Places to visit in Seattle
Seattle, home of Software giant Microsoft, has plenty of great places to visit. My list starts with the magnificent Space needle and ends with the music project with blues, jazz, hip-hop, funk, punk, country or rock 'n' roll. Seattle is anything but ordinary. It's a place where bike messengers share elevators with world-renowned researchers. Where fishermen have lunch alongside top surgeons.
1. The Space Needle
You can't go to Paris without stopping by the Eiffel Tower. Similarly, you can't visit Seattle without checking out the view from the world-famous Space Needle. Constructed for the 1962 fair, Seattle Space Needle was designated a historical landmark in 1999. You may be able to find Space Needle coupons or AAA membership deals to save money on ticket prices. Use the Seattle City pass to save if you plan on visiting more attractions.
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2. Washington State Ferries
Washington State Ferries is the second-largest mass transit system in Washington, and the largest ferry system in the United States. No matter how you look at it, a ferry is a beautiful way to experience the gorgeous waters and mountains.
Sparkling waters, snow-capped mountains, cityscapes, salt air, leaping Orca whales, the call of the gulls a journey aboard a Washington State Ferry appeals to the senses. And it makes a lot of sense when you see all the places you can go on any one of our ten different routes through Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.
3. Tillicum Village Experience
This is a 4-hour adventure to Tillicum Village on Blake Island State Park. Relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery during the 50-minute cruise. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a path strewn with white clamshells bleached by the sun and greeted with an appetizer of steaming clams in nectar broth.
Inside the longhouse, you can watch the whole Chinook salmon are cooked over an alder-wood fire on cedar stakes in the traditional Northwest Coast Indian style. Your meal is served buffet-style and includes a menu of Traditional Indian-style Baked Salmon.
As you finish your meal, the lights dim while the myth and magic come to life in the spellbinding performance featuring the Tillicum Village dancers. Tillicum Village is yet another wonderful item in the list of places to visit in Seattle for the relaxing atmosphere it provides for tourists of all ages.
4. Underground Touring
After the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the city was rebuilt over the top of the ruins. This guided tour takes visitors through the hidden subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and storefronts of old downtown Seattle and tells stories of the frontier people who lived and worked there. The subterranean walkways are dry, but the history is not.
5. Safeco Field - great place to visit in Seattle
Safeco Field is the fabulous home of the Seattle Mariners. Guests are treated to a 19.59-acre outdoor baseball park with real grass and a retractable roof. Tour one of the premier baseball facilities ever built, including areas of the ballpark that are not normally open to the public: press box, luxury suites, field, dugout and visitor's clubhouse. Tours are approximately one hour in duration and cover a walking distance of one mile.
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Orlene from Seattle, Washington on November 09, 2013:
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stiches on April 09, 2013:
love the space needle!!! :D
bigpoppa206 on February 08, 2013:
David thinks Seattle is boring after 9PM? Wow , pick up any free entertainment guide or a copy of the Stranger or the Weekly for options. There are many places open until 2AM (4Am on the weekends) , lots of live and recorded music and many other options. Do some homework.
purple girl on October 04, 2012:
chips j is right
purple girl on October 04, 2012:
i am doing research for school on places i would like to go.like the water fall gonna do it for my report.hope my 5th grade teacher will like it.wish me luck guys!!!
Amber White from New Glarus, WI on February 07, 2012:
the underground tour sounds really neat. We will be in Seattle this summer for a night and maybe could fit that in. Thanks for a great hub!
Burning Stars on December 16, 2011:
Great article that brings out the unique metronatural diversity of Seattle.
shockwave200045 on December 13, 2011:
David on October 09, 2011:
Wow! Seattle is very small city and everything is closed At 9 pm it is so bored!!
Chips J on September 04, 2011:
anyone notice the Kingdome in the safeco field pic? so much history in that dome. so sad to see it get taken down.
Kayleigh on July 27, 2011:
^^ Seattle is a costly city, but it is sure worth it! I live in Seattle and I am not thinking about leaving anytime soon! Its a very fun place to live and nothing here ever gets old!
Sarah on December 14, 2010:
Good advice when visiting Seattle. Just like any large city use public transit! The monorail and taxis are the best way to get around town.
Citizen in Seattle's Queen Anne district has amazing crepes and coffee! It's a tiny place but we eat there multiple times when we're in town. The Pacific Science Center, Aquarium, Seattle's Art Museum, and Pikes Place Market are really good places to see. There's so much to Washington besides visiting Seattle. The many mountains and waterfalls are a must see! Get out and enjoy the outdoors, even if it's raining!
Travel Lover (author) from USA on December 02, 2010:
The other five are in the next hub...
tvaa on December 01, 2010:
Said ten but only showed 5. Still i want to go
applejuic3 from San Diego, CA on November 26, 2010:
Great read, next time I visit I will definitely be taking advantage of the Washington State Ferries, they look so amazing and going through the Puget Sound sounds amazing.
tyguy from Port Moody on July 27, 2010:
The Tillicum village tour looks awsome, I'm adding that to my to-do list. Great article.
Sachi on May 01, 2010:
this is hellpful because you willl know where to go. thanks!
CM on February 08, 2010:
Don't forget about
1. Snoqualmie Falls which is one of Washington state's most popular scenic attractions.
2. Microsoft Campus and Museum of Microsoft in Redmond
3. Skiing, which is huge here (go to one of dozen resourts)
Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on January 30, 2010:
Great article! I have always wanted to go to Seattle & plan to one day & I appreciate the tips and will make sure I go to all the places mentioned.
J. Kumm from Washington on August 30, 2009:
Tillicum Villiage sounds great; it will be one of my first stops. =)
mwaky on July 17, 2009:
really cool hub! interesting!
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 20, 2009:
thanks for share, Great picture.I like it. Nice place to visit
Dink96 from Phoenix, AZ on June 14, 2009:
We were in Seattle several years ago and wanted to do more, but found the traffic to be MONSTROUS!!! It took us hours to get from one end of the city to the other, which severely limited what we wanted to do. The Space Needle is a must-see. We splurged and enjoyed a very nice dinner up there. The second time we visited, we docked on a cruise ship, which made our visit much easier :-) I also recommend Pike Place Market--gotta see the fish throwers, there's also a very good spice and herb store (Market Spice?) and my husband fell in love with Holy Cow Records. (That man loves his vinyl!) Washington State Ferries are nice, but in my book, BC Ferries (British Columbia) rock!! If I get back, would love to see the aircraft museum, I hear it's quite extensive. Very nice blog.
Pierre van Eck on June 08, 2009:
Congratulations on an interesting, informative Hub and many thanks for sharing some fab images. The Space Needle does indeed seem to be a "must-see"!
SCStrat from Seattle on June 05, 2009:
I am from Seattle and I definitely love the Space Needle, it has an incredible view.