(BLACK PR WIRE) "" As the capitol of Washington State, Seattle is commonly known as the gateway to the Pacific Northwest. With pleasant summer temperatures, a variety of sightseeing opportunities and a vibrant melting pot of cultural groups, Seattle is one destination you should not miss as you plan your next vacation.
Arguably the most famous Seattle landmark is its Space Needle, a tower standing over 600 feet tall. The tower was originally constructed for the 1962 World's Fair, and now welcomes visitors with a 360-degree observation deck, interactive exhibits, a revolving restaurant, and a souvenir shop. Guests on the observation desk enjoy views of Seattle's skyline, mountains and nearby islands.
As you step down back to earth, you are surrounded by the Seattle Center, a large park and outdoor entertainment center. The Seattle Center regularly hosts special events, concerts and festivals. There are also several theaters, museums, arenas and other venues for holding athletic and performing arts events. As an added convenience, a public monorail provides quick transportation between the Space Needle/Seattle Center and the city's downtown.
Several museums and facilities in the area highlight the city's diversity, including the Northwest African American Museum. This museum documents the historical and present experiences of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest, who have had a presence in the region dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is the nation's only pan-Asian Pacific American community-based museum. Located in Seattle's historic Chinatown District, this museum documents the contributions of Asian immigrants in the Seattle community and throughout America.
If you're looking for shopping options beyond the generic shopping mall, you should visit the Pike Place Market. Over 100 years old, Pike Place is an open-air public market on the Elliott Bay waterfront in downtown Seattle. This is the place to find specialty merchants and goods, including antiques, artwork, clothing, food, health products, books, and gift items.
The Seattle Aquarium is your entryway to explore Puget Sound's unique marine ecosystem. Sections of the aquarium are literally under water, allowing visitors to see the fish, birds and mammals of the Pacific Northwest in their native habitats. There are also live feedings, presentations, educational exhibits and touch pools that allow contact with creatures.
These are just a handful of the many activities to explore when you take in the sights of Seattle.