When it was built in 1914, this 42-story downtown tower was the tallest building west of the Mississippi. In 1962, the 605-foot Space Needle outreached it, and for many years afterwards, the Seattle skyline was bracketed by these two spires. Today Smith Tower, with its many windows and ornate pyramid top, is still a beloved Seattle edifice. Anybody can waltz in to take an old-fashioned ride in one of the eight brass-caged, manually operated elevators. The 35th floor observation deck has lovely views.
For more than 20 years this gallery, a vital part of Seattle's art community, has focused on contemporary art in a variety of mediums including paint, glass art, jewelry, stone and bronze sculpture. The gallery, located on the edge of Pike Place Market, draws from a pool of local, national and international artists for its wide array of bold pieces. You'll find dazzling variety, from twisting bronze and granite sculptures to delicate glass vases to bright watercolors.
This famous fish market is one of the most well-known spots in Seattle where you can watch fishermen and sellers throw fish through the air. The fish and shellfish are fresh, displayed in crushed ice all around the counter. The stand sells wild salmon, yellow fin tuna, halibut, crab, prawns and more. You can simply browse or buy some to go, most fishmongers will ship it anywhere. Make sure to stop and watch the famous fish-throwing show. Pike Place Fish Market is located right through the main entrance to Pike Place Market.
A stone's throw from the Seattle Art Museum, this bright gallery displays a little bit of everything in its theatrical space, vivid paintings, sculptures, photographs, pottery and mixed-media works. Opened in 1977, William Traver Gallery has good collections of glass from the Pilchuck School, the glassmaking institution made famous by the colorful swirls of Dale Chihuly. Solo shows, such as Ann Gardiner's scintillating mosaic exhibition, are certain to impress viewers.
A big, gorgeous space flooded with natural light, Gail Gibson's Gallery on the second-floor emphasizes photography and sculpture, often in combination. Themes vary at the whim of the artist and the gallery owner. You might see a retrospective on the history of baseball or a series of "shadow" photographs in which the images look like faint scraps of ghosts. The creaky floorboards add a nice bit of atmosphere to such mysterious shows.
The Green Lake Park is one of Seattle's most popular recreation parks that became a part of the city as a part of the grand Olmsted plan which aimed at creating a cluster of interconnected green spaces within the city. The lake is engulfed by a 2.8 mile (4.5 km) path that is divided into two different lanes, one for unmotorized vehicles and the other for pedestrians. These paths attract a lot of people seeking relaxation and exercise and hence can be crowded especially on weekends. The Park also features watersport facilities, a golf course, a library and a theater. The Green lake is home to a wide array of flora and fauna, making it a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.
Located on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center, the Sky View Observatory provides unobstructed views of Mount Rainier, the city, Elliot Bay, the Space Needle, Olympic Mountains, Bellevue and more. Popular among tourists and locals alike, this landmark is the tallest public observatory west of the Mississippi, reaching nearly 1,000 feet (304 meters) . Visitors pay a small fee to ride the elevator up and experience the breath-taking view. Visit in the evenings to take advantage of the spectacular sunset, but be sure to get there an hour before closing when the last tickets are sold for the night.
Seattle Architecture Foundation Gallery is a place where architects from the city present their work. Here you will find architectural pieces built from the historic period as well as contemporary work. You will also get a glimpse of how cultural developments took place which is showcased through the architectural models. Visit them to take a tour of the gallery and appreciate the artistic minds. The gallery hosts open seminars to promote architectural work and ideas for the betterment of the community.
Vetri International Glass is a renowned studio glass center in Seattle. The gallery promotes artists who work with glass all throughout the city. Some of the artists represented at Vetri International Glass are Robert Dane, Gabe Feenan, Julia Gombert, Takuya Tokizawa, Cesare Toffolo, Jamie Harris. This beautiful art gallery has an enticing collection of innovative glass pieces in a wide array of shapes and sizes. Select from fragile Christmas decorations, colorful and delicate vases and bowls for your home. Gift a loved one with an item from the 'sea life' collection or wine goblets and perfume bottles which are so reminiscent of Europe. Head here for a rare find as each creation is unique.
Established in the early 20th Century, Coliseum Theater was one of Seattle's first movie theaters. Designed by the renowned architect, Priteca, B. Marcus, the building is an impressive example of the architecture of the time with is beautiful facade and ornate interior. The building functioned as a movie theater well into the 1990s after which it was reconstructed. It now serves as an outlet for the clothing store chain, Banana Republic.