4 Star Places To Visit in Washington, United States (50)
4.5Pike Place Market(21.8k reviews) - A Seattle Must Thursday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent More than 3 hours Farmers Markets
One of the most popular farmers’ markets in the United States, this historic century-old Seattle icon has stalls upon stalls offering fresh produce, seafood, flowers, handicrafts, and loads more. It’s in the same location as the original Starbucks and a block away from countless bars, restaurants, and cafes, as well as the infamous Gum Wall—a brick wall covered in thousands of pieces of chewing gum. travelers flock to the market to see the fishmongers toss fish to one another, a market tradition. For more elbow room, visit on weekday mornings or join a food tour that gives you early access to the market. – TripadvisorSee more..
4.5Space Needle(19.5k reviews) - Fabulous evening, cant beat the view! Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Points of Interest & Landmarks • Observation Decks & Towers
Located in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, this iconic landmark and observation tower was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. Perch on the glass benches known as “Skyrisers” and gaze out of floor-to-ceiling windows, snap a selfie at the outdoor deck, or head upstairs to The Loupe, an indoor lounge featuring the world’s first and only rotating glass floor. Here, you’ll be greeted with 360-degree views of the downtown Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier, Elliot Bay, and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. For a smooth-sailing experience, it’s best to pre-purchase a timed ticket. Space Needle is also a part of CityPASS. – TripadvisorSee more..
My friend and I found ourselves with some time to kill after the American Society of Echocardiography’s 2022 Scientific Session that were held in Seattle ended, so on Tuesday, after a lovely breakfast at Bacco’s, we decided we wanted to enjoy a view of the city from the water. The WSF from Seattle to Bainbridge Island offered a easy and inexpensive option for a quick jaunt across the sound and back before our flight. The purchase process was easy, embarking and disembarking was a breeze, the ferry was well kept up and clean with great decks for enjoying the view and meeting nice people (including a handsome stranger who we later saw at the airport, as well - pity I only got his first name and not his phone number…but I digress). Anyway, looking for a fun little no frills cruise? I recommend the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge.See more..
4.0Museum of Pop Culture(7.183 reviews) - Enjoyable few hours for me, but the appeal depends upon your interests Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Speciality Museums
Visit a museum like no other on earth.MoPOP, located next to Seattle’s historic Space Needle, houses some of the world’s most legendary pop culture artifacts. Test your DJ skills in Sound Lab, and get the scoop on the world’s most mesmerizing producers of pop culture. Hands-on experiences, iconic artifacts, and award-winning exhibitions featuring luminaries in the fields of music, literature, television, and film make MoPOP a destination unlike any other.See more..
4.5The Museum of Flight(6.787 reviews)from $26.00 - Best attraction in Seattle Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Speciality Museums
Walk the aisle of JFK's Air Force One and climb aboard the Concorde at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Built around Boeing’s original factory, it is the world’s largest air and space museum. Here, you can learn everything about the history of aviation, from the Wright Brothers and the exploration of Mars, to revolutionary aircrafts and spy planes. You’ll get to barrel-roll a Mustang, land on the moon, soar over Puget Sound in a simulator, and even sit at the controls of the fastest jet on Earth. Certain days of the month have free entry, so check before you go. – TripadvisorSee more..
4.5Boeing Future of Flight(6.241 reviews) - If you are interested in planes, this is for you! Thursday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM Factory Tours
three adults and one child (age 8) enjoyed this tour. We went on a weekday and the factory floor was in full swing. I loved being able to see the different planes being put together. What an engineering feat! The tour is really informative and kept my son engaged the whole time. It is a 90 minute tour and includes a little walking and various displays. The highlight for sure, was just being able to see the planes and plane parts in various stages. It is north of seattle, so you will want to plan for a half day excursion if you are coming from seattle (don't forget about traffice). Also after the tour, there is a nice musuem display that we spent about 45 minutes exploring before our growling tummies said it was time to eat.See more..
4.5T-Mobile Park(4.389 reviews) - Middle of the road ballpark Spent 1-2 hours Arenas & Stadiums
This is my 21st or 22nd out of the 30 MLB parks and this fits squarely in the middle of them, in terms of quality and memorability. Pros: Good location near chinatown. Lots of shaded seats, which is nice for an afternoon or rainy game. Didn't notice any obstructed view seats. There's a little museum of sorts on the main concourse, behind some of the vendors. Growing up a huge Griffey Jr. fan, I enjoyed that. Decent selection of food Cons: that food is super pricey and has extraordinarily long lines. I've never seen such long lines at a baseball game. At the pizza stand, they didn't allow me to order a pizza because there were already other people waiting for them. The encounter I had with that cashier was one of the dumbest things I have experienced at a ballpark ever. So I advise you to eat before the game. The other major con is that the park is not very picturesque. Few city views (except 2nd deck, first base line), nothing uniquely interesting to identify the park from pictures.See more..
