Seattle is an often overlooked travel destination, but it is truly the gem of the Pacific Northwest. And for those of you that are unaware, the Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful areas in the entire country. So if you’ve never been, you should definitely make a point to take a quick trip to this wonderful city. And while you’re there, be sure to check out these top attractions.

EXPERIENCE PIKE PLACE

Even people that have never been to Seattle know about Pike Place. Other than the Space Needle, it is probably the most famous thing about Seattle. It’s been around since 1907 and has delivered fresh produce at fair prices ever since. But it’s the energy of Pike Place that makes it so special. All the vendors there enjoy what they do and want visitors to enjoy their time there. So the positive vibes are palpable just while walking around. Not to mention it sure is fun to watch the fish vendors toss those giant fish back and forth. It’s harder than you think!

VISIT BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

Seattle is, of course, a port town. So it’s right by the water. And in the water there just so happens to be a lovely little island by the name of Bainbridge Island. It’s a quaint little community with all the food and shops you could want from a lazy beach town. There are also plenty of museums and other attractions that can be fun for the whole family. If you’re looking for a slightly more active trip, the island also has a golf course, a marina, and bike rentals!

TAKE AN UNDERGROUND TOURS

If you ask me, this is the coolest thing to do in Seattle. In 1889, a fire broke out that became known as the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. The damage was so bad to all the buildings and storefronts that the central business district located in Pioneer Square was literally raised 22 feet above the damaged areas. So today, as you walk down the sidewalks, you’re actually standing on top of what used to be the original sidewalks and storefronts of the old Seattle. In fact, many of them are still preserved below the city and daily tours are offered. It’s a pretty amazing thing to see!

CHECK OUT DISCOVERY PARK

Discovery Park is easily the best public park in Seattle. It’s also the largest at a whopping 534 acres. Get this; the park includes everything from streams, forest groves, sea cliffs, and tidal beaches! Not to mention no what direction you’re looking the view is absolutely gorgeous. So if you consider yourself the outdoorsy type and find yourself in Seattle, this park is a must-see.

CATCH A GAME

In case you didn’t know, Seattle is a major city. So they have multiple professional sports teams! Most notably the Seahawks of the NFL and the Mariners of the MLB. What’s more, they have some of the most loyal and rowdy fans in all of sports. In fact, the home fans at Seahawks games are affectionately known as “The 12th Man,” as the sheer power of the sound they make acts as a part of the team and helps them win. While Safeco Field where the Mariners play is one of the newer and more beautiful parks in all of baseball. If you’re a sports fan and you’re in Seattle when either team is playing, you’ll definitely want to catch a game.