As Washington state’s largest city, Seattle holidays present a plethora of diverse and awesome activities and attractions.
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The Emerald City is home to the iconic Space Needle – a 605-foot-tall spire with spectacular views from its observation deck and rotating restaurant. The tower is part of the Seattle Centre, constructed for the 1962 World’s Fair.
Those partial to a Starbucks will want to visit Pike Place Market, home of the original store. The market is also a great place to browse and treat yourself to some local artisan crafts.
Kind of gross but also somewhere you feel you need to visit, the Gum Wall pretty much is as it sounds – a wall adorned with thousands of pieces of used chewing gum. Found under Pike Place Market, it was named among the top five ‘germiest’ tourist attractions in 2009 – and yet, we’re still pretty intrigued.
Seattle Aquarium is a great place to take the kids during family holidays in Seattle, while the Pacific Science Centre will capture imaginations of all ages. Perhaps the city’s most popular museum is Chihuly Garden and Glass, which showcases the works of locally born, world-renowned glassblower Dale Chihuly. The Museum of Flight and Seattle Art Museum also make for great things to do during city breaks in Seattle.
To escape the hustle and bustle Gas Works Park, on the north shore of Lake Union, is not only a beautiful but also historic spot for a picnic. Created on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, which operated from 1906 to 1956 but was converted to a gorgeous green space in 1975.
Olympic Sculpture Park was created by the Seattle Art Museum and is a wonderful spot for a leisurely stroll, while for something slightly more challenging, Discovery Park has several hiking trails to tackle, after which you can relax and take in the views from Fort Lawton Beach. Kerry Park is another tranquil escape which offers stunning views of the Seattle skyline and even as far as Mount Rainier.
From the Big Apple to the Golden Gate Bridge we’ve got a ten gallon hat full of great American holidays
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