5 Popular Places to Go in Seattle that don’t make the Top 10, 15, or even 20 List

Our parents helped plan sightseeing in Seattle since we actually enjoyed a family gathering in this beautiful city.

Who went on our Family Vacation?

  • Belle’s and Buddy’s grandparents, my Momma and Papa Tom
  • the parents Gary and I chose to adopt, Danny and Dinah
  • the four of us
  • and Fannie

What were our plans for our Family Vacation?

  • We would spend two days together in Seattle.
  • Our parents would be staying in a waterfront hotel in Seattle for two nights while the four of us would be returning to Fannie and our home on wheels parked at a campground in Issaquah.  (Issaquah  was less than 30 miles away from Seattle.)
  • After spending time together in Seattle, the four of us and Fannie would leave our home on wheels behind, so the eight of us and Fannie could take a ferry to British Colombia, Canada.
  • In British Columbia, the eight of us and Fannie would be staying in a hotel in Victoria.
  • We would spend two days together in Victoria.
  • On one of those days, our family vacation would include a sightseeing adventure to Butchart Gardens.

What were our plans for Seattle?

  • Besides spending time together, we had no other plans for Seattle.
  • Not wanting to be a tour guide for 8 but not knowing what our family could do together in Seattle, I spent some time researching while excitedly waiting for
    our parents to arrive.

Sites to See in Seattle – the largest city in the Pacific Northwest

Top 10 Places to See in Seattle

  1. Pike Place Market to see, hear, smell, and taste what is Seattle
  2. Space Needle to see a Seattle icon
  3. Chihuly Garden of Glass to admire glass-blown art by a renowned artist in the Pacific Northwest, Dale Chihuly
  4. Washington State Ferry to get on the water and explore Elliot Bay
  5. Pioneer Square to walk the streets of one of the first settlements in the Northwest and to take an Underground Tour of Seattle and learn about Seattle’s colorful past
  6. Downtown Waterfront to walk on wooden piers or sit on wooden benches while admiring boats in the harbor
  7. Ballard Locks to watch boats travel between Puget Sound and the Lake Washington ship canal
  8. Discovery Park to stroll Seattle’s largest green space
  9. Boeing Everett Factory to tour the largest building (by volume) in the world
  10. Seattle Art Museum to spend an afternoon gazing at one of America’s premier art collections

5 Popular Places to Go in Seattle that don’t make the Top 10,15, or even 20 List

  1. Seattle Public Library – to see one of the favorite structures in the US as voted by the American Institute of Architects
  2. Olympic Sculpture Park – to stroll a 9 acre park and admire the works of Alexander Calder and other artists
  3. Klondike Gold Rush National Park – to learn about Seattle’s role in the
    1897-1898 Gold Rush
  4. Smith Tower – to stand on the observation deck of the oldest skyscraper in Seattle
  5. Waterfall Garden Park – to find a hidden oasis in downtown Seattle

With a span of ages and a variety of interests, I had no doubt that our group of 8
would find plenty to do in Seattle together.

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