4.0Seattle Aquarium(4.293 reviews) - Enjoyable hour or 2 Thursday: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Aquariums
The heartbeat of hands-on marine experience and preservation education in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound that surrounds you! Join us in our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.See more..
4.5Kerry Park(3.490 reviews) - No better view Spent < 1 hour Parks
Get a postcard view of downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay against the backdrop of snow-capped Mount Rainier from this beautiful terraced park. You'll also get spectacular views of the Space Needle, a 605-foot-tall observation tower. Take pictures and lounge or have a picnic on the lawn. The best time to visit is during sunrise, or at night to admire the buildings and ferries at the bay glow with lights. Though located in the quiet Queen Anne neighborhood, Kerry Park is less than a mile away from Seattle Center, where you can visit other landmarks like the Museum of Pop Culture. – TripadvisorSee more..
4.5Hiram M. Chittenden Locks(3.236 reviews) - Fun and Free Thursday: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Bodies of Water • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Piers & Boardwalks
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a waterway system that connects the saltwater of the Puget Sound to the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which sits about 20 feet above sea level. Boats enter the locks, the gates close and the water rises or falls to the level of the destination waterway. Watching boats pass through the locks, exploring the 7 acres of botanical gardens and looking for fish on the fish ladder is fun and free entertainment that draws locals and tourists alike.See more..
4.0Seattle Great Wheel(2.919 reviews) - Great at night!! Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Amusement & Theme Parks
We went on this at night as a family of four with a 14 year old and an 11 year old. My daughter and I are not afraid of heights and like adventure. My husband and son, not so much. We went around 4 times (I think it is usually only 3). Going at night provided awesome vibrant views of the city. The wind was whipping and you could hear it and feel it slightly. It was an exciting ride for my daughter and I. My husband and son were glad when it was over. I think it’s a great experience and would recommend.See more..
Private View Packages Now Available! Experience Sky View Observatory exclusively for 1-Hour for yourself and up to 4 people - 5 People total! * Temporarily Closed for General Admission.* Sky View Observatory in downtown Seattle is the ideal first stop on your visit to the Emerald City. Here you can map out your entire Pacific Northwest experience! Sky View is located on the 73rd floor of Columbia Center. At 902 feet, it offers the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest. The 360-degree panoramic view includes Mt. Rainier, Bellevue, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the Space Needle and the city of Seattle.See more..
4.5Seattle Public Library(2.224 reviews) - Impressive Library Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Architectural Buildings • Libraries
If you want to experience the entire library then visit on the weekdays. That will give further access to the book stacks on floors 6-9. The single escalator (in fluorescent yellow) would have been an interesting experience (see photo). On floor five (the mixing chamber) walk over to the overlook and take in the view down to the main floor and the surrounding glass and steel. For an intense color experience go to the 4th floor (meeting rooms) which was painted floor to ceiling in 13 shades of red.See more..
4.5Woodland Park Zoo(2.083 reviews)from $19.00 - What a fun day! Thursday: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
Nationally award-winning Woodland Park Zoo has sparked delight, discovery, and unforgettable memories for more than 120 years while teaching people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to understand and protect wildlife. Explore the lush setting and see animals from around the globe in our various habitats. With nearly 900 animals and a 92-acre green oasis in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Woodland Park Zoo provides exemplary care for endangered wildlife as well as native trees, rare tropical plants and an exceptional rose garden. Spend the afternoon with us and let Woodland Park Zoo help you create memories to last a lifetime.See more..
4.5Riverfront Park(2.082 reviews) - Family/beautiful sites Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Parks
With one of the best urban falls in the nation, Riverfront Park's ideal downtown location that is surrounded by the Spokane River offers a variety of activities from biking the Centennial trail, walking paths, attractions such as a 1909 Looff Carrousel and Gift Shop, SkyRide Over the Falls, IMAX Theatre, Tour Train, Amusement Rides and an outdoor covered ice rink make this park a destination. The Red Wagon and Rotary Interactive Fountain provide hours of fun. With plenty of easy parking, the region's best events are also hosted on this 100 acre green space including Hoopfest (World's Largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament), Bloomsday Road Race, 4th of July Celebration, Pig Out in the Park Food and Music Festival and many more. The Spokane Convention Center, Spokane Arena, RiverPark Square, many downtown eateries and hotels border the park making this a great place to visit. The Sculpture Walk also highlights the best art in Spokane.See more..
