Seattle Attractions
Historic and Cultural Attractions

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks*The Lake Washington Ship Canal connects Lake Washington to the Puget Sound. The passage is made possible via the locks, built in 1911 and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Pike Place Market*. Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA). 85 Pike Street, Room 500, Seattle, WA 98101. Phone: 206-682-7453; Fax: 206-625-0646. E-mail

Situated just above the waterfront, the market is popular with natives tourists alike. It is a vital part of Seattle's economy, receiving more than nine million visits each year. It features about 600 businesses including farmers and merchants that offer fresh vegetables, seafood, food bars, cafes, restaurants, crafts, art work, and gifts from booths, stalls and shops, and the original Starbucks. The market was born in 1907, from citizen outrage at the high cost of produce, beginning with a handful of farmers with their wagons on Pike Place. It is the oldest continually operating farmers' market in the USA.

The Waterfront*
A row of piers jutting out into Elliot Bay are the backbone for a mix of maritime industries, shops and restaurants. Ferries, freighters, tugs and even naval vessels go about their business, while the occasional seaplane or para-sailor flies above. Take in all this activity along the promenade linking the piers, or take a harbor tour, island cruise or fishing excursion. On land, are close by. The Waterfront Streetcar (using restored trams imported from Australia) trundles along the waterfront from Pier 70 past the well known Bell St. Pier, the Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Omnidome Theatre, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, and on to the Chinatown District.

Klondike Gold Rush NHP
This links to the National Park Service's page on the Visitor's centers in Seattle and Skagway describing the gold rush.

Pioneer Square*
Saved from the wrecking ball by popular outcry, Seattle's oldest neighborhood is a 17-square-block National Historic District. Its charming, red-brick buildings have been revived and now hold a great arts, café, shopping and nightlife scene. Historical highlights are the Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park and the unique Bill Spiedel's Underground Tour.

Tillicum Indian Village.* 2992 SW Avalon Way, Seattle, WA 98126. Phone: 206-933-8600; Toll-free: 1-800-426-1205.

Tillicum Village is located on Blake Island Marine State Park, eight miles off the coast of downtown Seattle's central waterfront in Washington State. Blake Island is believed to be the birthplace of Chief Seattle and became a state park in 1959.

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