The Space Needle, Mt. Rainier, Microsoft — these towering giants of nature, architecture, and industry all symbolise Seattle in many people’s minds. But more than anything, the first glimpse that travellers get from looking out their window on a flight to Seattle is a city of water (and not just the frequent rain). Seattle’s geography is defined by rivers, lakes, canals, and of course the beautiful harbour on Puget Sound with its view of the Olympic Mountains.
The waterfront is one of Seattle’s main attractions, providing shopping at Pike Place Market, restaurants, hotels, the Seattle Aquarium, and the Seattle Art Museum. From the waterfront, you can embark on a narrated cruise or a whale watch.
The Seattle Centre is a two-minute monorail ride from downtown. Originally built for the 1962 world’s fair, but continually evolving, the Seattle Centre is a beautifully designed complex of gardens and fountains, restaurants, shops, and theatres, and of course the Space Needle.
When booking a flight to Seattle consider planning a day trip to Mount Rainier National Park where outdoor enthusiasts can hike in summer amid the wildflowers and waterfalls or ski the glaciers in winter.
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