Seattle, Washington's Top 5

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Totem Pole in Seattle's Pioneer Square

Totem Pole in Seattle's Pioneer Square

From a fantastic market to a bookstore that’s survived Amazon, see the best of Seattle.

Pike Place Market

Reason to Go: It’s touristy, but even the locals love this market lined with little shops tucked away in a labyrinth of narrow walkways.

Tip: When it’s wet out, the crowds thin out and it feels more authentic. Right next to the entrance, eat at DeLaurenti, an Italian deli, wine and cheese shop. 

Throwing fish at the Pike Place Fish Company in Seattle

Throwing fish at the Pike Place Fish Company in Seattle

Seattle Public Library

Reason to Go: This 11-story architectural marvel completed in 2004 is a glass-and-steel building that looks as if the steel is a net around the glass. 

Tip: Visit the “Living Room” on the third floor intended for patrons to read. Then check out the “Books Spiral” where you’ll find the library’s non-fiction collection stretching continuously up four floors without interruption to its Dewey Decimal system. 

Seattle Public Library

Seattle Public Library

Elliott Bay Book Co.

Reason to Go: Located in Capitol Hill, this bookstore, which opened in 1973, has been around much longer than Amazon and holds more than 150,000 titles.

Tip: Check the author reading series schedule in advance to coincide your visit with a talk. You can grab a bite to eat at the cafe here, which was Seattle’s first bookstore cafe.

Elliott Bay Book Co. in Seattle

Elliott Bay Book Co. in Seattle

Olympic Sculpture Park

Reason to Go: Set on 9 acres, this sculpture park is Seattle’s largest downtown green space. 

Tip: After exploring, visit the Seattle Art Museum, one mile south. 

Eagle sculpture in Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Garden with the Space Needle in the background

Eagle sculpture in Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Garden with the Space Needle in the background

Pioneer Square

Reason to Go: Down the street from Pike Place Market, you’ll find trendy restaurants, shops and galleries housed in late 1800s Victorian and Romanesque Revival buildings. 

Tip: Go on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour where you can explore subterranean storefronts and sidewalks built before the Great Fire of 1889. After the fire, the city built on top of the ruins. 

Nighttime in Seattle's Pioneer Square

Nighttime in Seattle's Pioneer Square


Aerial view of Port Townsend, Washington

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RV in forest campground courtesy of Outdoorsy

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Mural-clad Feiro Marine Life Center building on the Port Angeles Mural Trail

Port Angeles Near Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park

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Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park

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A couple walks past Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach in Oregon

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Statues and a totem archway at the Makah Cultural and Research Center Museum

Neah Bay Near Shi Shi Beach at Olympic National Park

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A view looking north from the south end of Hood Canal in Washington State. The Olympic Mountain can be seen in the distance.

Beachcombing Hoodsport on the Edge of Olympic National Park

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A wooden carving of a logger sits outside of the Forks Visitor Center. Go inside to see a small Twilight museum. Next to the visitor center is a logger memorial and the Timber Museum. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Forks, Wash., Near Hoh Rainforest at Olympic National Park

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