Start in the exciting, cosmopolitan city of Seattle and catch your breath at the jaw-dropping views from atop the iconic Space Needle. Venture out to discover the jewel-like San Juan Islands, wild ocean beaches, lush rain forests and rugged mountain vistas. Take the wine trail through sun-drenched vineyards and tour the North Cascades for an amazing holiday.

Top Activities

Space Needle: At 520 feet, nothing blocks you from a 360 degree panorama of the Emerald City, with mountain ranges covered in Douglas Firs, Elliott Bay’s bustling waterfront, the lights of downtown Seattle and Mt Rainier, all ever-present from afar. Head up to see what all the oohhhs and ahhhhhs are about.

Pike Place Market: Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States.

Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum: Inspired by Jimi Hendrix, the museum includes items from icons ranging from Bo Diddley to Bob Dylan. It’s dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. Featuring mesmerizing exhibits, interactive installations, oral histories, and a wealth of learning opportunities, housed in a 140,000-square-foot Frank O. Gehry designed building.

Seattle Art Musum: The Seattle Art Museum (commonly known as “SAM”) maintains three major facilities: its main museum in downtown Seattle, the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the central Seattle waterfront, which opened on January 20, 2007.

Chihuly Garden and Glass: The centerpiece of this exhibition is the Glasshouse, Dale Chihuly’s 100-foot long sculpture in a colorful palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber, suspended through the light-filled space. Anchored by four monumental glass sculptures, the Garden has paths lined with trees, plants and flowers featuring the Crystal and Icicle Towers.

Ideas for First Time Visitors:

  • Space Needle
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • San Juan Islands
  • Olympic National Park
  • Mount Rainier National Park

Ideas for Repeat Visitors:

  • Wine Country
  • Long Beach Peninsula
  • North Cascades National Park and Scenic Loop
  • Pike Place Market Food Tour
  • EMP Museum

Special Events

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1983. Instrumentally, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles—such as What Is the Light.

Festál – Spirit of Africa

Seattle Center Festál presents Spirit of Africa, Saturday, May 13. Founded and produced by a local Senegalese griot musician, the festival showcases the talents of African musicians, dancers, and artists in the region and from around the country to celebrate the rich cultural heritage initially of West African — and now all African — people.

Kanu Kaho’olawe: Replanting, Rebirth

Kanu Kaho’olawe: Replanting, Rebirth highlights the work of two Hawai’i-based artists, Jan Becket and Carl Pao, who document and respond to the reclamation of Native land on Kaho’olawe Island, Hawai’i, through photography and mixed-media paintings. Located off of Maui, Kaho’olawe is the smallest of the eight main volcanic islands in the Hawaiian Archipelago. It is a culturally and spiritually significant place for Native Hawaiians and was the site of decades-long military testing that environmentally devastated the island. Marking the 40th Anniversary of the “Stop the Bombing” campaign and occupation of Kaho’olawe, this exhibit tells both an ecological cautionary tale and the story of Native Hawaiian efforts to reclaim, replant and revitalize cultural traditions on this ancestral land.

Local Transportation

Beeline Charters: Tours for groups, airport and cruise transfers and customized packages. 23, 31 and 36 PAX min-coaches plus 40 and 56 PAX buses. Luxury coaches available.

Premier Coaches Northwest: Luxury mini coach operator specializing in airport transfer services, local tours, step-on guide and dispatch service. 19 PAX and 23 PAX Krystal Coach mini coaches.

Starline Luxury Coaches: With the most diverse fleet in the Pacific Northwest to fit the right size coach to your needs with a wide variety of choices and prices. They offer a full range of coaches from 16 PAX minibuses to 56 PAX luxury motor coaches.

Butler Transport: Valet, transportation and tour specialists offering personalized Seattle and Woodinville tours including wine tours. Mercedes and Lincoln town cars, stretch limo, stretch Hummer, 23 PAX executive min-coach and 40-56 PAX executive coaches.

EverGreen Escapes: The company blends the best of the Pacific Northwest’s natural wonders, epicurean indulgences and urban enchantments into small group, day and week-long tours using bio-diesel fueled 10-12 PAX Mercedes vans and luxury SUVs.

Distance from Major Airports

  • Seattle – Tacoma International Airport (SEA – TAC) to downtown – 15 miles

Local Tour Guides

Beeline Tours: English spoken. Contact: Michael Rogers, [email protected]

Evergreen Escapes: English spoken. Contact: Jake Haupert, [email protected]

Savor Seattle Tours: English spoken. Contact: Angela Shen, [email protected]

Clipper Vacations: English spoken. Contact: Margo Windenburg, [email protected]

Listing of Seattle Tour Guides: English spoken.