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Pike Place Market

Downtown 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fun, feisty and infinitely appealing, the market has maintained its earthy egalitarianism. — Michelin Guide

A cavalcade of noise, smells, personalities, banter and urban theater that's almost London-like in its cosmopolitanism. — Lonely Planet

The new MarketFront, which will convert a parking lot on Western Ave. into a public plaza and space for even more farmers, craftspeople and artists. — Where

So authentic even locals shop here! — Not For Tourists

This bustling, labyrinthine bazaar is a wonderful place to while away a few hours. — Concierge

Museum of Pop Culture

Seattle 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The EMP Museum is now MoPOP Museum of Popular Culture. — Where

This multicolored blobular building, a 140,000-square-foot rock-and-roll museum designed by Frank Gehry, is home to the world's largest collection of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia. — Concierge

Seattle's most controversial architectural statement is the 140,000-square-foot complex designed by architect Frank Gehry. — Fodor's

This museum was born as the Experience Music Project, a grand statement by local billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who wanted a monument to rock and roll. — Travel + Leisure

Highlights such Seattle artists as Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. — Michelin Guide

Olympic Sculpture Park

Belltown 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Ambitious venue for the SAM's sculpture collection. — Not For Tourists

Hovering over train tracks, in an unlikely oasis between the water and busy Elliott Ave, is the 8.5-acre, $85-million Olympic Sculpture Park. — Lonely Planet

This nine-acre waterfront spread is arguably the most gorgeous addition to the Seattle Art Museum (it even outshines the recently renovated main museum, about a mile away). — Travel + Leisure

This 9-acre open-air park is the spectacular outdoor branch of the Seattle Art Museum. The Sculpture Park is a favorite destination for picnics, strolls, and quiet contemplation. — Fodor's

Stare in awe at large-scale works... while taking in gorgeous views of the Puget Sound. — Condé Nast Traveler

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Seattle 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Seattle shimmers like an impressionist painting on sunny days at the Hiram M Chittenden Locks. — Lonely Planet

Industrial-age marvel; watch the local salmon populations dwindle before your very eyes! — Not For Tourists

There's no doubt—there's something intriguing and eerie about seeing two bodies of water, right next to each, at different levels. — Fodor's

Traversing the Lake Washington Ship Canal on a series of platforms lets you watch ships being raised up from the salt water of Puget Sound to the fresh water of the canals. — Travel + Leisure

Allowing humans and fish alike to migrate from freshwater to saltwater and back again.  — Atlas Obscura

Space Needle

Seattle 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This iconic Seattle structure was built for the 1962 World's Fair. At the time, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi. — Concierge

Like so many things in life, it's not as big as you'd expect. — Not For Tourists

Over 50 years old, Seattle's most iconic building is as quirky and beloved as ever. — Fodor's

Ride the elevator to the observation deck for a 360-degree view of the city, Elliott Bay and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. — Where

Iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest.  — Atlas Obscura

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Highlights SAM's permanent collection surveys American, Asian, Native American, African, Oceanic, and pre-Columbian art. — Fodor's

While not comparable with the big guns in New York and Chicago, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is no slouch and is constantly updating. — Lonely Planet

Seattle's museum trifecta—the downtown Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Olympic Sculpture Park—could keep even the most ardent museum lover busy for days. — Afar Magazine

The ultrasleek new building now has 35 bright and pristine permanent galleries, including two with free admission that share the first and second floors with a chic restaurant. — Travel + Leisure

The Seattle home of world-class exhibitions and collections — Where

Seattle Aquarium

Downtown 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Jellyfish and stuff. — Not For Tourists

The Seattle Aquarium is a fabulous introduction to the sea life of the Northwest. — Frommer's

Though screaming kids throng the Underwater Dome... this excellent aquarium on a pier overlooking Elliott Bay is a favorite with adults, too. — Concierge

Seattle's aquarium isn't just near the water—it's practically in the water, located on a pier that juts into Elliott Bay. — Travel + Leisure

