No car? No problem. Much of Seattle’s beauty lies in its walkability, especially during the summer. It’s true that the city’s hills aren’t for the faint of heart. But those willing to conquer the occasional inclines will discover a unique side to Seattle.
Like many cities, in Seattle there’s so much to be seen while you’re on the way. Walk to the Seattle Aquarium and you pass through Pike Place Market, a place where the perfume of spring flowers linger alongside freshly caught fish. Walk to the Smith Tower and you’ll encounter Pioneer Square, the heart of Seattle’s original neighborhood.
There’s no limit what you’ll discover on your adventure to these 9 popular downtown Seattle attractions, each within walking distance of Motif Seattle.
This four-story shopping center is a downtown Seattle staple. Find big name brands like Nordstrom Rack and Zara or indulge in self-care essentials at Lush, then head up to the food court. But beyond the stores, Westlake Center is also a microcosm of Seattle culture. Catch the signature Seattle monorail at Westlake Center’s top floor, or listen to buskers at Westlake Park across the street.
Benaroya Hall is the home of the Seattle Symphony, so it should be your first stop if you’re in search of music culture. But Benaroya hosts more symphony spectaculars. Attend a tour of the famous concert hall as well as performances from acts like the Seattle Men’s Chorus or the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival.
If you read the word library and thought you may as well keep scrolling, don’t. Sure, the Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch has books aplenty, but the building itself is also a work of art. Constructed entirely of glass in intriguing geometric shapes, the Central Branch may be one of the more unique buildings in downtown. Within, discover oddities like the red floor.
Pike Place Market is one of the most iconic downtown Seattle attractions. It also happens to sit just 0.3 miles from Motif Seattle. Sweeten your morning at the Daily Dozen Doughnut Company. Return in the afternoon to witness the signature fish toss. Stop by in the evening to snag a picture with the ever Instagrammable neon sign.
Seattle is a music city. Stay true to the city’s heritage by seeing a show at an intimate downtown venue. Located only a few blocks from Pike Place, The Showbox hosts both seasoned acts and up and comers. The flashy neon signs outside and the chandeliers and soft red lighting within only add to the venue’s grungy spirit.
Step into show business at the 5th Avenue Theater. One of downtown Seattle’s finest venues, the 5th Avenue Theater hosts touring Broadway and off-Broadway performances. Past performances include: Mrs. Doubtfire, Sister Act, Jersey Boys, and many more.
A city on a bay is only as good as its aquarium. Fortunately, the Seattle Aquarium is something to behold. Located on Alaskan Way below Pike Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium emphasizes the preservation of the marine environment. Peek at birds like the Tufted Puffin, mammals like sea otters and fur seals, and, of course, fish, including species from puffers to salmon.
After your visit to the Seattle Aquarium, stop by for a ride on the Great Wheel to discover some of Seattle’s best views. The Great Wheel sits on a pier overlooking Elliott Bay, so you’ll get a good look at the waterways leading up to Seattle. Look back at the city while at the top of the wheel to also catch a glimpse of the remarkable skyline.
Next to being a music city, Seattle is known as a coffee capital. Starbucks probably has something to do with that. Though the original Starbucks is also within walking distance of Motif Seattle, we recommend instead heading to the first Starbucks Reserve Roastery. Immerse yourself in passion for coffee at this one-of-a-kind space featuring a one-of-a-kind coffee menu.
This summer, see Seattle on foot. You’ll beat traffic, up your step count, and see parts of Seattle you wouldn’t have noticed had you traveled only by car. Lace up your shoes, step out Motif’s front door, and acquaint yourself with your new favorite city.
Ready for you next Seattle adventure?
Where Seattle gets social. By design.
Make your way to the fifth floor on 5th Avenue for downtown Seattle’s best rooftop happy hour hotspot, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails — consistently voted among the best rooftop bars in America.
Come for the handcrafted cocktails, stay for Chef Adam Stevenson’s locally-inspired menu, featuring wild seafood, foraged mushrooms and the best of the Pacific Northwest.
And do come to play. Warmed by two gorgeous outdoor fireplaces and vibrant lighting in edgy urban patio style, you’ll want to start some mischief of your own with a little shuffleboard, LED ping-pong and a rotating cast of live Seattle musicians and DJs.
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