12 Things You Won’t Want to Miss in Seattle
Seattle is a dynamic, creative city that has its own unique blend of history, culture, and fun. Whether you’re heading out to see the Space Needle or sitting back with a fresh brewed cup of coffee, you can enjoy all that this city has to offer while you're at the NASP 2013 Annual Convention.
Experience the Sights and Sounds of Pike Place Market
Lively and fun, Pike Place Market is just a half mile from the Washington State Convention Center and is a quintessential Seattle experience. Sitting near the waterfront, this colorful market offers local produce, fresh fish, flowers, crafts, jewelry, and more. Make sure you snap a picture at the Athenian Inn, the diner where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan filmed portions of Sleepless in Seattle!
Order a Latte at the Very First Starbucks
There’s a Starbucks in nearly every corner of the world these days—but there’s only one original Starbucks! Just across from Pike Place Market, you'll find the same drinks you know and love and merchandise to prove you got it at the very first Starbucks. Visit the birthplace of one of America’s most popular brands and get your caffeine fix in a town that knows how to do coffee right.
Explore an Architectural Wonder
Walk five blocks south of the convention center to marvel at the modern architecture of the Seattle Central Library. Designed by award winning Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, this 11-story glass and steel building is a breathtaking place to wander. Floating platforms, illuminated escalators, art installations, and a futuristic book return system make this library a living piece of public modern art.
Head to the Center of It All
Home of the 1962 World's Fair, Seattle Center is a park, arts, and entertainment hub located in the heart of downtown Seattle. Just a quick monorail ride away from the convention center, this site is home to some of Seattle’s most iconic attractions, including the International Fountain and the Space Needle. You can also visit the Experience Music Project and the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit while you’re here!
Get a View Like No Other—From Space
Towering above the city of Seattle, the Space Needle may be the city’s most iconic structure. Built for the 1962 world’s fair, this engineering marvel still stuns visitors today. Get a unique perspective on downtown Seattle from the observation deck as well as incredible views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, and Elliot Bay.
See the Swirling Works of a Seattle Native
Located in Seattle Center, the newly opened Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum pays homage to the visually stunning career of Seattle native Dale Chihuly. Through the exhibit’s eight interior galleries, lush outdoor garden, and centerpiece glasshouse, visitors can wander through stunning displays of Chihuly’s most significant series of work.
Visit the Ocean Oddities at the Seattle Aquarium
Discover some of the ocean’s most unusual creatures in the six major exhibits at the Seattle Aquarium. Divers take questions from audience members directly from the waters of the mammoth 120,000 gallon Window on Washington Waters. Plus, get a 360 degree view of life underwater from the Underwater Dome.
Take to the Waters of the Puget Sound
No trip to Seattle is complete without a ferry ride out into the stunningly beautiful waters of the Puget Sound. A narrated 1-hour tour of Seattle’s vibrant Elliot Bay provides picture perfect views of the Seattle skyline and an awe inspiring glimpse of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Book a trip through Argosy Cruises, one of Seattle’s oldest tour boat companies, or choose from a number of other options including the surprisingly affordable Washington State Ferries.
Tour Theo Chocolate Factory—A Must for Chocolate Lovers
Who wouldn’t want to spend their Valentine’s Day in a chocolate factory? Learn the magic behind the making of the world’s favorite sweet treat as you taste test your way through a tour of Theo Chocolate Factory. This organic, fair trade chocolate company is proud to offer its customers dark chocolate delights that are earth and taste bud friendly. Book your reservations early—tours fill up quickly!
Pay Homage to the Greats at the EMP Museum
The town that gave birth to music greats like Jimi Hendrix, Heart, and Nirvana has now given us the Experience Music Project Museum. This music and science-fiction fusion museum has hands-on exhibits that let you explore everything from punk rock beats to Battlestar Galactica. With an exterior design that turns heads, there’s nothing bashful about this Seattle Center favorite.
See Seattle’s Seedy Underbelly With a Dash of History
The Seattle of yesteryear was a colorful and sometimes sordid city that served as a throughway for gold miners heading to Alaska. When a fire leveled downtown in the late 1800s, Seattle’s founding fathers decided to scrap their original layout and build one level up. Now you can tour Seattle’s forgotten underground city with one of Bill Speidel’s knowledgeable and fun-loving guides.
Walk on the Wild Side at the Woodland Park Zoo
Feed an elephant, watch Humboldt penguins play, and meet snow leopard cubs when you visit the award-winning Woodland Park Zoo. This 92-acre zoological garden is home to more than 1,000 animals representing nearly 300 species from around the world. With exhibits ranging from the lush forests of tropical Asia to the rugged terrain of the Northern Trail you can discover an awe inspiring array of animals in one trip.
Get It All at a Price You Can Afford With Seattle’s CityPASS
Purchasing a CityPASS is an easy and affordable way to see the best of the city of Seattle. With one purchase, you get admission to the Space Needle, the Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, the Pacific Science Center, EMP Museum, and the Woodland Park Zoo or the Museum of Flight. Plus, you’ll save 46% off the combined admission price! CityPASS booklets are good for nine consecutive days and can be purchased online and printed right from your computer.