Weekend in Seattle, Washington | A Full 2 Days Travel Itinerary

With only a weekend to see Seattle, we made the most of our trip by visiting these spots!

Last week, I surprised Adam with a trip to Seattle for his 30th birthday! 

Guys, I kept this secret for over a year! Honestly, I'm rather impressed and pleasantly surprised I was able to pull it off, but Adam really had no idea we were going and I was elated when he was so happy when he found out. We had a wonderful weekend in Seattle celebrating his birthday and welcoming this new decade with open arms--I wanted to kick off his 30s, since we are planning on devoting more time and energy toward traveling together more in the coming years!

With only a weekend to experience this new city, I sought out to create an itinerary to see and do the best tourist-focused activities in Seattle. Our next trip, because we both agreed we're already planning on coming back, we'll adventure to more spots off the beaten path. But we agreed that for anyone's first visit to Seattle, these spots are an absolute must!

Are you headed to Seattle? Save this weekend itinerary for your Seattle trip! Click any one of the links below to head to their page on Yelp--where you can bookmark these spots, read reviews, get directions to get there when you arrive in Seattle, and see what else is available in the area!

Seattle Weekend Itinerary

Day 1:
- Have coffee and breakfast at Caffee Ladro
- Walk around Queen Anne neighborhood
- Have lunch at Pagliacci Pizza
- Explore more of Queen Anne
- Enjoy dinner at The Masonry

Day 2:
- Enjoy a coffee at the original Starbucks
- Grab a breakfast pastry from La Panier French Bakery
- Walk down to and explore the pier
- Have lunch at Elliot's Oyster House
- Grab a beer at Pike Brewing Company
- Make your way to the Gum Wall
- Walk through Pike Place Market
- Catch a cab to Space Needle
- Ride up to Space Needle Observatory
- Dinner at Sky City Restaurant

We recommend staying in Queen Anne for your weekend trip to Seattle--although staying downtown does make it easier to access major tourist attractions, it is only a <10 minutes ride from lower Queen Anne (which was about $7 per Uber ride). By staying off the major streets, you have access to the local spots where Seattle residents visit which can oftentimes be more enjoyable with fewer crowds and better customer service. 

For our weekend in Seattle, we stayed at The Maxwell Hotel in Queen Anne. They had a shuttle service we could have used which would have taken us around town, but rather than waiting for a shuttle we opted to take advantage of the affordable Uber rides going to and from Pike Place Market and back to our hotel. 

Since we came to Seattle for Adam's 30th birthday, it was really nice that we were able to celebrate all weekend long with some fun surprises from the hotel and the restaurants we visited. Adam enjoyed free drinks, snacks, and a few surprises for his 30th! 

Adam and I enjoyed Seattle so much we actually looked online to see how much apartments start at! We love our home in Phoenix, but we're definitely considering looking to move elsewhere in the next few years. I was just so elated he had such a great time for his birthday weekend in Seattle that he actually started contemplating moving there--talk about picking a good spot to travel to! Go me! ;-)

Have you ever been to Seattle? What were some of your favorite spots?

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  1. It looks like you all had awesome weather while there!! I grew up in just north of Seattle. There truly is so.much good stuff to explore, I haven't made it to most the places on your list so my next trip home I'm going to have to check some of them out!!

  2. Everyone has to visit the space needle. Good for you keeping this a surprise for over a year. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  3. Looks like a weekend in Seattle is a must for sure. Love all that there is to do!

  4. Looks like u guys had a blast! Thanks for sharing!

  5. You kept it a secret for an entire year, I am totally impressed and it sounds like you guys had a blast. Happy belated to your man

  6. Aww, happy birthday! I just visited Seattle for the first time in January this year. I did a lot of the same things you two did!

  7. Wow! Your pictures reveal that this is such a beautiful place to visit. I would love to take some time away to enjoy the sights and sounds of Seattle.

  8. Wow! It feels good to surprise someone! I know Seattle is a great place to celebrate his birthday.

  9. Seattle is such a great place! I love the public market there! It's been years since I've been but your pics remind me of happy times!

  10. Sounds like it was a great 30th. I can only imagine how different it must be going from Phoenix all the way to Seattle. Very different climates.

  11. What absolutely perfect timing! We are headed to Seattle next month and I am still not sure what all to do!

  12. I used to live in Seattle.. I loved this place, love the fresh seafoods and tasty yogurt!


  13. Seattle is a place we would love to visit. The Space Needle Observatory I have heard about and would indeed love to see some day along with the gum wall. Thanks for sharing your wonderful weekend getaway.

  14. Looks like an awesome birthday weekend. We've always wanted to visit Seattle. Looks like a number of neat things you can do there and a good vibe.

  15. I have only been to Seattle once (also for a long weekend) and I have been planning a trip back ever since. We stayed with some friends so we didn't have to worry about a hotel, and we used the bus to get around. I loved Pike Place Market and we spent an entire morning just walking around, taking in the sites. We walked from Pike Place to the Space Needle (it really was a pleasant walk) and we also went to the Museum of Pop Culture (they had a Nirvana exhibit when we were there that was spectacular). I am vegan and I ate at so many different places I lost count, and we even got some vegan donuts on our way out of town (we had an Alaskan cruise leaving out of Vancouver, so we took the train from Seattle to Vancouver). I will look into the Queen Ann area just in case we cannot stay with out friends next time.

  16. I'd love to go to Seattle. I've never been there though. I've heard it's beautiful to visit and your pics back that up!

  17. What a fun weekend! That Gum Wall was both interesting and gross at the same time lol I kept thinking about that scene from the movie Elf where he goes around picking up gum from the ground and eating it!! LOL

  18. It looks like you guys had a good time. I visited Seattle before but unfortunately, I did not do much touring.

  19. I have never been to Seattle but it is definitely on my list. I have heard a lot of great things about it!

  20. Wow looks like you guys had such a fun time. I would love to visit Seattle some day. I heard it's a beautiful city.


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