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

Seattle Center 82

305 Harrison St

The site of the 1962 World’s Fair is more than 74 acres and the home of museums, theaters and public art like the popular International Fountain.

- Where

Seattle Public Library 84

1000 4th Ave

You can get books at any of Seattle’s 30-or-so neighborhood branches, but the Central Library is a must-see for first-time Seattle visitors, literate or not.

- On the Grid

The Museum of Flight 88

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 85

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 84

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 87

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 89

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

Museum of Pop Culture 94

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 81

1075 Lake Washington Blvd E

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

- Not For Tourists

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