Seattle is one of North America’s most beautiful cities with a perpetually optimistic outlook. Seattle is the largest city in the state of Washington and has been ranked as one of the fastest growing cities in America for the past decade. The seaport city is approximately 100 miles south of the American-Canadian border on the West Coast of USA. The evergreen city lies between Puget Sound and Lake Washington and is surrounded by towering mountains and forests. The magnificent beauty of the waterways, the classic architecture, the distant snow-covered mountains, the forests, the parks and many other stunning features make Seattle one of the best cities to visit in America. The following are some of the places you must visit in Seattle.
The iconic Space Needle
When you think about Seattle, the first thing that comes to mind is the iconic Space Needle, the most notable landmark in Seattle. The landmark was constructed in the 60’s and has been lighting up Seattle’s skyline for the past 5 decades. The landmark is the most visited destination in Seattle, both by locals and tourists. It provides a breathtaking observation deck that gives the visitors a view of the beautiful city and a great view of the mountains and forests surrounding Seattle. The tower also has a rotating hotel that is a favorite among many Seattle tourists because of its amazing views.
Seattle has one of the busiest harbors in the United States. Thousands of tourists arrive annually on cruise ships to take a tour of the Emerald City. Seattle is also the main departure point for cruise ships heading to Alaska and has seen massive growth in the number of people departing on Seattle’s waterways. Ferries depart regularly providing tourists with a unique perspective of the city. Seattle is surrounded by waterways hence there is plenty of beaches to relax on and have fun with friends and family. From the beach you can catch great views of the Lake, cargo ships as well as the beautiful mountains in the distance.
The Pike Place Market
This is one of the oldest markets in America, having existed for more than a hundred years. The market has a wide variety of fresh agricultural produce and fresh catches of sea food from the various waterways in Seattle. Witness the throwing and tossing of fish such as trout and salmon of the market that will makes you feel uncomfortable, especially when the fish is coming right at ya! Yet, no worries, vendors who work there knows when to catch it before it lands on your face. It is purely fun and will entertain your visit. The market has some of the most exotic sea food you will find anywhere in America. The market has many bars and hotels where you can relax and have a taste of the local cuisine. It is in Pike Place Market that you get a chance to visit the first ever Starbucks which is still fully operational today. Make sure you visit the many stalls and souvenir shops before leaving the market to ensure you get something to remind you of the great city.
The Woodland Park Zoo
Located to the North of Seattle, the Woodland Park Zoo is one of the most exciting places you can visit in Seattle especially if you love nature and wildlife. The expansive park has over a thousand species of animals and birds and has recreated habitats ranging from the tropical forests to the African Savannah. This is a perfect place for tourists especially those with young kids. The Seattle Aquarium is another similar place you can visit to get a glimpse of some of the creatures found in the Seattle water bodies.
The Seattle Night Life
Seattle has some of the most vibrant nightlife in America. There are many activities you can engage in during the night to get a taste of the Seattle nightlife. For many years Seattle has been a capital for the performing arts. There are many shows, theaters, concerts, orchestras, among other performing arts functions you can attend on any given evening in Seattle. There are also many local sports teams whose games you can attend and have a good time with the locals. Some of the famous sports teams include the Seattle Seahawks, the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Sounders.
It doesn’t matter what your age, gender, nationality or race is; there is something for everyone in Seattle. A trip to Seattle will give you and your loved ones a memorable experience of one of the most beautiful cities in America and give you a chance to experience the rich history and culture of Seattle first-hand.