What’s Doing in Seattle

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Watch out for flying fish!

Watch out for flying fish!

Before leaving the waterfront, head north to the city’s Olympic Sculpture Park, a sculpture garden located waterside. With its own beach and both permanent and rotating displays, the park is operated by the Seattle Art Museum and admission is free.

Head back downtown for a taste of the Seattle Art Museum, or SAM as it is fondly called by locals. It has an eclectic collection, and over the years has offered exhibitions such as Civil Rights photography, Buddhas of Asia, and video installations revolving around American soldiers and technology in the Middle East and Afghanistan. The museum is currently hosting Seeing Nature as well as Views from Venice exhibitions, among many others.

It wouldn’t be a trip to Seattle without a visit to the Space Needle, the city’s most iconic landmark. Erected nearly 55 years ago for the 1962 World’s Fair, the structure remains emblematic of Seattle to this day. Tourists can ascend to the observation deck 520 feet above ground via a high speed elevator, for a magnificent view of Seattle and dinner at the rotating SkyCity restaurant.

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Another remnant of the 1962 World’s Fair is the city’s monorail, officially the Seattle Center Monorail. The elevated train runs between the Space Needle, at Seattle Center, and Westlake Center in the city’s downtown, where a light-rail connection to Sea-Tac Airport is available.

WHERE TO STAY

The Emerald City offers many places to rest one’s head at night, including the Fairmont Olympic hotel, which opened in 1924. The Italian renaissance building has one of the grandest lobbies in the Pacific Northwest, complete with gilt metal and crystal chandeliers, oaken walls, and balconies that wouldn’t look out of place in an opera house, noted FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira after a visit.

The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, located one block from Pike Place Market, is another hostelry worthy of consideration. The rooftop infinity pool, with its fire pit, hot tub, and views of the Puget Sound, certainly merits a stay at the property. A spa is located on the premises, and the signature treatments followed by a shvitz in the stream room are enough reason to choose the hotel.

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