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On a trip to this artistic, colorful, and urban city, there certain attractions that should not be missed. Check out any, or all, of these top 5 things to do in Seattle to experience spectacular views, a lively market, and the art of city jazz cats.

1. Space Needle

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Seattle’s most symbolic attraction is the Space Needle, and most tourists won’t miss visiting the Observation Deck on their trip. Head to the top and enjoy a 360-degree view of Seattle with mountains in the distance and city life below. Use the interactive technology to get to know the history behind this iconic attraction. If you want to treat yourself, dine in the space needle’s rotating restaurant for spectacular service and delectable food and a most breath-taking view.

2. Chihuly Garden and Glass

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Put aside a couple hours of your day to really appreciate the beauty of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibits. Displays of colorful glass structures with impressive twisting glass tubes will mesmerize you. These artistic and captivating art presentations make this experience a must do while in Seattle, home to Chihuly’s introduction to glass. Check out the videos demonstrating glass blowing to get an insider’s look at this art form.

3. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

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The family-owned Jazz Alley has been a staple of Seattle’s live music and dining scene since 1979. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley provides an intimate setting with all seats within 50 feet of the stage – so close you can soak in the energy of the performers before you. Spend a night at Jazz Alley to appreciate jazz at one of the best music venues Seattle has to offer. Genres include jazz fusion, a Latin jazz band, the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, or gritty soul music.

4. Pike Place Market

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Seattle’s Pike Place Market seems to have everything —  fruits and vegetables, a fish market, cheese shops, flower vendors, street music, and souvenirs. Observe the crowd, pick out some snacks for yourself and watch fish being tossed between the seafood vendors. Shop for jewelry, clothing, or a unique trinket for yourself and bring part of the experience home with you. Enjoy the sights and smells of the market, and be sure to bring your appetite.

5. Washington State Ferries

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The only place in Seattle that boasts a better view of the city than the Space Needle is a view from the ferry. Ride the Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge Island and back on a sunny afternoon if you can, or head out during sunset for a picturesque experience. From the ferry, you can enjoy fantastic views of the skyline, and if the day is clear enough, you can see Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains in the distance as well.

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