The tourist stuff is really fun. Pike St Market, Pacific Science Center, the Space Needle. Tillicum Villiage is supposed to be very interesting. I have not done that, even though I lived there.
Beyond that, the downtown is very pleasant to walk around. The shopping downtown is pretty good too.
My favorite Seattle restaurant is Ocean Aire. Above average prices, but way above average food.
If you get tired of the city, take the ferry over to Friday Harbor. The ferry is worth the ride, and Friday Harbor is nice to walk around too.
Like everyone said, Pike's Place (try the dungess crab salad sandwich at Pike Place Chowder - Post Alley) and the Space Needle. Love the shopping. We followed the 'Pigs on Parade' around town - not sure if they're still there.
Wasn't crazy about the Renaissance. They were doing construction this past October. Would've rather stayed somewhere else.
Hope I am not too late to chime in. I have lived in and around Seattle for 50+ years. Unless you want to see a toilet that's been underground for 120 years, skip the Underground Tour. I still have not been to EMP. Waiting for the price to come down.
Take a Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge Island. Walk on and save money. Get off on the Bainbridge side and have lunch, then come back. Cheaper than a harbor cruise, but you get out on the water.
Take a day and get a car. Go to Paradise Lodge at Mount Rainier. You cannot beat that for a day trip.
Drive out to Snoqualmie Falls. There are great viewpoints and, if you're so inclined, hike to the base of the falls for an even better view. The Snoqulamie Valley is where twin peaks was filmed. You may recognize places if you were a fan of the show.
Summer is a great time to see outdoor concerts
Pike Place Market is worth a stroll, but save yourself some aggravation and DO NOT go on a weekend.
Woodinville has developed an incredible wine industry over the years. There are too many tasting rooms to count, and growing daily. You can drive yourself, or book one of the tours that provides transportation. If you like wine, you can do no better than these winemakers.
Great suggestions bjcilley. Having lived in the area from 1997-2006, your post brought back great memories. During those years, I did everything you mentioned . A side trip to Fremont to see the troll is fun too. Combine that with a visit to the Chittenden Locks for a fun afternoon.
The Marriott Marina is a wonderful place to stay! Walk along the waterfront, Pike Street and a lot more! Really one of the most enjoyable Marriott's I have ever stayed in:
The view from one of the many balconies at the hotel!
Pike Street is really interesting, especially when they "Throw the fish"!
Great views from spacious, well kept rooms! Very nice CL as well!
I was just there and we only had a few hours between business meetings and our flight. We did the duck tour. It was totally cheesy but hilarious. Check it out: www.ridetheducksofseattle.com.
I would recommend the Marriott Waterfront over the Ren. Even if you do not stay at the Water , stop in at their restaurant and have a bowl of clam chowder. (Assuming they still hand slice the bacon and deep fry the potatoes in duck fat) You can walk all over Seattle and find many interesting stores/shops.