Seattle: Must-See Places in the Emerald City


If you're planning a trip to the Emerald City, then here are some things we suggest you add to your must-see list. Prepare yourself for some museum-going, market-discovering, and lush-green-basking as you discover all the best the jewel of the Northwest has to offer.

Chihuly Garden and Glass. Photo by jmeyer1220 from Unsplash.

1. Chihuly Garden and Glass

305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, when the Seattle Center—which includes the iconic Space Needle—was due for an upgrade, artist Dale Chihuly was invited to present a comprehensive collection of his work. In 2012, the city revealed Chihuly Garden and Glass , which featured a newly renovated Exhibition Hall (which houses eight galleries), Garden installation, and Glasshouse, all designed by Chihuly. Head here to spend a few hours admiring not only the natural gardens, but the glasswork that accompanies it so perfectly, including a 100-foot-long suspended sculpture.

Space Needle. Photo by whatyouhide from Unsplash.

2. Space Needle

400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

The most iconic building in Seattle, the Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the theme being “The Age of Space.” Located at Seattle Center, the Space Needle stands at 605 feet tall with a 520-foot saucer-shaped “top house” that offers visitors 360-degree indoor and outdoor panoramic views. Come here to take draw-dropping photos of Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, downtown, and the Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges. Multi-level, floor-to-ceiling glass renovations completed in 2018 include an upper level outdoor observation deck, open-air glass walls, and the world’s first—and only—rotating glass floor. Take note if you’re afraid of heights! Whether you decide to brave the glass floor or not, we suggest you buy tickets before your visit.

Pike Place Market. Photo by angelceballo from Unsplash.

3. Pike Place Market

85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

Originally started due to overpriced onions, Pike Place Market opened its doors in 1907 so consumers could buy goods directly from farmers, making things—like prices—fair for both farmers and consumers. Now the oldest operating farmer’s market in America, Pike Place Market is known for fishmongers hurling seafood, fresh produce and meats from nearby farms, and flower bouquets at the right price. While here, don’t forget to check out the Pike Place Starbucks , the first-ever Starbucks store that opened at the market in 1971. You can have a meal in the market (Pro Tip: Try Market Grill for fresh fish sandwiches), or take a short 20-minute walk up Pine Street to arrive at Ristorante Machiavelli for Italian or Fogón Cocina Mexicana for Mexican food.

Discovery Park. Photo by paulmatheson from Unsplash.

4. Discovery Park

3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199

This 534-acre park sits on the shores of Puget Sound and offers spectacular views of both the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges. The city’s largest public park, Discovery Park features two miles of protected tidal beaches, forest groves, incredible wildlife (keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles), open meadow lands, sea cliffs, sand dunes, streams, and 11.8 miles of walking trails. Offered to the public as an open space of quiet and tranquility away from the stress and activity of the city, Discovery Park is also home to the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center and the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center.

Bainbridge Island. Photo by Kayamon licensed under CC BY 3.0.

5. Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island, WA

One of the main draws of Seattle is its waterfront, so why not go out on the water during your stay? Take a trip across the open waters of Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island for some wine tasting and seafood. To get there, head to the Seattle Ferry Terminal and take the 35-minute ferry ride. Pro Tip: Get to the ferry early as the gate to the boats closes three minutes prior to scheduled departure times. If you’re walking onto the ferry, you only have to pay the fare when traveling from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, as the return is free. When you arrive, head to Harbour Public House for some delicious grub, followed by Fletcher Bay Winery , Amelia Wynn Winery Bistro , and Eleven Winery for some wine tasting.

Kerry Park. Photo by phoebezzf from Unsplash.

6. Kerry Park

211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98119, USA

Ready for the best view of the city? Then look no further than Kerry Park . A small public park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill, head here at sunset for the perfect photo op of Downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, and the occasional, stunning backdrop provided by Mount Rainier. After getting your perfect pic, head to How To Cook A Wolf for Italian-Mediterranean fare or Eden Hill Restaurant across the street for New American dishes and/or drinks.

Honestly, is there anything better than a city that seamlessly integrates the surrounding natural landscape with its skyscrapers and modern amenities? We think not. And Seattle does it so gracefully.