The Seattle Centre is home to a variety of museums, galleries, music venues and Seattle’s most famous sight, the Space Needle. I finally succumbed to tourist fever and went up to the observation deck, which is around 57 stories high and has incredible 360 degree views over Seattle. From there you can see out across Puget Sound, Lake Washington, out to Mount Ranier, as well as getting a bird’s eye view of downtown Seattle and its suburbs.
Below the Space Needle is the Chihuly Garden and Glass. An exhibition of glass art works by local artist, Dale Chihuly, set amongst a garden. This place blew my mind. The glass is beautiful and intricate. The colours and shapes are stunning. Some pieces are on a grand scale and it is a substantial collection.
From Chihuly, I walked down to the Seattle waterfront via the Seattle Museum of Art’s Olympic Sculpture Park. The park is a former industrial site that has been transformed into a public park with sculptures. From the park, there are great views of the city skyline and waterfront. It is the perfect place to take some time out and have a quiet place to reflect.
The Olympic Sculpture Park extends down to a small beach which has been restored. The beach adjoins Myrtle Edwards Park, a green oasis where locals walk their dogs, have picnics and go jogging.
From the park, I walked all along the waterfront and back to my hotel. After a few hours walking it was time to hit Le Panier, a local patisserie for a pain au chocolat.