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1. Go sky high at the Space Needle
Built for the 1962 World Fair, the Space Needle is Seattle’s most iconic landmark for good reason: the panoramic views from this 605-foot high observation tower are incredible and more than 50 million visitors have stood gazing out from the top. If you’re hoping for a photo with the famous Needle actually included, we recommend heading up the revolving 360 degree Sky View Observatory.
2. Treat yourself at Pike Place Market
Founded in 1930, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the oldest continually operating farmers’ market in the United States. Each day, the maze-like alleys which run along six floors in eleven buildings are thronged with stallholders who sell seafood, meats, fruits and vegetables, spices and artisan crafts. It’s also famous for the local custom of fish throwing, which started as a prank but now attracts plenty of tourists each day as workers heave large, slippery, unwrapped fish across stalls to the delight of passers-by.
3. Buzz your way through Seattle’s coffee scene
For a city that’s home to the original Starbucks store, Seattle takes its coffee seriously. Apart from the global chains, there are hundreds of independent coffee shops – enough to substantiate Seattle’s claim that they have more coffee stores than any other US city. You can take guided coffee tours around some prominent spots, enjoy tasting sessions and classes on coffee making – just don’t get too wired!
4. Ride around Puget Sound
The ferries that shuttle back and forth across Puget Sound are a perfect way to experience life on Seattle’s waterways, with Mount Rainier’s imposing form visible on one side, and the city’s urban skyline on the other. Because the ferry is part of Washington’s transit system it is also reasonably priced!
5. Explore the Fremont District
Seattle’s fun and unconventional side spills over in Fremont, where plenty of creative residents have named the neighbourhood ‘The Centre of the Known Universe’. Must see spots include the Fremont Troll, a concrete sculpture built underneath Aurora Bridge; a cast bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin; a Cold War rocket ready for take off, and dozens of brightly coloured murals scattered throughout the streets and walkways.