Whether you’ve made a resolution to play tourist in your own backyard in 2022 or you are hosting a friend who is visiting the Emerald City for the first time, here are five of Seattle’s most cherished attractions to pay a visit in the new year.
When one closes their eyes and thinks of Seattle, they undoubtedly envision the iconic Space Needle. The observation deck of the 605-ft.-tall attraction can be reached via a 43-second elevator ride and allows jaw-dropping panoramas of Mt. Rainier, the Cascade Mountains and Elliott Bay. While taking in the sights, plan a stop at the Space Needle’s The Loupe Lounge, a cocktail experience that hosts the world’s first and only revolving glass floor. To learn more, visit www.spaceneedle.com.
Pike Place Market
Nine-acre Pike Place Market, which was founded in 1907, is one of the oldest and largest continuously operating public markets in the United States–and arguably the most famous one of its kind. Hundreds of farmers, crafters, small businesses and more set up shop at the market. Visitors love to pop by the original Starbucks location and watch the world-famous fish-flinging while residents like to shop around and support their favorite local businesses and enjoy some of Seattle’s best dining. To learn more, visit www.pikeplacemarket.org.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Bursting with beauty and color, a stroll through the Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Seattle Center is an escape for the senses. Spotlighting the brilliant work of Tacoma’s own Dale Chihuly, Chihuly Garden and Glass features the Exhibition with eight Galleries, the centerpiece Glasshouse and a lush Garden, which not only showcases sculptures but a unique plant collection as well. To learn more, visit www.chihulygardenandglass.com.
The Seattle Great Wheel
Though only about a decade old, the Seattle Great Wheel is already a well-recognized member of the city’s skyline. Located at the end of Pier 57, the Ferris wheel offers premier sightseeing of the surrounding water, cityscape and mountains that even a lifelong resident can appreciate. Even if you’re weary of heights, there is still a fun way to enjoy the Seattle Great Wheel; covered in more than 500,000 LED lights, the attraction has colorful light shows most Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. To learn more, visit seattlegreatwheel.com.
Seafood, Seafood, Seafood
From oysters to sushi to chowder, Seattle is brimming with some of the nation’s best seafood offerings. Read here for five of our favorites for the catch of the day–and beyond.
Review Washington State COVID health and safety guidelines prior to your visit.