Seattle is a welcome city with beautiful scenery and weather, and it is also home to many historic places and events. City history is steeped in music and the arts because many famous musicians from around the world have played and stayed in the city.

The Seattle duck boat tours run through-out the year, entertaining visitors with historical information and entertainment. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Duck Boat Tours
515 Broad St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-3825

The Duck Boat Tours run 362 days a year, led by a USCG certified driver, and the guides share Seattle history with visitors through presentation, humor, and songs. Their philosophy is to have fun, learn and enjoy the scenery. The tour boats are WWII amphibious landing craft, which drive like a bus and float like a boat. Each tour includes downtown Seattle (land) and Lake Union (water). Some of the sights visitors see and learn about are Nordstom flagship store, the first Starbucks, Pike Place Market, the waterfront, Pioneer Square, Gas Works Park and the houseboat used in the movie “Sleepless In Seattle.” This unique tour is a must-do on a visit to Seattle.

Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 654-3100

The Olympic Sculpture Park is located on the Seattle waterfront and is the newest addition to the Seattle Art Museum. The park is free to visit. The grassy areas are tastefully adorn with large outdoor sculptures and it looks out over Elliott Bay. The park offers a free 60-minute public tour of the sculptures, grounds and shoreline. The cafe Taste in the park is a great place to grab an espresso or other drink and an organic snack. Parking is available at the PACCAR Pavilion garage for a fee and bike racks are available for cyclists.

The views from Kerry Park include the city skyline, the Space Needle and Mount Rainier. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Kerry Park
211 W. Highland Dr.
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 684-4075

Kerry Park offers a traditional view of Seattle with Mount Rainier in the background. It is the perfect place to watch a sunrise or sunset with the city spreading out below Queen Anne Hill, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound to the west, the Cascade Mountains to the east and Mount Rainier to the south. The city reflects the colors of the sky. The sweeping view overlooks the Seattle Center, home to the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center and the Experience Music Project Museum (EMP) with its artistic architecture.

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Many stars have stayed at the Edgewater Hotel through the years. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

The Edgewater Hotel
2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 728-7000

The Edgewater’s star-studded history makes this a must see while in Seattle. The hotel is the only hotel on the water on the Seattle waterfront, has 233 rooms, and has become a landmark for locals. Built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the hotel’s visitors include the Rolling Stones, the Beattles, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam and many other stars. The lobby displays photographs of the visitors. The views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains is breathe taking. The hotel’s restaurants are open to visitors, and share in the hotel’s history.

The Seattle-Bremerton ferry offers stunning views of the Seattle skyline. Photo by Karen Ulvestad

Bremerton Ferry
801 Alaskan Way Pier 52
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 464-6400

The Bremerton Ferry is an amazing way to experience Seattle at sunset. The skyline lights up with the setting sun, and then the city lights turn on. To the north, the Space Needle and Pacific Science Center is visible. The main part of the waterfront, sky scrapers and ferris wheel reflect the sunset; and to the south is the shipping docks, west Seattle and the Alki Lighthouse. Elliott Bay is a major shipping port and if you’re lucky, the occasional orca will travel through the area.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at