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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Top things to do in Seattle

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Seattle makes for an interesting destination with plenty to see and do. As a metropolis in the north-western corner of America in the state of Washington, Seattle has something to offer most tourists. Whether you come here to enjoy the surrounding scenery of Puget Sound and the Olympic peninsula or you are bypassing the city to get to Canada, Seattle is well worth a stop-over.

Here are some of the highlights of Seattle;

The Space Needle – this famous landmark and symbol of Seattle can’t be missed. Built in 1962 for the World’s fair, it hovers 605 feet above the city. You can purchase tickets to go up in the elevator to the observation deck, 520 feet above the ground. The observation deck is rotating slowly and you will be treated to terrific views of the city and surrounding areas. There is a restaurant too if you feel like a romantic dinner.

Pike's Place Market – another highlight of Seattle is this open market. It opened already in 1907, making it one of the oldest operated public farmers' markets in the United States. There are plenty of different small stalls and shops, ranging from books, antiques, food and hand crafts but the highlights have to be the fish markets. Go and see them throwing fish around, it’s a lot more fun than it sounds.

Pacific Science Center – another major tourist destination, especially if you have children, is this hands-on museum. Like the Space Needle, it was built for the World’s fair and has wide range of hands on science exhibits, animal exhibitions and two IMAX movie theaters.

Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame this is a fairly recently opened museum, 2000 and 2004, that pays tribute to the history and exploration of both popular music and science fiction. As you enter you are met by an impressive collection of hundreds of guitars hanging together, in all different shapes and colours. There is a separate area dedicated to Seattle music, including a lot of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia.

Seattle Waterfront & Seattle Aquarium – don’t miss the seafront of Seattle. It lies a bit away from the other attractions, but it makes for a nice stroll. There are amusement arcades, shops and restaurants here and the aquarium is one of the best ones in America.

Bruce Lee’s grave – fans of Bruce Lee are in for a treat in Seattle. The famous martial-art actor is buried here at Lakeview Cemetery, beside his son Brandon Lee. Many fans make a pilgrimage to Seattle to pay tribute to their idol, please go here for directions.

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