Top 10 Things to See in Seattle
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I will start off with a personal disclaimer. Seattle is my hometown and I LOVE THIS PLACE! There is nothing I enjoy more than heading in to the city and playing tourist for the day. So forgive my complete bias but these are MY top 10 favorite spots in Seattle!
In 1962, the Space Needle was built for the world’s fair! It has long been the icon for the city of Seattle and it’s worth a visit! I think experiencing the observation deck is a must but skip the restaurant. The food in the rotating restaurant is rather overpriced for the quality you get (in my opinion).
Chihuly Garden and Glass-
At the base of the space needle sits a relatively new attraction featuring tons of glass art from Dale Chihuly. The outdoor garden area features native plants and glass accents to bring the plants to life. I love blown glass art so it is one of my favorite spots to visit!
Many cities have piggybacked off of the love lock bridge in Paris as a way for travelers to leave a little bit of their heart behind. It’s so romantic, right? In Seattle, they do things a little… different. They like to be unique. Got any gum? Stick it right on the wall! Leave a little piece of your saliva behind in Seattle!
Photo Credit: In The Loop Travel
Do we have any 10 Things I Hate About You fans in the house?! There’s a scene between Joseph Gordon-Levitt (swoon) and Larisa Oleynik where they’re walking around on a giant troll holding on to an old red Volkswagen bug. The bug isn’t red in real life but it lives under the Fremont Bridge and it is an absolute icon for Seattle. If you stand there long enough you’ll see a tour bus pull up, especially in the summer! It’s strange, offbeat and totally, Seattle!
Just down the street from the Fremont Troll is my favorite place in all of Seattle, Gas Works Park. The former site of a gas company plant, this 19 acre park has breathtaking views of downtown, Lake Union, and the Space Needle. It’s great for a bike ride, picnic, morning yoga sessions or just people watching.
Museums- MoPop, MOHAI, SAM, Museum of Flight-
Seattle is home to a ton of great museums! MoPop (formerly called EMP) is a music museum with artifacts from Seattle legends and interactive exhibits. The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) has a variety of exhibits dedicated to Seattle’s unique additions to America’s history. You’ll find WWII artifacts, history specific to Seattle and even a Boeing B-1 airplane.
If you are an art history buff, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is where you want to be. Known for its iron man sculpture that stands out front, this museum is home to 25,000 pieces of art! You could easily spend a whole day exploring everything this museum has to offer.
If you’re more of an aviation enthusiast, like my husband for example, the Museum of Flight is where you’ll want to be. Since Seattle is known for its contribution to aviation (thank you Boeing), their collection of 150 planes is impressive!
The pier is a great place to spend a day. It’s not far from Pike Place and you can wander along the waterfront taking in the views. The great wheel is a relatively new addition to the Seattle waterfront and offers great views of the islands across the way. You can catch a glimpse of ferry boats and a unique perspective of the Seattle skyline.
The aquarium is a great place to see native marine life and animals. There is an interactive tide pool where you can get an up close look at what local reefs look like. The aquarium also houses an octopus and a quite a few otters and seals. If you find yourself on the waterfront around meal time, be sure to check out Ivar’s fish bar. You can eat counter style, or inside their nice sit down restaurant, but either way the seafood is delicious!
Pike Place Market-
The number one most suggested place to visit for Seattle tourists is hands down Pike Place Market. This is the home of the flying fish where vendors throw massive salmon back and forth. I’m sure you’ve seen a clip of it or heard of it, this is where you’ll find it! They have tons of local artists and you’ll find everything you’d expect from a giant farmer’s market- and then some!
Photo Credit: Two Scots Abroad
Pacific Science Center-
I hold a special place in my heart for the Pacific Science Center. It truly embraces the idea of learning through play. They have tons of interactive exhibits, giant dinosaurs, a butterfly garden and the most incredible rotating exhibits. Right now they are currently housing genuine terracotta warriors from Xi’an, China. I had the pleasure of seeing them in person while I was in China and I loved taking my family to see them in person to this exhibit!
Underground Tour/Pioneer Square-
Starbucks lovers! Pioneer square is the home to the very first Starbucks and if you love collecting those Starbucks mugs, you’ll find unique ones they only sell at THIS store.
Right next door is the start of the Underground tour. This is my favorite touristy thing to do in Seattle and I always recommend it to people who come to visit. The tour is geared towards adults and older kids, in the Fall they do a haunted night version of the tour that is definitely adults only! Overall, the tour takes a humorous look at Seattle’s history and you’ll venture into the underground tunnels of the city and see that we are truly a city built on top of another city. Pretty cool, right?!
So, that may have been technically more than 10 things but there’s just so much stuff to see, and that’s just in the city of Seattle! Beyond the city is a nature lovers paradise! Looking for a great day trip from Seattle? Check out How to Spend 24 Hours in Vancouver.
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