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Best Things To Do in Seattle

Seattle's distinct neighborhoods are ideal for exploration, especially downtown, where tourists will find most of the city's attractions. Some suggest a visit to Pioneer Square to uncover some of the city's oldest buildings. The area also sponsors an art walk on the first Thursday of every month to acquaint the curious with the area's many galleries. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Consider skiing, snowshoeing or hiking through the nearby Olympic Mountains.

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#1
Pike Place Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Pike Place Market is one of the most tourist-heavy attractions in Seattle, but that's no reason to scratch it ... read more»

#2
Space Needle
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If there's one thing that Seattle's known for (aside from coffee and Tom Hanks' insomnia), it's the ... read more»

#3
Discovery Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you're looking to get outdoors without getting out of the city, this is the place. Sprawling across more ... read more»

#4
Olympic Sculpture Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: There's no better way to get a healthy dose of culture than to enjoy some fine art, especially when ... read more»

#5
Pioneer Square Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you like history, Pioneer Square should be at the top of your to-do list. This neighborhood was one of ... read more»

#6
Chihuly Garden and Glass
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Bursting with artwork spanning the colors of the rainbow, Chihuly Garden and Glass offers visitors a look at creative, glass-blown ... read more»

#7
Museum of Flight
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Seattle is one of the most important cities in the world of aviation and the home base of the Boeing ... read more»

#8
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: These locks — operated by the Army Corps of Engineers — are one of Seattle's top tourist attractions. The locks allow ... read more»

#9
Mount Si Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you don't have time to make the drive to Mount Rainier (about 80 miles southeast of downtown Seattle ... read more»

#10
Seattle Art Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: This giant museum houses one of America's premier art collections, which ranges from European masterpieces to contemporary sculpture. Although ... read more»

#11
Seattle Aquarium
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: For a glimpse under the sea, head to the Seattle Aquarium, which sits along the waterfront just a few blocks ... read more»

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