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Stay : The must-sees of Seattle

With its contemporary appearance, its marine charm and its cultural effervescence, Seattle deserves that you stay there for several days. From the Space Needle to the Pike Place Market, explore its large streets and meet its emblematic sites. Don't miss its alternative neighbourhoods, which characterize all the inventiveness and Seattleites, and book a day to discover the lord of the places, Mount Rainier.

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Detail of the stay : The must-sees of Seattle - 4 days

  • UNDERGROUND TOUR
  • PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER
  • PIKE PLACE MARKET
  • SEATTLE AQUARIUM
  • MUSEUM OF POP CULTURE (MOPOP)
  • SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
  • SPACE NEEDLE
  • CHINATOWN
  • KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK - SEATTLE UNIT
  • MUSEUM OF FLIGHT
  • WOODLAND PARK ZOO
  • GAS WORKS PARK
  • ALKI BEACH
  • WING LUKE MUSEUM
  • SEATTLE CENTRAL LIBRARY
  • SKY VIEW OBSERVATORY
  • OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK
  • STATUE DE JIMI HENDRIX
Day 1: Downtown and Pike Place Market

Steps: Seattle

From the airport, rent a car or take the Link Light Rail to Downtown. Stroll through Downtown, check out the architecturally impressive buildings like the Public Library, and climb to the top of the Columbia Tower for a great view of Seattle and its surroundings. Then visit the Seattle Art Museum and head to the famous Pike Place Market, the beating heart of the city. See the street performers, sample local delicacies and stroll along the waterfront. Alternatively, take a one-hour boat trip into Elliot Bay or visit the excellent aquarium, which is great for children. Then head up to Belltown to discover the trendy neighbourhood that gave birth to the grunge rock movement, then stroll through the beautiful Olympic Sculpture Park. Finish up with dinner at one of the neighborhood restaurants that serve Pacific Northwest cuisine!

Day 2: Pioneer Square and International District

Steps: Seattle

Explore Underground Tour to get an idea of what the city was like before the big fire. Continue your visit to Chinatown, more commonly known as "International District" and visit the Seattle. You can have lunch in one of the small restaurants in the area. Before you leave, take a look at the Uwajimaya supermarket: There are thousands of mangas and original gifts. Then, take the Link Light Train to the Weslake Center where a monorail takes you directly to Seattle centre. Spend the afternoon by exploring the area and its main attractions (Pacific Science Center, Space Needle and see the sunset or Seattle by night. For the dinner, you will undoubtedly be inspired by the restaurants in the residential district of Queen Anne.

Day 3: Ballard, Fremont, U District and Capitol Hill

Steps: Seattle

Explore Seattle's alternative neighborhoods. Start in Ballard, an old Scandinavian neighborhood that has kept its charm and its gentle way of life along the canal. Then discover Fremont (15 to 20 min walk) where you'll be treated to some nice surprises (statues, bars, and unusual shops). On Sundays, don't miss the Farmer's Market in Ballard and the large Fremont Flea Market. Take a picnic break at Gas Works Park, a former industrial center converted into a park with a beautiful view of Lake Union. Then you have the choice of visiting the huge Wooldand Parc Zoo in Greenlake, or continuing the walk, taking a bus to the university area, the U District. If you choose the second option, visit the university on the shores of Lake Washington and the friendly student district. You can take a break in one of the cafes on University street. From there, take another bus to Discovery Park, north of Capitol Hill. Walk through the park, enter the conservatory (tropical greenhouse) and stroll through the surrounding streets where beautiful houses have been restored. Continue on foot to the Pike corridor and Pine Street, where the gay community has settled. The cultural life is abundant, you will find many bars, concert halls, fashion shops, and the famous statue of Jimmy Hendrix. It is the occasion to have dinner in the area and to attend a rock concert at Neumo's.

Day 4: Mount Rainier

Steps: Mount Rainier National Park, Seattle

Why not making a day-long getaway? If you have a car or you want to participate in a group excursion, and the weather seems fine, don't hesitate! This volcano, which appears on all the postcards in Seattle on the right of the Space Needle, will allow you to discover the exceptional nature at the gates of the city (1 hour drive). Go to the Paradise Station where you will feel like being in the middle of the Alps and take one of the many trails to admire the glaciers of the volcano. On your return trip, go to Alki Beach. You will see the city reflected in the water in front of you. For those who cannot take this walk, visit the and wander along the West Seattle waterfront.

Places of interest :
: SPACE NEEDLE / MUSEUM OF FLIGHT / ALKI BEACH
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