With a thriving metropolis plunked down in the middle of natural beauty, Seattle has something to offer for every type of traveler. There are some things, however, that qualify as classic experiences—icons of the city, historical adventures, insights into the arts and places that you just won’t find in another city.
Wear comfortable shoes here: The best way to experience most Seattle neighborhoods is to walk. With so many old buildings, storefronts and restaurants are often tucked into hard-to-spot corners you’ll miss in a car. Layers are also smart. Even during the beautiful summer months—usually July to September—the nights can be chilly. A raincoat is also a good idea October through June, as the rain is light but frequent. The good news is the temperate climate means there’s almost never a day where you can’t be outside—though there are plenty of fantastic museums if needed!
Whether it’s your first time in the city or you tenth, these are the Seattle experiences you should check off your list.