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Seattle: Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Ticket

1. Seattle: Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Ticket

Experience the stunning views of Seattle from the Space Needle with a timed entry ticket. Take a stroll through the imaginative artwork of Dale Chihuly with admission to Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get access to both of these must-see attractions in one day. Exchange your voucher at the Space Needle and enjoy a thrilling 42-second elevator ride with views of the Seattle Center, the Puget Sound, and mountains. Step out on The Loupe, the world’s first and only revolving glass floor, for never-before-seen views of the structure and city. Lean into tilting glass walls on the open-air outdoor observation deck. Float over Seattle on one of 24 angled glass benches perched around the outdoor deck. After taking in the all-new thrilling views at the Space Needle, immerse yourself in a world where curiosity, creativity and color come to life at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get an insight into the inspiration and influences that drive the work of artist Dale Chihuly. Make your way through the exhibition’s eight interior galleries before heading out to the richly landscaped outdoor garden and glasshouse centerpiece. Be moved as you experience a comprehensive look at Chihuly's most significant work. Enjoy complimentary digital photo downloads and get access to daily gallery talks and live glass demonstrations. Admission includes a complimentary audio tour that you can downloaded to your smartphone.

Seattle: Columbia Center Sky View Observatory Entry Ticket

2. Seattle: Columbia Center Sky View Observatory Entry Ticket

See Seattle from the Columbia Center Sky View Observatory, the Pacific Northwest's tallest public viewing area. Located 1,000 high, this observatory offers a stunning panorama of Seattle's skyline. Choose between 3 ticket options, where you can upgrade to receive a credit to spend at the Sky View Café or gift shop, and even enjoy reserved window seating with the best view. Plan your itinerary from the vantage point of the observatory. Decide between whirling on the Great Wheel, strolling through Pike Place Market, or journeying to the San Juan Islands. Interact with touchscreen technology to explore destinations, tours, and areas so you can create a virtual itinerary. Overlook the city’s skyscrapers, residential neighborhoods, shipping port, and sports stadiums, then look beyond to the mountains, the sea, and the sky. Be captivated by 360-degree panoramic views including Mt. Rainier, Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, the Space Needle, and much more.

Seattle: Scenic Night Tour with Space Needle & Skywheel

3. Seattle: Scenic Night Tour with Space Needle & Skywheel

Discover the highlights and hidden gems of Seattle, the Emerald City, on an evening of adventure. Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup on this guided night tour. Stunning panoramic views of the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier accompany your nighttime urban exploration. Begin your tour with a pickup from your designated location, then head to the iconic "Great Wheel." The tallest wheel in the western United States, the Skywheel offers breathtaking views of Seattle's skyline. Step into a spacious cabin and admire the lights stretching down to sparkle off Elliott Bay. Next, visit the picturesque Kerry Park for more stunning panoramic views with Mount Rainier towering in the background. Take in the harmonious blend of natural and urban beauty as you admire the cityscape from this vantage point. Continue on to the Space Needle, the hallmark of Seattle. Marvel at the innovative, striking architecture as it juts above the city. On the observation deck, admire a breathtaking, 360-degree panorama of the city, the vast expanse of Puget Sound, and the surrounding mountains. Finally, enjoy the thrill of a city drive through Seattle. Ride along bustling streets and see iconic landmarks dotting the urban landscape. Once you've felt the pulse of this vibrant city, your guide will drop you off at your desired location to conclude your tour.

Seattle: Small Group Tour W/Space Needle, Boat & Underground

4. Seattle: Small Group Tour W/Space Needle, Boat & Underground

Welcome aboard the Best of Seattle experience with See Sight Tours. Our specially curated journey promises an unforgettable adventure through Seattle's iconic landmarks and unique history. Our exploration starts with the futuristic Space Needle. Bask in the panoramic cityscape views from this architectural marvel, a testament to Seattle's innovative spirit. Next, we embark on a scenic city drive, a brief immersion into the city's lively pulse. The journey continues with a serene harbor cruise, a unique opportunity to appreciate Seattle's waterfront, the rhythm of the waves, and the freshness of the sea air. Our adventure then takes an intriguing turn underground with the renowned Beneath the Streets experience. Since 2013, Beneath the Streets has illuminated the hidden corners of early Seattle, taking visitors on a journey through history following The Great Seattle Fire of 1889. As we navigate forgotten paths and alleys, you'll discover the underground areaways born out of Seattle's resilient rebirth, providing a unique glimpse into the city's vibrant past and the fascinating truths of the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. As we traverse the city, we'll cruise by renowned landmarks like the historic Smith Tower, the eclectic Seattle Art Museum, and the bustling Pike Place Market, each contributing to the vibrant tapestry of Seattle. The journey concludes at Kerry Park, where stunning views of the city skyline, the majestic Mount Rainier, and the shimmering waters of Elliott Bay await. A true encapsulation of Seattle in one frame, this spot is the perfect finale to our exploration. Join See Sight Tours for this immersive journey through Seattle's vibrant history, stunning vistas, and iconic landmarks. Come and experience Seattle like you've never seen it before!

