Seattle: An Urbanist's Guide

Nestled on Puget Sound, overlooking islands, surrounded by the Olympic and Cascade Mountains and intercepted by lakes. Could Seattle have a more spectacular setting? While many Seattle inhabitants escape to the outdoors on weekends to make the most of this landscape, there is still a great deal to enjoy within the city itself.

The map below covers everything from the best parks, museums and viewpoints to visit, to the most interesting streetscapes and precincts to wander, trails to ride and waters to sail. There's the must-see architecture which create the city's iconic skyline and creations of famous architects like Frank O. Gehry and Rem Koolhaas. There's the beautiful parks by the Olmsted brothers and the ingenious open spaces which pioneered techniques to decontaminate former industrial sites.

You can scroll around, zoom in and out and click on any of the icons on the map to view a description about each place. If you happen to be exploring Seattle, to find recommendations closest to your location, enter your address into the search tab on the map. 

Drawn to Cities enjoys showing people around Seattle, so whether you are visiting, have recently moved here or just love cities, if you would like a little walking or bike share tour of some of these places, or would just like to meet for a coffee click the button below. 

To help plan your adventures, here are some recommendations by category, weather conditions, and precinct. To find the general location of the site on the map, you can copy the address into the search tab on the map. 

Rainy and cold weather

EMP Museum                               
Seattle Central Library                
Frye Art Museum                            
Space Needle                               
Museum of History & Industry                                 
Chihuly Gardens & Glass             


  325 5th Ave N Seattle 
  1000 4th Ave Seattle 
  704 Terry Ave Seattle
~400 Broad Street Seattle 
  860 Terry Avenue N Seattle
~305 Harrison Street Seattle 

Views

Olympic Sculpture Park
Space Needle
Waterfront
Kerry Park
Marshall Park
Volunteer Park
Gas Works Park
Golden Gardens Park
Discovery Park
Alki Beach
Pike Place Market 
University of Washington


  2901 Western Ave Seattle
~400 Broad Street Seattle
~1301 Alaskan Way Seattle
  211 W Highland Dr Seattle
~668 W Highland Dr Seattle
  1247 15th Ave E Seattle
~2100 N Northlake Way Seattle
  8498 Seaview Pl NW Seattle
~4302 36th Ave W Seattle
  1702 Alki Ave SW Seattle
  Pike Place Market Seattle
  1410 NE Campus Parkway 
Seattle

Parks

Olympic Sculpture Park
Kerry Park
Marshall Park
Volunteer Park
Woodland Park
Washington Park Arboretum
Gas Works Park
Golden Gardens Park
Discovery Park
Cal Anderson Park
Chittenden Locks
Belltown P-Patch
Green Lake Park

 
2901 Western Ave Seattle
  211 W Highland Dr Seattle
~668 W Highland Dr Seattle
  1247 15th Ave E Seattle
  1000 N 50th St Seattle
  2300 Arboretum Dr E Seattle 

~2100 N Northlake Way Seattle 
  8498 Seaview Pl NW Seattle 
~4302 36th Ave W Seattle 
  1635 11th Ave Seattle 
  3015 NW 54th St Seattle 
~34 Vine St Seattle 
~7017 E Green Lake Dr N Seattle 

Galleries and museums

EMP Museum
Frye Art Museum
Museum of History and Industry 
Seattle Center
Chihuly Gardens and Glass


  325 5th Ave N Seattle
  704 Terry Ave Seattle
  860 Terry Ave N Seattle
~305 Harrison Street Seattle
~305 Harrison Street Seattle

Precincts

Downtown, Belltown & Pioneer Square 

Pike Place Market 
Waterfront
Seattle Central Library 
Belltown P-Patch
Freeway Park
Olympic Sculpture Garden


South Lake Union and Queen Anne 

Space Needle, Seattle Center & Chihuly Garden
EMP Museum
Kerry Park
Marshall Park



  Pike Place Market Seattle
~1301 Alaskan Way Seattle
  1000 4th Avenue Seattle
~34 Vine S Seattle
  700 Seneca St Seattle
  2901 Western Ave Seattle



~305 Harrison Street Seattle
  325 5th Ave N Seattle
  211 W Highland Dr Seattle
~668 W Highland Dr Seattle