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How to Spend 2 Days in Seattle

How to Spend 2 Days in Seattle

With two days in Seattle, you have time to explore the city’s downtown core—with notable sites such as Pike Place Market and the Space Needle—and see some of the charming neighborhoods that give the Emerald City its character. Here are a few ways to maximize two days in Seattle.

Day 1: See the Downtown Sights

**Morning:**Get to know Pike Place Market, one of Seattle’s major attractions. The historic market is packed with restaurants, independent shops, cafes, craft stalls, and fresh-from-the-farm produce. Shop for souvenirs such as local chocolate-covered cherries, beef jerky, honey, jewelry, and art. 

**Afternoon:**Learn of Seattle’s quirky past via a subterranean tour of Seattle’s Underground. These tours take place in historic Pioneer Square, the city’s Gold Rush-era neighborhood. Journey one level below the streets to learn the city’s colorful past. Hop-on hop-off tours are a great option for this time of day.

**Night:**Downtown Seattle is full of attractions, and by evening many of them are less crowded. You might visit the Space Needle for a view of the city at sunset, ride the Great Wheel at the waterfront, or get to know Chinatown and Pioneer Square.

Day 2: Explore Seattle’s Neighborhoods

**Morning:**Start your day with a scenic flight over Seattle, where you can get a bird’s-eye view. From the air, take in the hilly terrain, plus enjoy views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, Mount Rainier, and Seattle’s many waterways and nearby islands. This is a great way to kick off your day.

**Afternoon:**Tour the Chinatown-International District, a thriving neighborhood built by Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Vietnamese immigrants. See it through the eyes of Bruce Lee, the neighborhood’s famous former resident. Or, expand your culinary horizons on a food tour—visiting restaurants from multiple cultures.

**Night:**Seattle’s nightlife largely centers around Capitol Hill, which is also the hub of the city’s LGBTQ community. A food tour of the neighborhood introduces you to its culture, while bringing you to some of the area’s most exciting restaurants. Instead of having dinner at just one restaurant, sampling dishes from multiple restaurants for a complete meal.

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Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

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Discover Seattle’s original neighborhood, Pioneer Square, on this guided walking tour. Explore the underground pathways that were built in the southwest corner of the Emerald City more than 120 years ago. Learn about Seattle’s history and the events that transformed this once-small Indigenous dwelling place into one of the most popular and thriving cities in the United States. Each small-group tour is unique, with insider tips from a professional, local guide.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.03
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City Sightseeing Seattle Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Seattle Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Visit top sights and neighborhoods with 1- or 2-day tickets for a hop-on hop-off Seattle bus tour. Without the hassle and expense of parking in some of the city’s busiest areas, you can simply enjoy the view from the double-decker, open-top bus, hopping off to visit the Space Needle, Chinatown, Pike Place Market, waterfront piers, and more, while listening to interesting facts and background on each place you pass.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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20-Minute Narrated Seattle Seaplane Flight from Lake Washington

20-Minute Narrated Seattle Seaplane Flight from Lake Washington

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Soar to new heights during a 20-minute seaplane flight over Seattle, an extra-special experience ideal for first-time visitors. In a small group limited to five people, you’ll glide over Seattle landmarks such as the Space Needle, Lake Washington, and Puget Sound, all the while listening to informative narration from your pilot. Choose from multiple departure times throughout the day.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$118.63
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$118.63
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Capitol Hill: Explore Seattle's Hip Neighbourhood

Capitol Hill: Explore Seattle's Hip Neighbourhood

Spend the day like a local in Seattle’s hip Capitol Hill neighborhood. Your guide will take you to some of the most popular spots in the area, highlighting the funky shops, arty boutiques, and creative and delicious bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Find out for yourself what it takes to be one of the coolest areas in a city known for being cool.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.70
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20-Minute Greater Seattle Scenic Airplane Tour

20-Minute Greater Seattle Scenic Airplane Tour

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Explore the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, plus the city of Seattle and Puget Sound, on an exhilarating seaplane adventure in the Pacific Northwest. This narrated, small-group, hybrid air-water Seattle seaplane tour includes stunning bird’s-eye views of the Emerald City’s skyline, featuring the iconic Space Needle, the Seattle Great Wheel Ferris wheel and much more. Also, see Lake Washington, the University of Washington, plus the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges along with majestic Mt. Rainier, the highest peak in the range.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.53
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Seattle Coffee, Chocolate and Wine Tour

Seattle Coffee, Chocolate and Wine Tour

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Taste Seattle's best wine, coffee, and chocolate during this Viator Exclusive culinary tour. At Starbucks Reserve Roastery, tour the behind-the-scenes roasting operation and taste some of the famous coffee company's best brews. Indulge your sweet tooth at Fran's Chocolate Factory, then finish out your culinary adventure with a wine tasting at Browne Family Vineyards. All tastings are included; hotel pickup is available on request. This Viator Exclusive tour is not available anywhere else.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.80
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Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour

Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour

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Escape to the beauty of Snoqualmie Falls, one of Washington’s most popular scenic attractions, on this winery tour from Seattle. Visit an independent, family-run winery as well as the beloved, world-class Chateau Ste. Michelle, one of Washington’s oldest and most acclaimed wineries. The tour travels over Lake Washington on Seattle’s famous floating Evergreen Point Bridge to Woodinville, home to many of Washington’s wineries. With wine tasting available and beautiful scenery, it’s a relaxing day away from the hustle of the city.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.52
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Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Seattle is famous for its bustling waterfront, numerous green spaces, and historic neighborhoods. Ideal for first-time visitors, this sightseeing tour provides an overview of top attractions such as Pioneer Square, the Space Needle, and Pike Place market. Sit back and relax while your guide provides historical and cultural background for each destination, and enjoy stops to walk and take photos.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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