Seattle is sometimes known as the Emerald City -- and it is truly a jewel, offering visitors a dizzying array of activities within its city limits. It would be hard to choose Seattle's top attractions, so we've selected five that are within easy walking distance, creating a do-it-yourself foot tour of the city's highlights.
Located at Pier 57 on Elliott Bay, this 175-foot tall wheel is one of the highest on the West Coast. From here, walk up the hill to:
Established in 1907, it's Seattle's original farmers market. From crafts to coffee, you'll find it all in this sprawling building overlooking Elliott Bay. One of the main attractions is the Pike Place Fish Market, where fishmongers toss seafood across the stall to save time. Now, head up Pine Street to 5th Avenue and:
It officially opened during the World's Fair in 1962 as the nation's first commercial monorail system. Today, it travels between Westlake Center shops and the Seattle Center, home of numerous theatrical and cultural destinations. When exiting via the ramp, you'll immediately see:
The Space Needle also opened in 1962 as part of the World's Fair. From the top observation deck, you'll be treated to a 360-degree view of the city. After descending, walk into the plaza and head toward the unusual architecture of:
Great musicians call Seattle home, and you'll find information on Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana and more in this visually stunning museum shaped like a smashed guitar. If you're a science fiction buff, you won't want to miss the original sets and props from films such as The Matrix.