Nicknamed the Emerald City, Seattle has become quite the hotspot for Aussies seeking a taste of the USA. Frasier fans will be delighted to explore the Crane boys’ hometown, while nature aficionados can appreciate the city’s proximity to the water with snow capped mountains shimmering in the distance. Here are our top 7 things to do in Seattle.
One of the most iconic landmarks of Seattle is the soaring Space Needle. On a clear day, you can venture up 158 metres to the observation deck for 360 degree views across the city and Elliott Bay. The SkyCity Restaurant lets you sample gourmet seafood while enjoying the magnificent outlook. Visit in the evening and watch the city lights twinkle below.
This trendy city has more than its fair share of museums, one of which is the quirky Seattle Art Museum. Located in downtown Seattle, you will find an impressive collection of exhibits, showcasing contemporary works, ancient Asian pieces and European treasures. Continue your journey by visiting the Seattle Asian Art Museum and also browse the artistic displays at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Set right on the waterfront, the Pike Place Markets are one of Seattle’s most famous attractions. Browse the colourful stalls overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables, colourful floral bouquets and a collection of locally made jewellery and gifts. A highlight will be the popular seafood stall where fresh fish are tossed across the floor in a dramatic display.
Just 35 minutes by ferry, Bainbridge Island is a must do for all first-time visitors to Seattle. Along the way you can appreciate panoramic views of the city’s skyline and picturesque harbour. Spend the afternoon exploring the pretty island, with lovely restaurants, unique shopping and a gorgeous waterfront park. You can also hire a bike and go for a cycle around the island.
One of the biggest Ferris wheels in the United States, Seattle’s Great Wheel is perched on Pier 57 on Elliott Bay. At a towering height of 52 metres, the wheel offers an excellent vantage point for sprawling views across the harbour. It’s also a great activity for the whole family, with kids under three riding free.
Aviation geeks will be in heaven at the Boeing Factory in Mukilteo, Washington. Public tours of the aviation centre are available seven days a week but do need to be booked in advance. The facility offers guests the chance to see actual aircraft being built, including 747s, 777s and 787 Dreamliners. You can also design your own plane and explore fascinating interactive displays.
Budding photographers will want to save a visit to Kerry Park for a nice clear day. When the sun is shining, you can capture a stunning snap of the Seattle skyline, with the Space Needle at the forefront and Mount Rainer in the distance. The park is situated halfway up Queen Anne Hill and offers stunning views, particularly in the evening when the city lights glisten.
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