From museums to markets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Metro Puget Sound Region.
Extending along Puget Sound, this region is home to the state’s urban core, including the cities of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, and Kent. Here are some of the region’s top attractions.
Metro Puget Sound Attractions
Boeing Future of Flight
Located in Everett, Boeing Future of Flight is one of the Metro Puget Sound Region’s premier aviation attractions. Visitors can enjoy views of Paine Air Field and explore interactive exhibits and displays in the gallery, including more than 150 current and future Boeing products and services.
The oldest skyscraper in Seattle—it was built in 1914—is a neoclassical building in historic Pioneer Square. Ride to the 35th floor in an old-timey, copper-and-brass elevator, then step out to admire the views from the outdoor observation deck.
Museum of Glass
Located in Tacoma, the Museum of Glass boasts the West Coast’s largest and most active museum glass studio as well as stunning artworks from local and national artists. Don’t miss the 500-foot-long pedestrian bridge packed with thousands of Dale Chihuly’s glass masterpieces, which become an illuminated display at night.
An appearance on Twin Peaks earned this Snoqualmie natural wonder international fame, but it’s the thunderous sight of water plunging 268 feet over rocky cliffs that draws visitors every year. A groomed trail leads to an observation deck below, while a viewing platform at top is wheelchair accessible.
Take a scenic ride in a window-clad elevator to the Space Needle’s open-air observation deck perched 520 feet above the city streets. Visitors can enjoy a drink with a view at the revolving Loupe Lounge.
Find picture-perfect views at this hillside park in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. Its 1.26-acre swath of grass offers a dreamy vista of the city skyline, Elliott Bay and—on clear days—Mount Rainier.
Pike Place Market
Seattle’s famous public market opened in 1907 and is perched above Elliott Bay. Wander the stalls to gather a bouquet of fresh-cut dahlias, discover handmade artisan wares, leave your sticky mark on the gum wall in Post Alley, watch overall-clad fishmongers toss fish, and drop a coin in the rotund belly of 550-pound bronze piggy bank Rachel the Pig.
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
This Smithsonian affiliate museum in Seattle’s International District shares the history, cultures, and art of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Explore three floors of galleries and community-drive programs and exhibitions.
Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight in south Seattle bills itself as the largest independent, nonprofit air and space museum in the world. Aviation geeks of all ages will love exploring the more than 175 aircraft and spacecraft, rare photographs, and dozens of exhibits.