The Emerald City is an incredible place to explore regardless if it’s raining or not.
The Pacific Northwest is known for its rain, but you can’t have incredible scenery like the wonderful evergreen forests that surround the city without some rain to keep it green.
Regardless of the fear of rain or not, Seattle is the perfect destination to stroll through the city with a nice cup of coffee and wander through the wonderful downtown core.
Seattle is a vibrant city that is hard not to fall in love with. If you are planning to spend 48 hours in Seattle, starting and ending off in the downtown core is a great way to spend your weekend getaway.
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48-hour Weekend Guide In Seattle
Seattle is known for its coffee, as apparently there is a store that was founded in Seattle in 1971 with a green mermaid logo on it that’s famous.
If you want to start your day off right with a great cup of coffee to begin your day, your options are endless. Of course, you could have coffee at the original Starbucks on 1st and Pike, but you can get Starbucks anywhere around the world.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Starbucks, but the 1st and Pike location can be incredibly busy from open till close with many tourists with selfie sticks and no coffee in hand. My suggestion is to mobile order, and take your pictures while you wait.
Or, if crowds are too much for you to take so early in the morning, head to Zeitgeist Coffee. Zeitgeist Coffee is located in a converted warehouse space in downtown and is a great relaxing place to hang out and enjoy your late before your adventure.
Located in Historic Pioneer Square on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Jackson Street.
171 S. Jackson Street Seattle, WA 98104 https://www.zeitgeistcoffee.com
If you need something a little more solid to sustain you to kick the day off right, head straight to The Crumpet Shop. Long-running British crumpet spot offers a distinctly American twist to the British staple. This Place Market eatery serves up lavish toppings like pesto, wild salmon or lemon curd which would make any British citizen Homesick.
1503 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA www.thecrumpetshop.com
Side Note: Make sure you make reservations for Dahlia Lounge for dinner. It’s a Seattle institution, and one of those rare places that locals and tourists seem to agree on. With crimson walls, fabulous desserts, and celebrity chef Tom Douglas, it’s an easy choice for dinner, but, if nothing else, stop by and get something sweet to go from the Dahlia Bakery next door.
The Seattle Art Museum
Do you want to start your 48-hours in Seattle with a little culture? The Seattle Art Museum represents the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest.
Located downtown, one block from Pike Place Market, global art collections, temporary installations, and notable exhibitions from around the world bridge cultures and centuries.
Make sure to visit awe-inspiring, 12,000-sq-ft reading room with 40ft glass ceilings to relax and recharge before your following stop on your 48-hour getaway in Seattle.
The Fremont Neighbourhood
If you have time on your hands, grab an uber and head north to the neighborhood of Fremont. Fremont is famous for the Fremont Troll, a concrete sculpture that lurks under the Aurora Bridge. But, if your getaway to Seattle is on a weekend, check out the art-filled Sunday Market and the Fremont Fair, a colorful street party held each year during the summer solstice.
By now, you’re have enjoyed an incredible evening at Dahlia Lounge it’s time to head to your accommodations for some much-needed rest. Seattle has many places to stay for any budget traveler. Check out some great Airbnb accommodations in Seattle that serve as a great base for exploring the city.
If you are more interested in staying at a hotel during your 48-hour getaway in Seattle, here are some of the best hotels in Seattle’s Downtown core (Click The Links To Learn More):
Side Note: Even though I live in Victoria, BC, Canada, Seattle is a second home to me. I travel at least six times a year to Seattle for weekend getaways, and Seattle Mariner Baseball.
What I like doing while I am in Seattle is rent a kayak and paddle around Lake Union on a warm summer day.
The views of Downtown and the Space Needle are spectacular, plus you can row right by Gas Works Park, which has the neat old towers and generators from when it was a power plant.
It’s time to refuel for another fun-filled adventure to your 48-hour getaway in Seattle, and another Seattle breakfast Institution is the Bacco Cafe.
With the freshly squeezed juices, hearty flavorful breakfasts, and outdoor patio seating, what else is there not to like about a restaurant. This is my favorite brunch place. It’s located near Pike Place Market which is the best place to start your day.
86 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA Bacco Cafe.com
Now that you are fueled up, maybe go back to Starbucks if you didn’t get a chance the day before and grab a cup of coffee and walk to Pike Place Market.
Pike Place Market has everything you need for your Seattle getaway. There you can buy fresh flowers, produce, and seafood while feeling the buzz of energy all around. Plus, the big neon Pike Place Market sign is a quintessential Seattle photo op.
85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA http://pikeplacemarket.org
The next stop on your Seattle Getaway is another Seattle Landmark, The Seattle Space Needle.
You have two options to get to the Space Needle from Pike Place Market; you can take an Uber To Seattle Center or walk a few blocks up from Pike Place and take the monorail from the Westlake Center directly to Seattle Center.
If you are on the monorail, you will begin noticing a huge, crazily colorful building at the foot of the Space Needle called the Experience Music Project & Science Fiction Museum.
The Frank Gehry design is a sight to behold, regardless of what you think of the building, inside is a music lovers dream. This museum mixes the genres of rock and roll and sci-fi with the focus on the Seattle music scene past and present.
Say what you will about the design (many already have.), this pair of genre museums is a fun place to immerse yourself in rock and roll and/or sci-fi for one admission price.
The Museum of Pop Culture contains exhibits that cover pop culture, from the art of fantasy, horror cinema and video games to science fiction literature and costumes from screen and stage.
325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA http://www.mopop.org
The Space Needle
As you leave EMP, you will notice ahead of you the landmark of the Pacific Northwest and an icon of Seattle which is The Space Needle.
Step aboard the glass elevators and soar 520 feet skyward, where the city will truly be at your feet.
Glide onto The Loupe, the world’s first and only revolving glass floor, for never-before-seen views of the structure and the city. Lean into tilting glass walls on the open-air deck and float over Seattle on angled Skyriser glass benches.
Sip and sample the Pacific Northwest’s best while savoring the thrilling views.
If you are thinking about visiting EMP and The Space Needle, purchase the Seattle CityPASS where you get to discover Seattle‘s premier attractions, handpicked and packaged together at significant savings.
If you have stopped for a pleasant drink at the Top Of The Space Needle, you could spend more time at Seattle Center, or jump back on the monorail and head back downtown to Elliott Bay Bookstore for another can‘t miss stop on your 48-hour getaway.
The Elliott Bay Bookstore takes up an entire block near Pioneer Square, and it’s one of those independent bookstores that still captures the warmth and character of what a bookstore should be. It’s a place that you could easily spend the rest of the afternoon there if you want.
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
After such a long day it’s time to relax and enjoy a fantastic meal in Pioneer Square. While there is so much incredible food in the Downtown Core of Seattle, I always love heading back to Pike Place Market and treating myself to a great meal at Matt’s in the Market. The Pacific NW cuisine with seasonal specials & extensive wine options served with views of Elliott Bay is a perfect way to cap off the day.
94 Pike St #32, Seattle +1 206-467-7909 mattsinthemarket.com
This 48-hour Weekend Guide In Seattle represents just a small taste of all the inspiring places to see, eat, and do while exploring the emerald city.
There is so much that is left off this list that is a must for any Seattle visitor, but 48 hours sometimes is not enough in a city like Seattle.
Be sure to check out my article on the Top 50 Things to See In Seattle for more ideas.
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