Seattle is dappled with landmarks that create a city that is not only interesting, but eclectic. The landmarks reflects the attitude of the free thinking and progressive residents. Here's a guide to familiarize you with a handful of the landmarks that call Seattle home.
The Space Needle A Seattle icon since the 1962 Worldís Fair, the Space Needle looms high over Seattle Center as an icon to, uh, pointy space-type things. The 600-foot structure is complete with shiny gold elevators and a rotating restaurant, SkyCity. The observation deck sways eerily in strong winds, but donít fearóthe Needle can withstand hurricane force winds and apocalyptic earthquakes.
400 Broad St. Seattle Ctr. Seattle WA 98109 206.905.2200
Pike Place Market & the first Starbucks Pike Place Market and the World's First Starbucks (not to mention flying fish, a beloved piggy bank, buskers, fresh fruits & vegetables....) The Market was almost torn down in the 70's, but thanks to the community activism of Peter Steinbruck, it was saved from the wrecking ball and has gone on to become one of our most favorite places to visit. Itís home to artisans, quirky shops, Danny Eskanazi's Giant Show Museum and (don't forget) the WORLD'S FIRST STARBUCKS. Yes, folks, the world domination of the $5 coffee market started here at Pike Place.
1912 Pike Place; Seattle, WA 98101 206.448.8762
The Fremont Troll This two-ton rock sculpture located under the Aurora Bridge clutches a real Volkswagen Beetle, complete with California plates. Itís located under the north end of the Aurora Ave. Bridge, not the Fremont Bridge, as one might guess. The mixed-media sculpture was the victor of the 1990 Fremont Arts Council competition. Made of concrete, the troll stands around 15 feet tall.
N. 36th & Troll Ave. N. Seattle WA 98103
Museum of Flight As the longtime home of major airline manufacturing companies, Seattle is no stranger to the miracle of flight. Little wonder then that one of the finest aviation museums in the nation is located here. More than 150 historic artifacts are on display, including the legendary SR-71 Blackbird (capable of speeds up to Mach 3 and altitudes above 85,000 feet), an original Concorde jetliner and the actual 707 jet used as Air Force One during the í50s, í60s and early í70s. Many of the exhibits are hands-on and perfect for kids, including flight simulators, a control tower and the Kidís Flight Zone, where they can strap on flight gear and test their piloting skills.
9404 East Marginal Way S. Seattle, WA 98108; 206.764.5720