The 7 best places to visit in Seattle

 

Standing on a street corner within the Fremont neighbourhood of Seattle is a 5 metre (16 ft) tall bronze sculpture of the Communist revolutionary, Vladimir Lenin. Completed and put on display in 1988 in Czechoslovakia, it was found by an American five years later laying in a scrapyard, where it was then brought to Washington. Since the owners death in 1995 the statue has been temporarily on display waiting for a buyer. In that time it has become one of the biggest attractions in Seattle.

7. Lenin Statue

 

South of the city centre in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Seattle is a roadside attraction known as Hat 'n' Boots, regarded to be the largest hat and cowboy boots in America. Built in 1954 as part of a western themed gas station, it was moved to Seattle's Oxbow Park in 2003 to preserve this wonderful and historical roadside landmark.

6. Hat 'n' Boots

 

Built in 1990 in the Fremont neighbourhood of Seattle is the Fremont Troll, a 5.5 metre (18 ft) high art installation designed to rehabilitate the area under the George Washington Memorial Bridge which was becoming a dumping ground and haven for drug dealers. Bringing in tourists and locals alike, it worked, and has become one of the most well known landmarks in the city.

5. Fremont Troll

 

On the Central Waterfront in Downtown Seattle is Waterfront Park, a public park that extends from Pier 57 to Pier 59. Overhanging into the waters of Elliott Bay, home to the Seattle Aquarium and offering great views of the city skyscrapers, the sites most notable feature is probably the Seattle Great Wheel. Opened in 2012, standing at a height of 53 metres (175 ft) it was at the time the tallest Ferris Wheel on the Western Coast of America.

4. Waterfront Park

 

Built in 1914​ in Pioneer Square is the cities most iconic skyscraper, Smith Tower, the oldest skyscraper in Seattle. At 148 metres (484 ft), or 38 storeys high it was at the time of its completion the tallest skyscraper outside of New York City, and the tallest building on the west coast until 1962. On the 35th floor is the Smith Tower Observatory, offering visitors one of the best views over the city skyline. Tickets can be purchased online or in the lobby, with adults paying $20 on the day and $12 after 9pm. 

3. Smith Tower Observatory

 

Built in 1962 for the World Fair of the same year is the most iconic landmark of the Seattle skyline, the 184 metre (605 ft) high Space Needle. Its  360 degree panoramic observation deck at a height of 160 metres (520 ft) above the ground offers visitors one of the best views over the city, with views out as far as the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker as well as Elliott Bay and surrounding islands. In 2018 the worlds first and only revolving glass floor was unveiled. Known as 'The Loupe', visitors can stand 50 storeys above street level and stare straight through the revolving glass floor onto the streets below. Adults can purchase tickets through the website, which at the time of writing is $37.50.

2. Space Needle

 

Donated to the city by Mr & Mrs Kerry in 1927, situated on the slopes of Queen Anne Hill is Kerry Park. From its vantage point it offers visitors the best view of the Seattle skyline, encompassing the downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, Bainbridge Island the peak of Mount Rainier in the distance. Usually busy with tourists and photographers looking to get that iconic Seattle photo, it is undoubtedly the best place to view the city. 

1. Kerry Park View

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