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Visitors Guide to Seattle
Visitors Guide to Seattle
Seattle, known as the Emerald City, has attractions to suit any taste and satisfy even the most reluctant traveler. From the shores of the Pacific to the majestic mountain backdrop, there is a cultural blend of history and modernization as well as natural and man-made wonders. With so many things to see and do, what should be the first? We hope that you love this Visitors Guide to Seattle.
For those who love nature and the lure of the sea there is the Seattle Aquarium. Located at Pier 59, on the Puget Sound waterfront, they are open 365 days a year to accommodate every vacation. Home to Sea Otters, Giant Pacific Octopus, a multitude of fish species, Harbor Seals, and many more. Daily feedings will entertain the nature-lover in all.
At 400 Broad Street, is the towering Seattle Space Needle. Built as the official symbol of the 1962 World's Fair that was held there. With an elevator that travels at 10-miles an hour, it takes about 30 seconds to be looking at the top of the cities skyscrapers. The “O Deck” provides a 360 degree view of the city and the surrounding scenery. Mount Rainer stands majestically to the south, the Cascade Mountains bestow a breathtaking vision to the east, and the Olympic Mountains loom across the Sound to the west.
The Museum of Flight and The Future of Flight
The Museum of Flight in Seattle, located at 9404 East Marginal Way S., provides a self-guided tour through over 85 air and space interactive exhibits and educational activities. In the Great Gallery there are 30 aircraft hanging suspended overhead in simulated flight. There is the W. E. Boeing Red Barn, the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Corporation. Be sure to take in Space: Exploring the New Frontier. There are many exciting interactive exhibits centered around space travel from its conception into its future. To reach the Future of Flight, travel 30 miles north to Everett to the Boeing facility. There is a guided tour, a theatre for viewing the Boeing history and future on film, and numerous displays and hands-on exhibits sure to thrill the aviator in everyone.
A touch of history with a large dose of humor, this one and a half hour tour through the underground past of Seattle will amuse and entertain to no end. Located at 608 First Ave., the tour begins in Doc Maynard's restored 1890's public house. From there you will walk along the sidewalks in areas which have not been occupied since 1907. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and plan a stop at the underground Rogues Gallery. There is even an underground caf to lunch in these historic surroundings.
Woodland Park Zoo
At 601 N. 59th Street is the Woodland Park Zoo. There is a reason that this Seattle zoo has been deemed one of the world's finest zoos. With over 300 species of animals and more than 1,000 species of vegetation in the Botanical Gardens, this is a definite must see while in Seattle. They have a walk through Aviary where there are Australian Parrots waiting to be fed, and kids will love the Zoomazium where they can interact with nature on their own level. Plan to go early and spend the day. There is an indoor/outdoor restaurant for lunch or snacks.
This 20-block historic district is the oldest portion of the city. A must see while visiting Seattle it is home to museums and art galleries, cafes with delectable goodies and book stores where you can find a bit of Seattle history to take home. If you are going to take in the Underground Tour this is a good combination day trip.
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market, opened in 1907, is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington, United States.It is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States where you can find gourmet foods, fresh flowers and eateries galore..
We hope that this Visitors Guide to Seattle inspires you! Happy travels.