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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
  • 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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  • Discovery Park

    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

    Discovery Park
  • 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

  • Gas Works Park

    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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  • Greg Kucera Gallery

    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

    Greg Kucera Gallery
  • Henry Art Gallery

    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

    Henry Art Gallery
  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

    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

    Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
  • Kerry Park

    9. 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)

    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

    Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
  • Olympic Sculpture Park

    11. Olympic Sculpture Park

    Belltown | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    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

    Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Pacific Science Center

    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

    Pacific Science Center
  • Pike Place Market

    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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  • Seattle Aquarium

    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

    Seattle Aquarium
  • 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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  • The Seattle Public Library

    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

    The Seattle Public Library
  • Uwajimaya

    17. 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

    18. 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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  • 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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