Occupying a narrow isthmus between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle is a beautiful city with a wide variety of activities that is sure to please even the most picky of travelers. This environmentally conscious city offers plenty of trails for biking and a world-class zoo that features animals in their native habitat. They have also been nicknamed as the “Emerald City”.
Seattle Center, along with its iconic Space Needle and the Monorail, were originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair but have since been turned into an entertainment complex and park area with theaters, sports facilities, and restaurants. Modern tourist attractions now proliferate the area, including musical adventures at the Experience Music Project, and impressive glass artworks at Chihuly Garden and Glass. And though it’s a locals’ haunt, the futuristic steel and glass structure of the Seattle Central Library is worth seeking out.
Museum of flights
Seattle’s Museum of Flight is home to a wide array of airplanes, educational exhibits, and flight-related historical objects. An outdoor gallery displays the largest aircraft in the collection, including a Concorde, the first jet Air Force One, and military planes like the B-17F Flying Fortress. The indoor Great Gallery gives onlookers the thrill of seeing many of the planes suspended in flight, and the Lear and Space galleries focus on space travel, both its history and future. History buffs will especially love the Personal Courage Wing, which is dedicated to remembering the important role of aviation during World War I and II.
Seattle Great Wheel
Who doesn’t love a Ferris wheel? Boasting 360-degree-views of both mountains and open sky, Seattle’s Great Wheel is worth being a bit of a tourist for. At $14 for an adult ride, many locals scoff at this attraction. Don’t make their same mistake: Get in line and get up there. If you’re feeling swank, you can purchase a VIP ticket for $50 that puts you ahead of the line and in a four-person gondola with a glass bottom.
Constructed following a city beautification contest in 1990, the Fremont Troll is one of Seattle’s favorite attractions. Drawing inspiration from Norwegian folklore, artists Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter and Ross Whitehead installed the Troll that holds an actual Volkswagen Beetle car as a warning to the drivers above. Every year on October 31st, the community hosts a birthday party for the Troll called Troll-o-ween.
Seattle’s sea food!
Starting with the obvious, the port city of Seattle has the freshest seafood around. If you don’t want to go to the docks to buy fish directly from the guys who caught it, there are a wealth of restaurants that will serve it to you fresh. Such freshness makes for the best oysters, crab, sushi and chowder that you’ll ever taste. Indeed, Pike Place Chowder is one of the few places outside of New England to win the Great Chowder Cook-Off in Newport, Rhode Island. Several times. But, if you’re only going to try one type of seafood while you’re in Seattle, make sure it’s the salmon. You’ll never want to eat it anywhere else again!