. Public art — in the form of murals, sculptures, and other eye-catching works — dots the streets nearly everywhere you look. The main attraction is the Seattle Art Museum, which houses an impressive permanent collection and hosts renowned touring exhibits. We also highly recommend exploring the Frye Art Museum, a celebrated institution that interprets the ever-evolving identity of the area through the lens of expression.

 

Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3100

 

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-9250

Get Lost in Natural Beauty

As much as we love our city, we also love getting outside of it — and thanks to the varied landscape here, you’re never far from gorgeous green space. The 534-acre Discovery Park is one of the largest and most accessible options, featuring forests, beaches, dunes, stunning mountain and water views, and the historic West Point Lighthouse. Seward Park is another favorite, encompassing the entirety of Lake Washington’s Bailey Peninsula. Head here to explore the cycling/walking path, beautiful beaches, outdoor amphitheatre, and art studio.

 

Discovery Park
3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 386-4236

 

Seward Park
5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 684-4396

Discovery Park Seattle, West Point Lighthouse Photo by Paul Matheson on Unsplash
Discovery Park Seattle, West Point Lighthouse Photo by Paul Matheson on Unsplash
Discovery Park Seattle, West Point Lighthouse Photo by Paul Matheson on Unsplash

Get Lost in Natural Beauty

As much as we love our city, we also love getting outside of it — and thanks to the varied landscape here, you’re never far from gorgeous green space. The 534-acre Discovery Park is one of the largest and most accessible options, featuring forests, beaches, dunes, stunning mountain and water views, and the historic West Point Lighthouse. Seward Park is another favorite, encompassing the entirety of Lake Washington’s Bailey Peninsula. Head here to explore the cycling/walking path, beautiful beaches, outdoor amphitheatre, and art studio.

 

Discovery Park
3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 386-4236

 

Seward Park
5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 684-4396

Catch a Game

If you live in the area, then chances are you’ve seen our teams play. But if not, then why not plan your staycation around a game? Lumen Field is proud to be the home of both the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC, while the Seattle Mariners take the field for Major League Baseball at T-Mobile Park. Feel like a little hockey? Seattle is proud to welcome the NHL’s latest expansion team, the Seattle Kraken, to the ice at Climate Pledge Arena for the 2021 season. Four-time WNBA champs the Seattle Storm bring the heat at Alaska Airlines and Angel of the Winds Arenas.

 

Seattle Seahawks Tickets
Seattle Sounders Tickets
Seattle Mariners Tickets
Seattle Storm Tickets
Seattle Kraken Info

Lumen Field Photo by Frantzou Fleurine on Unsplash
Lumen Field Photo by Frantzou Fleurine on Unsplash
Lumen Field Photo by Frantzou Fleurine on Unsplash

Catch a Game

If you live in the area, then chances are you’ve seen our teams play. But if not, then why not plan your staycation around a game? Lumen Field is proud to be the home of both the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC, while the Seattle Mariners take the field for Major League Baseball at T-Mobile Park. Feel like a little hockey? Seattle is proud to welcome the NHL’s latest expansion team, the Seattle Kraken, to the ice at Climate Pledge Arena for the 2021 season. Four-time WNBA champs the Seattle Storm bring the heat at Alaska Airlines and Angel of the Winds Arenas.

 

Seattle Seahawks Tickets
Seattle Sounders Tickets
Seattle Mariners Tickets
Seattle Storm Tickets
Seattle Kraken Info

Take Shopping to a New Level

For a casual day of retail therapy, head over to University Village and treat yourself to a little something from Tommy Bahama, The North Face, Williams Sonoma, Aesop, or drive away in a new Lucid. With over 120 stores and restaurants to choose from, you can spend a day in this outdoor complex and end with a pampering spa treatment. Or, if you prefer something more interactive, stop by Elm Candle Bar to create your very own personalized scented candle. Inspire yourself with a trip to the Chihuly museum and then take a glass blowing class in Belltown. Looking for something a bit more quirky? Head over to Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, filled with off-the wall gifts and souvenirs you won’t find anywhere else.

