Seattle is known as the jewel of the Pacific, and it won’t take you long to figure out why as soon as you’ve visited. The city is right on the water and the Puget Sound does seem to sparkle when you view it from up high. But this city is more than just gorgeous: Seattle is brimming with killer attractions, great food, retail hot spots and happening nightlife. Discover ways to make the most of your time in Emerald City.
In the morning, you’ll want to go up high and visit Seattle’s most iconic attraction: the Space Needle. Sure, it’s touristy, but you’ve got to do it. After you’ve snapped your pictures at the top, head back down and decide how you want to spend your time in the Seattle Center, home of the Needle.
Music fan? Be sure to head to the Experience Music Project. This building is filled with musical artifacts—like Kurt Cobain’s shirt from the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video—and other gems. Test our your musical chops on the top floor’s studios. Like art? Then make your way to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. Noted artist Dale Chihuly’s whimsical glass creations are on display throughout this space. Be sure to snap a photo of the Needle from the green house.
Next up, head to Seattle’s other famous landmark: Pike Place Market. Here, you’ll find the very first Starbucks (you know you want to go in), the must-see sight of vendors throwing fish and cheese-making courtesy of local brand Beecher’s. Stock up on snacks or consider eating at Tom Douglas’ Serious Pie for a tasty pizza.
If you’d like to get some shopping in, downtown Seattle has got you covered. Go high end at Nordstrom’s headquarters or stock up on outdoor goods at one of the largest REIs in the country. If you’re in need of your favorite chains—like Mrs. Fields Cookies—or stock up on souvenirs at the Made in Washington store, you’ll find them at the Westlake Center.
For a great view of the skyline, head to Queen Anne.
When you’re there, consider stopping for reasonable priced sushi at Ten Sushi. Enjoy plain California rolls or opt for a specialty roll like the Spider Roll—fried soft-shell crab, cucumber, carrot, cilantro, wasabi Tobiko, honey mayo and white sesame seed.
When nighttime rolls around, you might as well hit up one Seattle’s most storied music venues: The Crocodile. Bands like R.E.M., Nirvana, Cheap Trick and Death Cab for Cutie have all played here. As this is a smaller venue, you’re likely to see a local act before they make it big.
To cap off your night, consider taking a spin on the Great Wheel. A stroll on the waterfront is always nice and a ride up high on this massive ferrish wheel will let you admire the beauty of the Puget Sound one last time.
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