Must-See Metro Puget Sound Sights

From sky-high aviation exhibits to historic streets, there’s plenty to see and do in Seattle and its surrounding cities. Here is a list of not-to-be-missed landmarks in the Metro Puget Sound Region.

Seattle Area Attractions

Space Needle

Take a 43-second ride in a window-clad elevator to the Space Needle’s open-air observation deck perched 520 feet above the city streets. Visitors can also enjoy a drink with a view at the revolving Loupe Lounge.

Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight in Tukwila one of the largest air and space museums in the world, is a must for its 150-plus aircraft, not to mention NASA’s space shuttle trainer.

Smith Tower

The oldest skyscraper in Seattle—it was built in 1914—is a neoclassical building in historic Pioneer Square. Ride to the 35th floor in an old-timey, copper-and-brass elevator, then step out to admire the views from the outdoor observation deck.

Kerry Park

Find picture-perfect views at this hillside park in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. Its 1.26-acre swath of grass offers a dreamy vista of the city skyline, Elliott Bay and—on clear days—Mount Rainier.

Pike Place Market

Seattle’s famous public market opened in 1907 and is perched above Elliott Bay. Wander the stalls to gather a bouquet of fresh-cut dahlias, discover handmade artisan wares, leave your sticky mark on the gum wall in Post Alley, watch overall-clad fishmongers toss fish, and drop a coin in the rotund belly of 550-pound bronze piggy bank Rachel the Pig.

More Metro Puget Sound Attractions

Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Tacoma

Consider it a 500-foot-long thank-you gift from renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly to his hometown, Tacoma. This pedestrian bridge is packed with thousands of Chihuly’s glass masterpieces, which become an illuminated display at night.

Snoqualmie Falls

An appearance on Twin Peaks earned this Snoqualmie natural wonder international fame, but it’s the thunderous sight of water plunging 268 feet over rocky cliffs that draws visitors every year. A groomed trail leads to an observation deck below, while a viewing platform at top is wheelchair accessible.

Chambers Bay, University Place

The home of the 2015 U.S. Open, this championship-caliber course is located in University Place. This links-style stunner features green fairways, dramatic dunes, native grasses, and unbeatable views of Puget Sound.

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