Featuring over twenty blocks of historic buildings, Pioneer Square is the cultural heart of Seattle. It features a bustling retail section, over thirty galleries and the most exciting nightlife you will find in Seattle.
On the the shores of Lake Washington, just east of downtown Seattle and south of the University of Seattle, you will find a spectacular urban green space known as the Washington Park Arboretum. Here you find a stunning 230 acre collection of camellias, hollies, Japanese maples, oaks and conifers that are internationally known as the country's largest collection.
Visit the only museum in the United States to honor the legacy of immigrants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Since 1980, the museum has been dedicated to the collecting and preserving of colorful textiles, exquisite china, books, bibles, tools, photographs and a multitude of other treasures brought from the Old Country to a new land. Located in Ballard at 3014 NW 67th St.
Standing a towering 605 feet (184 meters), the Space Needle is the most recognized symbol of Seattle. It boasts 360 degree views of the beautiful city of Seattle, Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.
The whole family can have fun with all the interactive exhibits at the Science Center. There are five buildings of hands-on science exhibits, two IMAX® theaters, laser light shows and a planetarium. The center was established just one day after the 1962 Seattle World's Fair ended. Among the permanent exhibits are the Tropical Butterfly House, Insect Village, Dinosaurs, Water Works and Tech Zone where you can go one-on-one with a Seattle Sonic in a virtual basketball game or hang glide over a virtual city. Located at 200 Second Avenue North.
Located in Ballard on Puget Sound, this popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. A recent project restored two wetlands, established a short loop trail, and restored the northern beach. Golden Gardens offers strolls along a rugged coastline, hikes through forest trails, sunbathing on sandy beaches, fishing from a pier and a boat launch.
Like San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, it has become a major tourist attraction. Shops and restaurants abound, competing to lure in visitors to Seattle. Start at one end and stroll along the waterfront or catch a vintage Waterfront Streetcar (fare $1). Pier 48 at the foot of Main Street features an exhibit on the history of the harbor. Pier 54 houses Seattle's tackiest gift store, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, where you can pick up some "shrunken heads." Pier 57 is where you will find great views of both Elliot Bay and the downtown area from Waterfront Park. The Seattle Aquarium is at Pier 59 and Pier 70 offers even more opportunity for shopping if you haven't had your fill yet.
Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously-operating farmer's market in the country. The very first market was in 1907. More than just produce, the market offers, in the multistory maze that makes up the Market building, everything from fresh crab to Guatemalan textiles. The atmosphere is dynamic - bustling and convivial. Watch the showmen at the fish counter toss the giant fish around as if they were frisbees and stop for a grandé latte at the original Starbucks. Some of Seattle's finest restaurants are located in the Market.
If you are looking to pick up some art, the place to shop is the Foster/White Gallery (123 South Jackson Street). Contemporary Northwest art is the focus here, from painting and sculpture to glass. If Northwest Coast Native American art is more your style, then you should visit the Legacy Ltd. which is Seattle's most well-respected gallery with this focus. Located in the Alexis Hotel at 1003 1st Avenue.
This unique, friendly store offers vintage collectibles primarily from the 40s and 50s. Even if you think you don't need a lava lamp or a set of Elvis salt and pepper shakers, you might find yourself purchasing these anyway. Located at 603 - 2nd Avenue.
Seattle, being a bike-friendly city, offers many bike paths for everyone from racing teams to the casual cyclist.
There are countless trails and day hikes within a few hours of Seattle. Even if it looks like a sunny day when you begin your hike, the weather is known to change unexpectedly so make sure you pack rain gear.
With Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Union, Green Lake, and countless smaller waterways from which to choose, the opportunities for water-based exercise is endless.
If you are a sun-seeker then maybe the beach is the place for you. Akli Beach, which was the place where the first European settlers to Seattle landed, offers a classic summer hangout. Lake Washington offers many beaches that you can choose from. See which one suits you best: Seward Park; Mount Baker Park; Colman Park; Leschi Park; Madrona Park or Madison Park. Regardless of which one you choose, you will find that in Seattle, when the sun comes out and the weather warms up, everyone heads to the beach to catch some rays and take a dip in the water.
Seattle has three municipal golf courses from which to choose from and numerous tennis courts.
A great way to get the lay of the land is on a city tour. Visit our shore excursion site for a tour that includes pick up or drop off at the cruise ship terminal.
The Seattle Aquarium located at Pier 59 on the Waterfront, is an active partner in conservation efforts dedicated to preserving the habitats of the Northwest and the animals that call the Seattle area home.
Woodland Park Zoo is a 92-acre home to a variety of animals including the African lion, the African wild dog, giraffe, gazelle, hippopotamus, zebra and many more. The zoo is home to a variety of exciting habitat including the Northern Trail, Tropical Rain Forest, the African Savanna and an elephant habitat reminiscent of Thailand.
For a short history of Seattle, beginning with the landing of the Denny party at Akli Point in 1851, click on the link.
Experience a virtual tour of Seattle, Washington, with a choice of viewing in English or Spanish.
Quick Shuttle Quick Shuttle provides affordable and reliable transportation from Seatac Airport, Downtown Seattle, Everett, Bellingham Airport to Vancouver Airport, Downtown Vancouver and Cruise Ship Terminals aboard luxury coaches.