Seattle, 5 Amazing Attractions In & Around the City

What do you know about Seattle? I have to admit before I started researching for this trip, I knew very little about Seattle. The only things which sprung to mind were the hospital series Grey’s Anatomy and the movie Sleepless in Seattle. It seemed to be a US city I was content to miss; I am so glad I didn’t!

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Seattle Location

The primary reason for my trip was as a route through British Columbia. Fights from the UK into Vancouver are expensive, however after some research I found flights in and out of Seattle Tacoma International Airport were substantially cheaper. With Seattle located 2 hours south of the Canadian border, it was a no brainer!

Visiting all 50 states of America is on my bucket list, so this was an opportunity to notch up another state. Seattle is in Washington State and due to the high amount of rainfall, it has become known as the Evergreen state.

Space Needle
Left: View from Kerry Park, Right: View from the Space Needle

Seattle’s Space Needle is a prominent building on the Seattle Cityscape which was built-in 1961. The impressive structure stands at 605 feet tall and has two observation decks. To reach the view point an elevator travels at 10MPH in 41 seconds !

The outdoor observation deck is 520 feet above ground level and provides fantastic 360 views of Seattle, Mount Baker and the Puget Sound. The lower indoor observation deck has a rotating glass floor, providing visibility to the long drop below. Stand on it if you dare!

Photographer Tip

To get the picture postcard photo of The Space Needle with the Cityscape and Mount Rainer backdrop, visit Kerry Park.

Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is situated in the historic district of downtown Seattle along the waterfront at Elliot Bay. The market is over 100 years old and is open 363 days of the year, 19 hours a day. Originally a farmer market, it has now become a tourist attraction famous for the excellent quality of fish, food, crafts and other goods.

The market spans 4 floors and retains its historic feel and original decor. On lower floors, there are some very interesting specialist collector shops including comics, books, magic trick stores which are worth a browse.

Chihuly Garden & Glass

Close to the Space Needle, you can visit Chihuly Garden and Glass museum which exhibits exceptionally impressive sculptures. The bold and bright glass displays have been created by Dale Chihuly and demonstrate great detail and amazing workmanship.

Chihuly Garden
Chihuly Garden & Glass
The Gum Wall

The Gum Wall is located underneath Pike Place Market. I had read about this tourist attraction but expected it to be a small wall with various colours of “Hubba Bubba” stuck to it. In fact, it is a long alley with an overpowering stench of bubble gum and actually very yukky. It needs to be seen to be believed and it absolutely stunk !

Seattle Gum Wall
Seattle Gum Wall
The Boeing Factory

Boeing’s assembly factory is situated 25 miles north of Seattle and is a must-see for anyone interested in planes or the manufacturing industry.

I was really excited to visit a working assembly plant and was blown away by the scale and size of the facility. One of the buildings holds the Guinness World Record for the largest building in the world by volume (13,385, 378 metres squared). Unfortunately, we were not allowed cameras, so I am unable to share photos with you and if I did, I am not sure I could have captured the sheer scale.

As a visitor, you are taken on a 90-minute tour of the Boeing plant where the Boeing 747, 767, 777 and the 787 Dreamliners are assembled. My arrival into Seattle had been on a 787 Dreamliner, so it was a real eye opener to see these planes in various stages of assembly. This is a fascinating and must do tour ! Click through to the Boeing website to find out more about the tour.

I wish I had could have stayed longer….

Seattle is a fun and vibrant city which exceeded my expectations. Somewhere I had never considered visiting, but I look forward to visiting again soon.

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10 thoughts on “Seattle, 5 Amazing Attractions In & Around the City

  1. We lived in Seattle for two years and used that time to see as much as possible! I would say the Museum of Flight is one of the best museums we’ve been too and a harbor cruise or short ferry to Bremerton will give gorgeous skyline views!

  2. I really enjoyed my one day stay in Seattle back in 2017 – I was just passing through but was pleasantly surprised. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  3. Thanks for sharing some places I haven’t been. I definitely will check out Chihuly Garden & Glass museum next time I visit – that looks amazing. Clever of you to maximize your journey by adding a great stop that saved you money getting to Beautiful BC (my home)!

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