Seattle’s iconic landmark is the Space Needle. Erected in 1962, it stands 605ft tall and towers over the downtown area like a spaceship on stilts. The Space Needle is also a cultural complex, so as well as great views from the top during your trip to Seattle you also have a selection of restaurants, cafés and entertainment venues to choose from. Use the Seattle Centre Monorail to get up there.
The Museum of History & Industry was reopened in 2012 after an extensive facelift, and now contains many multimedia displays and galleries on all aspects of Seattle life and history.
The best place to spend a rainy day (or for that matter a sunny one) is the magnificent Seattle Art Museum. The displays include everything from Native American carvings to Asian works and European masters. It’s in the centre of downtown Seattle and has a good restaurant and gift shop attached.
Seattle’s Chinatown district is almost as old as the city itself. It’s officially known as the International District and is a hub of the local Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Filipino cultures. Be sure to drop into the Wing Luke Museum, which charts the history of the Asian and Pacific Americans in the area.