Choose Your Adventure from these Popular Seattle Tourism Attractions
Out Top 10 picks for fun places for tourists to go sightseeing in the Seattle area in 2022
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.
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.
Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
Enjoy this collection of Seattle's most treasured gardens, including the Seike Japanese Garden and Elda Behm's Paradise Garden.
Safely enjoy the thrill of indoor skydiving in the vertical wind tunnel at iFly in Tukwila
The Museum of Flight
This amazing educational air and space museum preserves over 160 planes and spacecraft.
Seattle Whale Watching
You're sure to see gray whales, minke, humpback, or two types of orca on every trip.
The peak whale watching season in Seattle is between late Spring and early Fall.
This majestic 14,410-ft. volcano is the icon of Washington and is surrounded by meadows, lakes, and rainforests.
Snoqualmie Falls Day Trip
This magnificent 270-foot waterfall is surrounded by a two-acre park with hiking trails, an observation deck, gift shop, and the Salish Lodge.
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 Seattle Tourism
How many people visit Seattle each year?
It is estimated that in upwards of 21.5 million people visited Seattle and King County in 2021.
How important is tourism in Seattle?
Tourism is big business as the state’s fourth largest industry. In 2019, visitor spending contributed $21.9 billion to the state economy including 240,000 jobs in Washington and more than 80,000 in King County.
What should I know before I visit Seattle?
A trip to the Seattle area offers adventures any time of the year. Most people vacation in the Pacific Northwest between May and September, with summers being as close to paradise as you'll find. There are lots of indoor activities for people who prefer not to venture in the rain during Fall, Winter and Spring, but if you're the least bit outdoor inclined, bring your walking shoes, hiking boots, and the right kind of jacket to repel the rain. Tip: Most people in Seattle do not use umbrellas.
How many days should I plan for to see Seattle?
If you can swing it, a 3 or 4-day itinerary would give you ample time to see the best of this magnificent Pacific Northwest metropolis! Seattle offers countless adventures from day trips to dormant volcanoes to whale watching excursions in search of orca. If the idea of exploring the best coffee shops and craft breweries appeals to you, then you'd love visiting Seattle.
What are some of the things Seattle is best known for?
Seattle is well known for being home to Starbucks and a pervasive coffee culture, as the origin of the grunge music scene, the Seattle Seahawks, Mariners, and Kraken sports teams, the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, the high-tech industry (Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, T-Mobile) hiking, kayaking, and home base for those who love an avid outdoors lifestyle.