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20 Must-Visit Attractions in Seattle

Fremont Troll | © Mobilus In Mobili/Flickr
Fremont Troll | © Mobilus In Mobili/Flickr
Set in the glistening Pacific Northwest, Seattle doesn’t have to work hard to attract visitors. Still, the city has developed more than enough reason to put itself “on the map”. In 2015, 38.1 million people visited the Emerald City. For those who plan to follow in their footsteps, here are the top 20 attractions other than the Fremont Troll that you won’t want to miss. Check out options like the CityPASS for deals!

Seattle Center

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Seattle Center | © erocside/Flickr
Seattle Center | © erocside/Flickr
Originally built for the 1962 World Fair, the Seattle Center is now a 74-acre campus pivotal to Seattle’s education, entertainment, and tourism. Visit the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Pop Culture, Chihuly Garden & Glass, and Seattle Monorail. Seriously, see them all – you won’t be disappointed.
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Pike Place Market

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Over 100 years old, Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuing operating public farmers’ markets in the nation. Community-minded, the market supports farmers, artisans, and small businesses. As you wander the booths, don’t forget to check out the famous fish throwing!
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Museum of Flight

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The Caproni Ca.20
The Caproni Ca.20 is considered the world’s first fighter plane | Courtesy of The Museum of Flight
With over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, “the Museum of Flight exists to acquire, preserve and exhibit historically significant air and space artifacts”. Check out the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world for integral artifacts that chronicle the evolution of flight.Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA, USA +1 206 764 5720
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ballard Locks

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The 100-year-old Ballard Locks are an impressive engineering mechanism that separate the fresh water of Lake Washington from the salt water of Puget Sound. Time your trip accordingly if you want to see the integrated salmon ladders populated.
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

Check out the Seattle Art Museum, Asian Art Museum (closed during renovation until 2019), and Olympic Sculpture Park. Though located in different places around Seattle, they are all part of SAM.

Chinatown-International District

Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour

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Explore this museum with the unique opportunity to watch 747, 777, and 787 Dreamliner airplanes being assembled. You can even visit the Strato Deck on top of the building for incredible views of Paine Field.
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Washington State Ferries

It’s not actually the ferries themselves that are a must-see, but rather the view you can only get from the water. Surrounded by two mountain ranges and a spectacular city skyline, you may even catch a glimpse of an orca!

Washington Park Arboretum

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The Washington Park Arboretum looks particularly impressive during the fall
The Washington Park Arboretum looks particularly impressive during the fall | © Jaime Pharr / Alamy Stock Photo
Explore the 230 acres of exceptional flora of the arboretum managed by both the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the City of Seattle. Nearby, the separate Japanese Garden is also highly recommended.
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square‘s claim to fame is as Seattle’s “first” neighborhood, where the city founders settled in 1852. Check out this still-bustling area and stop by the Klondike Gold Rush – Seattle Unit to learn about Seattle’s role in the Gold Rush.

Seattle Public Central Library

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Seattle Central Public Library | © SounderBruce/Flickr
Seattle Central Public Library | © SounderBruce/Flickr
Whether or not you’re interested in the books inside the library (there are over 1 million to choose from), it’s worth just driving by to take a look at the unusual architecture.
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12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Smith Tower

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The Smith Tower was built in 1914
The Smith Tower was built in 1914 | © Robert Bird / Alamy Stock Photo
As the first skyscraper in Seattle (and once the tallest building west of the Mississippi), Smith Tower was built in 1914 and is packed with history. Visit the observatory and learn about its rum-running days.Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA, USA +1 206 624 0414
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10:00 am - 12:00 am

Bill Speidel's Underground Tour

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The city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, leaving a series of interconnected tunnels under the hustle and bustle of today’s Seattle. For a unique view of history, don’t miss the famously comedic Underground Tour.
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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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