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  • 1 Pike Place Market Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    First Ave. & Pike St. USA - Seattle, WA 98101

    Fun, feisty and infinitely appealing, the market has maintained its earthy egalitarianism while a modern city has grown up around it. An abundance of farm-fresh vegetables, seafood and flowers dazzles the eye and tempts many a traveler to take bags o..

  • 2 Seattle Art Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    First Ave. & University St. USA - Seattle, WA 98101

    The extensive permanent holdings include porcelains, carved screens and textiles from Korea, Japan and China; African ceremonial masks and headdresses; and Northwest Coast basketry and wood and stone sculpture. Western art, exhibited on the fourth fl..

  • 3 Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Project Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    3015 N.W. 54th St USA - Seattle, WA 98101

    The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (called the Ballard Locks by locals) and the 8mi Lake Washington Canal were completed in 1917, allowing access from Puget Sound to Lake Union, then on to larger Lake Washington. Behind the visitor center, the Carl S. Eng..

  • 4 Seattle Center Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    305 Harrison St. USA - Seattle, WA 98109

    With more than a dozen structures-from theaters and museums and to an amusement park and sports arena, the 74-acre "campus" of the Seattle Center is bordered by Denny Way, Broad Street, Fifth Avenue, Mercer Street and First Avenue.

  • 5 Woodland Park Zoological Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    5500 Phinney Ave N USA - Seattle, WA 98103

    This fine zoo includes 65 acres of savanna, tundra, marshland, tropical rain forest and other terrain. The largest space is an open African savanna; Asian elephants roam through a Thai village as wolves and elk graze in an Alaskan taiga. John Olmsted..

  • 6 Space Needle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Off Broad St. opposite Fourth Ave. USA - Seattle, WA 98109

    The graceful metal tripod (1962, Victor Steinbrueck & John Graham Jr.) rises 602ft, with a revolving, saucer-like observation room and restaurant beneath its acme. Glass-walled elevators whoosh guests to a gift shop and encircling outdoor deck. Panor..

  • 7 Experience Music Project Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    325 Fifth Ave. N. at Broad St. USA - Seattle, WA 98109

    Pays tribute to the ever-changing dynamic of rock'n'roll with a variety of interactive exhibits. Dedicated to rock and other forms of American popular music, it highlights such Seattle artists as Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. Frequent live acts are p..

  • 8 Pacific Science Center Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Second Ave. N. at Denny Way USA - Seattle, WA 98109

    Interactive exhibits range from a virtual meteorology center and a hall of robotic dinosaurs to a tropical butterfly house and a "tech zone," outfitted with smart computers that enable visitors to compose music, create art or try virtual ha..

  • 9 Seattle Asian Art Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1400 E. Prospect St.. Volunteer Park USA - Seattle, WA 98112

    This Art Moderne museum (1933, Carl Gould) holds more than 7,000 objects of Asian art, only a quarter of them on display at any one time. Among the artifacts exhibited in the quietly meditative space are South Asian Buddhist and Hindu sculpture, 4,00..

  • 10 Henry Art Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    15th Ave. NE & NE 41st St. USA - Seattle, WA 98195

    The Henry (1927, Carl Gould) is known for encouraging and exhibiting cutting-edge art. Permanent holdings, which may be stored in favor of temporary exhibitions, focus on 20C movements in French and American art. The contemporary collection includes ..

  • 11 Washington Park Arboretum Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Seattle, WA 98112

    The arboretum is largely the legacy of landscape-architect brothers John Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., who laid out its curving roadway and various gardens between 1909 and the early 1930s. Trails lace the preserve, winding past 5,500 differ..

  • 12 Museum of Flight Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    9404 E. Marginal Way S. at Boeing Field USA - Seattle, WA 98108

    Interactive exhibits re-create the adventure of flight. The steel-and-glass central building contains a diverse collection of aircraft, from early gliders and biplanes to space capsules. One simulator gives visitors a feel for flying and air-traffic ..

  • 13 Monorail Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    370 Thomas St. USA - Seattle, WA 98109

    Designed by the Swedish firm Alweg Systems for the World's Fair, the Monorail travels the 1.3mi between Seattle Center and downtown's Westlake Center in under 2min. Some 7,000 passengers a day take advantage of this easy link between downtown and the..

  • 14 Frye Art Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    704 Terry Ave. at Cherry St. USA - Seattle, WA 98104

    This facility showcases 19C and 20C representational works by American, French and especially German artists. The galleries, lit by natural light, offer an appealing, intimate space for the quiet appreciation of art. The core collection of Munich Sch..

  • 15 Olympic Sculpture Park Interesting

    Museums and art

    2901 Western Ave. 2901 USA - Seattle, WA

    This Seattle Art Museum converted this 9-acre industrial site into a free, sculpture garden on the waterfront. Visitors will be treated to views of Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound as well as of works by Calder, Sierra, Nevelson and Oldenburg.

  • 16 Japanese Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    800 Lake Washington Boulevard USA - Seattle, WA 98122

    The 3.5-acre garden was designed in 1960 by Juki Iida, a respected Japanese landscape architect who had created more than 1,000 such gardens before being commissioned for this one. Iida personally chose over 500 granite boulders from the nearby Casca..

  • 17 Nordic Heritage Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    3014 NW 67th St. USA - Seattle, WA 98117

    Appropriately situated in the Ballard neighborhood where many Scandinavian immigrants settled at the turn of the century. In 1979 the museum leased the 1907 Webster Elementary School from the Seattle school district, and its exhibits now fill three f..

  • 18 University of Washington Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    USA - Seattle, WA 98195

    It educates some 35,000 students a year, making it one of the largest institutions of higher learning on the West Coast. Two excellent museums are located on the campus grounds, designed in the early 20C by landscape architect John Olmsted.

  • 19 The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture Interesting

    Museums and art

    17th Ave. NE & NE 45th St. USA - Seattle, WA 98195

    On the lower level are artifacts and photographs that highlight cultures of the Northwest Coast, the Pacific Islands, and East and Southeast Asia. The main floor examines geologic history through dinosaur skeletons, mineral specimens and an exhibit o..

  • 20 Museum of History and Industry Interesting

    Museums and art

    2700 24th Ave. E.. off Montlake Blvd. NE USA - Seattle, WA 98112

    Full-scale displays re-create an 1880s street scene, detail the fishing and maritime industries, recall the influence of the great 1889 fire and subsequent Klondike gold rush, and peer into the worlds of Native Americans and immigrant populations.

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