5 Ways to See Seattle
There are many ways to explore Seattle, Washington State’s largest city, and home of the original Starbucks. With the city and surrounding area filled with beauty, passion and culture, there's plenty to see and do as well. So let's get started:
For me, the best way to explore the Emerald City is by sea plane, a thrilling way to take in one of the most beautiful regions of the world. Best of all: everyone gets a window seat, so during the flight you'll be treated to stunning views of the area's most iconic spots, including Lake Union’s famous houseboat communities, the University of Washington campus and the dramatic downtown skyline, plus Seattle’s multiple sports stadiums. With on-board commentary, you'll be told which landmarks to look out for, ensuring you won’t miss a thing. Even if you’re a nervous flyer, then you needn’t worry: take off and landing are so smooth that you'll barely notice you've left the ground.
The Space Needle
Another great way to see Seattle is by going up to the top of the iconic Space Needle. Originally built in 1962, the Space Needle once served as the symbol for the World’s Fair, and has recently reopened after an extensive renovation. Today, the tower stands over 600 feet above the ground, giving it far-reaching views in every direction. Seattle locals refer to the recent improvements as the Needles ‘space lift’ due to the addtion of a revolving glass floor that allows you to see the city at your feet. With the incredible Chihuly Garden directly below you it really does make for a stunning view.
Ride the Ducks of Seattle
If you’re travelling with kids or looking for something a bit different then the Ride the Ducks tour, a one-of-a-kind experience, should be top of your list. Your wacky tour guide will both surprise and entertain you through song, fun facts and even rapping. After starting the tour on a drive through the city, you'll discover different attractions by bus - until you arrive at the waterfront that is. Here, this amphibious vehicle drives straight out onto the lake, giving you great views of Lake Union, and close-ups of the houseboat communities. It's quite the ‘quackers’ experience, and fun for all the family!
Pike Place Market
Seattle is home to one of the most iconic markets in the USA, Pike Place Market, which has been running for over 100 years. Rich in history and culture, and with a great community feel, at Pike Place you'll quickly pick up on the enthusiasm and passion shown by the locals, and there's plenty going on too - look out for flying fish, a wall of gum, and the ‘oldest' Starbucks store, with plenty of samples and tasters on offer. Better yet, book a guided tour and find out more about how much this historic market means to Seattle, the battles the locals have overcome to keep the place running, and how they are looked after through subsidised rents. It truly is a fascinating place to visit.
Seattle Great Wheel
Did you know that Seattle boasts one of the largest ferris wheels in North America? Well now you do, and it's another great way to see the city and waterfront area from above. When you ride the wheel, you'll get to go around three times, giving you plenty of chances to spot things as you go. Plus, if you’re lucky enough to be in town when the Seattle Seahawks win, you’ll notice the wheel adorned with their signature green and purple colours and trademark Seahawk in celebration of the victory.
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