Seattle, the city of Boeing and Microsoft, the Gold Rush and Starbucks, doesn’t sound like a destination that must be visited. Not to international visitors anyway. We all dream about New York, Grand Canyon or Miami. But often the less-popular tourist destinations are the ones that surprise us. These Seattle must-see landmarks and attractions prove that the city is an intriguing and diverse universe of activities where everyone will find something to enjoy and remember.
Seattle Must-See Landmarks – The Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is the major and most popular Seattle must-see landmark. It is a historic market place and was opened in 1907 and since then had operated nonstop. It has several levels and at each level, there are unique shops and dealers represented. Many small businesses occupy the stalls selling from food to collectables. Family-owned restaurants offer multifarious dining experiences.
Visit the Pike Place Market website and plan your visit.
The Space Needle
The Space Needle is undeniably the most recognizable landmark of Seattle. It is an observation tower built in 1962 for the World’s Fair whose theme was the 21st Century.
The tower has an observation deck at 160 m height. The rotation SkyCity restaurant is located at 150 m and showing full view to not only Seattle but the surrounding Elliot Bay and Olympic and Cascade Mountains.
Tickets start from 22 $.
Seattle Central Library
The Seattle Central Library is one of the most beautiful buildings you can see. It is open to the public and offers 400 free computers and Wireless Internet. There are classes for all age groups in various languages and many of its resources are accessible for the blind and deaf people.
The new glass and steel building of the public library in Seattle was opened in 2004. It has eleven floors and its innovative Book Spiral design allows easier access to the books.UPDATE: Seattle was named UNESCO City of Literature, joining the ranks of Dublin, Milan, and Edinburg.
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Seattle Great Wheel
The Seattle Great Wheel is a gigantic wheel whose height reaches 53 m. You will find it at the Pier 57 on Elliot Bay. The wheel was opened in 2012 and is built over water. The wheel has 42 climate-controlled gondolas one of them being a VIP gondola that costs 50 $ per person.
Tickets start from 14 $.
Photo: Seattle Great Wheel
The largest public park in Seattle has a stimulating name. The Discovery Park is situated on the shores of Puget Sound. The icon of this park is the lighthouse located on the West Point. Ask in the Visitor Center for directions.
For those who love walking, follow the Discovery Park Loop Trail. Visiting this park gives you a great opportunity to enjoy the presence of wildlife while still staying close to the city.
Admission is free.
Museum of Flight
Even a girl will be attracted to visit this place! The Museum of Flight in Seattle is a private but non-profit establishment. It is the largest private air and space museum in the world. The museum exhibits more than 150 aircraft but also has a library where are kept more than 60 000 books and also offers an online catalogue.
Admissions are free the first Thursday of each month.
Photo: Museum of Flight
Seattle might not be your first choice for a trip to the US but there is much to be seen and experience. Here, the economic side goes hand in hand with entertainment and cultural aspects of the city. And just when you start thinking that there is nothing more to surprise you in this American city, you better check this favourite of the Seattleites restaurants guide. I bet you will find a new perspective on visiting the Emerald City.
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