Seattle is famous for a lot of things. It’s home to two of the most popular coffee chains in the world (Starbucks and Seattle’s Best) and for the amount of rain the city experiences throughout the entire year.
More than its fantastic coffee and 37 inches of annual rainfall, however, Emerald City definitely has a lot more to offer.
With a host of beautiful spots and fascinating establishments to explore, one would never run out of things to do in this beautiful city that is also known as the Coffee Capital of the World.
1. Space Needle
A must-see during your visit to Seattle is the Space Needle. This marvellous structure, considered to be the tallest building west of Mississippi back in 1962, has become the city’s iconic symbol through the years.
Ascending the tower via its glass elevator will give you a fantastic view of the islands on Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, the Cascade, and the Olympic Mountains, among others.
The building’s open-air deck is equipped with what is called Sky risers or glass walls that tilt, so you can lean on it and see Seattle from 24 different vantage points. It’s an experience you can’t afford to miss!
2. Pacific Science Center
The Pacific Science Center is a museum known for bringing scientific concepts to life through various interactive exhibits.
This family-oriented museum features a couple of exciting attractions like “What is Reality,” the Tropical Butterfly House, a planetarium, a laser dome, and two IMAX theatres.
Whether you’re visiting alone or in the company of friends and family, the Pacific Science Center should be part of your itinerary.
3. CityHunt Scavenger Hunt
If you’re looking for a unique team-building experience, you should drop by CityHunt Seattle!
The company helps set up team building activities and games throughout some of Seattle’s prominent spots like the Pike Place Market or Pioneer Square. This allows visitors to explore the city while enjoying the fun and adventure brought about by a scavenger hunt.
Who would have thought improving team chemistry and exploring Seattle can be accomplished at the same time?
4. Seattle Great Wheel
Standing at an astonishing 53 meters, this giant Ferris Wheel located at Pier 57 is definitely a sight to behold.
Considered the tallest in the West Coast, the Seattle Great Wheel is more than just a tourist attraction. The scenery is, of course, already a given considering the size of this marvellous structure.
What makes the experience entirely different from the others you have tried is that you’re able to enjoy the view in a fully-enclosed capsule. This is something that comes in handy especially on rainy and chilly nights.
Its pods also do not swing no matter how gusty the winds may be, giving you a more relaxing and peaceful experience.
If you have extra cash to spare, there’s an option to upgrade to VIP where you’ll enjoy a pod that comes with leather seats, a glass floor, and a bottle of champagne.
5. Museum of Flight
Last but not least is a trip to the largest independent air and space museum in the world. Seattle’s Museum of Flight is a must-see considering the city’s aviation pedigree and the amazing bunch of aircraft you’ll see, a lot of them suspended from the ceiling.
The museum’s vast space houses some of history’s most significant aircraft (or parts of it, at least). Among them is a cockpit from the world’s first jetliner, the British de Havilland Comet.
It also features the very first Air Force One which was used by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Reagan. It also comes with a Space Gallery and a Personal Courage Gallery that highlights the feats of fighter pilots from World Wars 1 and 2.