Top 6 Destinations You Must Visit When Visiting Seattle
Located on the western coast of Washington, Seattle offers visitors an abundance of activities for people of varying interests. Stay downtown and explore what the city is all about, or take a day trip to one of the scenic areas surrounding the city. No matter what your idea of a vacation is like, Seattle is sure to have something to suit you.
1. The Space Needle
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A trip to Seattle wouldn’t be complete without a venture to the top of the Space Needle. Constructed in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the Space Needle is the iconic symbol of Seattle. An 82 second elevator ride will take you to the observation deck where you can take in the view of Seattle’s gorgeous downtown and the surrounding mountains. There is also a restaurant and gift shop on site for your convenience.
2. Sporting Events
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No matter what sport you love, Seattle has it all. CenturyLink Field is home to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the MLS’s Seattle Sounders. The stadium is widely considered the loudest and most raucous venue in all of sports.
If baseball is your thing, pick up some Seattle Mariners Tickets and head of to Safeco Field. While the Mariners aren’t the most successful franchise, the stadium is beautiful. For basketball fans, college is the name of the game. Go to a Washington Huskies game and take in some Pac-12 action.
3. Mount Rainier
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Situated 50 miles southeast of Seattle, Mount Rainier is definitely worth the hour drive. Standing over 14,000 feet tall, it is the continental United States’ fifth tallest peak, and is also an active volcano. Located in Mount Rainier National Park, the trip is just as scenic as the park itself. If you rent a car, this is a must see.
4. The Underground
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After a fire burned Seattle to the ground in 1889, the new city was constructed on top of the old. There is a one-and-a-half hour guided tour that takes you through the underground ruins and tunnels of the old city. Tours are offered year round and will give you some insight into the history and current state of Seattle. It’s definitely a one of a kind attraction.
5. The Experience Music Project
Seattle is a city with a rich music history, so make sure you check out the Experience Music Project. The museum offers exhibits not only on music, but on science fiction as well. Current exhibits include Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Horror Films, a guitar gallery, and Icons of Science Fiction. So indulge not only your musical side, but your nerdy side as well.
6. Pike Public Market
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If you’re looking to explore Seattle on foot, look no further than Pike Public Market. A major tourist attraction, this market has over 200 shops open year round, featuring everything from antiques to comic book stores. And no trip here would be complete without purchasing some of the local seafood,heavily considered to be some of the freshest and best in the country.
With so much to do, Seattle is the premier destination for anyone wanting to experience a big city in its entirety and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The only problem is figuring out how to see everything in a short period of time. You may have to come back for a second visit.