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Places to see in Seattle

Seattle is on the West Coast of the US and lies between Lake Washington and Puget Sound. The spectacular beauty of the distant mountains, forests, and waterways combine to make this city one of the top attractions in the United States. Friends of mine who lived in nearby Portland while studying Shockwave Therapy, spent lots of time visiting Seattle. They echoed my sentiments about this Northwestern US city, it is a beautiful destination to visit. Wide breezy streets, leafy public squares, and classic architecture makes exploring Seattle a fun experience. Here are some must see attractions in Seattle.

Smith Tower
Visit the observation deck on the 35th floor of this town for great views of Seattle. You can also see some of this city’s oldest buildings in the nearby Pioneer Square.

Seattle Waterfront
This is a distinctive feature of downtown Seattle and it is widely known for its seafood restaurants and eateries. It is also a launching point for many boat cruises. You can get a spectacular view of the city by jumping aboard one ferry that regularly departs from here. A constant reminder of the maritime heritage of Seattle is the busy harbor.

Alki Beach
If you are looking for a great spot to enjoy the summer, Alki Beach is a good choice. You will enjoy the relaxed park lands, shore front beaches, and spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.

Pike Place Market
Here you will get to sample the catches from the water and also chat with the locals who sell other goods on display. Pike Place Market also features souvenirs shops, stalls, eateries, bars, and the first Starbucks store in America.

Woodland Park Zoo
This zoo is home to over one thousand birds and animals in habitats ranging from tropical forests to the African savanna.

Seattle Museum of Flight
The Seattle Museum of Flight is about 15 minutes’ drive from downtown and it is located at Boeing Field. The space and aircraft in this museum range from the Wright Brothers Flyers to modern airplanes.

Kerry Park
Head over to this park if you are looking for the most famous views of Seattle. You can also see the Space Needle park is close to the Seattle center. This city is home to many famous bands so you won’t be short of live music as well as nightclubs and bars. The Seattle Center is also home to the International Fountain and Pacific Science Center.

Mount Rainier
The snow-covered peak of Mount Rainier can be seen from all parts of Seattle and dominates the city’s skyline. The National Park in this mountain features hundreds of miles of hiking trails that can lead you to different landscapes. There are raised boardwalks here that make it easy to walk on. There are many scenic drives if you don’t feel like walking.

Olympic National Park
Visiting this beautiful rain forest is like entering into a world where lichens and moss grow on every surface.

Whether you are in the heart of downtown or exploring the countryside, what makes Seattle stand out is the variety of experiences it offers.