Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you're an art enthusiast or a coffee lover, this urban metropolis is bustling with exciting locales you need to check out. If you're interested in big tourist attractions or small, local stops, you'll be more than satisfied with this city. Seattle has so many things to do and places to go that your visit should mix up the world-famous with the esoteric and ultra-local.
Seattle’s waterfront is one of the most important spots to visit during your time in its downtown area. With the beaches and waterfront shops on one hand and the bay stretching off into the distance, the Central Waterfront is the ideal destination to soak up the atmosphere of Seattle. If you get tired of walking, you can hop aboard a ferry and enjoy a new perspective from the comfort of the boat.
Any trip to Seattle should prioritize finding a great spot to snap a picture of the city's skyline. Look no further, because one place stands above the rest: Kerry Park. The view is absolutely picture-perfect, and any shot from the park ought to look postcard-worthy. It offers a gorgeous view of the Seattle Space Needle and the surrounding skyline, but that’s not all. When the weather is clear, you can catch the full, iconic Kerry Park view. This stretches beyond the skyline and captures the mountains beyond the city, particularly the famous Mount Rainier.
Known as Seattle’s first skyscraper, the Smith Tower was an astonishing engineering feat when construction ended. It’s since stood for over a century. Eventually, the city of Seattle turned it into a historic attraction--a popular destination for architecture enthusiasts and anyone who wants to learn about the history of the Smith Tower. You can take a self-guided tour through a historical exhibit here that serves to teach the visitor all about the history of Seattle.
Located beneath the Fremont Bridge, you can find the famous Fremont Troll. It’s a bizarre stone sculpture that’s a bit frightening and creepy. That’s exactly what makes it such an interesting sight, though. In 1990, the locals agreed to the construction of the troll as a tactic to deter drug abuse beneath the bridge. It worked, but now gawkers congregate under the bridge to take a look at the peculiar work of art.
A catastrophic fire destroyed over 30 city blocks in Seattle near the end of the 19th century. Instead of clearing the ruins, everyone simply decided to build on top of them. Some new homes and buildings even utilized the remains in their own construction. You can often find a modern building that has a basement with a window looking out to nothing for this reason. If you like your urban adventures with a touch of eerie, post-apocalypse horror, then the abandoned city is an absolute must.
The iconic Grand Wheel of Seattle is one of the simple joys that you and a friend can have during your visit to Seattle. It’s one of the major symbols of the city and at one time it was the largest Ferris wheel on the entire U.S. West Coast. You can enjoy amazing views from atop of the Grand Wheel, but don’t hop on if you have a fear of heights!
Some popular attractions are played up, and some deserve their fame. When you visit the Space Needle, you’ll see that it belongs to the latter group and definitely deserves its iconic status as a symbol of Seattle. The city spent $100 million on a recent makeover that’s added all sorts of spectacular new features to the Seattle Space Needle, such as the world’s only rotating glass floor. The Space Needle is truly an unmissable location, and no trip to Seattle will be complete without paying it a visit.
Seattle might be one of the coffee-lover capitals of the world; it certainly is in the U.S. There are countless amazing local cafes, so Starbucks might not sound like much of a stop. However, the Pike Place Starbucks is the original Starbucks and a unique destination. This fun, old-school designed coffeehouse is also home to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, where you can experience an immersive demonstration of how their coffee is sourced and crafted. If you love coffee or you’re a retro design enthusiast, you need to visit the original Starbucks.
The Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum is one of Seattle’s most underappreciated hidden gems. It’s dedicated to the work of Dale Chihuly, an artist who chose glass as his museum. His works are skillfully crafted into incredible shapes and wear brilliantly resplendent colors. The garden serves as a backdrop to a selected collection of his artworks.
Have you ever wanted to be a part of an art exhibit? The Seattle gum wall offers you a gag-worthy chance at fulfilling that dream. You might call the wall decked with thousands of pieces of gum an interactive work of art, or you might call it disgusting. Either way, visiting this fascinatingly gross spot is a rite of passage for the Seattle visitor. Don’t be too shy about adding…your own work to the exhibit.