24 Hours in Seattle. Photo credit: dherrera_96

If you only have 24 short hours in the fabulous city of Seattle, here’s my best recommendations for fun activities to make the most of the Emerald City, whether it rains or not.

It might be a very touristy thing to do, but there is a reason that millions flock to the bustling Pike Place Market each year. Start your early morning here when the local organic produce vendors are just beginning to set out their daily goods. As you walk the stalls, be sure to sample some of  the tasty fruits and vegetables you pass- most vendors are happy to offer a
bite. In addition to the produce area, be sure to walk past the world-famous “flying fish,” watch the cheese making process at Beechers, and grab a morning cup of joe at the first Starbucks. If the lines deter you, there are plenty of Pike Place Eateries boasting fabulous morning treats including great cups of coffee, fine artisan pastries, and much more.

From Pike Place, take a short walk to the bay and hop aboard one of two modes of transportation: a bay cruise to give you a scenic overview of the area and history of Seattle (Argosy Cruises offers a fun tour), or take to the heights from the top of the 175-foot Seattle Great Wheel. Kids and kids at heart can’t resist the old-fashioned thrill of a ferris wheel, and this new
Seattle attraction is quickly becoming an iconic Seattle treat.

After you’ve taken a look at the bay, stop in for a bite to eat at one of the bay’s local fish restaurants. From fish and chips to fresh salmon, shrimp, and more, there are numerous restaurants that are sure to offer your favorite.

Spend your afternoon exploring Seattle Center. This hub for technology, arts, and entertainment is home not only to world-class museums, a surprisingly local food court, local theaters, and plenty of grounds for exploration, it is also home to the iconic Space Needle, which you simply must enjoy during your visit to Seattle. Pick one or two of the museums to visit based on your interest. Love knowing how things work? A visit to the Pacific Science Center is definitely in order. Are you a SciFi
nerd or music aficionado? Stop by the impressive EMP Museum for hands on fun in both genres. Got the kids in tow? Explore the Seattle Children’s Museum. Inspired by art? Be sure to stop by the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit.

After exploring Seattle Center, head to ART by the Four Seasons for a fantastic, fresh, gourmet meal with great views
overlooking Elliot Bay. Stay the night on site or head a few blocks up to the Fairmont Olympic for a quality night of sleep before ending your short tour. Both hotels boast charming lobby’s full of late night drinks and entertainment should you want to maximize your time in Seattle.

(And when you book your flight, make sure to use CheapOair)

Photo credit: dherrera_96

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