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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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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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