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The iconic Space Needle, built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, sits against the picturesque backdrop of the Cascade Mountains to the east, and Puget Sound to the west. EMP Museum, the product of innovative architect Frank O. Gehry, bursts out of Seattle Center with vibrant colors and eccentric curves.  The Rem Koolhaas-designed Seattle Central Library turns heads in downtown Seattle, and attracts visitors for its unique design. A handful of organizations offer specialized tours that explore the stunning selection of architectural masterpieces in both the downtown core and residential areas. Have tea with Historic Seattle in a historic private estate, or enjoy a variety of guided walking tours with the Seattle Architecture Foundation.


Nine Great Day Trips Beyond Seattle
Get outside of Seattle to great attractions such as Mount Rainier, Bainbridge Island or Leavenworth
One Perfect Day to Enjoy Seattle
A one-day itinerary that hits many of Seattle’s top attractions, including Pike Place Market, the waterfront and Seattle Center.
The Museums of Seattle
Seattle’s immense museum collection covers art, music, science, kid-friendly attractions and more.
The Complete Guide to Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle is one of the city’s biggest draws, featuring fresh seafood, artisan chocolates, the first Starbucks and more.

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Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony. Photo: © 2003 Lara Swimmer