When you’re unfamiliar with Seattle, it’s easy to believe people when they say it’s just a rainy city with tall buildings. But to fall for this hasty generalization is to miss out on all the richness that the Emerald City has to offer. Seattle houses many tourist attractions including beaches (yes, beaches!), hiking trails, museums, arcades, and some of the best coffee and street food you’ll ever experience in your life, and that’s hardly an overstatement. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you decide to visit Seattle.
- Getting Around
If you want convenience, the South Lake Union Streetcar Line goes through Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhood, and passes through bars, restaurants, and beautiful sights. It’s advisable to explore something at every stop.
Perhaps you’re feeling a little riskier and you want to get around in a more outrageous fashion. For that, you can rent a hot tub boat, a 15-foot six-seater boat filled with temperature controlled water that can cruise up to 5 mph.
Not exciting enough? Ride around in a Seaplane and enjoy breathtaking views of Seattle. To top your trip off in style you’ll be landing in a lake in the middle of the city.
- Tourist Magnets
One of Seattle’s most popular tourist spots is the Seattle Art Museum. The place hosts not only world-class exhibits, but live performances and movie screenings as well. You might also consider catching a game when the Mariners are on, or ride the iconic Great Wheel, a massive ferris wheel beside the water.
For those into organic food, Seattle has the best farmer’s market in the country, Pike Place Market is worth mentioning. Here, you can buy the freshest locally-produced products, with Washington farmers selling their fresh produce all year round. Sports more your thing? You can go to Ebbets Field Flannels, where you can get authentic handmade vintage baseball merchandise.
Although going to the beach might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you go to Seattle, the shorelines in the west side are definitely worth visiting. The Alki Beach Park and Madison Park Beach are some of the most popular beaches in West Seattle, offering gorgeous views and diverse amenities. If you prefer a more serene landscape, there’s Discovery Park, Golden Gardens Park, Green Lake Park, and Washington Park Arboretum that may be more suited to your liking
- Food Galore
If you’re planning to go to Seattle to satisfy your palate, you won’t be disappointed—Seattle has everything for everyone. The city hosts some of the best coffee in the west, and the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Pike/Pine gives you a live view of the roasting and brewing process. For the foodies, Seattle has some of the greatest collections of street food imaginable. There are a million things to try like old-school burger joints, a Seattle Dog, classic doughnuts, world-famous dumplings, oysters, chowder fries, and Seattle’s signature dish, teriyaki. It’s almost impossible not to have your cravings satisfied when you come here. For those of drinking age, Seattle also boasts rooftop bars that let you enjoy your favorite brew or cocktail in style.
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