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Don't-Miss Destinations in Seattle

A visit to Seattle isn't complete without these destinations. 

view from below through Dale Chihuly sculptures at Seattle's Space Needle, picture
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Photo: David H. Collier
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Chihulyʼs art fronts the Space Needle.

• For an unparalleled panorama of the Seattle's skyline, head to Kerry Park in the historic Queen Anne neighborhood, named for its iconic hill. This small green patch packs a big punch on clear days, when snowcapped Mount Rainier comes into view.

• If incredible machines make your heart soar, spend a day at the Museum of Flight, where you can gape at the remarkable aircraft and spacecraft on display, including the supersonic Concorde; a replica of the Fokker Dr.I, a famous World War I fighter plane; and an Apollo command module.

• Home to one of the nation's longest-running farmers' markets, Pike Place Market is where locals and visitors go to shop and nosh. You'll find the famous flying fish (mongers toss them around for entertainment), pillowy piroshkis, pungent teas, and produce galore from more than 500 vendors.

• Built for the 1962 world's fair, Seattle Center encompasses the city's greatest hits: the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the EMP Museum. You can also hop on the monorail, see a chunk of the Berlin Wall in the food court, or make a splash at the domed International Fountain, its geysers blasting some 120 feet into the air.

For more on Seattle, read our Portland or Seattle? article.

This article was first published in November 2016. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.