Must-see attractions in Seattle

  • Madrona Park & Beach

    The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

    Madrona Park Beach, down a steep hill from the business district in Madrona Park, is one of the nicest along the lake. In clear weather the views of Mt…

  • Spheres

    Belltown & Seattle Center

    Amazon's latest construction in the Denny Triangle opened January 2018 and is quite different to the Amazon Tower I, which went up in 2015 down the street…

  • Central Plaza (Red Square)

    Seattle

    The center of campus is more commonly referred to as Red Sq (because of its base of red brick rather than any Bolshevik inclinations). It’s not the…

  • Duwamish Head

    Seattle

    Popular for its views of Elliott Bay and downtown, this relatively tranquil spot was once painted with a different hue. In 1907 a huge amusement park,…

  • Viretta Park

    The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

    Amid a lakeside nirvana of posh mansions, you’ll find two-tiered Viretta Park, from which you can see the large house once owned by Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain…

  • Bhy Kracke Park

    Queen Anne & Lake Union

    It would be easy to miss this tiny park, built into a slice of hill surrounded by quiet residential blocks, but it's worth seeking out for its views of…

  • Bergen Place Park

    Ballard & Discovery Park

    In case you forget where you are or the origin of the settlers to whom Ballard owes its existence, a quintet of flags fly over diminutive Bergen Place…

  • Log House Museum

    Seattle

    A historical curiosity in Seattle's oldest neighborhood, this museum was built in 1903 from Douglas fir trees as a carriage house for the currently…

  • Scandinavian American Bank Building

    Ballard & Discovery Park

    The second-empire-baroque–style Scandinavian American Bank Building is a nice example of the early-1900s tendency to flatter by imitation: its concrete…

  • Shilshole Bay Marina

    Ballard & Discovery Park

    The Shilshole Bay Marina, about 2 miles northwest of the Hiram M Chittenden Locks along Seaview Ave NW, offers pleasant views across Puget Sound framed by…

  • Denny Blaine Park

    The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

    South of Madison Park toward the tail of Lake Washington Blvd is Denny Blaine Park, found at the end of a looping tree-lined lane. The beach is surrounded…

  • Grand Central Arcade

    Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

    Once an opera house and hotel, this stately brick building now contains two floors of commercial businesses, including the excellent Grand Central Baking…

  • Hat 'n' Boots

    Seattle

    These two sculptures of a giant cowboy hat and boots originally embellished a Georgetown gas station in the 1950s – the hat was the pay kiosk, and the…

  • Fremont Bridge

    Seattle

    Built in 1916 and since dwarfed by the far taller George Washington Memorial Bridge (colloquially known as the Aurora Bridge), the distinctive orange-and…

  • Apatosaurs

    Seattle

    Along the banks of the ship canal and abutting the Burke-Gilman Trail at the bottom of Phinney Ave N, you’ll see two life-size ‘apatosaurs' fashioned out…

  • Waterfall Park

    Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

    This unusual park is an urban oasis commemorating workers of the United Parcel Service (UPS), which grew out of a messenger service that began in a…

  • Leif Erikson Statue

    Ballard & Discovery Park

    Looking out over the modern yachts in the Shilshole Bay Marina is this magnificent statue of the Icelandic explorer and 'discoverer' of America, Leif…

  • Foster/White Gallery

    Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

    The polished Foster/White Gallery, which opened in 1968, features glassworks, paintings and sculpture by mainstream Northwest artists in a beautifully…

  • Commemorative Bell Tower

    Ballard & Discovery Park

    On the corner of Ballard Avenue NW and 22nd Ave is the original location of Ballard City Hall, sometimes called ‘Hose Hall,' which also contained the jail…

  • 1201 Third Avenue

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    The beauty of the Seattle skyline is reflected in the 55-story 1201 Third Avenue building at 3rd and Seneca, which changes colors with the clouds and…

  • Late for the Interurban

    Seattle

    This life-sized statue, dedicated in 2008, honors the characters JP Patches and Gertrude, who appeared daily on the children’s JP Patches Show on Seattle…

  • Rainier Tower

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    With its inverted base that looks like a tree that's been nibbled by a beaver, this urban behemoth was finished in 1977, after which it quickly acquired…

  • Krab Jab Studio

    Seattle

    You never know what you're going to get at this small gallery inside the old red-brick Rainier beer factory in Georgetown, which leans heavily toward …

  • Jimi Hendrix Park

    The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

    Dedicated to Hendrix in 2006, the park abuts the Northwest African American Museum just north of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Phase 2 of the park's…

  • St James Cathedral

    Seattle

    Seattle's beautiful Italian Renaissance–style Catholic cathedral was built in 1907. The original dome collapsed in 1916, the victim of a rare Seattle…

  • Roq La Rue

    Seattle

    This gallery has secured its reputation by taking risks: the work on view skates along the edge of urban pop-culture. Since opening in 1998, the gallery,…

  • St Mark’s Cathedral

    Seattle

    Go north on Broadway (as the dandyish boutiques turn to well-maintained houses with manicured lawns) until it turns into 10th Ave E and you’re within a…

  • Ravenna Park

    Seattle

    Just north of the U District is Ravenna, a residential neighborhood that’s home to a lot of professors and university staff. At its heart is Ravenna Park,…

  • Cors & Wegener Building

    Ballard & Discovery Park

    Once the offices of the early local broadsheet, Ballard News, this is still one of the most impressive historic buildings in Ballard and one of the oldest…

  • GS Sanborn Building

    Ballard & Discovery Park

    The GS Sanborn Building is Ballard’s only example of Romanesque architecture, a style that was popular on the East Coast in the 1880s. It has a sandstone…

  • Oxbow Park

    Seattle

    This public park in a quiet residential part of Georgetown contains a community pea patch and is home to the giant, carefully restored, bright orange and…

  • Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center

    Seattle

    This Duwamish tribal cultural center takes the form of a traditional longhouse built out of cedar wood and located beside the Duwamish River. It's used…

  • Times Square Building

    Belltown & Seattle Center

    This terracotta and granite structure, guarded by eagles perched on the roof, was designed by the Paris-trained architect Carl Gould (who also designed…

  • Junction Building

    Ballard & Discovery Park

    Now lacking its decorative 3rd-floor corner turret, the narrow Junction Building (dating from 1890) has had all number of reincarnations in its 125-year…

  • Colman Park

    Seattle

    Head south along Lake Washington Blvd E through the very upscale Madrona Park neighborhood and you’ll end up at Colman Park. The entire lakefront stretch…

  • Alaska Junction

    Seattle

    You'll see Alaska Junction referenced often around West Seattle, as it functions as the de facto commercial center for the mostly suburban neighborhoods…

  • Volunteer Park Conservatory

    Seattle

    The conservatory is a classic Victorian greenhouse built in 1912. Filled with palms, cacti and tropical plants, it features five galleries representing…

  • Cobb Building

    Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

    Look up at the beaux-arts style Cobb Building (1910) and see remnants of an older Seattle. Peering out from the 11-story edifice you'll see several stern…

  • Drumheller Fountain

    Seattle

    Drumheller Fountain sits inside what was originally known as Geyser Basin (now ‘Frosh Pond’), one of the few remaining pieces left over from the 1909 expo…

  • Marshall Park

    Queen Anne & Lake Union

    Atop Queen Anne Hill at the west end of W Highland Dr, this tiny but loftily positioned park has expansive views stretching west across Puget Sound to the…

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