From Seattle: Mt Saint Helen Tour

5. From Seattle: Mt Saint Helen Tour

The image of Mount Saint Helen's will always be associated with the United States and the rest of the world. Life changed in an instant during the events leading up to the 1980 eruption, and the mountaintop's geography was permanently changed. Today, you may explore this distinct volcano and all the flora and wildlife that contribute to the remarkable reforestation initiative. The Johnston Ridge Observatory is open seasonally and is located on Johnston Ridge in the center of the 1980 blast zone approximately 8 km (5 mi) north of the Mount St. Helens summit. The Ridge was named in honor of David Johnston, the USGS volcanologist who was on duty at the USGS Coldwater II observation point during the May 18, 1980 eruption. He was one of 57 people who lost their lives in the eruption. The Observatory building houses seismic, deformation, and other monitoring equipment that relays data to the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory for analysis.

Seattle And Olympic NP Self-Guided Audio Bundle Tour

6. Seattle And Olympic NP Self-Guided Audio Bundle Tour

Embark on a rich journey of discovery with the Action Tour Guide app, your all-in-one personal guide through Seattle and Olympic National Park. Begin in Seattle at the impressive Seattle Aquarium, immersing yourself in the vibrant aquatic life of Puget Sound. As you wander, you'll be captivated by tales of the Seattle Great Wheel, a pier turned bustling tourist attraction teeming with eateries and stores. Journeying on, uncover stories of Puget Sound, from the dwindling orca population to quirky tales that spark laughter. Your path then winds to Miner's Landing, echoing with ancient tales of the Coast Salish, who've called this land home for over a millennium. The footsteps of the Denny family, pioneers of modern Seattle, come alive alongside tales of Chief Si’ahl, a mediator between cultures, and the adventurous David “Doc” Maynard. The whimsical Ye Olde Curiosity Shop stands as a testament to Joseph Stanley's penchant for the peculiar, while the aroma from Ivar’s Fish Shop draws you into tales of the fierce fight to secure a railroad. As you stroll, the 1889 fire that shaped Seattle's destiny unfurls, paving the way for tales of the towering Smith Tower, steeped in lore and history. Pioneer Square stands proud as the pulsating heart of Seattle, where tales of logging magnates mingle with those of an Alaskan totem pole. Journey through time, experiencing the excitement of the Klondike Gold Rush and the rivalry of the World Fair. As the story unfolds, marvel at the rise of tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon, while getting a taste of Seattle's coffee culture with Starbucks' transformative journey. The rhythm of grunge, personified by Nirvana, reverberates through the streets, leading you to the bustling Pike Place Market, where fish fly and stories come alive. From cityscape to pristine wilderness, Olympic National Park offers a stark contrast. Begin at the park's visitor center, where the natural and cultural stories lay a foundation for the adventure ahead. Wander through the dense Hoh Rainforest, its moss-laden trees whispering ancient secrets. The Elwha River sings songs of nature's resilience, while panoramic vistas from Hurricane Ridge showcase nature's grandeur. The Pacific's might is on full display at Rialto and Ruby Beaches, each wave a testament to nature's raw power. Journey through diverse ecosystems, from alpine meadows to temperate forests, each trail revealing a unique facet of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The history of the native tribes, their symbiotic relationship with this land, weaves through your exploration, enriching your experience. Your adventure concludes amidst the verdant valleys and majestic peaks of the park, a fitting finale to a journey spanning urban charm and untamed nature.

Seattle All-Inclusive: Hike Mt. Rainier and Wine Tasting

7. Seattle All-Inclusive: Hike Mt. Rainier and Wine Tasting

Join a local nature and wine guide on a small-group trip. Enjoy a beautiful National Park hike with big views of Mt. Rainier, an organic picnic lunch outside, and wine tastings at beloved Northwestern wineries in the Yakima Valley. Take a 1.5 hour drive to Mt. Rainier for a 3.5-mile nature walk/hike, appropriate for most abilities. On a clear day the beautiful, hulking monolith can be seen from just about anywhere. At the height of summer, travelers and locals alike make pilgrimages to her flower-flanked trails for the relaxation, fresh air, and peace that only comes with a walk in a quiet, wild place. Along the way, your guide may even show you which plants are safe to nibble on. After an organic, gourmet picnic lunch in the outdoors, you will head towards Yakima Valley known for sunshine, and Italian, German, and Portuguese grapes. You'll visit two beloved, locally-owned vineyards in the Naches Heights. You might also visit Wilridge, Mill Lane, Fontaine, or Southward vineyards and wineries. After all of that, you'll be on your way back to Seattle by dinner time. Join this adventure in the Pacific Northwest, for a day tour to remember.

