What is Seattle known for? I have to admit before I started researching for this trip, all I knew about Seattle was the hospital series Grey’s Anatomy and the movie Sleepless in Seattle. It seemed to be a US city I was content to miss…. I am so glad I didn’t!
The primary reason for my trip, was to travel to British Columbia. The flights were super expensive into Vancouver, however, after many hours of price checking, I found flights in and out of Seattle Tacoma International Airport which is 2 hours south of the Canadian border.
5 Must-Sees in Seattle and Beyond
Visiting all 50 states of America is on my bucket list, so this seemed like a good opportunity to notch up another state bringing my tally up to 18. Seattle is in Washington State and due to the high amount of rainfall, it has become known as the Evergreen state.
The Space Needle is a prominent building on the Seattle Cityscape, built-in 1961 and standing at 605 feet. It has two observation decks which can be reached by the elevators which travel at 10mph in 41 seconds.
The outdoor observation deck is 520 feet up and gives fantastic 360 views of Seattle, Mount Baker and the Puget Sound whilst the lower indoor observation deck has a rotating glass floor.
To get a picture postcard photo of The Space Needle alongside the skyscraper backdrop and Mount Rainer, visit Kerry Park.
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is situated in the historic district of downtown Seattle along the waterfront at Elliot Bay. The market is over 100 years old and is open 363 days of the year, 19 hours a day. Originally a farmer market, it has now become a tourist attraction famous for the excellent quality of fish, food, crafts and other goods.
The market spans 4 floors and retains its historic feel and original decor. On lower floors, there are some very interesting specialist collector shops including comics, books, magic trick stores.
Chihuly Garden & Glass
Close to the Space Needle, you can visit Chihuly Garden and Glass museum which exhibits exceptionally impressive sculptures. The bold and bright glass displays have been created by Dale Chihuly and demonstrate great detail and amazing workmanship.
The Gum Wall
The Gum Wall is located underneath Pike Place Market. I had read about this tourist attraction but expected it to be a small wall with various colours of “Hubba Bubba” stuck to it. In fact, it is a long alley with an overpowering stench of bubble gum and actually very yukky.
The Boeing Factory
The Boeing assembly factory is situated 25 miles north of Seattle and is a must-see for anyone interested in planes or the manufacturing industry.
I was really excited to visit the working assembly plant and was blown away by the scale and size of the facility. One of the buildings holds the Guinness World Record for the largest building in the world by volume (13,385, 378 metres squared). Unfortunately, we were not allowed cameras, so I am unable to share any photos with you.
Visitors are taken on a 90-minute tour of the plant, where the Boeing 747, 767, 777 and the 787 Dreamliners are assembled. My flight to the states had been on a 787 Dreamliner, so I felt a bit of a reality check to see them at various stages of assembly within the factory.
I wish I had stayed longer….
Seattle is a fun and vibrant city which exceeded my expectations. Somewhere I had never considered or visiting, but would love to visit again.