Water, mountain, and evergreen forests, Seattle has enough natural beauty, and there are numerous ways to discover the Emerald City. Embarking on a sightseeing tour in Seattle is the best way to explore the city and learn about its history and evolution from the insider’s perspective. The city offers a lot of outdoor activities for adventure crazy tourists. Photographers will also get their share of delightful opportunities to capture the city’s iconic skyline. The urban landscape is a treat for tourists. The city is ready to win the hearts of both nature-lovers and urbanites who find plenty of things to do that make the trip most memorable.
Besides the natural beauty, the city carries a rich heritage of food, art, and music which attract people to discover its hidden worth. The list may be long, but it could take you all of 90 minutes only to cover the city and come to know about how the Seattle that you see today came into being. Although it might sound surprising, indeed, the sightseeing tour offered by Ride the Ducks of Seattle, considered being the number one city tour. It ensures a complete package of enjoyment and fun that leaves no room for asking more. From the Waterfront to Downtown shopping district, the tour will take you to the Pioneer Square and Seattle Center and cover the Aurora Bridge and the Lake Union. It is an incredible journey of 20 miles that brings out the best of Seattle.
Pike Place farmers market
Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s top attractions for tourists to enjoy a walking food tour. The market which many consider as the most famous farmers market in the USA is a hotspot for tourists at least for first-timers. While you enjoy the tour free, be ready to spend money to buy a few things that have an irresistible attraction. The assortment of stalls is impressive, to say the least, and from food to florists and fishmongers. The market amply demonstrates the importance of the Port of Seattle and why it is a precious jewel in the crown of the Northwest Pacific region. Spend your time watching people and shopping while walking down the rows of fresh produce, artisan goods, and locally made cheese. There will be something that you will find interesting. But do not forget to taste the fish fingers that are unique by all accounts.
Underground Walking tour in Pioneer Park
Seeing Seattle by going around the city is indeed the only way to discover its marvels. But a bigger marvel lay hidden beneath the surface that you can discover by going on an underground tour. It will not be wrong to say that Seattle is a two-tier city that never ceases to surprise. In downtown Pioneer Square there is a network of basement and underground passageways which are relics of the past and carefully preserved for tourists to gain insight about the city’s forgotten history. The city that once existed on the ground during the 19th century gradually subsided as town planners went for the upliftment of the streets that were elevated as part of the city’s development plan. A city within a city is what you will discover during the underground tour that allows exploring the city from a completely different angle.
It’s a treat for the eyes to look at the Seattle skyline and Mount Rainier far out in the background from the Gasworks Park, a 20.5-acre public park located on the northern shore of Lake Union. The name originates from the plant of the erstwhile Seattle Gas Light Company that existed at the place, and you can see the remnants of the old plant structures left intact. It is a beautiful place where people have picnics, fly kites, and for tourists, it is the go-to place to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Seattle skyline. The view of the Lake Union will drive you into contemplation.
The Space Needle is one of the most prominent landmarks of Seattle, which is an icon of the city too. It promises a thrilling journey of discovery as you move between the floors by climbing stairs. Or use an elevator to reach the top and enjoy the incredible views of mountains, water, and city without any obstacles. The 520 feet tower offers views from two different levels – the lower level has an all-glass floor including the world’s only rotating glass floor and the upper level has floor to ceiling glass that makes you feel as if you are floating in the sky. To get the most from the visit and add some flavor to it you can visit the café and bar that is open to all guests.
Seattle Art Museum
Your next stop after visiting the Pike Place market should be the Seattle Art Museum which is located just a block away. The museum is an integral part of the city’s landscape. It is so much it is entrenched into the culture and personality that its name is uttered in the same breath along with rain, mountains, coffee, Space Needle, and Pike Place Market. The museum opened in 1991 and has a vast collection of global art. It has special exhibitions and temporary installations from around the world that bridges cultures by overcoming the barriers of time.
The Seattle Aquarium located on Pier 59 on the Elliot Bay waterfront opened in 1977 and gave an excellent opportunity to discover the wonders of the underwater universe. From playful sea otters, radiant moon jellies, elegant octopuses and more, the thrill of being so close to the aquatic life of the Northwest is an experience to treasure. The excitement of touching live urchins and sea stars and knowing how it feels like to spend time in the underwater dome will make your visit most memorable. A virtual trip to the tropics is something truly unforgettable.
At the end of the tour, you will feel like you have been able to discover Seattle as you could learn something about its history and culture.