This lake's unique location entirely within Seattle's city limits makes it a reason to go in itself. We have the Vashon Glacier to thank for its existence, which carved it out into the oasis it is today roughly 12,000 years ago. The lake also holds a yearly wooden boat festival and the largest park on the lake, Gas Works Park. Spend your day kayaking, exploring the park, and taking in the unforgettable view it offers of the Seattle skyline.
Everyone knows of Seattle's space needle, and it is definitely an icon of the Northwestern United States. So why not take part of your afternoon to enjoy the city the aerial way? Even if you're not up for lunch or dinner at the Skycity Restaurant at the top, the observation deck is free and a breathtaking, 360-degree experience that you won't forget or regret stopping by the needle to have!
The original Starbucks opened here in 1971, sitting right at the entrance to Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. Much of the construction, especially the interior, comes from local locations in Seattle, so it's worth a stop here to learn where each detail in the store came from. The walnut tables, bars, and bar top, for example, come from a nearby farm, and the leather on the bar was taken from scrap from shoe and automobile factories from Seattle. This original store is a perfect homage to Seattle's love for the reduce, reuse, recycle ideology.
Seattle Aquarium has a unique approach to the way it has chosen to organize itself: some of its many exhibits attempt to mimic the waters off the coast of Washington from a certain amount of feet out. For instance, Window on Washington waters shows us what the wildlife looks like 5 - 60 feet off the shores of Washington's coast. Another popular exhibit includes one called "Marine Mammals" showcasing harbor seals, sea otters, northern fur seals, and river otters.
You have the Seattle Art Museum to thank for this beauty of a park, which transformed it from an industrial area to what it is now, with its contemporary sculptures, green grassy areas, and beach. Go to Olympic Sculpture Beach to appreciate and enjoy what has been a marvelous environmental restoration. Bring a lunch, walk the beach, and admire the sculptures one sunny afternoon while you're in Seattle!