A Weekend in Seattle Itinerary: Part 1

With its cultural experiences, breathtaking natural views, and undying devotion to coffee, Seattle is a great place to visit for anybody. But if you happen to live on the west coast, Seattle is the perfect weekend escape. You can choose to pack your two day itinerary or you can choose to soak in the city's laid-back vibes and take a more relaxed approach to exploring the city. Below is Day 1 of my itinerary filled with some of the best that the Emerald City has to offer.

For Day 2: A Weekend in Seattle: Part 2

(1) Pioneer Square

Start the day with one of the many coffee options (Third Culture, Counter Culture, Cafe Umbria) in the cute Pioneer Square neighborhood. Sip the morning away at the neighborhood known as the city's “first neighborhood." Pioneer Square is a richly historic place known for its Renaissance Revival architecture, First Thursday art walks, night life, delicious lunch spots, as well as quirky boutiques. Walk around and enjoy the storefront mural project, which is creating art to bring joy and a spot of brightness to the neighborhood. Swing by and shop at the many local businesses in the area. If you're there for the holidays, go in the evening when Pioneer Square turns into a light show - featuring various light exhibits by local artists woven into the historic architecture of Pioneer Square.

There's plenty of must-sees in the area:

  • In the heart of Pioneer Square, the land from which Seattle's industrial base grew, stand the Iron Pergola and the Tlingit Indian Totem Pole. Nearby is the elaborate Iron Pergola, erected in 1909 as a stop for the Yesler and James Street Cable Car Company.

  • In 1914, Smith Tower became the first skyscraper in Seattle. Today it features a renovated Observatory with an open-air viewing deck and bar where you can enjoy a locally inspired menu of shareable plates and classic cocktails.

  • Waterfall Garden Park is a secluded park that features a 22-foot waterfall in the middle of Pioneer Square.

Click Here for a detailed map of the area.

(2) Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar

If you love shellfish, and in particular oysters, Taylor is the place to be. Located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, Taylor is located in the Washington Shoe Building, with all its historic charm of the original brick walls and warm wood floors. The Oyster Saloon is the perfect place to enjoy a specialty cocktails (including an award winning house Bloody Mary's) with freshly shucked oysters. Pre-game there and enjoy their oyster or shrimp po’ boys with local beers.

(3) Olympic Sculpture Park

[Photo credit: Weiss Manfredi]

After a delicious seafood lunch, head over to the award-winning Olympic Sculpture Park for an afternoon stroll in downtown Seattle. It is free and open to the public, available for everyone to enjoy art and the Seattle waterfront. Wander the park to discover sculptures crafted by influential artists, while enjoying the incredible views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. There are also temporary art installations during summer months.

Click Here for a detailed map of the area.

(4) Space Needle