Seattle’s urban energy is contagious. It’s a place where art meets nature, a city in motion, ever-changing and bustling with a mix of breathtaking sights, world-class museums, and chefs serving up mouthwatering dishes. With over 200 cruise ship departures offering a variety of Seattle to Alaska itineraries, why not add a few days in the Emerald City? You’ll find shopping to satisfy all your whims and needs plus tours and attractions to keep you entertained. Cocktail bars, tasting rooms, coffee roasteries and night clubs will quench your thirst for your favourite artisan beverages. This sparkling, shimmering city awaits you! It’s where your Pacific Northwest adventure begins.
Wondering where to start? It’s easy to get around this walkable city. Here are some not-to-be-missed recommendations.
Pike Place Market
Begin at Seattle’s iconic and popular Pike Place Market, where more than 10 million people visit every year. It’s one of the oldest continuously operating markets in America and has more than 600 small, locally owned businesses as vendors selling produce, flowers, food, fish, and crafts. Snap a picture in front of the famous neon sign, gather with the crowds to watch the fish-tossing rituals, queue up at the oldest Starbucks in the world, or just browse the stalls for seasonal flowers. www.pikeplacemarket.org
Check out these amazing attractions at the Seattle Center. To get there from Pike Place in downtown Seattle, head to the Westlake Center and hop on the Monorail. It’s a short ride to....
If you see one thing in Seattle, see everything! Built in 1962, the Space Needle served as the symbol for the World's Fair. It has since become an icon for Seattle and one of the most recognizable structures in the world, towering 185 metres above ground, with breathtaking views in every direction. In 2018, for the first time in half a century, the Space Needle has been completely transformed with two entirely new levels of thrills. From the all-glass floor on the lower level to the floor-to-ceiling glass on the upper level, there are jaw-dropping vistas of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains to the east, to the majestic Olympic Mountains in the west and the stunning city of Seattle below. www.spaceneedle.com
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
The building was designed by Frank Gehry to mimic Seattle native Jimi Hendrix’s exploding guitar. Inside, it provides equally colourful experiences, with interactive exhibits that display information about Seattle and the world’s popular music. The museum also contains an innovative science fiction museum, a horror exhibit and more. www.mopop.org
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass is home to the work of internationally acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly, providing the most comprehensive collection of his work found in the world. The exhibition contains eight galleries and three Drawing Walls, offering visitors a comprehensive look at Chihuly’s significant series of work. The Garden is a backdrop for four monumental sculptures and other unique installations. www.chihulygardenandglass.com
Then, hop back on the Monorail, or walk around 15 minutes down to the waterfront to take in the following memorable venues and tours.
Discover playful sea otters, graceful octopuses, luminous moon jellies and more. Be amazed by the Window on Washington Waters, a 120,00-gallon exhibit with daily diver shows. Touch live sea creatures in tide pools. Immerse yourself in the Underwater Dome’s 360° view. www.seattleaquarium.org
Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
During this one-hour cruise, you’ll learn about Seattle’s history, be dazzled by the ever-evolving and stunning Emerald City skyline, explore the workings of this shipping port, get an up-close look at Seattle’s historic waterfront. All this is wrapped up in the natural beauty of Elliott Bay and the surrounding majestic Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. www.argosycruises.com
Seattle Great Wheel
The largest Ferris wheel on America’s West Coast is 53 metres tall and perched on the edge of Pier 57, overlooking Elliott Bay. Climb inside one of the weatherproof gondolas for an up-close look at the city skyline, the action-packed waterfront, and the ferries gliding by. Each ride goes around three times, so there are plenty of opportunities to take photos and enjoy the city sights. www.seattlegreatwheel.com
Wings Over Washington
Adjacent to the Great Wheel, take a ride in the state-of-the-art “flying theater” that will transport you on an aerial adventure above one of America’s most scenic and beautiful states – Washington. Using 5,000 cameras, innovative art laser projection, drones for image capture and a ground-breaking sound system, you will experience an amazing journey as a “spirit eagle” sweeps you upward into a flight across the state. www.wingsoverwa.com
Washington State Ferries
A popular visitor attraction in Washington state is hopping on a ferry boat across Puget Sound. These massive vessels depart from downtown Seattle at Pier 52. Walk or drive on board to soak up the views of the city skyline and forested islands before landing in the quaint towns of Bainbridge Island or Bremerton on the Kitsap Peninsula. Ride home at dusk for a sunset panoramic vista. www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries
Don’t miss these attractions that are unique to Seattle.
Below the streets of Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighbourhood are the remains of the city’s original downtown. Several companies offer guided tours of the underground labyrinth, so you can walk through subterranean sidewalks and learn more about the pioneers who built the city.
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
Discover what makes Seattle the city it is today at the museum on the shores of Lake Union. Explore the region’s rich maritime heritage, its legacy of technology and innovation, and snapshots from the past several decades. www.mohai.org
Opened in 1917, this engineering marvel, officially named the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, lets a parade of boats travel between a freshwater lake and the salt waters of Puget Sound. Watch as the water levels rise and fall to allow everything from sailboats to barges pass through. Then explore the neighbouring botanical garden and a fish ladder, where you may see salmon leaping up the steps during spawning season. www.myballard.com
Ever since the Aurora Bridge was erected in 1932, there have been reports of troll sightings underneath. In 1989, sculptor Steve Badanes created the 5.5-metre troll made from rebar steel, wire and two tons of ferroconcrete. Famous for appearing in movies like the 1999 Heath Ledge flick 10 Things I Hate About You, this sculpture beneath the Aurora Bridge makes for a unique photo op. Climb onto its shoulder and check out the real Volkswagen Beetle in its hand. www.fremont.com.
To truly enhance your Alaskan cruise experience, we invite you to spend your next holiday in Seattle, enjoying experiences and making memories of a lifetime. Choose your own adventure or relax to the max. Whatever you choose to do, we look forward to welcoming you to our Emerald City!
A cost-saving way to explore Seattle is with a CityPASS. You can purchase tickets online or at the first venue you visit. It’s valid for nine consecutive days starting with your first day of use and provides a savings of up to 50% on the following attractions: 1. Space Needle; 2. Seattle Aquarium; 3. Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour; 4. Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) OR Woodland Park Zoo; 5. Chihuly Garden and Glass OR Pacific Science Center.www.citypass.com/seattle
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