24 hours in Seattle: 10 Essential Places to Visit


If you’re traveling between cities from the U.S. or Canada to Hawaii, Australia, or parts of Asia, there is a good chance that you’ll have a layover in Seattle. If you have 24 hours to spend in this amazing city, there is quite a bit to sightsee and take in. Book a hotel near the airport or downtown and spend those hours taking these essential sights.

Space Needle/Seattle Center


This futuristically – designed Seattle landmark has been part of the city’s urban landscape since 1962. If you’re pressed for time, you might not have enough of it to wade through the throngs of tourists who clamor to get to the top, which affords spectacular views of the city. Nevertheless, this architectural wonder can be marveled at from the outside.

Pike Place Market


Pike Place Market is another iconic Seattle feature that truly exemplifies the character of the city. One of the most popular shops in the market is Beecher’s Cheese, which has locally – made cheeses. There are dozens of varieties of fish to choose from as well as delicacies unique to Seattle. Also, check out the Gum Wall when you’re there.



The Seattle Waterfront is a tourist attraction in and among itself. Elliott Bay draws many tourists during the warmer months. You can also enjoy views of Puget Sound from here. Seattle Aquarium and Waterfront are in this area, as is Pier 58 and Pier 54, home of the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop.

Seattle Public Library


If you’re looking to do free things, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Seattle Public Library. The interior of this multilevel library is painted in striking colors, many of which are themed. The escalators are also very colorful. At the top, you can get some awesome views of Seattle.

Chinatown/International District


Chinatown is located on the south side of Seattle. It is one of the oldest and largest in North America and began during the Gold Rush of the 1850s when Chinese railway workers flooded into the Pacific Northwest. The Historic Chinatown gate is a major attraction, as are Eastern Café and Fuji Bakery. There is also a famous tea house that serves over 20 varieties of tea.

Olympic Sculpture Park


Seattle is renowned (or loathed) for the number of rainy days it has every year. If the weather isn’t too inclement, you’ll want to take a short jaunt down to Olympic Sculpture Park. Seattle art is on display. The Coast Mountains serve as a picturesque backdrop.

Pioneer Square


Pioneer Square is where it all began. Yes, this is the birthplace of Seattle. There are dozens of historic buildings and cobblestone streets in this district. Occidental Square and Pioneer Square Park are popular attractions.

Daily Dozen Donut Co.


Watch as donut makers show off their expertise. Afterward, sample dozens of types of donuts. Your taste buds will thank you for taking the time out of your tight itinerary.

Pike Place Chowder


If you’re still hungry after eating a large amount of locally – made cuisine and snacks, you won’t find a better bowl of chowder anywhere in Seattle. At lunchtime, this eating establishment fills up with office workers who can’t resist the perfectly – made clam chowder. They love it. So will you.

Gas Works Park


If you are interested in seeing a bit of local history, take a tour of Seattle Gas Works Park. This building was once home to the Seattle Gas Light Company, which provided electricity to residents between 1900 and 1956.