Seattle is a city on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest. It is a beautiful city surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests. It’s a central location with plenty for the traveler to do. Here are just a few of the highlights:
Pike Place Market: This marketplace is truly the heart and soul of Seattle. It is located in Seattle’s downtown and hosts a wide variety of goods for sale. Sellers are from the community, being local artisans, farmers, crafters, and small businesses. Sales from the market not only help keep the local businesses and sellers supported, but also help to preserve the historic buildings in the area. Try a variety of international foods from talented vendors or buy the ingredients to make your dishes at home. Visit the over 225 local and regional craftspeople to buy a sculpture, or perhaps some herbs.
Space Needle: One of the most iconic landmarks in the United States is the Space Needle. Serving as a staple image of Seattle, the building reaches 520 feet in height. Visitors to the Needle can take in the skyline of Seattle from that height, seeing sights such as Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, Elliott Bay, and, of course, the tiny cars, buses, trains, and people commuting below. You can view the city during the day or see some of the twinkling lights at night. The Needle offers free photo experiences before boarding the elevator up, a gift shop, and even SkyCity, a 500-foot high restaurant that serves a panoramic view of the city while you eat.
Woodland Park: Woodland Park is a beautiful stretch of land that has something for everyone. You can head to Woodland Zoo and see the butterfly garden, or visit the Woodland Rose Garden that was established in 1922. There are also tennis courts, play areas for children, a skate park, and lawn bowling. This park is also the perfect place for reserving a picnic. There are barbeques, grassy hills, woods, and pathways for a fun picnic and gathering. For those with pets, dogs are welcome, and some areas even allow them to explore without a leash.
Museum of Pop Culture: Otherwise known as MoPOP, this nonprofit museum digs its roots in rock-and-roll to explore the risks and ideas that craft popular culture. Some of the exhibits as of this article feature David Bowie, Star Trek, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Henson. Visit the Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic exhibit to see imaginative and creative artworks featuring popular media franchises like Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, and World of Warcraft. For video game fans, try their Indie Game Revolution exhibit, which explores the work of over 40 independent video game creators. The Sound Room is a popular, soundproof room that allows adults and children alike to jam to an original tune or cover a classic.
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