Seattle is the undeniable natural home of food, beauty, and music. This cool city is beautiful and there is a lot to do here. If you’re planning a trip to this US city, with the help of our solo female community, I’ve put together a short guide for a solo trip to Seattle.
Solo Trip To Seattle
There’s a reason that this city is good for solos. There is a lot to see whatever your interests are as a solo. For music lovers, there are several music venues to dance the night away, and for foodies, there are plenty of choices for good cuisine especially within Chinatown. It’s easy to navigate your way around on foot if you enjoy walking and wandering around the city feels safe. Plus with good public transport, you don’t need a car here. Even though the city has one of lowest crime rates in the U.S, you still need to be careful with your belongings as with any city.
How To Get To Seattle
If you do choose Seattle Washington as your next destination, there are several ways to get here depending on where you are travelling from. You can take the train if you are departing from one of the cities in the USA or Canada (You can buy train tickets from Amtrak). Or drive your car to the nearest airport and take a flight to Seattle. We recommend reserving an airport parking lot with Parkos.com, which has parking spaces in all airports across the United States and Canada.
Must-Sees in Seattle
There is so much to see and do here. I’ve included our recommended must sees in Seattle for solos below.
Get Great Views of Seattle
For a great view of the city, you can’t get any better than at 605 feet. The Space Needle is Seattle’s Icon. Take the lift (elevator) to the observation level for fantastic views of Elliott Bay and the Cascade Mountains. You may even see Mount Rainier too! If you go up before sunset you get to see the city at dusk and as night falls.
If you prefer your view in motion, hop aboard the Seattle Great Wheel, the city’s ferris wheel at the waterfront located on Pier 57.
If you love architecture, you have to check out the Central Public Library. No ordinary library, this 11-story glass covered structure has a unique design and is worth seeing just for all of its glass. If you do actually want to visit the library for its intended function – to read, head to the 10th floor for a reading room with an abundance of light. They also hold evenings events here so check out what’s on when you visit.
Or you can just wander around downtown especially Pioneer Square to get a glimpse of Romanesque buildings such as the Interurban Building.
Arty & Museum Solos
One of the things you should do in Seattle is to visit the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). As the home of music, science fiction, and pop culture, this architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry looks like a smashed guitar from above. If you love music, inside you’ll find exhibitions from the history of horror movies through to the history of video games. It’s definitely unique.
The largest museum in the city is the Seattle Art Museum known as SAM. But it actually incorporates three museums over different locations.
Discover global art collections including contemporary and modern. You can take a journey through art around the world and get transported through Asian, African and Islamic art, amongst others. And if you visit at the right time you may even get free entry. Check their website to find out when.
The other locations are Seattle Asian Art Museum at 1400 East Prospect Street (it’s currently closed Monday to Thursday).
And the Olympic Sculpture Park at 2901 Western Avenue which is walking distance from Pike Place Market. It opens 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
But you don’t have to go to a museum here to see artwork. Just wander around downtown Seattle for some urban artwork and colourful squares.
There’s also the Pacific Science Centre if you’re into science or want to be surrounded by butterflies at the Butterfly House within the centre.
One of the world's fair relics that you should not miss out on when you visit Seattle is the Seattle Center Monorail. It links the iconic Space Needle at Seattle Center with other notable attractions to Downtown’s Westlake Center. The Monorail is a historical landmark that can run as fast as 45 miles per hour and navigate skyscrapers above the city streets.
The Pike Place Market is a popular and bustling market near the downtown waterfront in Seattle. As one of the oldest and largest markets, it has been in existence since 1907. As well as local produce ranging from local artworks to those old collector’s Vinyl records, you’ll also be rewarded with views of Elliott Bay. There are dozens of places to eat here so it’s a good stop for lunch or if it’s a quick visit, make sure to interact with the sellers and try the free samples instead.
Being one of the busiest markets in Seattle, Pike Place Market is lined with coffee shops, restaurants, and information booths. As a visitor, it is a must-see market in the city.
If you are planning on visiting 5 attractions in the city you may benefit from a Seattle CityPASS. It's valid for 9 days in a row and you can save more than 40% on several of the top attractions such as the Space Needle and Museum of Pop Culture. * Find out more here
Day Tours – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated day trips and activities in Seattle. Although some of the tours have a minimum of 2 people there are still several you can book for one. They are a great way of meeting others especially if you join a walking tour or a food tour then you don’t have to dine alone. Choose from a walking food tour of Pike Place Market, a walking chocolate tour, an underground walking tour to learn more about Seattle’s history, or a harbour cruise to see the city’s most iconic sights from the water. There are several to choose from and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online.
* Check all Seattle tours and prices here
Where To Stay in Seattle Washington
Seattle has a range of accommodations for every budget. As well as a choice of 3-star inns and 4-star hotels you’ll find hostels where you can meet others. You can even stay at a chocolate hotel at Theo Chocolate and take a chocolate factory tour. If you’re unsure where to stay, even though Seattle is walkable you may prefer to stay by the waterfront or Downtown.
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