Believe it or not, a wall of ABC (already been chewed) gum is an official tourist attraction. Although 2,350 pounds of gum were removed in 2015, the masses have worked hard to restore the wall’s previous glory. Impressive or disgusting? It’s hard to decide.
Like many good things in Seattle, the Seattle Dog tradition is said to have its origins in the music scene. What do you do after a concert when you’re drunk and every food place is closed? Catch the cream cheese hot dog from the street vendor. Unusual? Yes. Totally Seattle? Absolutely.
During the longest day of the year, in the quirky Fremont neighborhood, stilt walkers, dancers, cyclists, and many others celebrate creative expression by parading to Gas Works Park. Participation—which is open to the public—is limited by the following: no motorized vehicles, no words, no logos.
Originally part of a project for the R.H. Thomson Expressway, ramps near the city stopped short in response to activism against the project. Seattle’s Ramps to Nowhere, the remnants of the unfinished expressway, have become a symbol of Seattle’s values and its citizens’ resolve to uphold them.
Especially in the U.S., not many cities have the opportunity to show people first-hand what the city was before today. For an exclusive and comedic tour of Seattle before the 20th century, check out the Underground Tour.
Bill Spiedel’s Underground Tour, 614 1st Ave, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 682 4646
This shop/museum has been around since 1899. Venture inside for mummies, shrunken heads, or to touch the vertebra of the world’s largest whale.
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, 1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 682 5844
Honorable mentions go to Bizzarro Italian Cafe, a high-end Italian restaurant with an artsy, unconventional-piercings, bicycles-literally-hanging-from-the-ceiling vibe, and the South Lake Union Trolley—because only Seattle would name a form of public transportation a S.L.U.T. It’s certainly one way to illustrate that it gets around.