Celebrating History, Making Memories
Never is a city more magical in summer than Seattle. It sheds gloomy gray for azure skies and stunning water views. Perhaps best known for contributions in aerospace, music, and technology, it has finally come into its own. A rich heritage inspired me to delve into Seattle’s historic side.
The Space Needle is perhaps the best known icon of the Emerald City and a must-see for any visitor. Celebrating its 50th birthday this year, it is still a symbol of achievement. The observation deck at 520 feet affords breathtaking panoramic views with interactive exhibits providing information on the landmarks. The newest addition, a wine bar, serves Washington wine by the glass in the afternoons.
A visit to the Space Needle would not be complete without experiencing the view and a meal at Sky City. Recently renovated with an updated menu focused on local ingredients, this is a real treat. The restaurant rotates 360 degrees in 47 minutes and was the first of its kind when it was built in 1962. The menu includes fresh seafood, local, seasonal produce and Northwest wines. Read View From the Top to learn about dining and exploring the Space Needle.
Next door, Chihuly Garden and Glass showcases native Dale Chihuly’s magnificent glass creations. The glass sculptures are colorful and whimsical and cleverly displayed in one mind-blowing vignette after another. Additional glass sculptures are exhibited in the outdoor garden and in the signature glasshouse. This is one exhibition you won’t want to miss! If you find yourself in need of refreshment, try Collections Cafe, named for the artist’s personal collections displayed throughout the space.
Following the the theme of exploring history, if you haven’t seen the King Tut exhibit, you are in luck. Experience Egyptian history through more than 100 objects spanning 2,000 years of history. It is located at the Pacific Science Center through January 6, 2013, the last North American stop.
Smith Tower was one of the world’s first skyscrapers when it was built in 1914. The building is an engineering and architectural marvel. Materials include bronze, marble, onyx, and steel. Visit the Observation Deck and Chinese Room on the 35th floor, reached by a manually operated elevator, for amazing views.
The Mayflower Park Hotel is celebrating its 85th birthday. Their location in the heart of downtown is ideal for shopping, dining and sightseeing. Hop on the Monorail to be whisked to the Space Needle in a matter of minutes. Rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, blending historic elements with modern amenities such as in-room safes, complimentary WiFi, cozy robes, and efficient desks for business travelers. Enjoy breakfast or dinner in Mediterranean restaurant, Andaluca or sip martinis at Oliver’s. Take advantage of special offers including a King Tut’s Treasure for accommodations, valet parking and special tickets to the exhibit.
CityPASS is the best way to see the most popular sights in Seattle for one low price. Skip the long lines at most attractions and enjoy the savings, during a nine-day visit. Sights include Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Harbor Tour, Pacific Science Center, EMP Museum, and Museum of Flight. CityPASS tickets can be purchased at any of these attractions.
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