Exploring Seattle, Seattle

Exploring Seattle, Seattle
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Seattle Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Seattle Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Seattle is a coastal city and a major seaport. Museums, amazing eateries, unique neighborhoods, and open air activities make Seattle a major tourist attraction of the Pacific Northwest. Take this walking tour to explore the amazing mix of urban attractions and outdoor recreation that Seattle has to offer.

Exploring Seattle Map

Guide Name: Exploring Seattle
Guide Location: USA » Seattle (See other walking tours in Seattle)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Author: doris
Waterfall Gardens

1) Waterfall Gardens (must see)

The Waterfall Gardens in 2nd Avenue South in Seattle offer a peaceful escape from the bustle of the city.

The Waterfall Gardens designed by Masao Kinoshita, featuring a 22 feet waterfall was commissioned by the Annie Casey Foundation in 1977 to honor the workers of the United Parcel Service, UPS. The company, originally called the American Messenger Service, began in a saloon on 2nd avenue, not far from the garden. Under instructions from UPS millionaire, Jim Casey, Masao Kinoshita’s...   view more
Columbia Center

2) Columbia Center (must see)

The Columbia Center located at 701, 5th Avenue Seattle is the tallest building in downtown Seattle and in the State of Washington. The skyscraper towers over the city of Seattle offering breathtaking views of Seattle and its surroundings from the observation deck on the 73rd floor.

The Columbia Center was first designed to be 1005 ft tall. FAA regulations reduced the height of the building because it stood on the flight path of the Sea Tac Airport. It opened in March 1985 as the Columbia...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Seattle Central Library

3) Seattle Central Library (must see)

The Flagship library of the Seattle Public Library system presents a new and innovative architectural face to the world. The building looks as if it has floating platforms enclosed by a glass outer layer supported by steel netting. The intention of the design was to celebrate the relevance of books even in the electronic age. The Seattle Central Library opened its doors in May 2004. The building was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus of the OMA/LMN Company and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Seattle Art Museum

4) Seattle Art Museum (must see)

The Seattle Art Museum popularly known as SAM has three facilities. The main museum is located in downtown Seattle, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill and the Seattle Art Museum building in the Olympic Sculpture Park on the central Seattle waterfront. The facilities feature a wide range of art from different parts of the world and also showcase the art of prominent Northwestern artists and sculptors.

The formation of the Seattle Fine Arts Society in 1906 marked...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Seattle Aquarium

5) Seattle Aquarium (must see)

The Seattle aquarium located in pier 59 on Elliott Bay is a public aquatic facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The building showcases the different types of aquatic life native to the shores of Seattle.

The aquarium built by architects Bassetti Norton Metler and Rekeviks opened in 1977. It was first managed by the City of Seattle department of Parks and Recreation. In 2010, the management of the facility was taken over by the nonprofit organization called the...   view more
Pacific Science Center

6) Pacific Science Center (must see)

The Pacific Science Center is the main Science Museum of the city of Seattle. The Center is a teaching museum that has many traveling exhibits and a fleet of vans that travel to provide science education for students across Washington State.

In 1962, when Seattle hosted the World’s Fair, the Pacific Science Center was born. The buildings hosting the World’s Fair opened as the Pacific Science Center once the World’s Fair closed. The institution run by the independent nonprofit Pacific...   view more
Space Needle

7) Space Needle (must see)

The icon for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Seattle Space Needle has become the symbol of the city over the years. The Space Needle is a 605 feet high observation tower built to weather winds of up to 200 miles per hour and earthquakes of a magnitude of 9.1 on the Richter scale. The tower also has 25 lightening rods to withstand lightning damage.

Edward. E. Carlson, the President of Western International Hotels is said to have doodled the design of the space needle. His diagram looked like a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame

8) Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame (must see)

The Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, now known as the Experience Music Project, founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, traces the history and evolution of both popular music and science fiction.

The Experience Music Museum opened in the year 2000 at the Center of Seattle. At first the museum did not succeed financially and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame was established in 2004. The Science Fiction Museum closed in March 2011. The museum...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Center for Wooden Boats

9) Center for Wooden Boats

The maritime history of the Pacific Northwest is preserved and documented in a unique museum in Seattle called the Center for Wooden Boats. Boat enthusiasts and other visitors can not only view the wooden boats but touch the boats, row, paddle or sail in the collection of classic wooden boats at the museum.

Architect Dick Wagner designed the Center for Wooden Boats at Waterway #4 at South Lake Union and the first campus opened in 1981. The events and exhibits at the first museum gained great...   view more


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