If you’re planning on visiting Seattle, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard of the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and many of the other famous attractions. But, as you can imagine, this cultural city has many amazing spots that are off the beaten track and don’t make all the internet top ten “to do” lists.
Here are five little-known places you should really check out during your stay in the Emerald City.
Everybody flocks to the Space Needle when they visit Seattle, but this older-style building offers incredible views of its own. Built in 1914, Smith Tower was once the tallest building in the city. Now, its star has faded in comparison to the glitzier architectural upstarts, but it is still a beautiful building offering incredible birds’ eye views.
San Juan Island
This little gem is located right outside the city, but offers a completely different, small town vibe. Its coastlines are gorgeous, and the town is charming. But what makes this island a must-see attraction are the whale watching tours, on which you can see all sorts of wildlife in the waters of Puget Sound.
Beneath the Streets Tour
After the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, officials decided to rebuild the city on top of the ashy foundations that remained. The result is an eerie network of basements that remain buried beneath the modern city. This tour will give you an up-close look at the city’s tumultuous past. You’re sure to come away with a whole different understanding of Seattle.
While Pike Place Market continues to get all the attention and attract the crowds, you should check out this modern alternative located on Capitol Hill. It’s got a number of delicious restaurants and provides a relaxing atmosphere for enjoying a meal or a drink. Much of the merchandise is locally produced, meaning Melrose Market is just as authentically “Seattle” as its more famous cousin over at Park Place.
This cool spot is much more than a simple sports bar or cafe. It was one of the first legal bars to open in Seattle after prohibition, and that history can be felt to this day.
Seattle is a beautiful city that’s attractions go beyond the familiar names. Sure, check out the Space Needle and the most famous of the city’s museums, but don’t stop there. Be sure to dig deeper into the city’s culture, gastronomy, and history.
About the author
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.
Site updated on 20. May 2020
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