The best of SeattleOctober 10, 2018
On the West Coast of America, you’ll find the beautiful seaport city of Seattle with plenty of sights to keep visitors busy and enjoying the top views of the city. Below is a list of all the things to do on your next visit to Seattle.
Space Needle – If you’ve ever seen a picture of Seattle, you should already know what the famous Space Needle looks like. Shoot up the elevator to the top and step out onto the rotating glass floors. Enjoy 360-degree views of downtown, the bay and the beautiful mountains in the distance. Up the stairs is an open-air deck with benches against thrilling slanted glass panels. Once you’re back on solid ground, explore the beautiful gift store or try their Virtual Reality experience where you’ll bungee jump off the Space Needle.
Pike Public Market – For plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, delicious artisanal chocolate, bouquets of flowers and local crafts, take a stroll along the stalls in one of the oldest continuously operated farmer’s markets in the US. Along the streets, you’ll find coffee shops, bakeries, café’s and diners. Nearby, you’ll find the eerie ‘Gum Wall’ where visitors wait in anticipation to add their own gum against the colourful wall.
Kerry Park Viewpoint – Located in a residential area of Seattle, you’ll find a small park filled with tourists taking in the view of downtown just above the treeline. It’s one of the best views of the Space Needle.
Sky View Observatory in Columbia Center – Located 73 stories above the city, you’ll find the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest. Once you’re at the top, you’ll see a panoramic view of the shipping port, Safeco Field, the waterfront and downtown with the Space Needle in the distance. There are also interactive displays at various windows to describe what you are looking at and give you helpful tips for taking photos through the glass. The perspective of Seattle from the Sky View Observatory is unlike any other in Seattle and evening views are particularly spectacular.
Discovery Park – Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest public park with plenty of trails for visitors to enjoy. Take a stroll along the beach towards the lighthouse or enjoy an afternoon among the greenery. Keep in mind that it can be a far walk back up from the beach if you don’t have a permit to park at the bottom.
Ballard Locks – Not too far away from Discovery Park is the Ballard Locks which links the Puget Sound with Lake Union and Lake Washington and is where you’ll see boats, as well as kayaks, pass through to the other side. If you’re lucky you might also see salmon pass through the fish ladders where they swim upstream to spawn.
Pier 57 – Take a walk along the pier or a trip on the Seattle Great Wheel. Inside you’ll find souvenir stores and tasty seafood restaurants such as the Crab Pot where they throw their specialty seafood pots with crab, prawns, mussels, and clams onto the table in front of you to enjoy.
If you still have some time on your hands, take a relaxing ferry across the water or make an appointment to visit Amazon’s rainforest Spheres. Seattle sure does have plenty of amazing sights to see.