Five Place You Must See in Seattle
Seattle is a beautiful and eclectic city with much to offer. If you’re visiting, it can be difficult to decide which attractions to view first. These are our top five suggestions for sights you must experience in Seattle.
Along the Seattle waterfront, Pier 57 offers local food, shops, and fun. There are a few stops every visitor should make during this visit:
- The Great Wheel. Opened on June 29, 2012, it was the largest Ferris wheel in the Western United States at the time. Standing at 175 feet tall, this ride has been thrilling guests since its debut.
- The Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar. Devour fresh seafood offerings with a beautiful view over the ocean. Stop in for a relaxing taste of local flavor at lunch or dinner.
- Alaskan Sourdough Bakery. Before leaving the pier, stop in for some classic sourdough bread or cookies. It’s not a west coast visit without well-done sourdough.
Each of the Seattle Piers has plenty to offer, but 57 is a favorite. Incorporate this Pier into your travels on a beautiful day to take advantage of all it has to offer.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Next to the well-known Seattle landmark, Space Needle, is the Chihuly Garden and Glass. The Seattle Center houses both of these structures, which are owned and operated by the Wright family. When an opportunity to revitalize the center came about, the Wright family called in Northwestern artist Dale Chihuly to develop a new exhibition hall.
Dale Chihuly’s glasswork has been presented in over 200 museum collections around the world and has received a multitude of awards. His work is now seen in eight galleries, a central glasshouse, and a spectacular garden at the Seattle Center. Each element of the exhibit showcases how Dale Chihuly pushes the boundaries of glasswork and demonstrates innovations in the field. If you only have time for one museum or exhibit in Seattle, we recommend the Chihuly Garden and Glass.
Seattle should be viewed from the ocean at least once every trip. There are a number of ways to accomplish this. Kayak tours, small boats, fishing charters, and floatplanes are all fun ways to do it. For those who want to fit multiple activities into one day, we recommend a sightseeing cruise.
Narrated tours of the Seattle harbor, including a narrative history, provide a view of the gorgeous cityscape and surrounding mountains in one hour’s time. Locks tours are available as well, traversing the switch from salt to fresh water, and moving among floating homes and city parks. A relaxing and informative cruise is a must-do during any trip, with the added benefit of giving your feet a rest.
Pike Place Market
Seattle’s Pike Place Market was established in 1907, and it has remained a central part of the community ever since. Approximately 190 craftspeople and 120 farms are present each day, with musicians and street performers making rounds as well. Antiques, collectibles, fresh produce, flowers, local wines, honey, and cheeses are among the many finds to be discovered here.
With a view of the waterfront, the backdrop is perfect for shopping and exploring in Seattle. Several tours are available for visitors who would enjoy a walking guide and history of the market. Open 363 days a year, Pike Place is only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The market opens at six each morning, and some restaurants stay open as late at 1:30 a.m.
Visitors seeking something off the beaten path may enjoy Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. After the Great Fire of 1889, Seattle rebuilt atop itself, leaving an underground city somewhat intact below the active streets. Bill Speidel’s tours provide a 75-minute guided walk, exploring an old public house and the birthplace of Seattle at Pioneer Square, and then moving underground into buried passageways.
Guides educate and entertain visitors relaying history with punch lines. Tours run every day, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. April through September guides depart every hour from 9am to 7pm, and October through March tours begin at 10am.
Seattle’s range of offerings provides something for everyone in your party. Remember to indulge in fresh seafood and sourdough, explore the markets, view Seattle from the water, and get a taste of history while you’re here.