 

University Village
2623 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 523-0622

 

Elm Candle Bar
910 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
206) 535-8073

 

Seattle Glassblowing Studio
2227 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2181

 

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
Pier 54, 1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 682-5844

Echo Shop
Echo Shop
Echo Shop

Take Shopping to a New Level

For a casual day of retail therapy, head over to University Village and treat yourself to a little something from Tommy Bahama, The North Face, Williams Sonoma, Aesop, or drive away in a new Lucid. With over 120 stores and restaurants to choose from, you can spend a day in this outdoor complex and end with a pampering spa treatment. Or, if you prefer something more interactive, stop by Elm Candle Bar to create your very own personalized scented candle. Inspire yourself with a trip to the Chihuly museum and then take a glass blowing class in Belltown. Looking for something a bit more quirky? Head over to Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, filled with off-the wall gifts and souvenirs you won’t find anywhere else.

 

University Village
2623 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 523-0622

 

Elm Candle Bar
910 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
206) 535-8073

 

Seattle Glassblowing Studio
2227 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2181

 

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
Pier 54, 1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 682-5844

Take a Foodie Tour

Why not give your staycation a culinary twist? Few American cities blend diverse influences as well as Seattle. Start at the iconic Pike Place Market to pick up specialty groceries, cookware, and gifts. Then, when your hunger really ramps up, the city’s progressive culinary scene is yours to explore. Our favorites include traditional Pacific-Northwest fine-dining Canlis, cozy and rustic Northern Italian Spinasse, and French-Vietnamese fusion fare at Stateside (order the crispy duck fresh rolls!). Or, make a reservation in advance and treat yourself to Omakase at Sushi by Scratch, one of Seattle’s most sought-after sushi destinations.

 

Canlis
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-3313

 

Spinasse
1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673

 

Stateside
300 E Pike St #1200, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 557-7273

 

Sushi by Scratch
2331 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 237-6761

Pike Place Market Photo by Zoi Palla on Unsplash
Pike Place Market Photo by Zoi Palla on Unsplash
Pike Place Market Photo by Zoi Palla on Unsplash

Take a Foodie Tour

Why not give your staycation a culinary twist? Few American cities blend diverse influences as well as Seattle. Start at the iconic Pike Place Market to pick up specialty groceries, cookware, and gifts. Then, when your hunger really ramps up, the city’s progressive culinary scene is yours to explore. Our favorites include traditional Pacific-Northwest fine-dining Canlis, cozy and rustic Northern Italian Spinasse, and French-Vietnamese fusion fare at Stateside (order the crispy duck fresh rolls!). Or, make a reservation in advance and treat yourself to Omakase at Sushi by Scratch, one of Seattle’s most sought-after sushi destinations.

 

Canlis
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-3313

 

Spinasse
1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673

 

Stateside
300 E Pike St #1200, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 557-7273

 

Sushi by Scratch
2331 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 237-6761

Don’t Be Afraid to Be a Tourist

You may be a local, but taking a day to see Seattle through the eyes of a tourist can give you a new perspective on the city you love. There’s no better place to start than the world-famous Space Needle, and if you’ve already done that, then opt for the views from the 175-foot Seattle Great Wheel or on a picturesque Harbor Cruise. Follow it up with a few rounds at the hands-on Pinball Museum or a show at the historic Paramount Theatre. Get into the vacation spirit and enjoy yourself — it’ll make you a better host when your friends and family come to visit!

 

Space Needle
400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 905-2100

 

Seattle Great Wheel
1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-8607

 

Seattle’s Original Harbor Cruise
1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-1445

 

Pinball Museum
508 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-0759

Seattle Photo by Felipe Galvan on Unsplash
Seattle Photo by Felipe Galvan on Unsplash
Seattle Photo by Felipe Galvan on Unsplash

Don’t Be Afraid to Be a Tourist

You may be a local, but taking a day to see Seattle through the eyes of a tourist can give you a new perspective on the city you love. There’s no better place to start than the world-famous Space Needle, and if you’ve already done that, then opt for the views from the 175-foot Seattle Great Wheel or on a picturesque Harbor Cruise. Follow it up with a few rounds at the hands-on Pinball Museum or a show at the historic Paramount Theatre. Get into the vacation spirit and enjoy yourself — it’ll make you a better host when your friends and family come to visit!

 

Space Needle
400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 905-2100

 

Seattle Great Wheel
1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-8607

 

Seattle’s Original Harbor Cruise
1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-1445

 

Pinball Museum
508 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-0759

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