Enjoy a day out in Washington at Snoqualmie Falls. This 270-foot waterfall beckons a visit for its enthralling views, easy trails and Native American heritage. The best way to enjoy this wonder is right after a downpour when the waterfall’s spray is fuller—adding to the mystical vibe. Train lovers should also hop on an antique train ride to the top of the waterfall. Beside the falls, there are other interesting sites to visit like the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Museum and Snoqualmie Depot. You can also pamper yourself with a luxe stay at the Salish Lodge & Spa. – TripadvisorSee more..
4.5Seattle Center(1.526 reviews) - Beautiful park with something for everyone Thursday: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Points of Interest & Landmarks • Gardens • Fountains
Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place, centered around the International Fountain, in the core of our region and the site of the 1962 World’s Fair. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.See more..
4.5Hoh Rain Forest(1.514 reviews) - One of the great diverse areas of Olympic National Park Forests
One of the largest temperate rainforests in America, the Hoh Rain Forest offers a tranquil nature escape surrounded by lush greenery, old-growth trees, and abundant wildlife. Take the 0.8-mile Hall of Mosses loop trail to admire the forest's beautiful flora up close. To fully immerse yourself in the forest's beauty, you can even camp overnight and explore the Hoh River in the morning. If you're visiting during peak season, try to arrive early in the morning or late afternoon for fewer crowds. Guided tours are also available if you want to explore the rainforest and Olympic National Park with an expert. – TripadvisorSee more..
4.0Fremont Troll(1.507 reviews) - Every Seattle visit must include a visit to the Fremont Troll Monuments & Statues
An 18-foot tall stone troll that lives under the Aurora Avenue Bridge.See more..
Deception Pass State Park is a stunning destination that spans a strait and a few islands. Come here for incredible views of Skagit Bay and the Salish Sea from the Canoe Pass Bridge. At Rosario Head, make sure to stop by the tide pools to see colorful birds and an array of marine life. If you're looking for a place to stay, camping by Bowman Bay is an excellent option. You can even enjoy a cozy bonfire at night. In the morning, go for a hike on the park's scenic trails along deep-blue lakes and amid the lush forest. – TripadvisorSee more..
4.5Museum of Glass(1.304 reviews) - Live Drama! Thursday: Speciality Museums • Art Museums
An international center for contemporary art with a sustained focus on glass.See more..
4.5Point Defiance Park(1.254 reviews) - Fun time stopping at the fort Thursday: 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM State Parks • Zoos • Aquariums
Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.See more..
After reading the book, "The Boys in the Boat" I had to see the actual boat in which the University of Washington Crew won the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics. The boat is securely fastened to the ceiling of the crew's dining room, but is totally visible. I now have my own photo collection of the Husky Clipper to go along with the book which I would strongly urge a person to read before visiting the campus and the boat. Tours are available, but advance tickets must be ordered on line. See more..
Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. During the 90 minute crossing, enjoy the ship’s many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas. Year round daily service is provided. Save big by booking a ferry and hotel stay with our exclusive package deals! In addition to our great prices at the region’s favorite hotels, we’ll pay your reservation fee for a guaranteed space on your desired sailing time when you book a package. Our Captain and Crew look forward to welcoming you on board the ship!See more..
4.5Green Lake Park(1.122 reviews) - Seattle’s favorite lake Spent 1-2 hours Bodies of Water • Parks
Swim or paddleboat in this scenic park lake.See more..
4.5Alki Beach(1.080 reviews) - A Beach For Exercising Spent 1-2 hours Beaches
Stretching over 2.5 miles, this long beach strip is one of the most popular beaches in Seattle, partly because it was featured in the film 'Sleepless in Seattle'. This nostalgic seaside town is a great escape from the city, just a short water taxi ride from downtown Seattle. Here, you can cycle down the bike paths, enjoy majestic views of the Olympic Mountains, join a free tour of Alki Lighthouse on summer afternoons, take a photo with a Statue of Liberty replica, and have some fish and chips at Spuds—Seattle’s first fast food restaurant. See the beach from a different vantage point on a harbor cruise or seaplane flight over Seattle. – TripadvisorSee more..
