Visiting Seattle

A Seattle Visitor's Guide for What to Do

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.


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

Choose from more than 80 hotels within 10 minutes of Seattle Airport (SEA)  for every budget and desired amenities. Disembark your flight, scoop up your luggage, jump on a hotel shuttle bus, and check into the sanctity of your hotel room all in a matter of minutes.

Instead of worrying about how stressful freeway traffic to Seattle might be, you can be relaxing at your hotel pool or bar, or having fun on a microadventure in Seattle Southside.  Consider some the local attractions from the list below that are popular with visitors to Seattle.

Then after a good night's sleep, plan on a day trip to see iconic Seattle tourism spots, Snoqualmie Falls, or Mount Rainier National Park.


Choose Your Adventure from these Popular Attractions When Visiting Seattle

Out Top 10 picks for fun things to do for first-time visitors to the Seattle area in 2022


Defy - Tukwila Kids Activity Zipline Attraction


The world’s largest extreme air sports park is in Tukwila! 


iFLY Indoor Skydiving is on best things to do in Seattle list

iFly Seattle

Safely enjoy the thrill of indoor skydiving in the vertical wind tunnel at iFly in Tukwila


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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. 


Family Fun Center in Tukwila, Seattle Southside - Seattle Attractions

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!


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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.


Westfield Southcenter Shopping Mall for things to do in Seattle

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.


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

Mount Rainier

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



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.


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 Visiting Seattle


What is the most popular tourist attraction in Seattle?

Most first-time visitors to Seattle will will want to visit Seattle Center & the Space Needle. Along with the Monorail, Seattle Center and the Space Needle were originally built for the 1962 World's Fair. These city icons have since been turned into an entertainment complex and park area with theaters, sports facilities, and restaurants.


How many days is enough for visiting Seattle?

If you can plan for a 3-day itinerary then you'll be able to experience the best highlights of the greater Seattle area. Our region is full of adventures, both big and small, from day trips to national parks to exploring the best museums, coffee shops, chocolate shops, and craft breweries.


What candy is Seattle famous for?

It's no secret that Seattle is now on the map for its chocolate scene. There are now over 50 chocolatiers in the region. One renowned local favorite is Seattle Chocolate in Tukwila which offers a factory tour and free samples. Try the Mexican Hot Chocolate Truffle Bar or any of their assorted, individually wrapped bite-size truffles.


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