It’s hard to resist Seattle’s charm, and at Cyrene Apartments, we know this firsthand. The city bursts with ingenuity, energy and culture, while the surrounding natural environments provide an escape full of beauty and serenity. There’s so much to do, you might feel a little overwhelmed! Fortunately, our love of the Emerald City has led us to become experts in some of Seattle’s most amazing features, those that everyone should visit! So here goes, here’s our list of the best places for sightseeing in Seattle!

1. The Space Needle

The Space Needle

As one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, the Space Needle easily takes the top spot. There are a couple of ways to take in the stunning landscapes of the Seattle. Simply head up to the observation deck to take in the 360-degree views, or stay for a while and have dinner or lunch at SkyCity, the rotating restaurant located just below the deck.

2. The Great Wheel

The Great Wheel

The Great Wheel is right next door to our downtown Seattle apartments on Pier 57. This giant Ferris wheel that stands on the Seattle waterfront at 175 feet high is fairly new, but it’s already a favorite attraction. Each gondola holds eight people and does three full rotations, so you’re sure to catch come unparalleled sightseeing in Seattle. At night, the Wheel can be seen for miles as it lights up the sky.

3. The Columbia Center View

The Columbia Center View

With 76 stories and at an astonishing height of 937 feet, Columbia Center is the tallest building in Washington. The Sky View Observatory is located on the 73rd floor and provides sweeping views of Seattle, Bellevue, the Space Needle, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier.

4. Big Bertha and The Tunnel

Big Bertha and The Tunnel

Seattleites have been following the process of Big Bertha for nearly four years. The world’s largest tunnel boring machine began its 2-mile excavation journey in July of 2013. While it doesn’t offer you the traditional experience of sightseeing in Seattle, it’s definitely one of the city’s seven wonders. You can’t help but be incredibly impressed with the scope of this colossal project. Despite the various pitfalls, the city recently celebrated the completion of Bertha’s underground journey! The new tunnel will carry highway 99 below downtown Seattle and is set to open to traffic in the beginning of 2018.

5. Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

Pike Place is a major part of the Emerald City’s rich history. Every year, more than 10 million people visit the Seattle waterfront area and the hundreds of Market vendors offering up the best of local food, entertainment and art. Originally opened in 1907, this massive public farmer’s market has long been a famous location for sightseeing in Seattle. And, of course, we can’t forget to mention that you have to check out the fishmongers who throw fish at passers-by. It’s truly a unique experience!

6. Gas Works Park

Gas Works Park

You may recognize this Seattle Park from the 90’s teen movie Ten Things I Hate About You! Gas Works is one of the many gorgeous public parks within Seattle. Formerly a coal gasification plant, Gas Works combines an industrial aesthetic with open green spaces and beautiful views of Lake Union and Seattle, providing one of the best sightseeing spots in all of Seattle. Locals often take to the park’s great hill to fly a kite, play or just lay out in the sun.

7. The Ballard Locks

The Ballard Locks

The Locks’ attraction is twofold: You can catch glimpses of spawning salmon as well a complicated system of water maintenance. While like this may not sound like a popular spot for sightseeing in Seattle, more than 1 million people visit the Locks each year. It’s fascinating to witness this innovative system moving boats from Puget Sound saltwater to the freshwater of the lakes.

The Ballard Locks salmon in the process of migration

And, as an added bonus, you can look through clear windows to view hundreds of thousands of salmon in the process of migration.

We believe that getting to know your city is a vital part of a well-balanced lifestyle. You should feel connected to your community whether you’re relaxing at home or out and about sightseeing in Seattle. This is why Cyrene offers you more than an apartment in one of the most coveted neighborhoods on the Seattle waterfront. You’re also given access to top-notch community amenities such as an on-site fitness center, lounge areas, and a rooftop club and deck with incredible views of the Puget Sound.

Find out what it’s like to truly feel a part of something special! Contact Cyrene!