Warmer weather and gorgeous, sun-filled days are here, so it’s time to start planning weekend getaways! Consider spending a weekend in Seattle, the lively and bustling city on the shores of the Puget Sound.

Because it’s the largest city in Washington, it can be a little overwhelming trying to decide how to spend just two days in Seattle. But it is possible to see big attractions and get a taste of some local favorites in 48 hours.


to see Seattle in 48 hours!


There’s a good chance it might rain, no matter when you go! Bring a light, waterproof jacket, even if you’re visiting in the summer

You can get to Seattle easily by flight or car, and getting around is easy. You can rent a car, take an Uber or Lyft, walk, or use e-bikes or scooters

Yes, you should definitely take a tour to get the lowdown on Seattle from a local! We recommend food tours, but there are also plenty of walking tour options

Places to Stay

There are a variety of places to stay, from budget friendly Days Inn to unique B&Bs like The Guest House just outside Seattle

Your first day should be spent touring the Seattle Waterfront, Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, and Capitol Hill

Pro-tip: Get the Seattle CityPASS if you’re planning on visiting the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), or Chihuly Garden and Glass. The CityPASS will get you prepaid admission into five must-see attractions (like the ones mentioned!) – plus you’ll get admission to the Argosy Cruise Harbor Tour!

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Your second day should be spent around Discovery Park, Ballard, University District

With a longer stay in Seattle, you’ll be able to visit places like Gas Works Park, which is just a bit outside of city center, a cruise on Lake Washington, explore the Queen Anne area, and more, but this list is a great way to get started exploring the city!