Seattle, Washington, is chock-full of activities. Its days are full of opportunities to explore scenic parks, locally sourced restaurants, and museums. And its nightlife is rich with breweries, speakeasies, unique movie theaters, and cultural events. It’s difficult to explore any city in just 24 hours, but below is a guide to navigating the Emerald City in only one day.
Sit down for a burger at Dick’s Drive-In, a Seattle fast-food institution satisfying both locals and tourists. Dick’s has been serving up cheeseburgers, French fries, and milkshakes for pennies to the masses since its establishment in 1954. It’s known primarily as a walk-up restaurant where customers order their greasy food from a window before taking it back to their car to devour, but its Queen Anne location, which sits across the street from the SIFF Cinema, offers some seating.
Then catch a movie at the SIFF Cinema Uptown theater. The Uptown location is the original of the three SIFF Cinema venues, and it’s a film enthusiast hub. From its Cinema Dissection to Screenplay Competition, the Queen Anne institution works to bring filmmakers of all ages together not only to watch films but to explore them as well. SIFF Cinema is also home to the Seattle International Film Festival, the biggest international film festival in the nation. It’s no wonder locals praise the independent theater for its exciting and fresh movie circulation.
Finish the day at The Backdoor at Roxy’s, a speakeasy lounge located in the Fremont neighborhood. As its name suggests, visitors can access the bar via the backdoor entrance behind Roxy’s Diner. The lounge offers everything from craft cocktails, pub-style entrées, and rich late-night bites. With occasional live music, this 1920s-inspired establishment is a perfect spot to kick back and relax after a long day.