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Discover the Emerald City at the 2020 St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon!
Seattle offers endless outdoor activities, iconic attractions and mouth watering meals, making it the perfect city to plan your next perfect race-cation too. You can (literally) catch a fish at Pike Place Market, ride a seaplane over Lake Union, dive into a bucket of fresh seafood and so much more.
Start planning your race-cation, register and get ready to discover the Emerald City!
Gas Works Park
Located on the south end of the Wallingford neighborhood, Gas Works Park is arguably the city’s most unique park given its hilly topography, waterfront location, and the now-iconic remains of a former coal plant. Find a cozy spot near the water and enjoy a gorgeous view of the city skyline and Lake Union or, if you prefer to explore, the Burke-Gilman Trail runs past the park, following the Burlington-Northern Railroad to Log Boom Park in Kenmore—a nice post-race walk or bike ride for those looking to stretch their legs.
One of Seattle’s treasures is an enormous, beautiful lake smack-dab in the middle of the city – and there’s no better way to discover the sights and sounds of Lake Union than by getting on the water. Rent a kayak or paddleboard from Moss Bay, set sail from the Center for Wooden Boats, or hop on a vessel from The Electric Boat Company. With seaplanes taking off and landing, and houseboats (including the world-famous “Sleepless in Seattle” houseboat) lining the lake’s edges, it’s a maritime dream come true.
Head to the city’s largest urban park to explore the 534 acres of tidal beaches, sea cliffs, and forests. If you have kids in tow, the recently renovated play area includes new picnic tables, a zip line, and plenty of equipment to keep little ones entertained for hours.
Washington State Ferries
A ride across Puget Sound aboard one of 22 Washington State Ferries is a quintessential Pacific Northwest experience. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the bow of the boat as you cruise to the nearby communities of Bainbridge Island or Bremerton. This is one of those cases where the journey is as much fun as the destination.
This picturesque Queen Anne spot looks down at the Seattle skyline from the north. It’s the ideal place to get a panoramic view of the city, featuring the Space Needle, Elliott Bay, downtown skyscrapers, and (on clear days) Mount Rainier.
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TOP THINGS TO DO
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.
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. Recently undergoing a $100 million renovation, the Space Needle now offers floor-to-ceiling glass walls on the observation deck, showcasing panoramic views of Elliott Bay, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, and even Mount Rainier. Other new experiences you’ll encounter include the world’s first revolving glass floor, the glass Oculus Stairs, and a custom-design accessibility lift.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass 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.
For a better look at the city skyline, the views from Kenmore Air’s Seattle Scenic Seaplane Tour are unbeatable. Board a floatplane at Lake Union then head to the sky for a leisure flight boasting views unmatched by on-the-ground tours. If you’re really feeling adventurous, try one of their longer flight packages to the beautiful San Juan Islands or Snoqualmie Falls.
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
Music, science fiction, and pop culture collide at the fascinating Museum of Pop Culture, founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000. This uniquely designed building sits just steps from the Space Needle and looks like a smashed guitar from above. Inside, its colorful, interactive exhibits cover everything from the history of indie video games and horror films to Nirvana, the Seahawks, MARVEL and more.
FOOD & DRINK
Any given week, as many as 300 food trucks roam the streets of Seattle. Downtown’s Westlake Park often features favorites like Where Ya At Matt for New Orleans-inspired sandwiches and Off the Rez for Native American frybread tacos. Occidental Park in Pioneer Square is also a bustling scene for food truck favorites like fish-and-chips classic Nosh and burger master Bread and Circuses.
Seafood is a way of life in the Pacific Northwest. Hit the pier along Alaskan Way until you find The Crab Pot, whose spacious restaurant complements the large buckets of fresh seafood served, or hang out at nearby Pike Place Chowder or Matt’s in the Market, located in the heart of Pike Place Market. Across Puget Sound in West Seattle, Salty’s on Alki Beach offers an epic seafood-inspired brunch buffet with some of the best views in the city. If oysters are what you seek, almost every neighborhood has a top-notch oyster bar like Taylor Shellfish or Elliott’s Oyster House. And, for beautiful views of Lake Union coupled with water-inspired northwest fare, head to Westward on Lake Union.
If delicious, beefy burgers are tempting your taste buds, there are plenty of options to satisfy your every craving. Katsu Burger offers cross-cultural patties that feature comfort food favorites from both Japan and America. Great State Burger and Li’l Woody’s are local burger chainlets great for a classic burger paired with fries and a creamy milkshake. And, for lively combos that will surprise and delight, but not overwhelm, head to Uneeda Burger— a former auto garage that’s now home to outstanding burgers.
Beer & Breweries
Craft beer is a Seattle staple. Head to Ballard to enjoy 10 breweries so close together that it’s easy to walk between them. Make a trip to Reuben’s Brews for globally diverse beers, Peddler Brewing Company for inventive brews and Stoup Brewing for hoppy classics. Taprooms like nearby Fremont Brewing and Optimism Brewing also offer family-friendly experiences, which means you can relax with a pint while the little ones play.
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