A 24-hour layover in Seattle

There's grunge, hip-hop, and rock & roll.

by Rashmi Chugani

If you have a day or even a few hours to spend in Seattle, be sure to get outside and visit some of these venues. They each have a lot of character and will make you want to come back to this West Coast city for a proper visit. Also, listen to our experts and have an umbrella with you at all times.

Pike Place Market 94

Between Pike and Pine sts. at First Ave.

This bustling, labyrinthine bazaar is a wonderful place to while away a few hours.

- concierge.com

Seattle Center 79

305 Harrison St

The remnants of the futuristic 1962 World's Fair hosted by Seattle and subtitled Century 21 Exposition are still visible nearly 50 years later at the Seattle Center.

- Lonely Planet

Seattle Public Library 82

1000 4th Ave

There’s not much chance you’ll miss glimpsing the Seattle Public Library, but it’s worth going inside for a closer look.

- Lonely Planet

The Museum of Flight 87

9404 East Marginal Way South

This facility at Boeing Field houses one of the city's best museums, and it's especially fun for kids, who can climb in many of the aircraft and pretend to fly.

- Fodor's

Henry Art Gallery 83

15th Avenue NE and NE 41st St

The Henry is perhaps the best reason to take a side trip to the U-District.

- Fodor's

Pacific Science Center 82

200 2nd Ave N

You're never too old for a Floyd or Zeppelin laser show.

- Not For Tourists

Seattle Art Museum 90

1300 1st Ave

While not comparable with the big guns in New York and Chicago, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is no slouch and is constantly updating.

- Lonely Planet

Washington Park Arboretum 85

2300 Arboretum Dr E

Trails lace the preserve, winding past... trees, flowers and other plants, past a Japanese garden and through a rhododendron glen, a rock garden and an avenue of azaleas.

- Michelin Guide

Seattle Aquarium 88

1483 Alaskan Way

Though screaming kids throng the Underwater Dome... this excellent aquarium on a pier overlooking Elliott Bay is a favorite with adults, too.

- concierge.com

Museum of Pop Culture 92

325 5th Avenue North

This museum was born as the Experience Music Project, a grand statement by local billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who wanted a monument to rock and roll

- Travel + Leisure

Space Needle 92

400 Broad Street

You might be from Alabama or Timbuktu, but your abiding image of Seattle will probably be of the Space Needle.

- Lonely Planet

Seattle Japanese Garden 79

1075 Lake Washington Blvd E

Renowned formal Japanese garden; check out the periodic tea ceremonies.

- Not For Tourists

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