On our second day in Seattle, the Mister and I visited the Space Needle and surrounding areas.Since we had both been to the top of the Space Needle before, we decided to skip it on this trip, but I very much recommend the view, especially around sunset.If you do decide to take a trip to the top, I also recommend purchasing tickets in advance to avoid some of the long lines. But if you decide to stay grounded, I have some other things that you can do in the area, including the EMP Museum, taking a Duck Tour, checking out some art, and (my favorite) walking to an amazing car wash sign.
But let’s start with the Space Needle! It was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and has an observation deck at 520 feet and a rotating restaurant.Afraid of heights? Check out the EMP Museum on the ground. The EMP is a pop culture museum featuring music, gaming, and film exhibits. Don’t have time for a museum? Just walk around it. The museum’s building was designed by Frank Gehry and is fun to walk around and check out all of the different sides.
Are you a fan of Chihuly and his glass sculptures? Or colorful, whimsical art? Then you should check out the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition. Chihuly is a PNW native who is blind in one eye and wears a patch which is pretty awesome (the patch, not the blindness.)If you don’t have a lot of time in Seattle and want to see a lot of it in a short amount of time, then I might recommend a Duck Tour. I say “might recommend” because I haven’t taken one, but I saw a BUNCH of them driving around and most everyone looked like they were having fun. The Duck Tours leave from a lot across the street from the Space Needle.
And if you like awesome vintage signs like I do, then you will want to take a short walk to the Elephant Super Car Wash.
And be sure to check out Part 1 of my Seattle Guide for Pike Place Market.