The Space Needle, Starbucks, Pike's Place Market. Sleepless in Seattle, Fifty Shades of Grey. Amazon and Microsoft. Chances are even if you've never been to Seattle or even researched it, you've seen it in photos or the movies or news.
But what is there actually to do in this tech hub of the Pacific Northwest? A lot more than you might think. From fascinating museums to beautiful parks, sporting events to music clubs, Seattle has plenty to do indoors and outdoors.
If you're planning a trip from Ireland to the North West of America, read on for the best things to do in Seattle.
Check out Some Museums
Seattle has no shortage of fascinating museums. From history to modern art, no matter what you're interest is, there's a museum for it in Seattle.
Our top choice for museums in Seattle is the Museum of Pop Culture, also known as MoPOP. This incredible museum focuses on the history of music in the Pacific Northwest and science fiction. From Jimi Hendrix to Isaac Asimov, this museum is truly intriguing.
Other interesting museums worth your time include the Museum of History & Industry, which includes the first commercial Boeing aircraft as well as war artefacts. The Seattle Art Museum is also worth a visit, not just for its exhibits, but also for the movie nights and periodic parties that it throws in the space.
Snag Some Amazing Views
There's a reason that the Space Needle is iconic to the Seattle skyline, and that's because it truly is a must-visit place. Not only is the ride up incredible, but the sweeping 360-degree views of the city are unmatched.
For more great views of the city, take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel. At 175 feet high, it's one of the largest Ferris Wheels in North America and is fully enclosed to enjoy in any weather.
Things to Do in Seattle for Sports-Lovers
While Seattle's professional sports teams don't have a particularly successful reputation, they're still some of the most fun to attend.
You can catch the Seattle Mariners at Safeco field for as little as $7, making this an affordable excursion. Summers in Seattle are perfect baseball weather.
If baseball isn't your thing, CenturyLink field right next door is host to the Seattle Sounders Football (Soccer) Club, as well as the Seattle Seahawks. Whatever outdoor sporting event suits your fancy, you'll find it here.
Go to Golden Gardens for Sunset
There are a plethora of amazing parks and beaches (yes beaches) all over Seattle, but our favourite is Golden Gardens. Wildly popular amongst locals and visitors alike, Golden Gardens is the perfect spot to sit in the sand and watch the sunset over the Olympic Mountains.
Once the sun goes down, the party starts, as public fire pits are abundant in the park. Bring some beers (or even some food to grill) and relax on the beach.
Beyond the Sites: Getting to Seattle
Now that you know the best things to do in Seattle, you might need help getting here. That's where we come in. You can enter the USA without a Visa as long as you get an ESTA travel authorization. Stick with us, and we'll get you to Seattle.