24 Hours In Seattle - Updated 2024

Maria Cristina
Maria Cristina 
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You no longer have to be sleepless when you’re in Seattle with the many sights that you can see. The largest city of Washington State, in the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound, is bounded on each side by water, vast parklands, majestic mountains, and lush green forests. It’s the headquarters of Amazon, UPS, Microsoft, and the birthplace of Starbucks! The famous Space Needle, a remainder of the World’s Fair in 1962, is one iconic landmark that you shouldn’t miss. Still thinking of what to do in the next 24 hours in Seattle? Why not check out our list below?

1. Seattle Coffee Culture Tour (from USD 59.0)

Seattle’s coffee scene is a must-try for coffee lovers. Explore the Pacific Northwest’s rich coffee culture with a local guide who will keep you fully caffeinated. This tour delves into the history and roasting techniques of unique flavors, from infused coffee to espresso invented in Seattle. Discover single-origin and sustainable coffee varieties while experiencing Capitol Hill’s counterculture, music venues, and electronic music scene.

There are sample coffee blends from the neighborhood’s coffee shops while learning about Seattle’s counterculture scene. Finish off your coffee tour at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and witness the journey from raw beans to the perfect cup of coffee.

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Seattle Coffee Culture Tour

Duration: 2 hours

196 reviews

2. Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit (from USD 36.75)

24 hours in seattle | chihuly garden and glass exhibit

Experience the sensory feast of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit featuring the legendary Dale Chihuly. Stunning blown-glass sculptures intermingle with nature in eight mesmerizing interior galleries. Outdoor garden installations harmoniously blend with colors, shapes, and light. Enjoy the complimentary digital photo download, daily Gallery Talks access, and live glass demonstrations, while beholding the awe-inspiring Glasshouse. Its 100-foot-long (30.48-meter) sculpture radiates a warm color palette of reds, oranges, yellows, and amber - truly a fascinating exhibit not to be missed.

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Seattle: Chihuly Garden and Glass Entry Ticket

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3. Hop-on hop-off bus tour (from USD 59.0)

24 hours in seattle | hop-on hop-off bus tour

Get on a hop on and hop off Seattle bus tour and enjoy viewing all the iconic city sights while riding the open top of a double-decker bus. The bus takes you on a guided tour with an audio commentary providing you information about these popular landmarks. You enjoy scenic views of the city while making short stops at these tourist sites along its route. The Space Needle, among the tallest buildings of the city, has a revolving restaurant and an observation deck. Central Waterfront features the Seattle Aquarium and an awesome view of Elliot Bay Shore. Puget Sound, Seattle’s shopping district, Chinatown, and Pike Place Market are areas included in its route. The entire loop takes around 80 minutes with a tour bus departing every 30 or 40 minutes.

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Seattle: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Duration: 1.0 to 2.0 day

203 reviews

4. Seattle underground history tour (from USD 29.0)

Prepare to take long walks under the city streets where the terrain is uneven and the hallways are dark. We recommend you wear comfy shoes when you start off at 102 Cherry Street and walk three blocks underground up to Occidental Park. You will be walking with a guide and a small group of people as you traverse the underground pathways built over 120 years ago. Along the way, your guide narrates stories of Seattle’s colorful past, from its participation in Klondike’s Gold Rush to the inception of Skid Row, and how a former Indian settlement became one of the 20 greatest cities in America. The one-hour walking tour covers over a century of Seattle’s history.

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Seattle Subterranean Walking History Tour From Pioneer Square

Duration: 1 hour

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5. Seattle indoor skydiving experience (from USD 100.0)

Experience skydiving without falling from the sky! iFLY Seattle offers indoor facilities where you can practice how to safely skydive. A short training session with a professional instructor teaches you how to free-fall simulating a skydive with the high-tech vertical wind tunnel. You gain loads of experience and fun with the rewards of a customized flight certificate.

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Seattle Indoor Skydiving Experience with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

17 reviews

6. Take a walking food tour (from USD 66.04)

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Foodies will love a guided walking food tour of Pike Place Market. This lively and historic market stirs all the senses. Watch fish traders throw large fish over your head. Have your local guide steer you through the long lines to the restaurants. Walk the hallways traversed by legendary characters who once hawked their produce. Taste samples of the artisan salami, cheese, gelato, crumpets, gelato, Italian truffles, smoked salmon, and the best American clam chowder all native in Seattle. Dine in the town’s finest restaurants like Delaurenti, Botegga Italiana, and Crumpet Shop. Experience fine wine pairings for free at Tom Douglas’s restaurant.

