Seattle’s history has been both long and colorful. Since the 1800s, several industries have influenced the city’s growth, including the lumber industry in the 1800s, the gold rush in the early 1900s, shipbuilding during World War I, and more recently, the space industry and computer software industry.
Visitors to Seattle will encounter a lively metropolis, one that values its history, cherishes its natural surroundings, enjoys the amenities of life along the scenic Northwest Pacific Coast and celebrates a lifestyle of laid-back culture. Even if you simply have a long layover and are staying the night, there are plently of great things to see in Seattle. Here are 10 must-sees sights near the Seattle airport with easy access from most Seattle airport hotels.
1. Space Needle
Space Needle (photo by Martin Cathrae)
The symbol of Seattle is recognized throughout the world, and no wonder. A trip to the Sky Bar located at the top of the Space Needle affords a 360-degree, rotating view of the city and is located only 15 miles from the airport.
2. The Monorail
Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the futuristic monorail runs from the Seattle Center to the downtown shopping area, Westlake Center, which is only 13.3 miles from the Seattle airport.
3. Dimitrou’s Jazz Ally
Seattle has a long tradition of jazz music, and for nearly 30 years, jazz greats like Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie have performed at this popular jazz club near Westlake Center. Dimitou’s Jazz Ally is only 13.6 miles from the airport, which makes for a quick trip.
4. Discovery Park
The largest park in Seattle, Discovery Park includes 11 miles of trails through forests and scenic shoreline. Located 18.5 miles from the airport, its worth a drive see this scenic park.
5. Daybreak Star Cultural Center
Discovery Park is home to this Native American cultural center, notable for both its striking, modern architecture, as well as for its permanent art collection of Native Americans. With the Cultural Center only 19.6 miles from the Seattle airport, its worth the time to visit.
6. Seattle Clock Walk
Seattle has more cast iron street clocks than any other city in the country and most are located about 14.5 miles from the airport. Walking tours parallel the waterfront and examine the entertaining history of Seattle’s treasured clocks.
7. Seattle Aquarium
Open daily and 13.3 miles from the airport; the Seattle Aquarium includes interactive tide pool tanks and features exhibits of local sea life, including jellyfish, seals and otters.
8. Harbor Cruises
Enjoy one-hour tours of the Seattle Harbor, featuring views of the city with the scenic Olympic and Cascade mountains as a backdrop. At only 13.1 miles from the airport, Harbor Cuises are a great way to experience Seattle.
9. Seattle Art Museum
Affectionately called SAM by locals, the Seattle Art Museum is notable for collections of modern and ethnic art and is only 12.9 miles from the airport.
10. Children’s Museum
The museum’s newest attraction, which is 14.3 miles from the Seattle airport, Near and Far utilizes LEGO and DUPLO bricks to create a miniature version of a city, where children can drive around in kid-sized cars.
Seattle definitely offers something for everyone…