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
- 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
- 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?