Few cities command a more dramatic setting than Seattle, in northwest Washington State. Nestled between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, this attractive city is nicknamed the Emerald City for its evergreen surroundings and national parks. The hilly compact city is home to many global businesses including Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks with plenty of things to see and do. From the historic waterfront to the modern shopping center, Seattle has some delightful attractions and a few hidden gems.
Here are five attractions that should definitely be on your must-do list.
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is a well-established Seattle institution best explored on a Gourmet Food Tour. The two-story market is the place to buy fresh produce, admire the beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers, and pick up lunch at a deli. The fish stall always has an audience watching the entertaining service. Slippery fish are tossed and caught by the deft fishmongers who keep up a lively banter. Browse the china and antiques stalls while listening to buskers performing. Just across the street is the original Starbucks Coffee House, where you can get a souvenir Starbucks gift card to commemorate your visit.
Located on Seattle’s historic waterfront, Pioneer Square is the original downtown neighborhood of the city. Now a revitalized National Historic District, most of the renovated architecture was built after the Great Fire of 1889. It’s worth taking a walking tour to discover the narrow alleyways hiding many independent shops and historic sites.
Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
This unique underground tour near Pioneer Square takes you beneath the city to discover storefronts and sidewalks that were covered in when the city was rebuilt after the Great Fire. It’s a wonderful time-capsule of the early city. Humorous guides lead the tours, which start in a restored 1890s saloon bar.
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Seattle Space Needle
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The iconic Space Needle is a slim 605-foot tower with a flying-saucer-shaped observation deck perched on slim legs. This popular attraction is one of six admissions included on the Seattle City Pass. Built in 1962, the outdoor terrace offers great views of the city, boats and islands in Puget Sound, and the nearby mountains of the Olympic National Park.
Kerry Park Viewpoint
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Kerry Park is a stunning viewpoint on Queen Anne Hill. It is perfectly positioned for looking up at the shining tower of the Space Needle, and down at the spectacular cityscape spread far below. Spot the many ferries and sailboats crisscrossing Elliott Bay, and possibly a brightly lit cruise ship moored in the port. In the distance you will see wonderful views of the snow-capped peak of Mount Rainier on a clear day. Said to be the most photographed view of Seattle, it is particularly beautiful after dark when the bright city lights are glowing.
Cheap flights to Seattle make this a wonderful city to visit, especially during the summer. With a choice of hotels in Seattle to choose from, you’ll find there are plenty more things to see and do in and around this historic port city.