Any sight seeing suggestions for first time visitors to Seattle, Washington?
The Market and the Space Needle.
Pikes market is an amazing place. Right now is not a good time to visit as snow is covering the beautiful views. From the space needle you get panoramic view. Enjoy
Lots of great places to eat.
Thank you for the great suggestions.
Fortunately the stop over is in July.
Chihuly Garden and Glass. Stunning. Look at it online.
What are your likes and dislikes? What is your transportation? how long in the area? What time of year? What is your area like, do you want to see same or different? My best advice is get out of town. Some people like to go to Pike Place Market, I see not much there to my liking. Take a walk along the water front, the old viaduct is coming down so it will be dusty, noisy and dirty down there, but it's actually across the street from the shops, restaurants and the walk way. For some people, they love the big cities, I dislike them with a fiery passion, Seattle is not a clean city, sorry to say, the homeless have set up camp on the strips just off the sidewalks, trash, trash and more trash. (can't understand the city not at least putting out dumpsters, am sure most homeless would use them, city spends big bucks on homelessness, it does not show or help) .Take a ride on the ferry, go to the mountain, my favorite drive is up hwy 410, then to Packwood, grab a bite to eat there, then come back through Elbe, along Alder Lake, take the Eatonville cut off road to Eatonville, then down through Puyallup and wherever you want to go from there, or take a right and go along Ohop Lake to Kapowsin and into Orting. Hope the 'mountain is out', it's an awesome sight, looking down main street in Orting to see the mountain. Washington has it all, a coast line that is gorgeous, lowlands, pretty rivers, mountains, cities, towns, lakes, desert, (eastern Wa.) If you have an RV, make reservations for campgrounds early or there won't be a spot for you. A trip around the Olympic Peninsula is a memory maker too, gorgeous areas, rain forests, lakes, streams, forests, small towns. I'm sure someone else will chime in with more ideas.
Thanks, I'm not fond of big dirty cities either but I think if we are in the popular tourist sites it will be ok for a day.
Then it's off to visit Alaska including the base were my dad was stationed back in the early 50's, he flew AF jets up around the Artic area.
There is a glass and car museum in Tacoma. Also, the museum of flight in Seattle is good to see. Someone already mentioned Pikes Place Market and I, too, say it is a must to see. There is also a yarn store called Makers Mercantile that is great to visit. Here is a link to their web site: https://www.makersmercantile.com/
They are a great place to see if you are a knitter or crocheter. Years ago, when my cousin visited me from Chicago, I took him on one of the cruises that go out on one of the lakes in Seattle and this particular one had a broadway style show and a nice lunch. I also took him on the dinner train where we started in Renton and the train took us up to a winery for a wine tasting and then we had dinner on the way back. They also had a wonderful gift shop.
If you are into nature, there is a place called Northwest Trek where the animals roam free and you take a bus tour. They have a wonderful souvenir shop.
There are lots of places to see on Mt. Rainier and you could plan a whole day for a visit there.
On our last visit to Seattle (quite a while back) we had a lovely breakfast/brunch in the top of the Space Needle...so fun to slowly rotate as we viewed the city below. Hubby still raves about that breakfast...his favorite of all time. We also did a little day cruise on Puget Sound...with lunch and entertainment.
Loved walking the waterfront, and the breathtaking sight of Mt. Rainier is forever etched in my memory.
In addition to what has been mentioned, I would add Mt. St. Helens, Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP).
The troll under the Fremont bridge, (right out of the three billy goats gruff)
Great ideas! Thank you very much!
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You sound like me! And I live in the area. Yes, get out of the city. the only places I have found that are dirtier are parts of Louisiana State and Hawaii. Sorry if anyone is from these states, but, they are very icky.
If you go to the Pike Place Market, don't miss the yarn shop there (So Much Yarn).
I'm presuming you will go to Fairbanks, as there are important military bases nearby. If so, I urge you to go to the museum at the University of Alaska, also see if they permit visitors at the climate research/atmospheric research facilities which are world class. There are relics from the gold mining days nearby. Also maybe a trip to Chena Hot Springs. I remember a great steak house - Goldstream valley area - if it is still there. Anchorage is great for shopping, but too similar to any other metropolitan area for my tastes. (No offence intended)