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Museum of Flight

Explore the history of flight from the Wright Brothers to space travel. Collections at Museum of Flight include commercial, military and civilian crafts. See a 1929 Boeing 80A-1, the sole survivor of its type. The 1926 Swallow was used as the nation's first contracted airmail service starting in April 1926. For those interested in more modern aircraft, there are the dynamic M-21 Blackbird, the fastest and highest-flying aircraft ever built, and the VC-137B Air Force One, which flew President Dwight D. Eisenhower on a historic visit to meet with Germany's Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in 1959. Take a walk through the “Red Barn,” a museum in its own right, where the Boeing Company manufactured its first aircraft. There is also a library with an extensive selection of aviation information, as well as a museum store and a cafe on the premises.

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

About an hour and a half drive from downtown Seattle, this 4,529.2-acre (1832.9-hectare) wildlife refuge was established to protect a rich diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and marine life, encompassing about 300 different species, on the Nisqually River Delta. The picturesque reserve encompasses varied landscapes including wetlands, forests and grasslands. Attracting a large population of migratory birds, the park is a popular site for birding. Hiking is the best way to take in the stunning beauty of the park, with the Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail being prominent for spotting wildlife.

Priest Point Park

Touted to be the city's first waterfront park, the Priest Point Park was once a Native American settlement. A recreational spot, the park is frequented by outdoor lovers and bird watchers. The park can be explored by various trails and bird species like downy, breasted nuthatch, osprey etc. can be spotted here.

Smith Tower

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.

Seattle Great Wheel

Want the best view of Seattle's colourful and glittering skyline? Then take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel, which is situated on the pier off Alaskan Way. The 15-minute ride inside its climate-controlled gondolas will take you to a maximum height of 175 feet (53 meters), where you can capture splendid views of downtown and the picture-perfect moments with your family on a camera. Each gondola has a maximum capacity for eight people, and the wheel is open for tourists 365 days of the year. Considered to be one of the tallest ferries wheels on the West Coast, the Seattle Great Wheel makes for a perfect family joy ride.

Admiral Theatre

In operation since 1942, Admiral Theatre is the local haunt for cultural entertainment. Hosting a number of live performances and other events, the theater is always buzzing with a cheerful crowd looking to have a good time. Whether you want to watch a play, laugh away at a comedy show, tap your feet to catchy rhythms or watch an art-house film, the theater can offer what you are looking for. If you are wondering where to spend the evening, bring some pals along and enjoy a dose of culture at the Admiral Theatre. The quality shows and talented performers ensure you won’t be disappointed.

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