1. Space Needle
Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle is the city’s most iconic landmark. You’ve probably seen it in multiple movies and TV shows that are shot around Seattle. Sleepless in Seattle, Austin Powers, and Grey’s Anatomy are just a few.
2. Pike Place Market
With vibrant flower stalls and flying fish, Pike Place Market is the second most visited place in Seattle next to the Space Needle.
3. Gum Wall
Located in an alleyway under the Pike Place Market this wall is an unexpected and colorful display of gum. Visitors will usually bring a wad of gum to contribute to its growing mass.
4. Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room
Visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room to experience a Willy Wonka–esque coffee wonderland. Here you will find specialty beverages (with alcohol), merchandise, and much more.
5. The Fremont Troll
This troll took up residence under the Aurora bridge in the 90’s. The Fremont Troll has also been featured in films like The Twilight Saga, Death Note, Sleepless in Seattle and many more.
6. Gas Works Park
Head out to Gas Works Park to get a panoramic view of Seattle. Located on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, this is a popular destination for both tourists and residents of the city.
7. OG Starbucks
Seattle is knows for being home to the original Starbucks. It is located near Pike Place Market and is one of the many popular attractions in Seattle. This shop is extremely small, so expect a long wait for that cappuccino.
8. Rattlesnake Ridge
If you’re looking for an escape from the city, I recommend taking a trip out to Rattlesnake Ridge. It is a short 30 minute drive from downtown Bellevue and a little under an hour away from Seattle. See great views of Mount Si and Mount Washington.
9. Snoqualmie Falls
This is a 268-foot (82 m) waterfall, located east of Seattle on the Snoqualmie River. Head to the Salish Lodge for a nice glass of wine at The Attic, then take a short stroll over to the viewing deck for a spectacular view of the falls.
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