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Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour

Duration: 2.0 hour

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7. Sunset canopy climb at Deception Pass State Park (from USD 175.0)

Are you the outdoorsy type? Then bring out your best climbing shoes and join a small group in a four-hour canopy climb just to watch the sunset cast over the Olympic Mountains. The adventure starts at Deception Pass State Park around 3:45 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:15 PM or 6 PM depending on the season. You will be traveling with a guide and a small group to the top of the canopy. It is recommended you bring extra clothing, food, and drinks as Washington weather tends to be unpredictable. The highlight of the climb is a spectacular view of the sunset. After the sun is down and the surroundings are pitch black, you all head back home by rappelling down the mountain at the height of 200 feet (60.96 meters) guided only by stars, moonlight, and your headlamp! The heart-pumping adventure ends with a romantic dinner! Now isn’t that exciting?

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Sunset Canopy Climb on Lopez Island

Duration: 4 hours

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8. Discover the Downtown area (from USD 128.0)

Take a tour of the Downtown district, the melting pot of Seattle’s diverse culture, history, and cuisine. It houses the Chinatown International District, Pike Place Market, and Pioneer Square. Hire a local tour guide for a four-hour walking tour around these three most important neighborhoods with a narrative of each location’s important role in Seattle’s heritage.

Chinatown offers Asian culinary delights, shops, and amazing infrastructure. Wing Luke Museum display the diverse artworks of various cultures that settled down in Seattle. The Pinball Museum has over 40 pinball machines. Shop for souvenirs and taste authentic treats at the Uwajimaya Japanese supermarket. Walk over to Pioneer Square to know more about the city’s history. Visit Klondike Gold Rush, then the Waterfall Garden Park, the birthplace of UPS with a private waterfall in the middle of the square, and get your coffee fix at Zeitgeist, the hangout of local artists. Pike Place is a great place to savor authentic Pacific Northwest dishes including fresh oysters, have coffee at the first Starbucks café, and shop for fresh fish and local produce.

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Chinatown To Pike Place Market Tour In Seattle

Duration: 4 to 8 hours

9. Gourmet Seattle walking tour (from USD 98.0)

Take this tour on an empty stomach and you won’t go hungry. Your local guide will take you to the city’s most famous restaurants, some owned by celebrity chefs. The leisurely walk along the shaded streets of Seattle’s downtown, Pike Place market, and Belltown starts off at Orfeo Restaurant and ends at Gelatiamo. The two-and-a-half hour tour is a gastronomical experience you will never forget! You get at least 18 tastings with alcoholic beverages at seven various tasting locations that include four restaurants. Receive personalized service from the owners and chefs of the establishments and a chance to taste dishes cooked by Tom Douglas, the Iron Chef. The tour involves a lot of walking and alcohol, so it’s not recommended for those under 21 years old and is wheelchair bound.

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Gourmet Seattle Walking Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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10. Fremont District Tour (from USD 23.0)

If you want to try something different then join the Fremont District Tour. Your local guide will take you on a walking tour of Fremont with your start off point at Solstice Plaza. Fremont is in the northern part of the city by the canal known for its bohemian lifestyle. Experience a different kind of street art wherein your tour guide is an artwork in itself. They are playfully dressed in characters like the Fremont Fairy Godmother or Rocket Man. They are carrying props and impulsively involve passers-by in their improvised street performance. This makes every tour unique with its spontaneity. The tour also involves interactive public sculpture by participating in Art Attack, firing the 47’ Fremont Rocket, and a meet up with the cousin of Fremont Troll. The entire tour takes around 80 minutes and ends with a visit to the local shops, cafes, and restaurants along the way.

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Seattle Fremont District 90-Minute Walking Tour

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

11. Seattle Locks Cruise (from USD 76.0)

This cruise starts off at Pier 5 and will take you on a two-and-a-half-hour trip around Puget Sound. It takes you through the complicated Locks system that allows a passage for boats to sail between the Puget Sound’s saltwater and Ship Canal’s freshwater connecting to Lake Union. Witness the water levels being adjusted and the salmon swimming thru the salt and fresh water via the fish ladder. On board, you experience panoramic views of all three water systems, the awesome Seattle skyline, and the splendid mountains in the background with an informative commentary from your guide. The cruise passes thru the picturesque floating houseboat community providing great photo opportunities.

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Seattle Locks Cruise - Roundtrip Tour With Return Bus

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

341 reviews

12. Seattle Space Needle Observation Deck

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The iconic 605-foot tall (184 meters) tower is one of Seattle’s most popular landmarks. Once you’ve climbed up to its 520 ft. (158.5 meters) observation deck you’ve literally seen everything! The trip up to the apex of the tower is a lifetime experience that is safe and ideal for family excursions. A ticket entitles you to a quick 41-second elevator ride to the top where you are rewarded with panoramic views of Puget Sound, Mt. Rainer, and the entire city with hands-on use of telescopes and digital experiences, with free photo digital downloads.

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Seattle Space Needle Observation Deck Admission

Duration: Flexible

Enjoy Seattle

You’ll never get bored with so many places to eat in, see, and play in Seattle. Walking tours and restaurant hopping seems to be a popular pastime in the city. Visit the historic places and learn more about the city’s fantastic heritage. Get the thrill of being an actor for a day out on the street! Above and below the ground, Seattle offers so many exciting activities that will make you want to come back and experience them all!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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