PIKE PLACE MARKET First Avenue and Pike Place, (206)
682-7453- Who can resist a bunch of guys in rubber orange
overalls flinging giant salmon all over a public market? That's
what the fishmongers at Pike Place Fish have been doing since 1965,
turning this once humble fish stand into a world-famous sidewalk
show that's been featured in a Spike Lee Levi's commercial, MTV's
The Real World, and, of course, Frasier. All that
without having ever spent a dime on advertising. Or losing its
freshness. But it isn't just the fishmongers at Pike Place Fish
that attract crowds. This picturesque market overlooking Puget
Sound is the place for produce, flowers, baked goods, snacks,
gifts, and people watching.
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT (EMP) 325 Fifth Ave. N., (206)
367-5483 - Though opened across from the Space Needle in June
2000, the unique EMP - which celebrates the history of American
music with more than 80,000 artifacts plucked and/or beaten on by
everyone from Muddy Waters to the Foo Fighters - is already a local
fixture. It's easy to get scared off by the monstrously designed
140,000-square-foot building and $19.95 adult admission charge, but
the lively experience inside is well worth it.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM 100 University St., (206) 654-3100 - With
more than 21,000 objects from Old Master paintings to contemporary
Northwest native art, this is one of the West Coast's premier art
museums. In the heart of downtown, it's recognizable by the
48-foot-tall steel and aluminum Hammering Man sculpture out front.
It's a great place to duck inside during one of those rare rainy
MUSEUM OF FLIGHT 9404 E Marginal Way S., (206) 764-5700 -
South of the city on Boeing Field, this museum houses the most
comprehensive aerospace collection in the western U.S. Exhibits
range from a replica of the Wright Brothers' wind tunnel to a
walk-through space-shuttle cabin, but the highlight is a Lockheed
Blackbird spy plane.