The Four Hour Tour

Take the 4 Hour Tour of Seattle!

So you only have a few hours to see Seattle? You could spend a few weeks exploring, but you don’t have that kind of time. We've got you covered! Follow our four hour tour and you will see the very best that Seattle has to offer – only the most iconic Seattle landmarks are included in this brief tour.

Don’t waste your time trying to plan out your own Seattle tour, we have done all the leg work for you. And you don’t even need a car!

Just follow this tour and you will be able to take all the pictures you need to prove to your friends that you saw the Emerald City.

You can also do this tour in reverse if you are staying in a hotel in downtown seattle, or if you are waiting to board a cruise ship to Alaska from the Waterfront.

Here is your quick tour to maximize your time in Seattle!

Here's your tour:

**Note: You can also do this tour in reverse depending on where your starting point is – if you are staying downtown or in Seattle for a cruise, you will want to start with #3 and work backwards.

The Space Needle Stop 1


Since you are trying to see as much as you can in as short a time as possible, your first priority will be to see the most iconic of Seattle icons, the Space Needle. First head over to the ticket counter and buy your ticket to the top. If you are there at a busy time, you may not be able to ride up right away. If you have to wait (or even if you don't), quickly run over to the International Fountain in the Seattle Center which is located just a few hundred yards away. This location offers some of the best angles for taking pictures of the Space Needle.

When your turn comes to take the 43 second elevator ride to the top of the Needle, you will enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline, Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, Puget Sound and the surrounding lakes. It is one of the best views in Seattle, so be sure to take a lot of pictures.


Stop 2


After you have had a chance to enjoy the Space Needle, hop on the Seattle Monorail (located right at the base of the Space Needle) and take the 4 minute ride Downtown. The Monorail will drop you off at Westlake Center (the only stop) – which is just three short blocks away from your next stop – the Pike Place Market.


The Pike Place Market Stop 3


The Pike Place Market has been in operation for over 100 years, but you only have about 2 hours left to enjoy this Seattle landmark. There is a lot to do here – so do as much as you have time for! Browse the shops, see the Flying Fish, watch the street performers, eat some fresh fruit, buy some flowers and pick up souvenirs from your brief stay in Seattle. You can also walk across the street and see the very first Starbuck’s Coffee Shop.


After you have spent an hour or two at the Market, hop on the Monorail to head back to the Space Needle. You have now maximized your short time in Seattle!



map of itinerary for four hour tour