The Space Needle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Seattle. Built in 1962 for the World's Fair, this unique structure is 605 feet tall and can be seen from miles away. Visitors can take an elevator to the top for stunning views of the city, Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountain range to the west, and the Cascade Mountain range to the east.
Located on the Seattle Waterfront, Pike Place Market is a historic market that has been open for business since 1907. It's home to some of Seattle's most popular restaurants and shops, and is a great place to people watch. Plan on leaving with a bag of fresh fruit, vegetables, pastries, and a few souvenirs to remember your visit. This is the place where you can see fish thrown around by the fish mongers.
Seattle Ferries are another popular attraction in Seattle. The ferries connect downtown Seattle to a number of islands in Puget Sound and offer wonderful views of the Seattle skyline and Mt. Rainier. Visitors can take a ferry ride to popular day-trip destinations that include Bainbridge Island, Whidbey Island, Vashon Island, and Bremerton. Each island has it's own special character that include charming walkable downtown areas for shopping, bike paths, beautiful gardens, beaches, farm-to-table restaurants, and wine tasting.
The Museum of Flight is a must-see for aviation fans. The museum is home to a wide variety of aircraft, from historical planes to NASA's Space Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer. Visitors can explore the history of flight and learn about the latest advancements in aviation technology.
Mt. Rainier is a 14,411 ft. high active volcano and regional icon that offers majestic scenic views from every direction. Visitors can take a scenic drive to the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center to experience and learn more about this treasure of a National Park that offers hiking trails, camping, and unlimited beauty. Mt. Rainier's last major eruption was in 1894.
Sea-Tac International Airport (SEA), located in Seattle Southside, is the gateway for visiting the Pacific Northwest. With the ocean (Puget Sound) on one side and Mt. Rainier and the majestic Cascade mountains on the other, there is no shortage of adventures to be had in our region, including wine tasting, visiting train museums, dining at any of the numerous international restaurants, and exploring the dramatic natural, rugged beauty of Washington state.
Center your compass on Seattle Southside where there are over 60 hotels to choose from and venture out in any direction to experience lush, green parks, culturally diverse neighborhoods and popular tourist attractions. Be sure to sign up for our Travel Update Newsletter for the latest monthly updates on the best things to see and do in and around Seattle.