Located at the Seattle Center, the Space Needle is both an iconic city landmark and its best observation tower. As the name suggests, it features 25 sharp rods at the tip of the tower, while the disc-shaped observation deck is said to have been inspired by flying saucers. From the observation deck, you can enjoy a 360-degree view, day and night, of Seattle and the Emerald City.
The Waterfront is more than just where the land and sea meet. It is Seattle’s most iconic destination, filled with many unique shops where you can buy special souvenirs and marvel at impressive artworks, as well as try out bustling restaurants where you can taste fresh seafood while looking out over the amazing coastal scenery. Enjoying fresh oysters and seasonal dishes under the sunlight at the port is a truly special experience.
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market, located mere walking distance away from Seattle’s coast, opened in 1907 and has over a hundred years of history. The market sells a wide variety of fresh seafood, vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and is open all week long. When buying and selling fish, it is said you can even witness freshly caught fish flying in the air right before your eyes.
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Art Museum, also known as SAM, is Seattle’s most iconic museum and consists of Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and Olympic Sculpture Park on the Seattle coast, all located in the heart of Seattle. The stylish and modern SAM showcases more than 25,000 pieces of artwork in various sections, in a collection that was founded in 1933.
The First Starbucks Store
The first Starbucks in the world was opened here in 1971. Banners that read “The First Starbucks Store” are displayed like a medal of honor throughout the store, including by the entrance. We suggest you arrive early as the store will be packed with tourists if you go in the afternoon, and you will have to queue 30 to 40 minutes just to get a sip of coffee.
Located at the slope of Queen Anne Hill, Kerry Park is the best viewpoint to get an overlook of Seattle. On a clear day, you can see the Space Needle right across, as well as downtown Seattle, and the picturesque view of Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier, just like a postcard. The park is particularly famous for its evening glow, which always attracts crowds of tourists and young couples at sunset.
The Market Theater Gum Wall is a brick wall covered in used chewing gum located in an alleyway in Post Alley under Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle. Just like Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California, the Market Theater Gum Wall is a local landmark.
Gas Works Park
In the early 1900’s, this park was a coal gasification plant until coal gas was no longer in use. It was then bought by the city of Seattle and opened to the public as a park. It has since become a popular tourist site where tourists and residents come to relax with their families.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
This gallery, a garden of glass, displays works by Dale Chihuly, a master glass sculptor from the United States. Originally majoring in interior design and architecture, Chihuly creates stunning glass sculptures, combining the glass craftsmanship and technique he acquired from an Italian craftsman, as well as his artistic imagination and philosophy, with his solid foundation of skills.
Henry Suzzallo Library
When you walk into Henry Suzzallo Library, located in the University of Washington in Seattle, its Gothic architecture makes you feel as if you have been transported to Europe. The library, which inspired Hogwarts School in Harry Potter, lets in natural light from the large, vertical windows that stretch to the ceiling and create an atmosphere that seems to change every hour, while its high ceilings and Gothic interior seem to resemble an old castle more than a library.