Seattle: Space Needle & Seattle Center Experience

8. Seattle: Space Needle & Seattle Center Experience

Community Impact: -We have the opportunity to support small businesses in the Queen Anne neighborhood, from local coffee shops and bakeries to small record shops -Our small-group experiences, designed to visit neighborhood spots off the usual tourist paths, ensure that we do not overwhelm and overcrowd our smaller Queen Anne businesses -By walking and using mass transportation, you’re helping to reduce tourism’s impact on the environment -We strive to represent all voices in our storytelling, including those of immigrant-owned bakeries of Scandinavian origin and the contributions of black, LGBTQ, and female individuals to the arts Summary: Seattle Center has a wealth of art, cultural institutions, and more to explore, and this two-hour Seattle walking tour will satisfy you with the absolutely must-sees of the city’s Uptown area. During our Seattle Center walk, we’ll be passing by the most iconic spots including the immediately recognizable Space Needle and two world-renowned institutions below, the Museum of Pop Culture and Chihuly Garden and Glass. Among the lesser-known attractions we might encounter on the tour are the historic Seattle Armory – a 1939 Washington National Guard building turned food hall – and McCaw Hall complex housing the Seattle Opera. Your guide will introduce you to the Center’s outdoor art scattered throughout, including the musical International Fountain and larger-than-life works of art imitating nature. There will be time on our tour to check out a local radio station and grab yourself a cup of coffee and a pastry while perusing vinyls at a local record store. After exploring the grounds below, your tour guide will navigate you back to the Space Needle for a 360-degree 605-feet-high tour, where you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the park and unbeatable vistas of the Seattle skyline and Puget Sound.

Seattle: Space Needle Area Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

9. Seattle: Space Needle Area Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Go on a self-guided walking tour of the Space Needle and surrounding area in Seattle with an app that functions as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map, all in one. Explore the Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pacific Science Center, Mural Amphitheatre, Kobe Bell Meditation Garden, and more. Begin your walking tour of the Space Needle area at the Museum of Pop Culture. From there, head to the majestic Space Needle, a prominent symbol of the 1962 World’s Fair. Hear the story of how the city sought a memorable centerpiece for fairgoers and the struggle to find a place to build it. Next, find yourself at the Chihuly Garden and Glass, featuring glass sculptures that emulate the natural world. Uncover the story behind Chihuly’s unique processes in creating these works. On the way, see the “Sonic Bloom” solar-powered floral sculptures that produce harmonic tones as you get close. Then, see the Pacific Science Center, built for the World’s Fair. Listen to the tale of some fugitive monkeys as well. On a tamer note, move on to the Neototems Children’s Garden. Learn how many Native Americans saw whales as symbols of good luck, while observing the whimsical sculptures around you. Continue your walking tour to the Mural Amphitheatre. Learn about the artist Paul Horiuchi, responsible for the mural before you. Step back in time and hear about the many struggles he experienced. Move past the Seattle Center and onto the International Fountain, another remnant from the World’s Fair. Hear how it’s changed, including the fact that it once had a jagged moon-like surface. You might even take in a water show, synced to diverse music like Beethoven and Northwestern bands. Up next is another original structure from the fair, the Climate Pledge Arena. Find out how the arena once housed the “World of Tomorrow” exhibit, complete with projected images of an imagined future. Head onto the Kobe Bell Meditation Garden and uncover the bonds between Seattle and Kobe, Japan, forged after World War II. See the great bell, given by Kobe as a gesture of peace and friendship. Laugh at the April Fool’s prank involving the very fake collapse of the Space Needle. Become spellbound by the base jumpers who once leapt from the Space Needle’s observation platform, but with a few frightening twists. End your self-guided tour at the Artists at Play Playground, designed around themes of sound and motion.

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You have to pick up the space needle ticket fist and it will act as tickets for both the needle And the garden. The garden only allows entry once, so you cant go in and out. Picking up the Space needle ticket gives you a certain time frame Depending on when you pick it up. There is a new time frame for goers every hour on the 45 minute mark. So if you get there at 1:30 your ticket time frame will probably be for 1:45-2:45; unsure if is the 45 minute mark everyday. The elevators constantly go up and down so you don’t have to be there on tome nor stay the whole time. Both are pretty cool. Get to the garden early enough to see glass blowing demos at the outside portion of the gallery. They do it all day but don’t go so late you miss the last session.

Go to the Space Needle when it opens - less crowded. Take the time to read the panels going up to the elevator, it’s a great capsule of the engineering marvel of the Needle. Chihuly Glass is a very unique museum that you will not experience anywhere else in the country. The glass pieces are stunning. Don’t miss the videos of his different projects. They are very short but give you great insight into the artist and his works.

I really don't care for heights, but when in Seattle, the Space Needle is a must! The elevator ride up was quick and easy. There were varying spectacular viewing locations, Well worth overcoming my fear. We combined this with a tour of Chuhuly Garden

pleasantly surprised by both indoor and outdoor Chihuly exhibitions! Space needle was great too of course, we went around sunset time which I can recommended for keen photographers!

We purchased tickets online and they were ready for us at the ticket counter.