If you told your friends you were heading to Seattle, chances are they would recommend a trip to Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and the Original Starbucks cafe. Besides these iconic places to visit, Seattle has a whole lot more to offer.
Located in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, also known as Emerald City, is surrounded by evergreen trees, mountains, and water. It is only 140 miles from Vancouver, Canada and 173 miles from Portland, Oregon. The city and the surrounding areas provide plenty of things to do for all types of travelers including foodies and adventure seekers.
Going to Seattle and don’t know what to do besides Pike Place Market and Space Needle? Here are 5 things to do in Seattle:
This 4.5 hours guided tour will take you behind the scenes to view the assembly of the advanced 787 Dreamliner, the 777 and the 747 Jumbo Jet. The Boeing factory is in Everett, about 29 miles from the Seattle city center.
The Boeing Tour also includes the Future of Flight Aviation Center gallery with aviation exhibits and many hands-on exhibits. The exhibits also include a 777 jet engine and a section of the new 787 Dreamliner fuselage.
Children must be 48-inches or taller to attend the 90-minute factory portion of the tour. Purses, cellphones, backpacks and other personal items are not allowed during the tour. You have to be in reasonably good health to enjoy this tour as you’ll need to walk about half a mile and climb several flights of stairs.
Winery and Waterfall Tour
Seattle is surrounded by award winning, independent family run wineries. A tour to the wineries will give you the opportunity to enjoy the Emerald City’s greenery and views of the mountains and waters. The short road trip to the wineries usually includes crossing Evergreen Point Bridge, the world’s second longest floating bridge, to Woodinville.
Woodinville is where you’ll find 700 wineries. Some of the top names include Columbia, Chateau St Michelle and JM Cellars.
The tour includes a stop at Snoqualmie Falls, a 268-foot waterfall made famous by Hollywood films like Twin Peaks and The Vanishing. After Snoqualmie Falls, the last stop is at Boehm’s Chocolates in Issaquah for chocolate samples and to shop for souvenirs.
Take the 2.5 to 3-hour cruise on the high-speed Victoria Clipper passenger ferry from downtown Seattle Pier 69 to Victoria, Canada. The island was voted one of the top 10 islands in the world to visit by Travel and Leisure magazine in 2014.
Activities to enjoy in Victoria include zip lining, orca whale watching, visiting local micro-breweries, afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, golf, and shopping.
More information: Victoria
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass is located next to the Space Needle at Seattle Center. Get inspired by the galleries, glasshouse and garden filled with colorful and stunning glass installations. Chihuly Garden and Glass is the work of blown-glass artist, Dale Chihuly.
The most stunning piece in the garden is the 40-foot tall glass and steel structure covering 4,500 square feet of space.
Find out more at Chihuly Garden and Glass’s official website.
Visit EMP Museum
For contemporary pop-culture art lovers, the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum is a must visit museum in Seattle. See the biggest rock music, science fiction and pop-culture moments captured in the museum.
Current exhibits include “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”, “Jimi Hendrix”, “World of Myth and Magic” and “The Lure of Horror Film”. Permanent exhibits consist of the Guitar Gallery, Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, Sound Lab and On Stage.
Seattle is home to amazon.com, Microsoft and Starbucks. It is also the gateway to the Northwest and home to Alaska Airlines.
Have you been to Seattle? What are your favorite things to do there?