Seattle is my second favourite city in the USA. New York is my favourite city (I know it is a HUGE city but it is so interesting and unique!). I visited Seattle in February 2017.
Here is my take of must-see sights and activities to do in Seattle:
Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit
This is one of the best exhibits I have visited. I really enjoyed all of Dale Chihuly’s art and glass work. For more info on the exhibit, Click HERE.
I love the Space Needle. I think it is one of the sexiest structures being designed :p It is a must-see if you are visiting Seattle. The whole experience inside the Space Needle is unique, it outlines the history of the construction. Once at the top, the views from the observation deck is outstanding. It was extremely windy when I visited, photo taking was challenging. For more info on the Space Needle, Click HERE.
Seattle Centre – International Fountain
Seattle Centre is located close to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass. I took a nice stroll around the Seattle Centre and just enjoy the lovely weather. Check out the International Fountain too! There is water shows that last up to 12 minutes. For more info on the International Fountain, Click HERE.
Argosy Cruises Harbour Tour
I also recommend doing a Cruise Tour. You could experience the city of Seattle more extensively with lots of incredible views!
Pike Place Market
Pike Place is also another famous tourists’ spot and locals alike. Whenever someone mentioned Seattle, Pike Place is always next in the sentence. It is one of the country’s oldest farmers markets. Encompassing nine acres from Pike St. North to Virginia St. and from 1st Ave West to Western Ave, the Market’s historic arcade, winding alleys, stairways and lower levels offer an amazing experience of sight, sounds, tastes, aromas and textures. I love the crafts market on the ground level – filled with multitude of amazing artists. For more info on Pike Place Market, Click HERE.
Skyline of Downtown Seattle from Kerry Park
The view of the skyline is stunning from Kerry Park. I will let the photo below do all the talking. I actually walked from my hotel (Hyatt House Seattle) to Kerry Park. It was a lovely afternoon but the hike on Queen Anne Ave was a killer! I was puffing and sweating like crazy when I reached West Highland Drive where Kerry Park is located. If you love the exercise, this hike would be amazing but if you do not have a strong leg, I do not recommend walking there, especially if you are carrying a tripod like me! There is public transport running along West Highland Drive and I am sure you can catch a bus. This blog talked about Kerry Park itself more extensively – would be useful for you to plan an afternoon there.
Museum of Pop Culture and Seattle Aquarium
I also visited the Museum of Pop Culture and Seattle Aquarium. I am not much of a museums and exhibits person. Indoor activities do make me bored very easily and I also dislike how crowded and cramped it can get as everyone is packed in a small enclosed room! I love the outdoors – hiking, walking, appreciating historical building/sites, hunting for the next spot to take a great city skyline and just enjoying the nature and the vastness of the world. But the Museum of Pop Culture and Seattle Aquarium is interesting and most importantly they shield me from the rain! Seattle is famous for being grey and rainy – so it is crucial to find some indoor activities in case the weather is not in your favour, which it will.
More travel tips
Consider getting the Seattle CityPASS! I used it when I was in Seattle – definitely worth the money! CityPASS includes admission to:
1. Space Needle,
2. Seattle Aquarium,
3. Argosy Cruises Harbour Tour,
4. Museum of Pop Culture OR Woodland Park Zoo and
5. Chihuly Garden and Glass OR Pacific Science Centre.
If you were to pay for individual admissions for the above 5 attractions, it will definitely cost more than the CityPASS. For more info on the Seattle CityPASS, Click HERE.
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