Seattle exhibits “the Seattle Spirit” with buoyancy, creativity and self-promotion with the cultural institutions, theaters, tours and state parks. Settlers first came to the area in 1851 but it was not until 1869 that they were finally incorporated. The growth of Seattle was due to lumber in the 1850’s, a devastating fire in 1889, the discovery of gold in1897, World War I and II with the shipbuilding industry and the establishment of the Boeing Company in 1916. Since the 21st Century, Seattle remains stable with about half-million residents while the suburban areas grow rapidly. If you are one of the millions of people who will be traveling to Seattle on your vacation, Coconut Club Vacations invites you to review the 5 top destinations you can’t miss.
- Space Needle
The Space Needle reminds you of the dreams from the World’s Fair in 1962 and is an icon for imagining the future. Edward E Carlson, the artist, drew the vision based upon his idea of 21st Century Seattle and this now renown landmark offers an unimaginable view of Seattle from 520 feet on its observation deck. Your visit can view Seattle from the observation deck, a panoramic view or you can eat at the SkyCity restaurant while revolving at 500 feet. Location 400 Broad Street, Seattle, Washington 98109 http://www.spaceneedle.com/home/
- Chihuly Gardens and Glass
Chihuly Gardens and Glass is the visual creation of energy and cultural community through the artistry of local Dale Chihuly. You are able to experience the development of glass as a fine art while visiting glasshouse, garden audio tour, bookstore and even dining during your visit. Location: 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington 98109 http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/
- The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight offers multiple collections of air and spacecraft related artifacts. The museum has something for everyone to experience from flight simulators to various types of tours including the B-17F “Boeing Bee” Bomber tour and the Shuttle Trainer tour. Location: 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, Washington 98108 http://www.museumofflight.org/
- Ballard Locks
Ballard Locks officially known as the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, is a very popular free tourist attraction completed in 1917, and links the Puget Sound with Lake Union and Lake Washington. Ballard was actually a city for 16 years in 1907. The Locks is also a popular weekend hangout due to the restaurants, shops, pubs and the Ballard Farmers Market (on Sunday). The city within a city offers a fish ladder, botanical garden, beaches and the Golden Gardens Park. Location: 3015 NW 54th, Seattle, Washington 98107 http://www.ballardlocks.org/index.html
- Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market opened in 1907 to shoppers looking for bargains on produce and the first farmer sold out of produce within minutes. This sparked a daily gathering of at least 70 wagons selling fruits and vegetables on the wooden roadway connecting First Street and Western Avenue. The market prospered for many years and in 1971 the historic district and the city of Seattle voted to preserve and rehabilitate the Market. Pike Place Market is the center of fresh produce, crafts, specialty foods, small independent businesses, restaurants and the Pike Place Market Community (about 400 residents’ mostly retired senior citizens). Location: 85 Pike Street, Room 500, Seattle, Washington 98101 http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/
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