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Staying in Seattle? Here’s a Few Little Known
Places to Eat and Sights to See

Five little-known places to see in Seattle

Seattle skyline with the Great Wheel
In addition to its Space Needle, the Seattle Great Wheel is another well-recognized
city skyline feature, with the gondolas that provide a bird-eye view of the city parts.

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.

Smith Tower

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.

Seattle city skyline at dusk
Washington State's largest city offers a variety of sights and places to see,
including being home to Microsoft and Amazon HQ's.

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.

Inside Seattle Public Library
Located in downtown Seattle, the Seattle Public Library is much more than a
book library, as it contains all forms of media and serves the community.

Melrose Market

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.

Mecca Café

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.

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