Best Seattle Getaways
Explore the area’s beautiful beaches, back roads, islands, lakefronts and more.
The Emerald City, as it is known is a spectacular destination for a weekend getaway. With its magnificent mountain views, breathtaking waterfront and cool urban vibe, you will find plenty to do in Seattle. Whether your idea of a perfect weekend is shopping at trendy boutiques, sailing off into the sunset or enjoying fresh seafood at a waterfront restaurant, you can enjoy it in Seattle. Check out all of the city’s exciting entertainment, attractions and outdoor activities in this guide.
Stroll around Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s most famous attractions. More than 10 million people a year visit this huge outdoor market. It is one of the oldest operating farmers markets in the country and began with eight farmers in August 1907. Today, this nine-acre outdoor market is home to hundreds of small businesses, farmers, restaurants and craftspeople. Watch fresh fish being thrown into the air or sample one of the many local eateries located in Pike Place.
Ride the Ducks of Seattle
Take a land and water tour of Seattle on a wacky amphibious watercraft. You will laugh and learn all about Seattle on these tours. They visit the downtown shopping district, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and more.
Visit the Space Needle
The Space Needle is another of Seattle’s most iconic attractions. The Space Needle rises more than 600 feet above the city and provides scenic birds-eye views of the city, lovely mountain ranges and Elliott’s Bay. If you get hungry while enjoying the sights, visit SkyCity, a revolving restaurant located in the Space Needle. It offers breathtaking views of Puget Sound and serves up delicious food.
Spend a Day Strolling Along the Seattle Waterfront
This unique waterfront area is open year-round. It is a great place to people-watch and check out the local scene. There are a number of stores and stops along the waterfront to pick up a souvenir or two. The waterfront is also a great place to dine. Elliott’s Oyster House is a great seafood restaurant that supports sustainable fishing efforts. Elliott’s offers oysters, Alaskan halibut and fresh salmon. This restaurant has been featured in Gourmet magazine, USA Today, Fortune and Wine Spectator. It is also listed as one of the top spots for waterfront dining by Zagat.
Get out on Lake Union
Lake Union is one of Seattle’s treasures. This enormous lake is located right in the middle of the city. The best way to explore the lake is via kayak. If kayaking is not your thing, you can also rent a stand-up paddle boat. While out on the lake, you might catch glimpses of the sea planes that land in the lake’s center or you can check out the many houseboats and other watercraft that flank the lake’s edges.
How to Get to Seattle
One of the fastest and most economical ways to get to Seattle for a weekend getaway is via private charter jet. Private flights to Seattle are very popular, especially from Nevada, Oregon and Montana. The most popular airports for jet charters in the Seattle area are the Boeing Field International Airport and the Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Both of these airports are conveniently located within just 13 miles of downtown.
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