What Not To Miss a Two Day Seattle Itinerary

2 day seattle itinerary

Planning a trip to one of the best gems in the United States Pacific Northwest? No need to spend anymore time planning because we have put together a two day Seattle itinerary for anyone looking for a great time filled with delicious food and gorgeous views. We just recently spent some time in Seattle and fell in love with the city, while it would be ideal to have more time to explore, two days is enough to see what makes Seattle so special. Check out our suggestions!

Day 1

Breakfast at Biscuit Bitch

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Start off your first day in Seattle with a hearty, unhealthy, and delicious breakfast at Biscuit Bitch! There are different savory southern inspired dishes featuring loaded biscuits and gravy.  You can almost feel your arteries clogging after each delicious bite. We opted to split a dish since their servings are generous and we wanted room for sampling the market later. There are currently three locations throughout the city, but we recommend with our two day itinerary of Seattle to head to the Pioneer Square location to stay on track.

Explore Pioneer Square

Smith Tower Pioneer Square Seattle

Considered Seattle’s original neighborhood, Pioneer Square was one of my favorite and most aesthetically charming area of Seattle. We loved the old stone and brick buildings. We recommend doing a day tour through the area to get a little history lesson while wandering through this historic neighborhood.

Pioneer Square Seattle

You can tour the famous interconnected Seattle underground, the original city containing underground rooms and passageways that were built on top of after the great fire of 1889.

Or if you want to sample the underground with some ghost stories, take a tour with Spooked in Seattle. The guides are real paranormal investigators and give a riveting tour full of history, evidence and examples to support their stories, as well as a peek into some of Seattle’s underground city!

Eat your way through Pike Place Market

Pike Place MarketHopefully wandering through Pioneer Square built up your appetite because Pike Place Market is one of the best markets in the US as well as a real treat for any food lover. We recommend first taking a lap through the different levels of the market, sampling your way through, peeking at the World Famous Giant Shoe Museum, look at the comic book store Golden Age Collectables, checking out the Nepalese apothecary, see one of the original Starbucks, and walk through the famous Gum Wall.

Pike Place Gum Wall SeattleAfter you’ve had your fair share of samples we recommend enjoying award winning Pike Place Chowder for the best New England Chowder in the world or Beecher’s Homemade Cheese for their delectable, creamy mac & cheese that Oprah has named one of her 100 favorite things! Both are sublime choices, if you’re with a friend perhaps each gets one and split both!

Pike Place Market SeattleYou can easily spend a few hours exploring Pike Place Market, if you need a rest and want to cleanse your palette, check out Rachel’s Ginger Beer.

Walk down to the Pier

Seattle Pier

After you just ate your way through Pike Place Market you can enjoy the cool breeze from Elliot Bay and make your way down to the different piers. Luckily there piers are just a few steps and a crosswalk away. You can just enjoy the gorgeous views down here or enjoy activities like the Seattle Aquarium or the Ferris Wheel and interactive ride touring you through the beautiful state of Washington.

Seattle Pier

There are also restaurants on the pier, but you won’t be coming hungry if you just came from Pike Place! We used the pier as a place to grab a cup of coffee and sit and relax a bit before dinner.

Enjoy dinner at the hidden Pink Door restaurant

Seattle itineraryTucked away semi secretly with no sign in Pike Place Market is The Pink Door Italian restaurant. You can find the restaurant by spotting it’s light pink door. Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation as this not so secret spot anymore is popular and for a good reason, their food is delicious!

Pink Door Seattle

The mouthwatering Pescatore

Scott tried the pappardelle al ragu bolognese and I tried the squid ink spaghetti Pescatore. Both dishes were incredible and paired well with our carafe of table wine. The entire atmosphere of this restaurant is fun, we sat on the patio because the day we went had great weather, but the indoor seating is probably the best with a stage for performances and whimsical decorations all around.

Sunset at Smith Tower

Smith Tower SeattleOnce the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, Smith Tower is one of the coolest and lesser known landmarks in Seattle. Ride to the observatory to the top of the building in one of the only remaining man operated elevators left in the US. The operator will be wearing period attire and make you feel like you’re entering Disney’s Hollywood Tower of Terror rather than a famous Seattle building.

Smith Tower Seattle Elevator

Once you get to the observatory you will be taken back in time to the roaring 20s with the Gatsby esque decor and preservation. There is a walkway around the entire outside of the building offering gorgeous panoramic views of the city. While you’re up here you can enjoy one of their incredible cocktails while enjoying this scenic experience.

