Hey there, fellow wanderer! Welcome to another round of our adventures within an adventure. I’m sure you’re ready-set-go to embark on an epic solo adventure to the enchanting city of Seattle! Today we’re pulling out all the stops and driving full throttle.
As you know, one of the top attractions in Washington State is the wonderful city called Seattle. Home to the world-famous Seattle Seahawks, Seattle is one of the most exciting places to visit in the whole northwest region.
The Emerald City, as Seattle is often called, is a vibrant city teeming with life and adventure. From its thriving arts and culture scenes to its numerous theaters, galleries, and museums that express its artistic nature, it makes for the perfect place to enjoy a cultural and artistic vacation, even if you’re alone.
While you may not be too keen on exploring the “Lovers’ Lane” at the Volunteer Park Conservatory on your Seattle solo trip, many other places in the city are worth your while. The Seattle Art Museum and Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) are great places to start, as Museums don’t care whether you’re alone or with company.
But asides from its inviting museums, the things to do by yourself in Seattle are quite numerous. You don’t have to worry about boredom on your solo trip to Seattle, from the Space Needle to the Pike Place Market to Discovery Park to the mesmerizing Washington Park Arboretum.
Overall, Seattle’s blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and forward-thinking spirit make it a captivating destination for visitors from all walks of life. And in this blog post, we’ll unveil the top 10 must-visit destinations that will make your Seattle solo trip an unforgettable experience.
If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll know we’re big on solo travel. So, just as we’ve shown you all the exciting things to do when solo traveling in Belgium, we’re here to do the same. As our custom is, strap on, put on your explorer hat, and hop aboard the train to explore the best that Seattle offers!
Fun fact: Seattle City nurtured bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden; their legacy can still be felt in the local music scene.
Seattle Solo Trip: Top 10 Must-Visit Destinations
1. Pike Place Market
No. I’m not talking about your average market. Going to the Pike Place Market is different from going to a farmers market or any normal market to buy things. Pike Place Market is the combination of a thrilling adventure and a full cultural and local experience.
While this list is not in order —either in ranking or location– Pike Place Market should be your first stop on your Seattle solo trip. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, this bustling market is a treasure trove of sights, sounds, and flavors.
From the vibrant atmosphere that is so palpable as you meander through the market stalls to the inviting aroma of freshly brewed coffee and delectable treats that will slap at your nose, Pike Place Market is sure to set you up for an exciting time on the rest of your trip.
Don’t forget to witness the famous fish throwing at Pike Place Fish Market – it’s an absolute must-see! Also, be sure to stop at the first-ever Starbucks location also in the market.
2. Space Needle
No visit to Seattle is complete without ascending the majestic Space Needle, and if you are on a solo trip, it is double the fun.
You get to ignore the numerous romantic spots and head up to the observation deck to take in the mesmerizing panoramic views of the city’s skyline, with the sparkling waters of Puget Sound as your backdrop. This iconic symbol of Seattle offers a truly breathtaking experience that is not only tranquil but has its own way of being adventurous too.
Also, make sure you’re ready with your camera. It’s the perfect spot to capture stunning photos for your solo trip album.
One of the most stunning sights in the whole of Washington State is the beautiful combination of stunning flowers and glistering glass. Chihuly Garden and Glass is a futuristic-looking building that spits out colorful statues of nature and beauty.
At Chihuly G&G, you get to immerse yourself in a world of vibrant colors and mesmerizing glass art. This enchanting exhibition showcases the awe-inspiring works of renowned artist Dale Chihuly.
It is located near the Space Needle, so you can make that the next thing on your Seattle solo trip itinerary.
4. Pioneer Square
One of the most exciting things to do by yourself in Seattle is to step back in time as you explore the historic neighborhood of Pioneer Square.
Pioneer Square is a historic neighborhood known for its cobblestone streets, ornate architecture, and rich history. It is brimming with art galleries, boutique shops, and cozy cafes, making it a delightful place to wander and explore, even if you’re on your own.
You can take a leisurely stroll through Occidental Square, a lovely park in the heart of Pioneer Square, with its inviting benches, green spaces, and occasional live performances.
You can also visit Pioneer Square Park, which is home to the iconic totem pole and offers a peaceful retreat from the bustling city.
Be sure to visit the Underground Tour, where you can explore the hidden subterranean streets that were once the main level of the city.
5. Fremont Neighborhood
From casual restaurants like Red Star Taco Bar and Triangle Spirits, to trendy places like Cafe Turko and El Camino, Fremont is one of the best neighborhoods for all your Seattle solo trip food needs.
You can also explore art installations, visit funky and lively shops, and immerse yourself in the thrilling atmosphere, all while enjoying some of the best food the city has to offer.
When you’re there, be sure to catch a view of the Fremont Troll, a massive sculpture lurking beneath the Aurora Bridge. You should also take a stroll along the Fremont Sunday Market if you have the chance.
6. Discovery Park
If you get tired of the hustle and bustle of the city, Discovery Park offers a tranquil and serene escape allowing you to recharge your battery so you can jump right back on your Seattle solo trip.
Located in the Magnolia neighborhood, this expansive park offers breathtaking views of Puget Sound, sandy beaches, and meandering trails through lush forests. It’s the perfect spot to reconnect with nature, enjoy a peaceful hike, or simply unwind with a picnic —even though I don’t think you’d want a solo picnic.
As is my custom when traveling, museums are a must-see. They give you a mix of adventure, art, culture, history, and even a mini-shopping experience. And most of all, they are great for both solo trips and trips with people.
The Museum of Pop Culture and the Seattle Art Museum are two museums that you must see when in Seattle.
You can explore the interactive exhibits, iconic memorabilia, and immersive installations that celebrate music, film, and popular culture at MoPOP and expand your artistic horizons with a diverse collection of artworks from around the world, including ancient artifacts at SAM.
8. Alki Beach
You can’t complete your Seattle solo trip without a beach experience, and Alki Beach is one of Seattle’s best beaches, even making a guest appearance in the movie Sleepless in Seattle.
The beach provides opportunities for sunbathing, beach volleyball, picnicking, and building sandcastles –if you want to embrace your inner child.
It also has several parks and recreational facilities nearby, various dining and entertainment centers, and charming beach cottages.
9. The Mono Rail
The Seattle Monorail is an iconic transportation system that connects downtown Seattle to the Seattle Center, and riding it is an adventurous way to experience the city.
Spanning a distance of approximately one mile, the Monorail offers more than just a quick and convenient way to travel between these two destinations. For just a couple of dollars, you can jump on board this adventure-on-rails and see the Emerald City from an entirely different viewpoint.
Along the Monorail route, you can enjoy stunning views of some of the places we’ve explored earlier, like the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Museum of Pop Culture.
Fun Fact: The original monorail was built in only 8 months for the ’62 World Fair!
10. Olympic Sculpture Park
Last but certainly not least, a great way to round up your Seattle solo trip is to venture to the Olympic Sculpture Park for a unique blend of art and nature.
This waterfront park features a stunning collection of contemporary sculptures set against the backdrop of Elliott Bay. Whether you’re leisurely strolling along the paths or admiring the beautiful art, the tranquil surroundings will relax your mind and rejuvenate your soul.
From the vibrant Pike Place Market to the majestic Space Needle to the captivating Chihuly Garden and Glass to the historic Pioneer Square, Seattle is a delight at every turn.
So pack your bags, embrace the spirit of adventure, and embark on a solo trip to Seattle that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.
And for those who are here just to ask, “ Is Seattle a good place to travel alone?”. YES! Seattle awaits, and it’s ready to show you the time of your life. So what are you waiting for?