Visiting Seattle: Checkout These Four Little Known Attractions

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Featured, LeTravelista, Portfolio | 0 comments

Visiting Seattle: Checkout These Four Little Known Attractions

Travelers come to Seattle to visit the first Starbucks or soar to the top of the Space Needle. However, Seattle is a city that offers so much more. Seattle is full of many attractions of which most go unknown and unvisited. So the next time you plan a trip to Seattle checkout these four little-known attractions. You will be happy you did.

Washington State Ferries

The waterways and the Washington State Ferries system of the Puget Sound play a key role in Seattle’s transportation. Locals and visitors alike travel to and from Bainbridge, Vashon, and the many other islands each day. Visitors find that taking a ferry ride is the best way to see the city’s skyline and surrounding beauty. On a clear day, Mount Rainier is seen from the ferry.

Take the ferry to Bainbridge Island for the day and enjoy sightseeing. A short walk from the ferry terminal is the quaint downtown area of Winslow. Here guests will find an array of shops, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms; a wonderful place to spend the day.

Seattle Underground Tour

Prior to the legendary Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the cities main city area was one to two stories below where it currently sits. The historic fire brought mass destruction, a loss of water pressure and a need to rebuild. The city rebuilt in brick and stone and raised up one to two stories to prevent future fires and floods as well as to use gravity to aid with water pressure. These changes left the previous city hidden underground.

Today, the remains of the original Seattle city center are better known as the Seattle Underground. Tours such as Seattle Underground Tour guide visitors through the remains and share its vast history. This is one tour all must visitors must-see.

Museum of History and Industry

The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is, unfortunately, a Seattle museum that doesn’t get a lot of hype or attention. It is unfortunate because the MOHAI captures so much of Seattle’s history. From the True Northwest: The Seattle Journey exhibit which uniquely displays and tells stories of Seattle’s past to the Maritime Seattle exhibit that shows the importance of the maritime world in Seattle. If the Northwest’s history interests you, the MOHAI is a must-see museum.

Pike Place Market

Most Seattle visitors have heard about Pike Place Market as the place to see the first Starbucks or a place where they can watch the fish being thrown. However, what most people don’t realize is there is much more to Pike Place. The upper level is full of fantastic places to get a bite to eat, fresh fish, local produce, fresh flowers and local merchants selling trinkets. The lower level is  a maze of shops selling an array of treasures and souvenirs.

If you dare to travel farther below the market to Post Alley, you will find the infamous Gum Wall. As disgusting as that may sound, the Gum Wall is true tourist attraction. People come from all around the world to leave their chewed up gum among the wall of gum. Take time and explore all Pike Place Market has to offer.

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