Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Seattle? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Seattle?”
Nestled between glorious national parks and coastal waterways, Seattle offers a unique blend of natural beauty, tech startups, beverage innovation and plenty of eccentricities. It’s a place known for flying fish, floating houses and as the hometown of Starbucks, Nirvana, Microsoft and the Space Needle. It’s a rainy, gray mess most of the time, but no one seems to care. The city’s population has jumped by 28% over the past 10 years, and it consistently ranks in the top 10 places to live in the country. If Seattle were human you’d be confused whether to label it a hipster, a techie or an outdoorsman, but you’d be drawn in by its charm. It’s a town of many interests, a jack of all trades, so it’s got something for everyone. Here’s how to see and experience the best of Seattle right now.