The summer 2016 ACLEA Conference is just around the corner, and this time it’s in SEATTLE!
Hopefully everyone is excited for another fabulous conference in this amazing city.
If you’re looking for some things to do (on top of the wonderful happenings planned for the conference of course) here are some of the city’s top tourist attractions (vouched by locals).
Pike Place Market
Distance from hotel: 0.4 miles
There is nothing like a market to get a truly local experience of a city. This market located on the English Bay waterfront was built in 1903. The vendors range from local farmers, to cheese artisans, chocolatiers and craftspeople. They also have a bunch of cute little restaurants and buskers keeping the spirit alive.
The first ever Starbucks location was opened in this market. Apparently the line is always super long, but worth it to just get a chance to check out where it all began… where your favourite drinks were born!
Check out the Pike Place Market Map & Visitors Guide
Fun fact about the Pike Place Market: Pike Place Market is the longest continuously operating farmer’s market in America.
Distance from hotel: 0.8 mile
Experience the view from Seattle's world famous Space Needle. There is an observation tower and a revolving restaurant perched 150 m up. The elevator travels at 4.5 m/s, getting you all the way up in 41 seconds. Hope you’re not scared of heights!
Fun fact about the Space Needle: When the Space Needle was first built in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
Alki (Beach) Point
Distance from hotel: 8.7 miles
Alki point has a two and a half mile long pedestrian walkway, a long strip of beach and an amazing view of the Seattle skyline.
Fun fact about Alki (Beach) Point: The Denny Party (pioneers who left Illinois in a westward-bound wagon party) is credited with founding Seattle when they settled at Alki Point on November 13, 1851.
Distance from hotel: 1.4 miles
This is the city's most prominent nightlife and entertainment district. There is so much to do in this little character-filled neighborhood – full of restaurants, cafes, shopping and entertainment.
Fun fact about Capitol Hill: Look out for the huge statue of Jimmy Hendrix rocking out on the sidewalk!
Distance from hotel: 0.5
Make your mark on Seattle! The 15x50 foot wall covered in gum is a local landmark. It was apparently scrubbed down in 2015, after a 20-year gum collection, but the new collection has been evolving quite rapidly. The overall reviews seem to generally say “strange, but interesting attraction”.
Fun Fact about the Gum Wall: It was named one of the top 5 “germiest” tourist attractions in 2009. Watch out germaphobes!
Distance from hotel: 3.0 miles
Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, known locally as "The Center of the Universe", is notorious for its quirky atmosphere (although the recent arrival of some larger businesses, has started to undercut its bohemian image). If independent restaurants and shops, public art and dive bars are you’re thing, this is the place to be.
Fun Fact about Fremont: Under the Aurora Bridge is a massive concrete statue of a one-eyed troll eating a Volkswagen Bug. So quirky.