Rain or shine, Seattle is a beautiful city. And, when there is more rain than shine, we can be thankful for the resulting lush nature that abounds in the city and nearby. The typically gray weather has had another effect: a thriving music scene and a ubiquitous coffee culture. Even after a decade and a half in Los Angeles, I miss changing seasons and still relish rainy days.
Three days is the perfect amount of time to explore the city. I recommend focusing on Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square, and Downtown first, then exploring less central neighborhoods like Ballard or Georgetown, and finally heading farther afield for a day trip—there are many!
Yes, it is cool and damp much of the time, but the summer is glorious.
If you only have time for one thing, make it the Pike Place Market for good food and a lively atmosphere.
An easy walk south from the Pike Place Market will take you to Pioneer Square, full of history and unique architecture. Did you know a whole world exists beneath your feet here? Learn about this history on an underground tour of the city—the perfect "only in Seattle" experience.
Seattle's unique food scene is worthy of exploration. From wild salmon dishes and Penn Cove mussels to Ethiopian feasts, offerings are as diverse as they are delicious. But no one does coffee like Seattle. Check out the scene at places like Caffe Ladro, Victrola Coffee Roasters, and Espresso Vivace. End at the outrageous ode to coffee at Starbucks Reserve Roastery.
Take the afternoon to head to Snoqualmie Falls, a beautiful 268-foot (82-meter) waterfall east of Seattle (about a 40-minute drive). You might recognize it as the falls in the 1990s-era television series, Twin Peaks.