Seattle is a popular tourist destination for a lot of reasons, but it’s the outdoor adventure that makes it particularly appealing to many. And who can blame them? It’s a thriving, bustling metropolis with  a whole heap of things to do outdoors, and if you don’t believe me now then we’re sure you will by the time that you get to the end of this article.

So if you’re ready to find out more about what makes Seattle such an exciting place to visit, read on. Here’s what you need to know about Seattle and the great outdoors.

An Outdoorsy Guide to Seattle

Guided walks

A guided walk is a great way to see any new city while spending some time in the great outdoors. The good news here is that you can usually find different types of tour operators, offering up everything from ghost tours and history tours to cultural hotspots, areas of particular beauty and even good old-fashioned pub crawls.

Go shopping at an outdoor market

There are plenty of excellent outdoor markets in the Seattle area, including Pike Place Market and Fremont Sunday Market, as well as a bunch of second hand shops and antique stores. You can even find fresh locally grown produce and all sorts of hand-made goodies for you to take back with you. Just make sure that you save some space in your carry on and that you only pack the essentials.

Hire a bike

If a guided walk isn’t enough for you, you could always go on a guided bike tour. Alternatively, if you like bikes but you don’t like being told where to go or what to do, you could always hire a bicycle from one of the city’s many tour operators. It’s arguably easier to get around by bike than on foot or on public transport, and it’ll allow you to see a bunch of sights that you wouldn’t otherwise get to see.


Cruising from Seattle can be a great way to leave the city in style while creating memories that you’ll look back on for the rest of your life. As it’s a port city, you can be certain that there are cruises to pretty much any destination you could think of. Better still, they don’t have to cost you a fortune, and different operators run different types of cruises targeted at different kinds of people.


Now that you know just a few of the best things to do outdoors while you’re in Seattle, it’s over to you for you to start planning your visit to the city. Remember that if you book things in advance, you can often take advantage of bulk discounts and other savings that can help you to visit the city and to experience the outdoors without bankrupting yourself.

Other than that, you should now know everything you need to know to get started with making a bunch of new memories in the stunning city of Seattle. Here’s hoping you have a fantastic vacation – and that you don’t forget to send some postcards. Happy travels!

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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