If I only have a day and a half to be in Seattle, which are THE places to visit while I'm there?
What part of Seattle, and what kind of transportation will you have? It’s a really big city.
If you’re going to be downtown and mostly on foot, Pike Place Market is the canonical answer — if you want to spend anywhere between half an hour and all day getting the literal and figurative flavors of Seattle, it’s a good choice. Seattle Center is a little more touristy — it has the Space Needle, after all — but it also has the EMP and the Pacific Science Center. If you’re coming closer to Christmas, Westlake Plaza’s carousel can be fun, and if you hit Seattle Center first you can catch the Monorail down to Westlake Center.
Like quirky art? Visit Georgetown. If you want to hit Seattle at night, try Belltown. If you want art museums, you want downtown (SAM) and Capitol Hill (SAAM). Science and history museums? Belltown (PSC) and Montlake (MOHAI) and the U District (the Burke). Want to eat your way across town? Hit the Crumpet Shop at Pike Place for breakfast, any of a dozen restaurants in the International District for lunch, hit Stellar Pizza in Georgetown for an early dinner, and make it up to Capitol Hill for coffee, chocolate, and drinks at Dilettante.
There are so, so many options — we can’t narrow it down without knowing more details about the visit!