Seattle may not be the first American city that comes to mind when considering a trip around the United States. Yet, Seattle offers travelers a unique experience that no other American city can provide. Seattle feels like a small town with local shops and quirky museums despite being home to over three-quarters of a million people.
The Emerald City welcomed over 42 million visitors in 2019. A combination of the enchantment of the Pacific Northwest and incredible attractions located in and around Seattle brought many of the travelers to the city.
Whether it is festivals, museums, or a one of a kind driving experience, Seattle is a wonderful travel destination for an all-American getaway.
Local Favorite: Seafood ChowderNew England is famous for its clam chowder, but the Pacific Northwest has its own version of the soup that is served up in Seattle. Seattle's seafood chowder uses loads of bacon, locally sourced seafood, and massive chunks of chopped potatoes. The seafood added to the chowder depends on the chef and restaurant you choose to dine in. You may find some with salmon, rockfish, or perhaps crab. A hearty bowl of seafood chowder is the perfect meal on a cold, wet Seattle day or throughout those cooler winter months. Seattle's Pike Place claims to serve up the city's best chowder.
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Pike Place Market
Museum of Pop Culture
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Seattle Great Wheel
Top Tourist Attractions
Seattle Space Needle
The Space Needle is the signature symbol of Seattle. The iconic landmark was constructed in 1962 for the World’s Fair. Since it was built, it has become Seattle’s most popular tourist attraction. The Space Needle is 605 ft tall and at one time was America’s tallest structure west of the Mississippi River.
Visitors can travel to the Space Needle’s observation deck for unparalleled 360-degree views of Seattle and the surrounding area. You can see out into Elliott Bay and spot Mount Ranier from the top of the Space Needle.
America’s Car Museum
Located just a stone’s throw from Seattle in Tacoma is America’s Car Museum. The museum opened in 2012 and showcases 350 automobiles for visitors to view and learn about.
A large portion of the cars on display in the museum was donated by the family of Harold LeMay. LeMay was a local entrepreneur and a longtime car collector.
America’s Car Museum is home to unique exhibits displaying a variety of cars from classic automobiles to power vehicles. A trip to the museum isn’t just a stroll down memory lane but a lesson on the great cars that traversed America’s highways and byways. The museum hosts a variety of events and temporary displays throughout the year.
Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest greenspace and a retreat for locals from the city. The park contains hiking and running trails that span 11.81 miles. Discovery Park sticks out into Puget Sound and takes visitors to the very edge of Washington state and the bay.
Visitors will find diverse landscapes including forests, fields, and beaches. Discovery Park is also home to a wide range of animals and plants. The large park is a must-see for any nature lover or outdoor activity enthusiast.
Festivals and Concerts
Seattle has had a long history with music. It was the birthplace of grunge and home to legendary bands including Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam.