Learn How to Spend Your Seattle Vacation

Whether new in town or a returning visitor, Seattle has so much to offer that you surely missed out on some incredible sights and experiences. Here is a list of ten must-sees, also vetted by the Seattle Times! The question is this: How to Spend Your Seattle Vacation?

How To Spend Your Seattle Vacation:

How To Spend Your Seattle Vacation
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There is no better way to cast a city-wide glance than going up the Space Needle. The 1962 landmark is so overexposed that you love to hate it. A cliché is a cliché for a reason, though: with its glorious 600+ feet, the Space Needle offers you the best view of the city. If you are still looking for heights, try the Seattle Great Wheel, a 175-foot-tall Ferris wheel, for extraordinary city sights. Cast a glance westward to see Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains.

Water, Water Everywhere:

Water, water everywhere
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Even if you are new to Seattle, you will quickly learn how much the ocean and seafood mean to the city. Start exploring Pike Place Market, a year-round farmers market and a famous city landmark since its founding in 1907. Salespeople entertain tourists and themselves by throwing salmon at each other. If the prospect of hurling fish in the air is not instantly appealing, you can also head to the area under the market for a neater collection of franchises, including the original Starbucks coffee shop, established in 1971.

Bainbridge For A Picturesque Coastal Ride:

Keep the water vibe by hopping on a ferry from Seattle’s Pier 52 to Bainbridge for a picturesque coastal ride. If you are in luck, you will spot Mount Rainier, over 14,000 feet tall and usually obscured by clouds. After a good hour of ferrying back and forth, you can dive further into sea life by visiting the Seattle Aquarium. It is excellent entertainment for young and old, allowing you to observe some sea creatures you have already tasted in one of Seattle’s numerous seafood restaurants.

Culture And History:

Culture and history
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As with any great old city, Seattle has a lot to offer to the culturally curious as well. Keep it outdoorsy by first visiting Olympic Sculpture Park for a free gander at world-class sculpture amid greenery and sun (if the weather complies, of course). Also, it is an excellent way to enjoy art outside of the box.

Cultural Program:

Cultural Program
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Continue your cultural program at the Seattle Art Museum where Native American art meets European old masters, and you get everything in between, too. If you are not cultured out by then, head over to the Museum of History and Industry. The MOHAI, as it is known, tells Seattle’s exciting history in a uniquely engaging manner, complete with multimedia-equipped, all-new exhibition halls.

Fly Into The Future:

Do not miss participating actively in the Future of Flight at the Boeing factory. The building alone is a record-breaker with its 472 million cubic feet of volume. If observing the jet assembly lines inspires you, you can design the blueprints for your model. Maybe it will take off one day!

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