Seattle, Washington

Downtown Seattle Space Needle and Mt. Rainier
The Experience Music Project Museum

Seattle was first founded by the Native Americans as a logging community therefore a great deal of the city has to do with their rich history in forestry. Seattle is nicknamed the Emerald City for its lush evergreen forests and you really get the feeling that Seattle is dedicated to being eco-friendly. In fact, Seattle is one of the few cities to ban the use of plastic bags.  

The Experience Music Project Museum is a really cool experience for any music lovers in your family. This museum is most suitable for older kids and teenagers that are music fans and I don’t mean Katy Perry or One Direction. Exhibits are related to music and sci-fi like Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, and a Star Wars costume exhibit. Admission is relatively expensive to the Experience Music Project Museum, so you might consider buying the CityPASS which also included admission to the Space Needle and the Chihuly Glass Museum.

The Museum of Flight

While in Seattle you won’t want to forget to go to the top of the famous Space Needle. If you can’t go for the upscale dining, just head up to the Observation Deck where you can see the evergreen covered mountains, the ocean, city lights, and Mount Rainer glistening in the distance.  The Space Needle is a must, like the Empire State Building is a must in NYC.  You will want a selfie from the top of Seattle!

There are several museums in Seattle, but one that is unique is The Museum of Flight. You can easily spend all day here looking at beginning flight planes, military planes, and the evolution of commercial airlines. It’s really interesting to see all that has been accomplished with flight. The best part is that you can actually tour Eisenhower’s Air Force.

The Great Wheel
The Great Wheel

No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to Pier 57, also known as Miners Landing. The Gold Rush export started here and is a huge part of Seattle’s history.  Today you can visit shops and the several seafood restaurants as well as the Great Wheel, which is a whopping 175 feet tall.

Whale watching in Seattle
Whale watching in Seattle

If you are visiting Seattle you will want to take advantage of the gorgeous surroundings.  You have a few options with the Department of Transportation for ferry rides around the waterways. But I would recommend that you go ahead and block out a half day for some whale watching with Puget Sound Express.  It’s not cheap for this 4 1/2 hour excursion, but it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many and it is a first class adventure. (Please note: We haven’t been on the excursion, but did some reading of customer reviews online. It looks quite amazing and have added it to our travel bucket list!)

Other adventures available in Seattle include the zoo and the children’s museum.

Have you been to Seattle?  What do you love about it?

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