Seattle is a city that offers a lot of wonderful views, including the ocean and the skyline. You may think there is nothing special until you see it with your own eyes. Do not hesitate to look for cheap ﬂights and hotels to Seattle if you want to experience the Emerald City!
1. The original Starbucks
Today, Starbucks coffees have invaded the planet and you can find them anywhere. But did you know that Seattle is where the first Starbucks was opened in 1971? Discover this place that serves as a collector’s item with its neat interior, different from the atmosphere of other Starbucks coffees.
2. Pike Place Farmers Market
The city’s first farmers’ market, which stretches across seven blocks of buildings, is the promised land of gastronomes: fish, fruit, vegetables and much more, everything is fresh and has been since 1907.
3. The Space Needle
It takes only 41 seconds in the elevator to reach the viewing platform at 160 meters above ground level. This Seattle symbol has been at the top of the tourist attractions since its inauguration during the 1962 World’s Fair inauguration.
4. Kerry Park
For a breathtaking view of the Seattle skyline, head south of Queen Anne Hill, in the city’s most famous viewpoint: Kerry Park. This is where you will take postcard photos, with ferries crossing Elliott Bay, the urban landscape with the Space Needle in the foreground and a fantastic view of Mount Rainier (if the weather allows it).
5. The Gum Wall
Near Pike Place Market, there is a street with walls entirely covered with chewing gum. At first glance, it’s quite dirty, even disgusting, but it’s a tradition that dates back to 1993 when the theatre’s clients used to stick their gum on the outside while they were waiting to enter. Since 1999, when the authorities failed to get the theatre officials to clean the walls, the Gum wall has become a real tourist attraction. Weird and funny, isn’t it?
6. Chihuly Garden and Glass
Dale Chihuly’s fabulous glass work at Seattle Center is just amazing! This garden allows you to discover stained glass windows that grow like flowers through lush vegetation.
7. The Port of Seattle
This is the place where Seattle was founded in 1850 and there are a multitude of fun activities to do on the Elliott Bay waterfront. You can also enjoy the beautiful scenery by taking a cruise on the port.
8. Seattle Aquarium
Discover from an underwater dome the Strait of Puget’s aquatic life through the walls of a 1.5 million liters basin and get to know the killer whales that inhabit this region.
9. The Puget Sound
When you are in Seattle, what strikes you first is the omnipresence of water. The city was built around an arm of the Pacific Ocean, namely Puget Sound (Puget Strait). It is possible to take a short cruise, a different way to discover Seattle from the water. Discover the Edgewater Hotel where guests can fish directly from their balconies!
10. The Museum of Pop Culture
The Museum of Pop Culture, or MPOP, is a cultural centre, concert hall, interactive rock’n’ roll museum, as well as a science fiction museum. Get aboard a space station simulation, and have fun with cult science fiction objects, movie costumes, photos, and interactive exhibits. Visit the Guitar Gallery and learn more about the evolution of rock’n’ roll’s flagship instruments.