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
Waterfront Park, 1401 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA, USA +1 206 684 4075
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.
Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA, USA +1 206 684 4075
Discover the Asian-American side of town! While in the area, stop by the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Seattle Pinball Museum.
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.
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!
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.
Seattle Public Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA, USA +1 206 386 4636
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.
Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, 614 1st Ave, Seattle, WA, USA +1 206 682 4646
Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, Seattle, WA, USA +1 206 215 4800