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
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.
Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA, USA +1 206 684 7200
Museum of Flight
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
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.
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.
SAM, 1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA, USA +1 206 654 3100
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!
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
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture