The Needle's height and futuristic architecture is the city's most well known landmark. The Observation Deck attracts over one million visitors each year. The Observation deck can be reached by glass walled elevators or by taking 848 steps. Visit the web site for more information on the Seattle Space Needle
Downtown Seattle includes Belltown, the International District, Pike Place Market, Westlake Center, Rainier Square, Pioneer Square, Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Seattle's tallest building, 76-story Columbia Tower is at 4th Avenue and Cherry.
Native Americans refer to it as Talol, Tahoma or Tacoma meaning mother of waters. Just over 80 kms from the city of Seattle are Mount Rainier National Park and the towering Mount Rainier itself, a volcano reaching a height of 4,392 metres. Make no mistake, climbing it is not easy, it's a 2 to 3 day expedition requiring a lot of skills and a high level of fitness. A visit to the park, a hike and a closer glimpse of the volcano are worth a shot though.
Ferry to Bainbridge Island
Familiarise yourself with Seattle's skyline and take a 35 minute ride on a Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge Island. The panorama includes the Seattle Cityscape, Mt Rainier to the East, Bainbridge Island and the Olympic Mountain range.
Pike Place Market
It is here that you will find a diverse range of fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables and seafood. The market was first founded in 1907 as a farmers market and is today protected as an historic district. With its bustling flower stalls, fish sellers, bakeries and musicians it never ceases to delight both locals and visitors. It is also home to one of the first Starbucks locations which opened in 1976.
Built by Seattle's first settlers in 1852 after the Great Seattle Fire, Pioneer Square is the historic part of Seattle. Smith Tower, providing an interesting observation deck to visitors and Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park can be found here.
Seattle Art Museum
The Hammering Man outside the Museum is said to be "the worker in all of us" and will attract your attention the museum regardless of whether you visit or not. The museum has collections of indigenous art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
Seattle City Center
This is a 74 acre park owned by the city with various performance venues and sport arenas including the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum, Pacific Science Theatre and the Space Needle.
Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum
It was initially created to exhibit Jimmi Hendrix memorabilia and today tells a story of American popular music, science fiction and film by way of interactive exhibits.
Pacific Science Museum
The museum was the first in the USA to be founded as a science and technology centre. The various interactive exhibits demonstrate science principles and are enjoyed by both children and adults alike.
Queen Ann is just outside of the city and provides panoramic views of the city and Mt Rainier from Queen Ann Hill, in particular Kerry Viewpoint.
The area stretching from Capital Hill to Broadway is home to Seattle's trendy bars, alternative hotspots and authentic coffee houses as well as the statue of Jimmi Hendrix.
This suburb of Seattle is notorious for its sprawling homes and is also where you will find one of the world's largest house boat communities on Lake Union.