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  • Alki Point and Beach

    1. Alki Point and Beach

    West Seattle | Beach–Sight

    In summer, this is as close to California as Seattle gets—and some hardy residents even swim in the cold, salty waters of Puget Sound here ...Read More

    Alki Point and Beach
  • Discovery Park

    2. Discovery Park

    Magnolia | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    You won't find more spectacular views of Puget Sound, the Cascades, and the Olympics. Located on Magnolia Bluff, northwest of Downtown, Seattle...Read More

    Discovery Park
  • Gas Works Park

    3. Gas Works Park

    Wallingford | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Far from being an eyesore, the hulking remains of an old 1907 gas plant actually lends quirky character to the otherwise open, hilly, 20-acre...Read More

    Gas Works Park
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  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

    4. Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

    Ballard | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    There's no doubt—there's something intriguing and eerie about seeing two bodies of water, right next to each, at different levels. The Hiram...Read More

    Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
  • Kerry Park

    5. Kerry Park

    Queen Anne | Park/Playground

    While in Seattle, if the mood strikes you to "pop the question" (any question will do, really), you'll find the answer at Kerry Park. Famous...Read More

    Kerry Park
  • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

    6. Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

    Central District | Museum/Gallery

    Formerly EMP, Seattle's most controversial architectural statement is the 140,000-square-foot complex designed by architect Frank Gehry, who...Read More

    Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
  • Pacific Science Center

    7. Pacific Science Center

    Central District | Museum/Gallery

    If you have kids, this nonprofit science center in the heart of Seattle is a must-visit, home to more than 200 indoor and outdoor hands-on exhibits...Read More

    Pacific Science Center
  • Pike Place Market

    8. Pike Place Market

    Downtown | Market/Bazaar

    One of the nation's largest and oldest public markets dates from 1907, when the city issued permits allowing farmers to sell produce from parked...Read More

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  • Seattle Aquarium

    9. Seattle Aquarium

    Downtown | Zoo/Aquarium

    Located right at the water's edge, the Seattle Aquarium is one of the nation's premier aquariums. Among its most engaging residents are the...Read More

    Seattle Aquarium
  • Uwajimaya

    10. Uwajimaya

    International District | Store/Shop/Mall

    This huge, fascinating Japanese supermarket is a feast for the senses. A 30-foot-long red Chinese dragon stretches above colorful mounds of...Read More

  • Washington Park Arboretum

    11. Washington Park Arboretum

    Capitol Hill | Garden/Arboretum

    As far as Seattle's green spaces go, this 230-acre arboretum is arguably the most beautiful. On calm weekdays, the place feels really secluded...Read More

    Washington Park Arboretum
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  • 12. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

    International District | Museum/Gallery

    The only museum in the United States devoted to the Asian Pacific American experience provides a sophisticated and often somber look at how...Read More

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  • 13. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center

    South Lake Union | Museum/Gallery

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has some lofty goals, and it's here, across the street from Seattle Center, where you get to witness...Read More

  • 14. Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

    University District | Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1899, the Burke is the state's oldest museum, featuring exhibits that survey the natural history of the Pacific Northwest. Highlights...Read More

  • 15. Burke-Gilman/Sammamish River Trail


    Approximately 27 miles long, the paved, flat, tree-lined Burke-Gilman Trail runs from Seattle's Gas Works Park, on Lake Union, east along an...Read More

  • 16. Green Lake Park

    Green Lake | Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This beautiful 342-acre park is a favorite of Seattleites, who jog, bike, and walk their dogs along the 2½-mile paved path that surrounds the...Read More

  • 17. Juanita Bay Park


    A 110-acre urban wildlife habitat, this marshy wetland is the perfect spot to don your binoculars to spot songbirds, shorebirds, turtles, beavers...Read More

  • 18. Lake Sammamish State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Due to Washington State budget cuts, a Discover Pass is now required at all state parks ($10 for the day or $30 for the year), which has made...Read More

  • 19. Madrona Park

    Madrona | Park/Playground

    Several beach parks and green spaces front the lake along Lake Washington Boulevard; Madrona Park is one of the largest. Lifeguards are on duty...Read More

  • 20. Marymoor Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    It's not just famous for its Marymoor Velodrome, the Pacific Northwest's sole cycling arena. This 640-acre park also has a 45-foot-high climbing...Read More

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