Seattle has been famous since the past centuries for its historic significance and great attractions. Even today, it is continuing to mesmerize people from all over the world. All credit goes to the attractions in Seattle Washington that has made the town so popular that more than five millions visitors are ever ready to explore this small town each year. By just being stunned at this annual number, I planned this time to visit this city, which I had only read about in my history books. So, here I am telling you about the attractions in Seattle Washington that I visited.
Among all the attractions in Seattle Washington, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is mostly visited by all the tourists who come here. Connecting Lake Washington to the Puget Sound is the Lake Washington Ship Canal whose channel is accessed through the locks erected in 1911. Next, the Pacific Science Centre on the Second Avenue N is a system of five buildings full of hands-on scientific collections. It also holds a tropical Butterfly House, two IMAX theatres (one with 3D), a planetarium, and laser light shows. Seriously, do not miss this centre if you are in Seattle. The centre itself is housed in the Seattle Centre erected as the United States Science Pavilion in 1962. Herein, do take a tour of the Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Key Arena along with community events and camps.
Further, the tall Space Needle is really great with its observation deck and restaurant and is a leading landmark under the skyline. The best and exciting way to reach Seattle Centre is to take monorail ride for a minute from the city center’s Westlake shopping center. In the centre’s campus, do visit the Experience Music Project led by the Microsoft cofounder and multibillionaire Paul Allen. It is a museum dedicated to American music wherein you can try out the different practical music displays for all ages.
Now, it was the turn to visit the St. Ignatius Chapel whose Gothic architecture is quite interesting making it a treasure of the nation. From here, I visited the Woodland Park Zoo where the wildlife awaits you to spend some fun time. Then, the Waterfront comprising of several jetties projecting into the Elliot Bay is full of marine business sites, shops, and restaurants. Ferries and nautical vessels surround the land and the occasional seaplane or para-sailor occupies the sky. Explore the area amidst all these activities via foot or cruise. Here, the Seattle Aquarium wherein you can explore the marine life with great collections of creatures. If you love meeting the sea creatures, do spend some time here. Other highlights are the Waterfront Streetcar along the waterfront, Bell St. Pier, Seattle Omnidome Theatre, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, and the Chinatown District.
Just over the waterfront is the most loved Pike Place Market at the Pike Street. Imagine its popularity with the statistics of nine million tourists a year. The market is packed with farmers and vendors presenting fresh vegetables. There are also food stalls, cafes, restaurants, craft and art shops, and gift shops. In fact, this market is the oldest surviving farmers’ market in the continent.
The next visit was to the largest park and ideal birding spot known as the Discovery Park. Here, you can refresh with walking and jogging trails winding via a forest and barren grassy meadows. Explore its sheer sea cliffs, beach, and lighthouse. The site also houses the Daybreak Star Arts Center where the Native American cultural activities and art exhibits are held.
Then, I headed towards the Emerald City Fine Art located in the Pioneer Square at the city center. Explore here the works of over 30 artists such as Alexandra Nechita and Yuroz. The Pioneer Square itself is a major highlight due to its historic importance as being protected from the famous protest in the town. It is the most ancient National Historic District, but allures many with its restored, beautiful, and red-brick structures. To explore its history, discover the Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park and the Underground Tour. One more museum I liked was the Seattle Art Museum offering the fixed display of Asian, African, and Northwest Coast Native American art works along with other international displays. Check out the post-modern frontage planned by Robert Venturi.
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture on the campus offers the best rated millions of artifacts belonging to the domain of anthropology, geology, and zoology. Then, the Center for Wooden Boats is one more interesting museum of small craft holding over 100 historic boats with no admission charge. Explore the docks to discover on-the-water displays and boats. More excitingly, rent a classical wooden rowboat or a sailboat to cruise on the Lake Union. The Medicinal Herb Garden on the campus is where you can learn about the herbals, medics, and botany, while the Museum of Flight is the largest air and space museum on the west coast offering 54 airplanes and many flying aircrafts.