Sightseeing in Seattle

Where to go, What to do, and What to See

Seattle Southside is the perfect home base to explore the Pacific Northwest.
Eat, play, stay, and venture forth on your sightseeing trips from Seattle Southside.


Staying in Seattle Southside puts you in the perfect position from which to go sightseeing in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you want to head south to Mt. Rainier or take the light rail north to Seattle’s most famous, iconic sites, your central location will make it easy to check everything off your must-see list.


Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions Around Seattle


  1. The Space Needle
  2. Seattle Ferries
  3. Pike Place Market
  4. MoPop (Museum of Pop Culture)
  5. The SAM (Seattle Art Museum)
  6. Museum of Flight
  7. Snoqualmie Falls
  8. Mount Rainier National Park
  9. Seattle Chocolate Factory Tour
  10. Whale Watching

Choose Your Adventure from these Popular Seattle Sightseeing Attractions

Out Top 10 picks for fun places for first-time visitors to go sight seeing in the Seattle area in 2022


Seattle Space Needle with Mt. Rainier in background

Sightseeing at The Space Needle

See the best panoramic views of the city from Seattle's iconic 605-ft.-tall observation tower.


Seattle Ferry Sightseeing Trip from Seattle Southside

Seattle Ferry Sightseeing Trip

Ride a Washington State Ferry to go sightseeing at places like Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island, and Whidbey Island.


MoPOP : The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle

MoPOP : The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle

Formerly known as the Experience Music Project, MoPOP showcases iconic moments in TV, Rock'n roll music, science fiction, and more.


Pike Place Market fresh fruit stands in downtown Seattle

Pike Place Market

Enjoy the amazingly fresh produce and locally-grown flowers at Seattle's Pike Place Market.


Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

The SAM (Seattle Museum of Art)

Since 1933 the SAM has enabled art lovers to experience original works of art in traveling exhibitions and on permanent display.


WWII Bomber in sunlit hangar

The Museum of Flight

Since 1965 the MOF has held one of the largest air and space collections in the USA.  Come see a B-29 Superfortress, or any of the other 175 aircraft and space craft on exhibit. 



Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls

Come see for yourself why this breathtaking 270-ft high cascading waterfall is visited by over 1.5 million each year.


Visit Mount Rainier in the Spring on things to do in Seattle list

Sightseeing at Mount Rainier National Park

This majestic 14,410-ft. dormant volcano is the icon of Washington and is surrounded by meadows, lakes, and rainforests.


Seattle Chocolate Factory Tour Sightseeing Attraction

Seattle Chocolate Sightseeing Factory Tour

This tour is a must do for all ages. You will learn a lot about the history and varieties of chocolate while getting to sample all of these awesome treats.


Seattle Whale Watching and sightseeing

Seattle Whale Watching & Sightseeing Tours

Whale watching sightseeing tours in Washington have never been more exciting. With orcas, humpbacks, minkes, and gray whales, there's no telling what variety you'll see.

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.

Go sightseeing in the Pacific Northwest from Seattle Southside

Map of Seattle Southside in reference to Seattle and Washington State

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Venture North

To the north of Seattle Southside you'll find that most of these popular tourist spots are only 15 to 20 minutes away by Light Link Rail or car.

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Venture South

And only 20 minutes to the south of Seattle Southside you'll find these popular attractions in the city of Tacoma:

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Venture East

And to the east of Seattle Southside towards the Cascade Mountain Range you'll find these immensely popular attractions:

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Venture West

And to the west of Seattle Southside explore these idyllic day trip destinations accessible by one of the Seattle Ferries:


Travel Itineraries

Des Moines Beach Park View from Pier

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.

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Travel Planner

Seattle Activities Travel Planner

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 Sightseeing Experiences Around Seattle


Is it better to stay in downtown Seattle or Seattle Southside?

It really depends. If you're looking for better hotel deals and a more family-friendly central location that is close to Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA), then Seattle Southside is the better choice. If you're in town on business or going to the Seattle Convention Center, then you might prefer to stay downtown.


Should I go on a sightseeing tour or rent a car while visiting Seattle?

There are a number of Seattle Sightseeing Tours that offer visitors a carefree, narrated experience that you wouldn't necessarily have otherwise. If you prefer to set your own schedule, take spontaneous detours, and pick your own sightseeing destinations, then renting a car would be the better choice.


Should I get a Seattle CityPASS to save money at major sightseeing attractions?

For families or small groups, the Seattle CityPASS is a great way to see up to seven of Seattle's top attractions for about half of what it would cost to see them individually. The pass is good for 9 consecutive days and includes five attractions; two are standard and then you choose the other three.


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