The downtown waterfront, lined with small eateries, shops and wooden piers, is a great place to stroll on your trip to Seattle. The famous Seattle Aquarium is here, as well as the awesome Seattle Great Wheel with its gondola-cabins and wonderful views across the city, Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay.
The prettiest part of the public transport system in Seattle is the ferry service, with one of the delights for visitors being a sightseeing tour on the ferry that plies between Seattle and Bainbridge Island. Board at Pier 52 and watch the urban skyline drift by.Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park is also well worth a visit, for lovely views of the harbour, city and mountains as well as its world-class sculptures. Spread across nine acres, the park occupies most of a seaside bluff and was an industrial backwater until it was transformed by Alexander Calder and the other artists, whose works are on display.
The main public market in Seattle is its cherished Pike Place Market. Opened in 1907, this hugely colourful and atmospheric farmers market sells everything from flowers and cheese to seafood and vegetables.