MD Expo 2018 is just around the corner! We are so excited to head to the Pacific Northwest for three days full of world-class educational sessions, topflight networking opportunities and an exhibit hall filled with the latest technology, service and equipment options. Here are different activities and exciting things visitseattle.org lists to see and explore while you are enjoying your stay in Seattle, Washington!
Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the 605-foot-tall Space Needle quickly became an icon of the city that today is recognized far and wide. On the observation level, which you can reach via a 43-second elevator ride, see the doodle-on-a-napkin concept that led to the Space Needle design. Views from the top feature Elliott Bay, the Cascade Mountains and Mount Rainier!
Pike Place Market
From the iconic market sign and Rachel the Piggy Bank to the gum wall, the original Starbucks cafe, well over 225 local artisans selling their wares, the famous fish-tossing tradition, and music-playing street performers, there are enough sights and sounds at Pike Place Market to pack a day (or more). The market added its historic MarketFront expansion in 2017, featuring an open-air plaza and fantastic views of Elliott Bay.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Chihuly Garden and Glass museum is dedicated to the work and career of locally born, world-renowned glassblower Dale Chihuly, who was introduced to the craft while studying at the University of Washington. It is the most comprehensive collection of his art to date, with interior galleries featuring a variety of his work in the medium. The pièce de résistance is the glasshouse, with a vibrant 100-foot-long sculpture in hues of red, orange and yellow suspended from the ceiling.
The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space collections in the country, with an overwhelming number of things to see, like a Boeing lunar rover and an Air Force One from the Eisenhower era, and do, including NASA space shuttle trainer tours and flight simulators.
Seattle Great Wheel
Since its construction in 2012, the Seattle Great Wheel has quickly become a fixture of the city’s skylines. It also adds an entirely new sightseeing perspective, thanks to its location perched on the end of Pier 57. Enjoy three revolutions around in one of the air-conditioned gondolas to see the city, water and mountains on the horizon.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room is a Willy Wonka–esque coffee wonderland, where you’ll find exclusive beverages, various brewing methods, a coffee library and more.
Museum of Pop Culture
Music, science fiction and pop culture all come together at the fascinating Museum of Pop Culture. The Frank Gehry-designed building looks like a smashed guitar from above, while inside, its colorful exhibits cover everything from the history of indie video games and horror films to Nirvana, the Seahawks and more.
There are also several city tours and buses around Seattle!
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