Smith Tower View Seattle

Smith Tower ended up being one of our favorite things we did in Seattle because it wasn’t very crowded and it’s an entire experience. This is a must for your two day itinerary in Seattle.

Flatstick for drinks and mini golf

Flatstick Bar in Seattle

End your evening with a few drinks and fun games at Flatstick Pub in Pioneer Square. Located just around the corner from Smith Tower you can order a craft beer and play a fun round of hand stick or miniature golf. The last hole is the iconic Space Needle! There are also other games like giant jenga blocks and giant connect four! What makes this place even better is they allow people to bring their dogs. We thought this entire idea of a bar and mini golf was genius and had a blast. This is something you have to check out while you’re in Seattle!

Day 2

Breakfast at Pike Place

Pike Place Market Seattle

We recommend starting off your day by grabbing a cup of coffee to go and heading back down to Pike Place Market where you can enjoy two of the tastiest things we tried on our trip. Ellenos serves up authentic greek yogurt, it turns out the grocery store kind isn’t really greek yogurt after all and has additives to make it thick. Once you try a taste of Ellenos you’ll realize you’ve never had yogurt like this before. Each bite is silky with a little bit of sweetness depending on what your fruit topping is! We were impressed with the passion fruit flavor! After head over to the Daily Dozen for scrumptious tiny donuts, you won’t be able to get enough of. Their signature donut is the sugar donut, however we were drooling over the maple bacon mini donuts. Can’t make a decision on a flavor? No worries, you can get an assorted bag with a dozen featuring each flavor!

Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass

Seattle Space Needle

After breakfast head on over to the Space Needle. You can’t visit Seattle without at least looking at this iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest. We opted not to go up to the top because of the mass crowds, but enjoyed walking around the park and snapping a few pictures. This is also where you can visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. Walk through the beautiful glass blown works by Dale Chihuly, which is another staple activity to enjoy in Seattle.

Kenmore Seaplane ViewIf you want to skip both the Space Needle and Chihuly all together, we recommend doing a seaplane tour instead. Head on over to South Lake Union to Kenmore Air where you can do a 20 minute scenic seaplane tour seeing the best of the city from above, including the Space Needle!

Spend lunch and the afternoon in Capitol Hill

Starbucks Roastary and Reserve Capitol Hill SeattleAfter your late morning activity, we recommend heading to the popular neighborhood, Capitol Hill.  Here you’ll find tons of restaurants, bars, and cool shops to fill an entire afternoon. We recommend grabbing a bite to eat then heading to Starbucks Roastery and Reserve for the ultimate coffee experience. If you’re a coffee lover this is your version of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, but for coffee. You have to try the nitro cold brew float while you’re at it.

Elysian Brewery SeattleAfter checking out some great shops after lunch and enjoying the relaxing afternoon in this artistic neighborhood you can chill out by getting a drink at Elysian microbrewery or at Unicorn where you can play pin ball games or even when an x rated adult prize out of a claw machine.

Capitol Hill is also the LGBTQ neighborhood in the city, you’ll notice the beautiful rainbow crosswalks and all the pride flags hanging in store fronts.

Dinner at Dunbar Room

Dunbar Room Sorrento Hotel SeattleAfter another long and successful day in Seattle you may want a chill dinner. We suggest the Dunbar Room at Sorrento Hotel. We loved the vibe here because you felt like you were straight out of a Wes Anderson film set. Enjoy a tasty dinner and cocktails fireside or in one of their chic dining areas. Not only is this spot a bit under the radar, but the hotel has an interesting history to the city as well. We were lucky enough to stay here during our trip in Seattle and would love to return.

Dunbar Room Sorrento Hotel SeattleDunbar Room Sorrento Hotel Seattle

Night views from Colombia Tower

Night View of SeattleEnd your two day itinerary in Seattle with another breathtaking view of the city, but this time from another sky scraper, Colombia Tower. Just next to Smith Tower, but a little taller you can make your way up to the observatory for enchanting night views of the city and more cocktails if you desire!

Extra Time?

If you have extra time outside of your two day itinerary for Seattle we recommend getting a car and driving out of the city for a taste of the beauty of the state Washington just outside the heart of the city. Or check out our picks for the best day trips from Seattle.

Snoqualamie Falls & Twin Peaks

Snoqualamie Falls Washington

Around a 40 minute drive outside of the city is one of the most popular tourist attractions near Seattle. Snoqualmie Falls is a gorgeous waterfall visitors flock to everyday. View the waterfall from the upper viewing platform or walk or drive down to the lower viewing platform.

