Top ChoiceMarket in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

A cavalcade of noise, smells, personalities, banter and urban theater sprinkled liberally around a spatially challenged waterside strip, Pike Place Market is Seattle in a bottle. In operation since 1907 and still...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Belltown & Seattle Center

Museum of Pop Culture

Museum of Pop Culture

The Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP, the 'Experience Music Project') is an inspired marriage between super-modern architecture and legendary rock-and-roll history that sprang from the imagination (and pocket)...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Belltown & Seattle Center

Chihuly Garden & Glass

Chihuly Garden & Glass

Opened in 2012 and reinforcing Seattle’s position as a leading city of the arts, this exquisite exposition of the life and work of dynamic local sculptor Dale Chihuly is possibly the finest collection of curated...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Belltown & Seattle Center

Space Needle

Space Needle

This streamlined, modern-before-its-time tower built for the 1962 World’s Fair has been the city’s defining symbol for more than 50 years. The needle anchors the complex now called the Seattle Center and draws...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Georgetown & West Seattle

Museum of Flight

Museum of Flight

It's no surprise that the city that spawned Boeing has stumped up with one of the nation's finest aviation museums, chronicling flight history from Kitty Hawk to the Concorde. It's a multifarious affair gluing...

Top ChoiceCanal in Ballard & Discovery Park

Hiram M Chittenden Locks

Hiram M Chittenden Locks

Seattle shimmers like an impressionist painting on sunny days at the Hiram M Chittenden Locks. Here, the fresh waters of Lake Washington and Lake Union drop 22ft into saltwater Puget Sound. You can stand inches...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Ballard & Discovery Park

Nordic Museum

Reason alone to come to Ballard – if the culinary scene and waterside parks weren’t enough – is this delightful surprise of a museum dedicated to Nordic history and culture. In 2018 the museum upgraded in size...

Top ChoicePark in Ballard & Discovery Park

Discovery Park

Discovery Park

Hard to beat on a sunny spring day, this former military installation has been transformed into a wild coastal park, laced with walking trails and offering glimpses of the Olympic Mountains across the water....

Top ChoiceMuseum in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Eloquently run by the US National Park Service, this wonderful museum has exhibits, photos and news clippings from the 1897 Klondike gold rush, when a Seattle-on-steroids acted as a fueling depot for prospectors...

Top ChoicePark in Green Lake & Fremont

Green Lake Park

Green Lake Park

A favorite hunting ground for runners, personal trainers and artistically tattooed sunbathers, scenic Green Lake Park surrounds a small natural lake created by a glacier during the last ice age. The paths that...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Queen Anne & Lake Union

Museum of History & Industry

Museum of History & Industry

Almost everything you need to know about erstwhile Seattle is crammed into the refurbished Museum of History & Industry, the centerpiece of Lake Union Park in the emerging South Lake Union neighborhood. In...

Top ChoiceLake in Queen Anne & Lake Union

Lake Union

Unifying Seattle’s various bodies of water, freshwater Lake Union was carved by glacial erosion 12,000 years ago. Native American Duwamish tribes once subsisted on its then-isolated shores, but 21st-century Lake...

Top ChoiceZoo in Green Lake & Fremont

Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

In Woodland Park, up the hill from Green Lake Park, the Woodland Park Zoo is one of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions. Consistently rated as one of the top 10 zoos in the country, it was one of the first...

Top ChoicePark in Belltown & Seattle Center

Olympic Sculpture Park

Olympic Sculpture Park

This ingenuous feat of urban planning is an official offshoot of the Seattle Art Museum and bears the same strong eye toward design and curation. There are more than 20 sculptures to stop at and admire in this...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

While not comparable with the big guns in New York and Chicago, Seattle Art Museum is no slouch. Always re-curating its art collection with new acquisitions and imported temporary exhibitions, it's known for its...

Top ChoiceMonument in Green Lake & Fremont

Fremont Public Sculptures

Fremont Public Sculptures

You don't need to pay museum entrance fees to see some of the best and most iconic art in the city. Fremont is an art gallery in and of itself, with public sculptures sharing sidewalk space with pedestrians and...

Top ChoiceArea in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Pioneer Square Historical District

Pioneer Square Historical District

Many important architectural heirlooms are concentrated in Pioneer Square, the district that sprang up in the wake of the 1889 Great Fire. Instantly recognizable by its handsome redbrick buildings, the...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center

This Byzantium Revival building began life in 1915 as a synagogue for a congregation of Orthodox Jews. By 1969 the demographics of the neighborhood had changed and the building was reintroduced as the Langston...

University in U District

University of Washington

University of Washington

Founded in 1861, Seattle's university is almost as old as the city itself and is highly ranked worldwide (the prestigious Times Higher Education magazine listed it 32nd in the world in 2016). The college was...

Museum in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Northwest African American Museum

Small, concise and culturally valuable, NAAM opened in 2008 after more than 30 years of planning. It occupies the space of an old school, which, until the 1980s, educated a large number of African American...