Located right at the water's edge, the Seattle Aquarium is one of the nation's premier aquariums. — Fodor's

The Museum of Flight

Seattle 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Houses within its six-story glass-and-steel building some of history's most famous planes. — Frommer's

Interactive exhibits re-create the adventure of flight. — Michelin Guide

The city that spawned Boeing, not surprisingly, coughs up one of the nation's finest aviation museums. — Lonely Planet

Experience the history of flight from the beginning among more than 85 airplanes, including the rare Blackbird/Drone spy plane and the country’s first presidential jet — Where

As the home of Boeing, Seattle has always been a city known for aviation. — Condé Nast Traveler

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Seattle 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Seattle's diffuse and rapidly gentrifying International District has a powerful touchstone in this newly expanded museum. — Concierge

The Wing Luke Museum has many rotating exhibitions featuring Asian American artists as well as historical relics unique to Seattle — On the Grid

A gem of a museum in the heart of the ID. — Not For Tourists

Relocated and refurbished in 2008, the Wing Luke examines Asian and Pacific American culture, focusing on prickly issues such as Chinese settlement in the 1880s. — Lonely Planet

This gorgeous museum provides a sophisticated and often somber look at how immigrants and their descendants have transformed (and been transformed by) American culture. — Fodor's

Gas Works Park

Lake Union 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of Seattle’s most unmistakable landmarks is the mountainous tangle of iron that forms the centerpiece of Gas Works Park — Where

This former gasification plant is now the best park in Seattle. — On the Grid

Urban reclamation has no greater monument in Seattle than Gas Works Park. The former power station here produced gas for heating and lighting from 1906 to 1956. — Lonely Planet

The park gets its name from the hulking remains of an old 1907 gas plant, which, far from being an eyesore, actually lends quirky character to the otherwise open, hilly, 20-acre park. — Fodor's

Industrial site turned America's strangest park. Amazing view. — Not For Tourists

Washington Park Arboretum

Broadway / Capitol Hill 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The acres of trees and shrubs in Washington Park Arboretum stretch from the far side of Capitol Hill all the way to the Montlake Cut (a canal connecting Lake Washington to Lake Union). — Frommer's

A haven for tree-huggers, bird-watchers, and botanists. — Not For Tourists

Trails lace the preserve, winding past... trees, flowers and other plants, past a Japanese garden and through a rhododendron glen, a rock garden and an avenue of azaleas. — Michelin Guide

As far as Seattle's green spaces go, this 230-acre arboretum is arguably the most beautiful. — Fodor's

Picturesque trails wind through this 230-acre expanse — Where

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Seattle 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

I was pleasantly surprised by this colorful, photography-friendly collection of the one-eyed glass artist's work. — Afar Magazine

Just steps from the base of the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass is a magnificent addition to Seattle Center. — Fodor's

This Pacific Northwest phenomenon is almost a household name, primarily because of his enormous and enormously intricate glass chandeliers. — Frommer's

Dale Chihuly is one of the Northwest's best-known artists, with his otherworldly glass sculptures gracing public buildings and private collections. — Travel + Leisure

Galleries include both new creations and expansions of popular works from around the world. — Where

Henry Art Gallery

University District 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Henry is perhaps the best reason to take a side trip to the U-District. — Fodor's

One of the Northwest’s leading museums of modern and contemporary art, the Henry presents visually and conceptually challenging artists — Where

Expect the unexpected here -- and prepare to be challenged in your concept of what constitutes art. — Frommer's

The Henry (1927, Carl Gould) is known for encouraging and exhibiting cutting-edge art. — Michelin Guide

At the corner of NE 41st St and 15th Ave is a sophisticated space centered on a remarkable permanent exhibit by light-manipulating sculptor James Turrell. — Lonely Planet

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Frye Art Museum

Seattle 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This elegant building hosts eclectic and often avant-garde exhibits, putting this museum on par with The Henry in the U-District. — Fodor's

Its founding collection, a gift from Charles and Emma Frye, is an assortment of 19th- and 20th-century German and Dutch oil paintings—landscapes and portraits fit to hang in a salon. — Condé Nast Traveler