This national park is really a free museum that documents Seattle history, from the fire that burned it down to the gold rush that helped build it up.See more..
4.5LeMay - America's Car Museum(1.062 reviews) - Reclaimed Rust is why I went but the building held my interest all day! Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Speciality Museums
LeMay - America's Car Museum (ACM), named one of USA Today's 10 Best Museums in Seattle and KING 5's 2014 & 2015 Best Museum in Western Washington, is an international destination where families and enthusiasts gather to celebrate America's love affair with the automobile and how it shaped our society. The stunning, four-level, 165,000-sq.-ft. Tacoma, Wash., facility features 12 rotating exhibits, five annual Signature Events and serves as an educational center, hosting students of all ages.See more..
4.5Fort Worden State Park(1.055 reviews) - Thanksgiving family reunion. State Parks • Military Bases & Facilities
Stroll along beautiful beaches and explore rows of Victorian-style houses: this park has something for everyone.See more..
Treat your family to a special day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Where else can you see sea lions, hammerhead sharks, red wolves, muskox, penguins, stingrays, and an elephant all in one place? The 29-acre Zoo is large enough to offer an awesome array of animals yet small enough to let you get really close to them. Who knows? You might run into a lynx on your way to see a Sumatran tiger! Be sure to visit Kids' Zone. This fanciful exhibit engages children in active learning through play. The focus is on fun, movement and learning what animals need to thrive. The breathtaking views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains are free - and so is the parking. So what are you waiting for? Bring your family to see ours. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is open at 9 a.m. daily. Closing times vary. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is just minutes off of I-5 in beautiful Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, WA.See more..
We were weather fortunate on our day in the park. We arrived by 11:00 which led to an hour line wait as cars shuffle in and out. By the time you reach the visitor center you've been in the park for 13 miles of beautiful. We saw a number of deer. The visitor center has a tremendous amount of information for utilizing the park to your best benefit.See more..
4.5Gas Works Park(991 reviews) - My favorite park in the Seattle area. Thursday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Parks
From industrial sludge to family fun: this urban park features an industrial plant-turned kiddie play area as well as a beautiful lake and picnic area.See more..
4.5Whatcom Falls Park(950 reviews) - Quiet walk in the park Thursday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Parks • Hiking Trails
We arrived at about 10:30 and spent almost two hours walking the trails and enjoying the falls and derby pond. Some local ducks, Canadian geese, and a rare diving bird with mate were enjoying the pond. There are well placed benches around the pond. We happened to go on a beautifully sunny day however with it was a bit chilly since most of trails are in the woods. See more..
Now Accepting Reservations! After several long months, we are elated to share that we are now accepting advanced reservations at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Tasting Room. Please be assured, the health and safety of our guests and staff remains our top priority and we will continue to take every precaution and adhere to strict cleanliness protocols at every step as we re-open our property. As part of our commitment to keep everyone safe, we will be temporarily adjusting our hours of operation, reducing the occupancy of our tasting spaces, as well as requiring advanced reservations for all of our wine tasting experiences for all guests visiting the Chateau, including VRC members. For more information regarding the health & safety measures in our tasting room, please review the guidelines on our website.See more..
The Historic Fairhaven Village is a charming community located on the south end of Bellingham, WA. In this turn-of-the-century village you’ll find yourself amongst locally owned and operated boutique shops, fine dining, curated art galleries, hotels, spas and outdoor activities aplenty! Surrounded by bay and wooded trails it’s the perfect launching point for a hike, cycle or kayak on the bay. The Fairhaven Village Green park, much like a town square hosts live music, outdoor movies and annual festivals like Dirty Dan Days, Ski-to-Sea Fairhaven Festival, Winterfest and much more! Just minutes off I-5 it’s easy to arrive by car. There is a transportation hub within the village which houses Amtrak and Greyhound stations, Bellingham city bus, Alaska Marine Highway Ferry and San Juan Cruises. Whether it’s a day trip or a long relaxing weekend there truly is something for everyone in Fairhaven.See more..
4.5Discovery Park(876 reviews) - Nice hike within the city limits Spent 1-2 hours Parks • Jogging Paths & Tracks
This 534-acre nature park boasts extensive trails and breathtaking views amid lush nature. It occupies most of the historic Fort Lawton site and features heritage buildings like a chapel, gymnasium, and horse stable. You can also hike or bike through the forest and visit the West Point Lighthouse and the beach for views of downtown Seattle and Mount Rainer from a distance. The surroundings are mostly residential, so bring some food to have a picnic. You can visit Discovery Park for free but expect to pay for parking which is quite limited and fills up quickly especially on weekends. – TripadvisorSee more..
