Seattle has evolved from its industrial routes into a bustling metropolis and Washington State’s biggest city. It has a laid-back ambiance ideal for easy-going residents and tourists, diverse culture, and plenty of cafes and espresso bars, earning it the moniker “Coffee Capital.”

This city has plenty to offer tourists who are looking to see a different side of America. If you want to visit, be sure to include these attractions in your itinerary.

Seattle Center and Space Needle

Of course, atop a list of must-dos in the city is the Seattle Center and Space Needle. These iconic landmarks are the two of the most recognizable buildings in the Seattle skyline. The structures debuted in the World Fair of 1962 and is now a go-to place for entertainment, shopping and leisure.

You’ll also find other attractions nearby such as the Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Seattle Central Library. You can go to the Observation Deck to get overlooking views of the surroundings. Look for hotels or accommodations near Seattle center to make it easier to explore.

Henry Art Gallery

The University of Washington has a stunning campus that will make you admire the wonders of architecture. During your visit, drop by the Henry Art Gallery to see beautiful contemporary artworks from different parts of the world. Students also hold annual thesis exhibits that showcase their talents.

Museum of Pop Culture

This modern museum houses everything pop culture, from sci-fi to music. This beautiful and unique building designed by Frank Gehry resembles a smashed guitar overhead. Its interior has several exhibits of horror movies, the Seattle Seahawks, Nirvana and even videogames.

Spend a few hours here to see everything and learn more about your favorite games, bands and films.

Olympic Sculpture Park

Major developed big cities make it a point to have a green space where locals and visitors can enjoy nature amid the concrete sprawl. The Olympic Sculpture Park combines nature and art in one place. You’ll see different kinds of sculptures next to trees, both of which combine to create a relaxing ambiance.

The park has an interesting story behind it as well; it started as a post-industrial area into a balanced eco-system that practices sustainability.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

The exhibits on display are some of the city’s highlights. Dale Chihuly is a glassblower that creates innovative pieces using glass as his primary material. There are eight galleries with stunning glass artworks.

One of the installations changes appearance and colors, depending on the direction of the sunlight. The garden is also ingenious because of the way it merges the environment with his glass art.

Pike Place Market

Seattle downtown skyline and Mt. Rainier, Washington.

The market is where you will see a microcosm of the hustle and bustle of the city. Pike Place has a variety of produce and items on sale for those who want to quench their thirst and satisfy their hunger or just looking for a place to take pictures.

Other than food, you’ll also find specialty stores and bookstores while exploring. Pick up a few items as souvenirs of your trip.

Seattle is a beautiful destination that has a lot of attractions and things to do. The items listed above just scratch the surface, visit to discover all the city has to offer.