Seattle

Curved around the shore of Elliott Bay, with Lake Washington and the snow-capped peak of Mount Rainer framing the skyline, lies Seattle.

Seattle – a sophisticated blend of art, nature, technology, and culture – just like its celebrated coffee. Nicknamed the Emerald City, Seattle is bursting with unforgettable attractions and experiences, and here are just a few.

 

Pike Place Market
Visited by more than 10 million visitors every year, Pike Place Market is spread across nine acres with 500 shops, restaurants and stalls and is one of America’s oldest continuously operating markets, specialising in seafood, flowers and so much more. Take a picture in front of the famous neon sign, gather with the crowds to watch the famous fish tossing ritual, queue at the original Starbucks, or just browse the stalls for seasonal flowers.

Seattle Great Wheel
Seattle Great Wheel, is the largest on America’s West Coast, it’s 53 metres tall and is perched on the edge of Pier 57, overlooking Elliott Bay. From 42 air-conditioned gondola cabins the views of ferry boats, cruise ships, the downtown skyline and sunsets are spectacular. Each ride goes around three times so there is plenty of opportunity to take pictures and enjoy the various sights.

Space Needle and MoPOP Museum
From 520 feet up, the Space Needle Observation Deck and restaurant offer unique 360-degree views of mountains, Puget Sound and the City. The base of the Space Needle offers a wealth of visitor attractions including the MoPOP Museum, a tribute to music history, science fiction and pop culture housed in the liquid architecture of Frank Gehry.

Chihuly Gardens and Glass
At the foot of the Space Needle, this art showcase is devoted to world-renowned glass artist and native Pacific-Northwesterner – Dale Chihuly. Wander around eight galleries, a lush garden, and the Glasshouse, where you can watch glass-blowing demonstrations.

Underground Tours
Below the streets of Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighbourhood are the remains of the city’s original downtown. Guided tours of the underground labyrinth are available, so you can walk through subterranean sidewalks and learn more about the pioneers who built the city.

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