4.5Museum of History & Industry(864 reviews) - Summer in Seattle is grate Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Speciality Museums • History Museums
The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation.See more..
4.5Smith Tower Visitor Experience(801 reviews)from $16.00 - Lunch with a panoramic view Thursday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Observation Decks & Towers
Enjoy Smith Tower like you've never seen it before. Immerse yourself in exhibits that take you on a journey through the past one hundred years. Make your way to the top of the tower for an amazing vantage point from the Observatory, including an open-air deck that will give you 360-degree views of Seattle and beyond. Then take a moment to indulge in Prohibition-inspired craft cocktails and shareable plates with a group of friends or your loved ones. Don't forget to make a wish in the Wishing Chair. It's the perfect selfie to post of your visit to Smith Tower.See more..
This 36.32-acre park, located on the west side of San Juan Island, boasts over 2,550 feet of scenic shoreline.See more..
4.5Lake Crescent(796 reviews) - Cool clear and beautiful Bodies of Water
Nestled in the lush Olympic Mountains is this otherworldly glacier-carved lake, which boasts pristine waters and amazing scenic views. Those looking for a secluded getaway can book a stay at a cabin by the lake, while outdoor adventurers can hike up Spruce Road Trail or Barnes Creek Trail (two of the lake’s most popular treks), go kayaking, try trout fishing, and maybe even camp overnight. You'll need to purchase a pass to enter Olympic National Park, though you can get more value with bundled passes that include entry to other parks. Guided tours of Olympic National Park will also cover entry and take you to other sights within the park. – TripadvisorSee more..
4.5The Whale Museum(773 reviews) - Entertaining and Educational Thursday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Speciality Museums
Thank you for your interest in learning about The Whale Museum. The Whale Museum is completely reopened! We are open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm every day. Thank you for your support. https://whalemuseum.org/See more..
Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military history in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the diverse cultures who lived and worked here. Enjoy relaxing trails along the Columbia River and Village. Experience costumed programs, hands-on education activities, engaging living history events, creative media and a world-class archaeology collection. Connect to the past.See more..
I bought two pounds of king salmon to be shipped to nebraska.it arrived on time but was only shipped one pound.after sending out an email to the company they responded right away with a few questions.after speaking to the owner he immediately apologized and refunded my money for the ENTIRE purchase. I would highly,highly recommend buying any type of seafood from this company as they are very professional and know their business.i was very impressed with this company!See more..
4.0Olympic Game Farm(750 reviews) - A great and enjoyable experience! We particularly enjoyed the bears and bison and deer and cows! Thursday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Nature & Wildlife Areas
A wonderful way to spend some time and have a face to face encounter with deer, antelope, llamas, long horned cows, buffalo and bears as well as pheasants. It is a drive through experience but the animals get very close to you and you can feed most of them including the bears deer pheasants and buffaloes from wheat bread that you can purchase for $3 per loaf. Admission is $17 for adults and $14 for seniors 55 up and children. A great 1 1/2 to 2 hours and you can stay all day if you wish and have in and out privileges if you want to go in the morning and get lunch and come back for more time afterward. Mornings or early afternoon recommended. The hotter it is the earlier you want to get there! Staff is great and this activity is highly recommended for one and all, regardless of age!See more..
The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. The living collections showcase plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest. Our demonstration of good garden design and horticulture techniques inspire visitors to create their own beautiful, healthy gardens. We provide a place of beauty, serenity, and learning for thousands of visitors each year. There are also many fun things to do throughout the seasons: plant sales, community celebrations, summer concerts, art exhibits and holiday light festivities.See more..
At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center you can explore interactive exhibits and powerful stories highlighting how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners are working to improve the quality of life for billions of people around the globe. Discover innovations and bold ideas to solve pressing challenges facing our most vulnerable communities locally and globally. Find out how ordinary people are changing the world—and get inspired to take action. Free and next to Seattle Center.See more..
4.0Downtown Spokane(669 reviews) - New design with awesome food Neighborhoods • Biking Trails
A pleasant bike ride through downtown Spokane: this 9.2-mile trail runs past some of Spokane's historical sites, like Browne's Addition neighborhood and Riverfront Park.See more..