Twin Peaks Washington

Nearby you can also visit the famous Twede’s Cafe from 90s TV series Twin Peaks. If you want to try your luck, there’s also a casino nearby!

Diablo Lake

Lake Diablo Day Trips from SeattleA little further, but totally worth the drive is Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park. This gorgeous turquoise blue water is surrounded by beautiful mountains and is a dream-worthy panoramic landscape.

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island Day Trips from SeattleTechnically you could visit any of the islands in Puget Sound or as far north as the San Juan Islands, but Bainbridge Island is just a short 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle and a fun day trip. With plenty of dining options you can easily spend a whole day on Bainbridge shopping, eating, and wine tasting!


We hope your trip was as amazing as ours and this two day Seattle itinerary was helpful! If you think we missed anything let us know in the comments below!

Check out our picks for what to do in Seattle for a first time visitor.

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  • Mel B

    I have always wanted to visit Settle when I am in America but I have never had the time. I am in love with Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park oh wow it is beautiful, I know that this is something to do if you have extra time but I would take extra time to go see it.

    • It’s totally worth it! I recommend planning a whole day to go to it!

  • Paige Brown

    I missed so many amazing things when I was in the area. We were heading to Olympic National Park for a week and only spent two hours in Seattle – HUGE mistake. We went to Pike Place Market (of course), but that really about it. Megan, I LOVE the shot of you in front of the bubble gum wall – super cheeky! I’ve just added Smith Tower to my Seattle list! I had no idea about that place, but it looks like it offers really interesting views! Great tips, as always, guys!

    • Thanks Paige! I love Smith Tower and would choose it over the Space Needle any day haha. We went to the Space Needle and about gagged at the crowd/price. At least in your two hours in Seattle you hit up one of the best spots! THE FOOD! Haha, we loved Pike Place and went like everyday we were there!

  • Biscuit Bitch is such a catchy name! I would love to have the experience they offer. The hidden pink door restaurant looks enticing too. I love that photo of you by the door. The Diablo lake is spectacular!

    • Hahah it really is a catchy name and their food is soo good! We also loved our meals at the Pink Door and everything we ate around pike place market! Diablo Lake is out of this world!

  • Wow! I think I need to do the extra time suggestions. I can’t believe how beautiful Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park is. It kinda reminds me of the landscapes in Canada. Is that you in the photo?

    • Yes and yes! That’s because it’s super close to the Canadian border too!! It’s seriously unreal looking! Worth an extra day planned out to visit!

  • Patricia Steffy

    LOL! I have to start by saying that there is nothing about the description of “Biscuit Bitch” that I do not love. That would definitely be our first stop!! I’d love to check out the night views from Colombia Tower and the Dunbar Room is a must because Andy is a big Wes Anderson fan. Honestly, this all sounds great, and we need to start planning our Seattle trip. 🙂

    • Hahah isn’t that name catchy?! The food is good too! Although its heavy, so I recommend splitting a dish! The night views are incredible from up high. And the Dunbar Room is great for drinks, they have great cheese boards too!

  • megan_claire

    We loved Seattle and had so much fun during our time there, took in a lot of your itinerary suggestions, my favorite was walking throughout the markets at Pike Place, visiting the first Starbucks, and contributing to the gum wall. Next trip I’ll plan some extra time for day trips too though – Snoqualmie Falls looks stunning! Thanks for the tip on day trips 🙂

    • Pike Place is so amazing, we ended up going there everyday!

  • Nicki McLaren

    LOVE this itinerary!! I actually have not been to Seattle in so long that I wouldn’t even know where to start in my planning – but I found this!! Thanks for the comprehensive guide.

  • Natasha

    Umm Biscuit Bitch? Sounds amazing — both the name and the biscuits lol!!! I also loved your notes about your dinner at Dunbar Room. It looks and sounds like such a great place! I still have yet to visit Seattle—soon! 🙂

    • It was good! Check flights, there are really great deals all the time! The Dunbar Room was an amazing gem to stumble upon, luckily it was in our hotel – but so worth visiting even if you don’t stay there.

  • Joella

    What a fantastic itinerary I love all the focus on food. So many great places and good eats. I have been wanting to visit Seattle and this will make for a perfect start to planing my itinerary.

  • Claire

    I went to Seattle years ago with my parents & fell in love with the sea otters at the Seattle Aquarium, they were soooo cute! I’d love to go back now and see everything I missed 🙂

  • So much to see/do in Seattle. We are obsessed! We might have to convince our friends to let us stay there whenever they go on vacation!