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Space Needle

Most definitely a bucket list item for many, the Space Needle is certainly Seattle’s most iconic structure. Journey skyward for amazing views, fine dining and an experience you’ll never forget. At a height of 605 feet, the Space Needle boasts fabulous 360 degree views that include Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the beautiful city of Seattle and beyond.

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Seattle Center Monorail

Hop aboard the Seattle Center Monorail for the 2-minute ride of a lifetime! A Seattle icon since its futuristic debut at the 1962 World’s Fair, our Monorail carries roughly 2 million passengers between Westlake Center and Seattle Center each year. A great option for shuttling between the downtown shopping core and the many attractions at Seattle Center, the Seattle Center Monorail is a fun and retro way to go!

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Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

Located at Seattle Center in an absolutely stunning building designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, MoPOP serves as a gateway museum, reaching young and old through its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage visitors. Here you can discover the influential history of Nirvana, tap into Jimi Hendrix’s Seattle roots, and even pick up the instruments of your choice in their state-of-the-art interactive Sound Lab and discover your own Seattle sound. Count me off! 1, 2, 3, 4!

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Pacific Science Center

With five buildings of hands-on science exhibits, a delightful and informative tropical Butterfly House, two IMAX® theaters (one with IMAX® 3D technology), laser light shows and a planetarium, Pacific Science Center is one of the city’s gems that is perfect for all ages. First serving as the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair’s U.S. Science Pavilion, the Science Center was designed by Seattle-born architect Minoru Yamasaki, including the towering Gothic arches and court of reflecting pools that make the museum part sanctuary, part educational oasis.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

Located just beneath the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass traces the art and career of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The centerpiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass is certainly the Glasshouse. A 40-foot tall, glass and steel structure covering 4,500 square feet of light-filled space containing an expansive 100-foot long sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber. Made of many individual elements, it is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. The perception of the artwork varies greatly with natural light and as the day fades into night.

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Pike Place Market

Open year-round, this is Seattle’s most iconic attraction — and it’s filled with tasty treats. There’s so much to love about Pike Place Market. Aisles of gleaming fruits and vegetables, tables overflowing with fresh floral bouquets, and booth after booth selling all manner of locally made jewelry, clothing and gifts. It’s also a great place to enjoy many fantastic eateries serving prepared dishes. When you’re not sure what kind of food you’re in the mood to eat, just head to Pike Place Market and sample a little of everything or hop on one of several market tours that focus on food, history, or a little of both. There’s also the whole fish-throwing thing, too.

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Seattle Art Museum – two ways

Located in downtown Seattle on the corner of First and Union, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) presents items from its collection as well as traveling exhibits. If you’re exploring the permanent collection, you’ll want to see the Native & Meso-American collection with works by the area’s original inhabitants. Other highlights include contemporary works by Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol; European masterpieces of portraiture and sculpture; and Asian pieces dating back to the second century.

One of the best free attractions in Seattle, the Olympic Sculpture Park is open year-round and features sculptures from artists such as Richard Serra, Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero and Louise Bourgeois. It is located in a former industrial site, and the grounds make use of many native plants as well as eco-friendly features such as rainwater collection systems and a salmon habitat. A z-shaped path cuts through vast expanses and grassy meadows, connecting with beach-side trails and bicycle paths.

 

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Pioneer Square

Welcome to the birthplace of Seattle. Laying claim as the city’s “first neighborhood,” Pioneer Square is a richly historic place known for its Renaissance Revival architecture, First Thursday art walks, night life, delicious lunch spots, and quirky boutiques. Explore the depth and beauty of Seattle’s first historic district and jump on a tour that takes you underground to visualize Seattle as it once was in its gold rush days.

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Seattle Aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium features a stunning 40-foot, 55,000-lb. viewing window that looks into a 120,000-gallon aquarium filled with salmon, colorful rockfish, vibrant sea anemones, and other native Washington marine life. Three times a day, divers take to the waters wearing specialized masks that allow them to interact with and answer questions from the audience. Other exhibits include two touching tide pools filled with sea anemones and sunflower sea star, a pacific coral reef exhibit, marine mammals and an underwater dome, the aquarium’s largest exhibit. The aquarium is located on Seattle’s waterfront at Pier 59.

 
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Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Waterfront’s newest attraction, the Seattle Great Wheel sits 175 feet above Pier 57 and extending nearly 40 feet over Elliott Bay. A view from the top offers sweeping panoramas of the city skyline as well as Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Each of the gondolas is fully enclosed and climate controlled to allow for year-round riding, regardless of the weather.

 
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Washington State Ferries

The Washington State Ferry system is the largest in the U.S., carrying more than 23 million passengers each year aboard 28 vessels operating from 20 terminals. From the Seattle Waterfront, ferries carrying up to 2,500 passengers and 202 automobiles travel to and from Bremerton on the Olympic Peninsula (60 minutes one way) and Bainbridge Island (35 minutes one way). Both routes offer panoramic views of the Seattle skyline and harbor and visitors often jump aboard for quick cross-sound sightseeing trips.

 

 

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Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

From its humble beginnings in 1911, the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) has grown into the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington with a collection of over 4 million objects, documents, and photographs from the Puget Sound region’s past. MOHAI uses these artifacts along with cutting edge, hands-on interactive experiences to make history come alive through the unforgettable stories of the men and women who built Seattle from wilderness to world-class city. In addition to museum exhibits, MOHAI hosts a variety of award-winning youth and adult public programs and consistently collaborates with community partners on local events and activities. Ultimately, MOHAI strives to connect individuals with the region’s rich history and inspire them to continue to make the community a strong, vibrant, and sustainable place for all to enjoy.