Jarden and I tend to jam pack activities into our itinerary like there’s no tomorrow. At the end of our Portland trip we had a 12 hour layover in Seattle, and we definitely made the most of it! If you are trying to cram a bunch of the city’s highlights in one day, this is definitely doable. (Or you an pick and choose for a more relaxed pace!)

How to Spend A 12 Hour Layover in Seattle

  • Check out the Space Needle



    Definitely Seattle’s most iconic landmark, this observation tower is a must do for many tourists. We personally found the attraction a bit underwhelming, but it was still cool to check off the list!

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  • Marvel at Chihuly Garden & Glass

    Contrary to the Space Needle, we unexpectedly fell in love with Chihuly’s glass exhibit! Chihuly’s glass work was fascinating, and it’s definitely a must-see in our opinion.

    Chihuly Garden and Glass

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  • Stroll through the EMP Museum

    EMP Museum Seattle

    EMP Museum Seattle

    EMP Museum Seattle

A fun way to kill a few hours in Seattle is to visit The EMP Musuem, a mecca of pop culture goodness that will satisfy all of your horror/music/fantasy/gamer cravings.

  • Visit Pike’s Place Market

    Pikes Place Market Seattle

    Pikes Place Market Seattle

    Pikes Place Market Seattle

    Me stoked on finding peonies that matched my fresh tattoo.

    Pikes Place Market Seattle

    A public market at Seattle’s famous waterfront, come here to see local handmade items, fresh fruits, flowers, and giant fish fly through the air! (*Tip: You can see the workers toss fish back and forth if someone buys a fish, or sometimes if a donation is made!)

  • Contribute to the Gum Wall


    Some people find it disgusting, but we found it fascinating! I was stoked to have finally visited the infamous gum wall and contribute my piece. (It’s also right below Pike’s Place Market, so you might as well go visit!)

What are some of your favorite spots in Seattle?