Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Seattle

Seattle (or also known as Emerald City) has a lot of attractions, plenty of natural features, and its empathized preference for coffee. Ranging from museums to landmarks and other places including the famous Space Needle, this list provides some recommended places if you're planning to visit Seattle.
The Top Ten
1 Space Needle The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington. Completed in 1962 for the World's Fair, it stands 605 feet tall and offers panoramic views of the city and its surrounding areas.

When most people think of Seattle, either the Space Needle or Pike Place Market comes to mind. The Space Needle is one of the most iconic landmarks in Seattle, known for its futuristic design.

The rotating glass floors provide a thrilling view of the city but are not for the faint of heart. The observation deck offers a panoramic view of the city, which is the most remarkable feature of the tower.

2 Pike Place Market

Ah yes, Pike Place Market is definitely the go-to place for high-quality local produce. It's not your typical market. It's one of the oldest running markets in the USA, operating for over a century.

Besides produce, there's a diverse collection of restaurants and shops, ranging from crafts and records to comic books. It's no wonder this place remains one of the most popular spots for tourists. Just be aware that it can get really crowded, especially on weekends. There's also a good chance you'll encounter street performers around the area.

Fall is usually the best time to visit due to shorter lines. One of the most popular attractions is the fish market, where fishmongers throw fish as a market tradition. There are plenty of attractions to explore in the market - these details only scratch the surface.

3 The Museum of Flight

If you happen to be an aviation enthusiast, you're in for a treat. As the name states, this place features a wide collection of large-scale airplanes and jets, including vintage planes from World War II, the Concorde, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, and most Boeing models. But that's just the beginning.

The museum also contains spacecraft. Besides the collections and their histories, there's a simulator that gives you the feel of flying a plane. You can also go inside one of the plane models. It's by far one of the most educational museums out there. Just be aware that it's very large, so plan to spend several hours if you want to experience the best it has to offer.

4 Chihuly Garden and Glass

Located just minutes away from the Space Needle, this museum features intricate glass sculptures made by Dale Chihuly. There's a lot to see both outdoors and indoors, so even spending an hour here is worth it.

There's also a demonstration describing the glass-making process. The vibrant glass designs are stunning - eye candy is an understatement. If you appreciate art, this should be your first stop in Seattle.

5 Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel is another iconic attraction located near the Seattle Aquarium and Waterfront Park. Standing at 53 meters, the Great Wheel offers scenic views during the ride.

Though the price can be a downside, the experience is worth it. Not recommended for those afraid of heights, but highly recommended for visitors to Seattle.

6 Fremont Troll

The Fremont Troll is one of the iconic sculptures in Seattle. Built under a competition by the Fremont Arts Council, this sculpture was intended to deter homeless people from loitering in the area.

While there's not much else to see around here, the Fremont Troll remains a cool piece to check out under the bridge.

7 Museum of Pop Culture

The Museum of Pop Culture features a diverse collection of exhibits, ranging from pop and hip hop artists to rock bands (especially Nirvana and Hendrix), video games, iconic films, fantasy, and a wide range of music genres. There's something for everyone, with a piece of history behind each artifact.

Spend several hours to get the best experience, as this museum is huge. The architecture itself is also a fantastic feature.

8 Discovery Park

Discovery Park has a lot of trails and greenery. This is one of the best parks to visit in Seattle, especially for birdwatchers. Most of the surface is flat, making it suitable for beginner hikers.

From coastal to forest views, it's a great place to visit under the right weather conditions. Definitely recommend going through the loop trail and visiting the lighthouse on the westernmost point.

9 Seattle Aquarium

This is not your standard aquarium. Known for its numerous exhibits and wide selection of sea life, including sea lions, otters, sharks, octopuses, and exotic species, it stands out.

Be aware that the place is relatively small compared to other attractions on this list, so expect crowds. Overall, it's very family-friendly.

10 Pacific Science Center

This museum focuses on science and is more family-oriented. Suitable for all ages, it offers an opportunity to spark enthusiasm for science in both children and adults.

There's a lot to interact with here. Notable features include the IMAX theater, planetarium, butterfly exhibit, and laser show.

The Contenders
11 Washington State Ferries
12 Central Public Library
13 Westlake Park
14 Westlake Mall
15 Kerry Park
16 T-Mobile Park
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