Seattle is a booming metropolis thanks to big businesses and its location within Washington State on the northwestern apex of the United States. The city itself has many tourist attractions such as the Big Wheel, where visitors can get a great view of the city and stunning surrounding landscape with views of Mount Olympus on clearer days. Try the Aquarium, Chinatown, Public Library for great experiences and check out the list below if you want to immerse yourself in the real Seattle.
Much like Staten Island in New York, the Bainbridge Island Ferry provides an alternative perspective on the city, helping you to marvel at its size, grandeur and your place within it. Out on Bainbridge Island, the Bloedel Reserve offers visitors curated trails through classically verdant Washington landscape. The island’s art museum is a quaint, eco-friendly design building exhibiting a carousel of local artists. Views of the mountains and beaches all in one spot is a luxury worth visiting.
Beneath the Streets
Seattle is built atop a maze of 19th century stone arches that make for a colourful retelling of history on the guided tours. Learn of Seattle’s rich history from underneath Pioneer Square, the city’s oldest and most popular districts. From the Klondike Gold Rush to the Coast Salish People, visitors are guaranteed to come away knowing more about their city. The group size is limited to 25 people to ensure everyone feels comfortable within the confined spaces. A tour reminiscent of the Parisian catacombs in France, Seattle’s underground is full of secrets to explore.
Pike Place Market
Having expanded in 2017 to accommodate a new frontage to the market, containing an open-air plaza and mesmerising views of Elliott Bay, Pike Place Market is a hub of activity throughout the year. It prides itself as being the oldest continuously operated farmers’ markets in the United States. The early 20th century signs remain and identify it as an iconic site, home to some of Seattle’s greatest achievements. For example, it was the site of the first Starbuck’s coffee shop in 1971. For small bites, craft produce or an evening tipple, Pike Place is where to be and where to experience the most authentic Seattle.
Apart from perhaps taking the river-plane over Seattle city centre, the Space Needle is the best way to take in the views. Nearly 190m in the sky, visitors can see Seattle from its most famous architectural landmark, built to mark the 1962 World Fair. With a rotating restaurant at the top, the view of the city can be best enjoyed with a full stomach and a glass of wine in hand.
This 72,000 capacity stadium is home to the Seattle Seahawks National Football League team. The visually impressive stadium captivates the Sunday night NFL audiences with its dynamic atmosphere. It is also home to the Seattle Sounders soccer team with record attendance for the local derby with Portlandd Sounders FC. Witness the passion and talent on show at the CenturyLink Stadium and feel like a Seattle local.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery
For the true coffee aficionado, the Starbucks Reserve offers visitors the chance to try some of the rarest coffee’s Starbucks has in its vaults. Here, percolating coffee is seen as an art form, driven by science and enjoyed by the heart. It is only fitting this experience and tour of the facility is located in the very city in which Starbucks was founded almost 50 years ago. Experience the mastery of coffee from the preemininent coffee company in history.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest vineyard in the state of Washington. Located about a 30 minute drive outside of Seattle, this vineyard offers tours, tastings and summer concerts. It is set within a short driving distance of the many other vineyards Washington has to offer. With some of the best wines the US has to offer coming out of Washington, it should be essential to visit these beautiful estates to learn about their fantastic, internationally acclaimed produce.
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