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  • 1. Alki Point and Beach

    West Seattle | Beach

    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. Chihuly Garden and Glass

    Central District | Museum/Gallery

    Just steps from the base of the Space Needle, fans of Dale Chihuly's glass works will be delighted to trace the artist's early influences—neon...Read More

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  • 3. 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

  • 4. G. Gibson Gallery

    Pioneer Square | Museum/Gallery

    Vintage and contemporary photography is on exhibit in this elegant corner space, including work by the likes of Michael Kenna, Walker Evans...Read More

  • 5. 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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  • 6. Greg Kucera Gallery

    Pioneer Square | Museum/Gallery

    One of the most important destinations on the First Thursday gallery walk, this gorgeous space is a top venue for national and regional artists...Read More

  • 7. Henry Art Gallery

    University District | Museum/Gallery

    This large gallery is perhaps the best reason to take a side trip to the U-District and consistently presents sophisticated and thought-provoking...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Kerry Park

    Queen Anne | City Park

    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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Olympic Sculpture Park

    Belltown | Public Art

    An outdoor branch of the Seattle Art Museum is a favorite destination for picnics, strolls, and quiet contemplation. Nestled at the edge of...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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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  • 14. 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

  • 15. Seattle Art Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Sculptor Jonathan Borofsky's several-stories-high “Hammering Man” greets visitors to SAM, as locals call this pride of the city’s art scene...Read More

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  • 16. The Seattle Public Library

    Downtown | Library/Archive

    The hub of Seattle's 27-branch library system is a stunning jewel of a building that stands out against the concrete jungle of downtown. Designed...Read More

  • 17. Uwajimaya

    International District | Store/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

  • 18. Washington Park Arboretum

    Capitol Hill | Garden

    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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  • 19. 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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