You don’t have to look far to find cool things to do in Seattle, the city is busting at the seams with coolness.

Here are a few of the most iconic destinations that you definitely shouldn’t miss while visiting the “Emerald City”.

The Space Needle

The famous Seattle Space Needle was built in 1962 for the Worlds Fair, the theme of which was “The Age of Space”. It is now one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, and rightly so.

From the observation deck of this 605 foot tall city landmark you will have 360 degree, indoor and outdoor, panoramic views of downtown Seattle, Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain Ranges.

Take in the beauty of Mount Rainier in all of her majestic glory as she stands in the backdrop of Downtown Seattle.

There has been a major renovation to the observation decks in the past few years and the views are incredible, as always.

“Viewing telescopes” are publicly available around the observation decks and are a great way to get up close and personal with the city and the mountain ranges. We positioned the camera of my iPhone to the back of one of the telescopes to get this close up of Mount Rainier. It wasn’t as easy as you might think. Definitely not National Geographic quality but I kinda like it.

The sun setting over Puget Sound is breathtaking to say the least. Many people wait until evening to visit the observatory just to see this magnificent display.

Below is the entrance to the ground floor, ticket offices and of course the gift shop.

You can also see one of the elevators beginning it’s ascent to the top. The trip from the ground floor to the top level takes a whopping 43 seconds.

“Sky City”, the famous revolving restaurant, closed in 2017 as part of the major renovation project but you still have two options available for food and drinks. If you want a quick bite, the Atmos Cafe is located on the upper observation level along with The Atmos Wine Bar where you can purchase wine, beer, locally crafted cheese boards and appetizers. You might as well get a little snack while you’re up there. It may be a little pricey, but what the heck, you’re on vacation, right?

Outside, in Space Needle Park, you will find some lovely free entertainment, street vendors selling handmade wares, food trucks, and, if you’re lucky, a Henna Tattoo artists.

The Space Needle Park offers up some modern art sculptures and beautiful flower gardens. so take a walk around and enjoy.

Engraved stones are placed throughout the flower gardens, along with a chestnut tree that’s descendant from the tree that stood outside of Ann Frank’s window, during the Holocaust.

The new renovations to the observation decks of the Space Needle include floor to ceiling windows on the upper deck, and if you are brave enough, you can walk across the newly added, world’s first and only, rotating glass floor, on the lower deck.

I thought I was brave enough until I walked up to it and looked down at the ground (far, far below). Nope. Not happening.

I did, however, try out the new “Virtual Bungee Jump off of the top of the Space Needle”…..surprisingly enough. As you can imagine, it was a little terrifying. I had to keep reminding myself that I was safely inside with both feet on the ground (still scary). I am, by the way, scared of heights. My sister insisted that we should do this and then adamantly refused her turn, after I went first. How about that for sisterly love.

The Space Needle is located at 400 Broad St., Seattle, WA. and the entrance fee ranges from $32.50 to $37.50, depending on the time of day. The views alone are worth it.

To find out more information visit spaceneedle.com and plan your trip!

Olympic Sculpture Park

The Olympic Sculpture Park is a nine acre, award winning, park operated by the Seattle Art Museum. The park is free and open to the public.

The trail around the park is perfect for biking, jogging or taking a leisurely walk and admiring this beautiful outdoor art museum.

The Olympic Sculpture Park opened January 20, 2007. It is located at the north end of the Seattle seawall and the south end of Myrtle Edwards Park. The park is a former industrial site and was occupied by Unocal, an oil and gas corporation until the 1970’s. The area became a contaminated brownfield before being reclaimed by the Seattle Art Museum.

From the sculpture park you can view the Space Needle, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. What a perfect way to spend a beautiful day.

Take a walk around the park and enjoy the amazing artwork and views.

To learn more about the Olympic Sculpture Park visit seattleartmuseum.org

MOPOP

The Museum of Pop Culture, otherwise known as “MOPOP”, was originally founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000 as the “Experience Music Project”.

MOPOP exhibits include “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses”, “Prince From Minneapolis” (get a picture atop of Prince’s purple motorcycle), “Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic” and “Pearl Jam: Home and Away”.

Also included under the entrance fee are the exhibits: “Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction”, “Indie Game Revolution”, “Hendrix: Wild Blue Angel” and the “Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame”.

Because the Terminator will be back and because Jason never goes away, you can visit both of them, along with some other creepy characters, at the “Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film” exhibit.

Ticket prices are $28 online and $30 walk in. You can visit “Minecraft: The exhibition” for an extra $6.

MOPOP is located at 325 5th Ave. N., Seattle, WA.

Visit mopop.org for more info.