The ultimate list of top places to go, things to see, and things to do for first-time visitors to Seattle.
The Space Needle
See the best panoramic views of the city from Seattle's iconic 605-ft.-tall observation tower.
Pike Place Market
Enjoy the amazingly fresh produce and locally-grown flowers at Seattle's Pike Place Market.
Come see for yourself why this breathtaking 270-ft high cascading waterfall is visited by over 1.5 million each year.
This majestic 14,410-ft. dormant volcano is the icon of Washington and is surrounded by meadows, lakes, and rainforests.
The Museum of Flight
This amazing educational air and space museum preserves over 160 planes and spacecraft.
Westfield Southcenter Shopping Mall
You'll find more than 200 stores & eateries plus a multiplex theater with IMAX at the largest mall in all of Washington state.
Des Moines Beach Park
Enjoy this beautiful coastal park on the blue waters of Puget Sound with stunning views of the snow-capped Olympic mountains.
Seattle Day Trips
Consider one of these popular day trips from the greater Seattle area for both visitors and locals.
Family Fun Center
The activities, rides and attractions you’ll find at Family Fun Center Tukwila offer an endless array of opportunities for the entire family to have FUN!
Safely enjoy the thrill of indoor skydiving in the vertical wind tunnel at iFly in Tukwila
Seattle Southside is Perfectly Placed
The cities of Tukwila, SeaTac and Des Moines together make up Seattle Southside.
Just 15 minutes south of downtown Seattle with quick easy access to Sea-Tac Airport (SEA), freeways and light rail stations.
Which ever direction you choose to head first, our suggested itineraries can help you to kick-start planning your trip to Seattle.
Generate new ideas and customize one or more to make it your own.
Start your Seattle Southside journey off right by looking at the Seattle Southside Travel Planner. It includes everything you need to know:
- Area information
- Things to do: spas, gardens, shopping, museums, sports, outdoor activities, events and festivals
- Dining: from family friendly to fine dining
- Accommodations: a place to stay for any budget
- Cruise information
- Transportation options: tips and tricks
- Itinerary suggestions
- Area maps
Choose from Over 60 Hotels, 100 Restaurants, and Countless Fun Activities Near Seattle Airport (SEA)
FAQs about the Best Attractions in Seattle
What are the top sights in Seattle?
For high-up city views, the most popular vantage points are the Space Needle, Columbia Tower, and Smith Tower. Hop on over to Kerry Park for one of the best spots overlooking the city to take a photo. Other top sights include The Great Wheel, Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop), Seattle Art Museum (SAM), Ballard Locks, Snoqualmie Falls, The Museum of Flight, Des Moines Beach Park, Bainbridge Island, and Mt. Rainier.
What is the most visited place in Seattle?
The Space Needle in downtown Seattle was constructed especially for the 1962 World's Fair and is the most iconic symbol of the city. Each year the Space Needle has an average of 1.3 million visitors. In 1962 it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi at 605 feet.
Is 3 days enough time to see Seattle?