Did you know Seattle has a population of nearly 4.5 million people? Seattle ranks on the list as the 18th largest city in the United States. Not only is its sheer size impressive, but the nature and history that surround this city make it a must-see destination for anyone looking for a unique getaway. Seattle is many times categorized as a dreary, overcast city, don’t let the weather fool you – this city is chock-full of great sightseeing opportunities.
Well known for its coastal location, as well as its proximity to the Cascade Mountains Seattle has Instagrammable views. Each of these contribute to its impressive list of sightseeing opportunities. One of the best ways to take in the amazing city, and ocean views simultaneously is to catch a ride on the Washington State Ferries. These ferries run across Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, and allow you to take in the amazing nature and breathtaking views of this booming coastal city. Simply go for ride and take your photos from the water.
One of Seattle’s most known attractions, and a sightseeing destination on most people’s list is the Space Needle. Located at the Seattle Center in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, the Space Needle is a standout in the city skyline and a testament to the history of the city. The original designer of the Space Needle and Chief Organizer of the 1962 World’s Fair, Edward E. Carlson, was inspired by a German broadcast center that featured a restaurant in it. After doodling an amateur sketch of the Space Needle on a restaurant napkin, Edward E. Carlson soon brought his idea to life after securing private financing of $75,000, just 13 months before the opening of the World’s Fair.
The massive structure was officially opened the first day of the 1962 World’s Fair and received nearly 2.65 million visitors during the duration of the expo. The Space Needle is known as only one of two souvenirs of a World’s Fair, sharing the title with only the Eiffel Tower. A must-see attraction, and truly a hard to miss sight, a trip to Seattle would not be complete without a visit to the Space Needle.
On a warm day, you can play in the water just like the kids do in the International Fountain. It is a silver dome leftover from the world’s fair
Another of the must-sees sightseeing locations in Seattle is Pike Place Market located in downtown Seattle. The iconic Market sign has been the backdrop in thousands of pictures and the artisanal vendors, and local fish markets bring in tourists and locals alike daily. Tip: go early in the morning. there are less people around and if you go early enough you can see vendors set up.
When visiting Seattle, make sure to stop into the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. https://www.starbucksreserve.com/en-us/locations/seattle
Being the company’s home town, this tasting room offers a special look into how the world-famous coffee blends are picked, roasted, and prepared. Not only will you be able to try Starbucks’ blends that are unique to the roastery, but you will also find exclusive beverages, various brewing methods, and even a coffee library.
Go further and head to Fremont. There you will find the troll under the bridge. There is an address!
Seattle really is the city with it all. Whether you prefer to take in the nature of the area, or spend your time in a busy city – there is something for everyone and beautiful sights around every corner.
Come back to Pioneer Square and you can do the Underground Tour. The guides are hilarious. Seattle’s past comes to life, and you learn about what happened before the fire. There were gamblers, people of illicit backgrounds and miners and a cast of characters. A great way to end your trip.