There are plenty of awesome things to see and do in this Washington state city. Surrounded by stunning lush green forests, mountains and immense parkland, it is the largest city in the state with a large list of reasons to visit as well.
#1 Space Needle
This is the most iconic landmark in Seattle and makes the city instantly recognisable. You won’t get a better view of the city anywhere else so head to the top and get some amazing photos of the Seattle skyline. Built in 1962 and standing at 605 feet high, it complements the Seattle Center, where you’ll find heaps of cultural entertainment and places to eat.
#2 The Waterfront
You’ll love the fish and chip eateries along the harborfront sidewalk here, the best places to experience freshly caught fish from the beautiful Elliott Bay. Enjoy the views from the Seattle Great Wheel, a ferris wheel attraction right on the waterfront. You’ll discover some quirky shops too, in particular, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. Marvel at the shrunken heads, have your fortune told and pick up some great souvenirs.
#3 China Town
Almost as old as the city itself, China Town emerged in the late 19th century and is now a vibrant center of life and business activity for Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese immigrants. You’ll find fascinating shops and restaurants, the Wing Luke Museum and bustling Asian markets specialising in food and gifts.
#4 Olympic Structure Park
Fancy a pleasant stroll through attractive parkland, great city views and some brilliant sculpture thrown in along the way? Oh, and it’s all free! A visit to the Seattle Art Museum’s Sculpture Park is a must and covers 9 acres near the coast. See the huge six-ton Eagle, an abstract bird soaring in flight and many other sculptures along the paths.
#5 Washington State Ferry
Part of the transportation system of the state, the Washington ferries are actually a highly attractive and fun way to go sightseeing. Walk-on passengers can take a 35-minute trip on the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry and if they’re lucky, see Mount Rainier in the distance. Coming back into Seattle, you’ll really appreciate the magnificent skyline as it creeps back into view.
Why go sightseeing when you can go flightseeing instead? The ultimate views can only be experienced from the air so take a scenic flight over the city for a romantic break, a dinner date with a difference or for the tourist experience of a lifetime. Seattle seaplanes offer a thrilling excursion and must-do activity.
#7 Museum of Pop Culture
Music fans will know that Seattle became iconic in the 1990s for introducing ‘grunge’ to the world. This great attraction is affectionately known as MoPOP and is dedicated to contemporary pop culture. With exhibitions covering art, science fiction, music and film, if modern culture is your thing then you won’t want to miss this gem. The ideal opportunity to see the influence of bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden on rock music today.
#8 Seattle Aquarium
Located on Pier 59 right on the waterfront, the aquarium makes a great day out for the family. Find out all about the local waters and coastal life of the North West and don’t miss the stunning dive show in the 120,000-gallon tank filled with over 800 indigenous fish species. Check out the cute otters and seals as they play and groom each other and enjoy the daily talks and feeding times.
#9 Pike Place Market
Much loved by locals and visitors alike, this historic market has been thriving since 1907. You won’t find anywhere better for fresh produce, farmers markets, seafood and cheese. Craft goods and souvenirs can also be picked up here. Take the stairs below ground and find a maze of stalls and shops here too. Across the street you’ll find the original and first Starbucks. You’ll love the atmosphere here and the cheery fish sellers tossing fish back and forth!
#10 Smith Tower
Rivalling the Space Needle, the Smith Tower is the oldest skyscraper in the city as was among the highest outside New York when it was completed in 1914. The observatory offers spectacular 360 degree views with an open-air viewing deck for the brave, cocktails and food, a special Wishing Chair for making wishes and the perfect location for your selfies!