Top 5 Must Do's in Seattle

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This coastal metropolitan hub, known as “the Emerald City” for its lush green surroundings, is birthplace to coffee giant Starbucks and the grunge music scene of the 1990’s. It is also one of America’s most beautiful cities and top tourist destinations. When visiting Seattle, the sheer amount of things to do can overwhelm. The following guide will give you the don’t-miss attractions every visitor should place at the top of their list.

1. The Space Needle

Seattle’s signature landmark is what sets its skyline apart. The 605-foot tall tower has an observation deck that offers spectacular views of Seattle’s breathtaking cityscape and the glorious mountains that surround it: Olympic Mountain, Cascade Mountain, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker. Stop by the gift shop for some souvenirs or dine at the rotating SkyCity restaurant.

2. Pike’s Market

Pike’s Market’s rich and colorful history sets the backdrop for a day filled with sights, smells, sounds and flavors that scream Seattle. Shop for fresh fish or produce, fragrant flowers, arts & crafts or souvenirs and gifts. There's plenty to eat here, so bring your appetite! Pike’s Market is also home to Seattle's famous flying fish, so make sure to check out the spectacle of fishmongers tossing fish through the air to the employee waiting to wrap it and sell it to a buyer.

3. Seattle Museum of Flight

Home of the first presidential aircraft, (the original Air Force One), this museum features over 130 aircraft as well as almost 19,000 other artifacts. Make sure to check out the Great Gallery, a six-story, glass-and-steel structure that holds over 30 vintage airplanes.

4. Olympic Sculpture Park

Seattle’s new waterfront park provides green outdoor spaces for large, contemporary public art. Tour the park to view 18 landmark pieces and enjoy the natural scenery that surrounds them. Views of the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound complete the experience. Admission is free.

5. Pioneer Square

This former heart of the city was the settling place for Seattle’s founders in 1852. The brick and stone buildings are reminiscent of the square’s rebuilding after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. Today, the square is home to numerous shops, cafes and art studios. Check out Bill Spiedel’s Underground Tour, which starts at Doc Maynard’s Public House and takes you through a web of underground passages that were once the main roadways of old downtown Seattle. The tour ends in Rogues Gallery, where you can pick up some souvenirs of this unforgettable tour.
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