The Frye’s intimate, off-the-beaten-path cluster of galleries is quietly extraordinary. — Travel + Leisure

Charles and Emma Frye, who came to Seattle in 1888, collected 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings, the basis for this museum — Where

This small museum on First Hill preserves the collection of Charles and Emma Frye. — Lonely Planet

Nordic Heritage Museum

Ballard 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum in a massive 1900s schoolhouse traces Scandinavian art, artifacts, and heritage all the way from Viking times. — Fodor's

This museum preserves the history of the northern Europeans who settled in Ballard and the Pacific Northwest. — Lonely Planet

Housed in a former school building, this is primarily a neighborhood museum focusing on the experiences of Scandinavian immigrants in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. — Frommer's

This unique organization is the only museum in the United States dedicated to honoring the legacy and culture of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland — Where

Exhibits now fill three floors. — Michelin Guide

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Pacific Science Center

Seattle 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you have kids, the Pacific Science Center is a must-visit. — Fodor's

Aimed primarily at children, the Pacific Science Center is fun for all ages. — Frommer's

This Seattle favorite makes science exciting with innovative, hands-on exhibits, a tropical butterfly house, two giant-screened IMAX theaters and a Laser Dome — Where

Butterfly sanctuary. Laser dome. IMAX Film Center. Dinosaurs. Space exhibits. Live animals and bugs. Do we need to say more? — On the Grid

Another one of the buildings created for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the Pacific Science Center has a midcentury-space-age vintage-futuristic look from the outside. — Afar Magazine

Seattle Public Library

Seattle 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The library hosts numerous events and talks by national authors. — Where

Koolhaas designed. Stunning inside and out. Free tours. — Not For Tourists

You can get books at any of Seattle’s 30-or-so neighborhood branches, but the Central Library is a must-see for first-time Seattle visitors, literate or not. — On the Grid

It isn't often that the library is considered one of the coolest joints in town, but Seattle's downtown library is such an architectural wonder that it is one of the city's highlights. — Frommer's

Rivaling the Space Needle and Museum of Pop Culture with its architectural ingenuity, Seattle Central Library looks like a giant diamond that's dropped in from outer space. — Lonely Planet

Discovery Park

Seattle 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A former military installation that has been transformed into a wild coastal park, Discovery Park is a relatively recent addition to the city landscape. — Lonely Planet

The best green space in Seattle has a little bit of everything: dense, nearly silent forest trails; paved stretches great for cycling; fields and lawns where dogs can romp. — Travel + Leisure

More than 7mi of hiking trails and 5mi of paved biking trails. — Michelin Guide

A trek through Discovery Park, the largest wilderness expanse in the city, feels like an escape to another world — Where

534 acres of honest-to-goodness nature. — Not For Tourists

Woodland Park Zoo

Seattle 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In Woodland Park, up the hill from Green Lake Park, the Woodland Park Zoo is one of Seattle’s greatest tourist attractions, consistently rated as one of the top 10 zoos in the country. — Lonely Planet

This sprawling zoo has outstanding exhibits focusing on Alaska, tropical Asia, the African savanna, and the tropical rainforest. — Frommer's

Ninety-two acres are divided into bioclimatic zones here, allowing many animals to roam freely in habitat areas. — Fodor's

This fine zoo includes 65 acres of savanna, tundra, marshland, tropical rain forest and other terrain. — Michelin Guide

The 92-acre Woodland Park Zoo is considered one of the best in the world — Where

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

University District 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The best museum of natural history in the Northwest. — Lonely Planet

The state's oldest museum, featuring exhibits that survey the natural history of the Pacific Northwest. — Fodor's

Artifacts and photographs that highlight cultures of the Northwest Coast, the Pacific Islands, and East and Southeast Asia. — Michelin Guide

Explore the cultures, wildlife and geography of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest at the Burke Museum — Where

The Northwest's foremost museum of paleontology, archaeology, and ethnology. — Frommer's

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