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Things to do in Washington

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Market
“You can't come to Seattle and not visit Pike Place! They have beautiful flowers year round, fresh fish, live music, and lots of vendors. If you want to have a fish thrown over your head, just purchase any fish from the Pike Place Fish Market. ”
  • 895 locals recommend
Landmark
“If Seattle is known for anything, this is it. If views are your thing, purchase a ticket and check out the newly renovated observation deck. For an better view that includes the Space Needle, head over to Kerry Park!”
  • 481 locals recommend
Art Museum
“World-Class Modern, Contemporary, Native American, Asian & African Art In Seattle. ”
  • 337 locals recommend
Park
“At 5,200 acres, Portland’s Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States. With more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes and forest roads, Forest Park stretches for more than seven miles along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains, overlooking Northwest Portland and the convergence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Forest Park offers an unparalleled opportunity for visitors to experience a true Northwest forest without leaving the Portland city limits.”
  • 510 locals recommend
Park
“The best view of Seattle. On a clear day you can see Mt. Rainier behind the city skyline. ”
  • 444 locals recommend
Park
“A neat experience to see the old gas refinery infrastructure that is now a rustic playground with a great view of the cityscape as a backdrop!”
  • 423 locals recommend
Canal Lock
“Ballard locks link the Puget Sound with Lake Union and Lake Washington. Boats as large as 760 feet in length and as small as a kayak can travel through the locks. The locks are also a critical link for salmon and steelhead heading upstream to spawn. A fish ladder with 21 steps or “weirs” allows spawning fish to climb to the freshwater side. Young fish, or “smolts” then return down through the locks out to Puget Sound.”
  • 406 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“You could spend days here walking the various trails and a picturesque lighthouse.”
  • 400 locals recommend
Beach
“Volleyball Nets, Fire Pits, Restaurants/Bars, Ice Cream, Coffee, Bike & Paddle Board Rentals, the BEST City and Mountain views!”
  • 373 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The most famous glass artist in the country, born south of Seattle in Tacoma, displays his finest collection of works downtown just below the Space Needle. A must see for an art lover. ”
  • 309 locals recommend
Park
“Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits. ”
  • 149 locals recommend
Museum
“The Museum of Pop Culture's mission is to make creative expression a life- changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities.”
  • 247 locals recommend
Beach
“My peace place:) fire pits, beach activities, with a snack shack in summer. Green walking paths on upper level. Dog park too.”
  • 338 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“I always take my guests here for the great outdoor sculptures, water front location & on nice days, endless Mountain View’s.”
  • 255 locals recommend
Zoo
“Years ago, the zoo gave up enclosed structures and bars separating the animals from visitors. Now the experience is a green meander from exhibit to exhibit. World class zoo! Bonus...outdoor summer concerts. Our personal fav is Portland's Pink Martini, seen them multiple times there!”
  • 235 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“There's so much to do in Greenlake from restaurants, bars, cafes/restaurants, and endless outdoor activities! Personal faves are Green Lake Pitch n' Putt and just plain 'ol walking around the lake! ”
  • 346 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Multiple bars within a resurrected school with a decidedly eerie vibe. The once-defunct school now houses restaurants, theaters, a brewery, and variety of bars, games, outdoor seating, and even a soaking pool. ”
  • 350 locals recommend
Rock Club
“A great outdoor location with pocket saving drinks and live musical performances on the weekends”
  • 265 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“long lines, but worth the wait.....or if you want more of a local vibe, hit sckavones on your way up division.....”
  • 240 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“one of the neighborhood’s favorite eateries, but that’s for a reason and it’s not a secret, so expect a wait. They have a wide variety of menu items so you’re sure to find something for every palate”
  • 205 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Very unique place to eat at and a good variety of dishes to choose from. One of a kind!”
  • 218 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Delicious and charming taco joint . . . our favorites: pollo asado tacos & horchata”
  • 201 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Delicious biscuit sandwiches for breakfast that only feel a little bit guilty. Very popular walk-up spot, casual setting. ”
  • 180 locals recommend
Brewery
“This place makes their own deliciously potent beers in a chill neighborhood pub. Good burgers n food too.”
  • 153 locals recommend

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