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Visit Seattle, from the Space Needle to a wall made of gum

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Seattle is sure to please any tourist that comes to visit, from big-city-lovers to sea-side wanderers. Check out the museums and galleries in the city itself, take a ferry across to idyllic islands, stroll through the marketplace trying all the samples on offer – you will not have a dull moment in this city.

From the beautiful parks peppering the urban jungle, to the beautiful, glittering Sound at the feet of the city, nature is ever-present here. The city is even paving the way towards a greener economy, invoking plastic bag and straw bans in recent years. Seattle is proving that big-city life and nature can go hand-in-hand, with a unique character which sets it apart from other North American metropolises.

So, here are the top things to do in this wonderful city:

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Nestled beneath the Space Needle, and across from the Museum of Pop Culture , Dale Chihuly’s glass masterpieces await. These art pieces are spread both inside the art gallery and in the garden outside – an enchanted forest in the middle of the city, fire curling up from the ground and blue wisps winding through the rocks. The whole museum seems alive, yet somehow frozen in time – a colourful oasis waiting to be discovered.

The Gates Foundation

Just minutes away from these attractions is this incredible foundation. Sustainable development, rooted in environmental and social prosperity, is at the heart of operations here, reminding Seattle tourists of the underlying problems of our world, and how to help! You are guaranteed to walk away inspired after learning about the amazing work that this Foundation funds worldwide.

Bainbridge Island

Hop on the ferry over to Bainbridge Island and visit the quaint little town just minutes from the terminal. This adorable island is the perfect getaway if you are craving an escape from big-city life. While the various bars and restaurants are incredible in themselves, the views to and from the island make this little excursion a must-do in Seattle.

As the ferry chugs away from the mainland, you are provided with the entirety of the Seattle skyline. Take the journey back in the evening to see the city at night, when the city lights seem reminiscent of glowing embers against dark charcoal. After leaving port, turn your view towards your destination and admire the beautiful outlines of the Sound’s many islands.

Sky View Observatory at the Columbia Centre 

While many opt to see Seattle from the Space Needle, the Columbia Centre may be a better option. Not only is this view much cheaper (a huge relief for a student like myself) but it provides the typical skyline of Seattle, complete with the Space Needle itself.

This 360-degree view will allow you to see the islands of the Sound, the dense urban jungle of central Seattle, and, on a very clear day, Mount Rainier in the distance.

Pike place Market

This bustling market provides everything – fresh, local ingredients for a dinner in, jewellery and gifts for your family back home, flowers for your partner, and so much more! This famous marketplace is located right by the ocean so provides excellent sea-views and there are plenty of cafés and restaurants nearby.

Kerry Park Viewpoint

Take the short, steep hike up to Kerry Park and catch a beautiful sunset over Seattle (or perhaps a sunrise for all you early birds). Perch on the ledge overlooking the city and watch the sky transform across Washington State.

The gum wall (?!)

Okay so, full disclosure, I do not understand why this is a thing-to-do in Seattle. Walking down the steep downward-sloping street, the smell of spit and sugar began to waft towards me and my nose started to crinkle. Turning a corner to be faced with a wall of multi-coloured gum was not a nice surprise – my friend snapped a quick picture of my confusion before we darted away. It’s quite an experience!

Evening activities

Capitol Hill is home to countless restaurants and bars, each with their own style. In fact, the streets are as colourful as the bars themselves - each pedestrian crossing is painted like a rainbow. Visit Unicorn and get lost in the colourful circus decor, while sipping on one of their delicious, colourful cocktails.

Or grab a drink at The Octopus Bar for an under-the-sea experience – driftwood, fishing nets and tentacles cover the walls at this popular bar in Wallingford.

If you prefer beers to cocktails, check out Fremont Brewing. Grab a seat outside before having a gander at their current beers, all of which are guaranteed to delight (and perhaps surprise) you. You can order food from anywhere you would like to be delivered right to your table. With a beer in hand, and your favourite takeaway in front of you, this Brewery provides the perfect Seattle evening.

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