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Best of Seattle with Griffin Transportation Tour Packages

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Seattle, on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, and encompasses thousands of acres of parkland. It’s no wonder Seattle has earned the nickname “Emerald City.” This thriving metropolis has plenty to offer travelers, who might be there for the thriving tech industry, or simply there to explore the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. If you’re traveling to Seattle and looking for some sights to see, be sure to read on!

Space Needle

The quintessential Seattle sight to see, the Space Needle is an observation tower that was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World’s Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors. Once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, it is 605 feet high, 138 feet wide, and is built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude.  The observation deck is at 520 feet and the rotating SkyCity restaurant is at 500 ft.

The downtown Seattle skyline, as well as the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands can be viewed from the top of the Needle. Dinner at SkyCity restaurant is a must. The delicious menu is reflective of Seattle’s prominence on the pacific coast- a variety of seafood cooked in many wonderful ways! Every visit to SkyCity includes a free trip to the Observation Deck, making it the perfect destination for sightseeing in Seattle!

Pike Place Market

Another prominent Seattle sight to see is Pike Place Market, a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront. The Market opened August 17, 1907 and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople, and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street. With more than 10 million visitors annually, Pike Place Market is Seattle's most popular tourist destination and is the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world. The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill, and consists of several lower levels located below the main level. Each features a variety of unique shops such as antique dealers, comic book and collectible shops, small family-owned restaurants, and one of the oldest head shops in Seattle.

The upper street level contains fishmongers, fresh produce stands and craft stalls operating in the covered arcades.  One of the Market's major attractions is Pike Place Fish Market, where employees throw three-foot salmon and other fish to each other rather than passing them by hand. When a customer orders a fish, an employee at the Fish Market's ice-covered fish table picks up the fish and hurls it over the countertop, where another employee catches it and preps it for sale. The first Starbucks Coffee store, founded in 1971, was originally located at 2000 Western Avenue. In 1977 it moved one block away to 1912 Pike Place where it has been in continuous operation ever since and is a popular tourist destination as well. If you’re looking to explore one of the oldest operating public markets in the world, or if you’re looking for a unique location to go shopping, Pike Place Market is worth the visit!

Olympic Sculpture Park

A more recent addition to the city, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a public park that consists of a 9-acre outdoor sculpture museum and beach. It is situated at the northern end of the Seattle seawall and the southern end of Myrtle Edwards Park. The former industrial site was occupied by the oil and gas corporation Unocal until the 1970s and subsequently became a contaminated brownfield before the Seattle Art Museum, which operates the park, proposed to transform the area into one of the only green spaces in Downtown Seattle.

As a free-admission public outdoor sculpture park with both permanent and visiting installations, it is a unique institution in the United States. Tours of the Olympic Sculpture Park vary in topic and times, but they are always free and open to the public. If you visit during the Summer, the Seattle Art Museum presents an entire summer season packed full of activities and performances that combine visual art, music, and community, making it the perfect destination to check out gorgeous plays, special exhibitions, or local band concerts!

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Interested in something that combines beauty with ingenuity? Check out the Chihuly Garden and Glass, an exhibit in the Seattle Center showcasing the studio glass of Dale Chihuly. Dale Chihuly is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur whose works are considered unique to the field of blown glass.  The technical difficulties of working with glass forms are considerable, yet Chihuly uses it as the primary medium for installations and environmental artwork.

The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit opened in 2012 and includes three primary components: the Garden, the Glasshouse, and the Interior Exhibits, with significant secondary spaces including a 90 seat café with additional outdoor dining, a 50 seat multi-use theater and lecture space, retail and lobby spaces, and extensive public site enhancements beyond the Garden. The installation inside of the Glasshouse is an expansive 100-foot long sculpture and is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures! This unique and beautiful exhibit is always worth checking out.

Paramount Theatre

If you want to catch a play, speaker, comedian, or concert while you are in town, be sure to check out the Paramount Theatre. The Paramount Theatre is a 2,807-seat performing arts venue located at 9th Avenue and Pine Street. The theater originally opened March 1, 1928 as the Seattle Theatre with 3,000 seats, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 9, 1974. It is also an official City of Seattle landmark.

The Paramount was built expressly for showing film and secondarily, vaudeville. As of 2009, the Paramount is operated as a performing arts venue, serving a diverse patron base that attends Broadway theatre, concerts, dance, comedy, family engagements, silent film and jazz. It is considered to be one of the busiest theatres in the region. There have been several notable performances at this venue, making it a great destination for any lover of the arts!

If you’d like to visit Seattle to tour these awesome locations, or if you’re traveling there for business, Griffin Transportation can take care of all your Seattle ground transportation needs.

Whether it’s a ride to and from the airport, or a bus tour of the city, or even a limo for a special night out, we have you covered.

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Posted on Aug 16 2016

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