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While the history of the United States of America is relatively short by world standards, the history of the West Coast of the United States is even shorter. But just because the history is short, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a wealth of great buildings, cultural artifacts, and heritage to celebrate. Seattle, Washington certainly has a rich and diverse history that is worth exploring.

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Pike Place Market

The Pike Place Market was established in 1907 and is the oldest and most famous in the city. But the market isn’t just for farmers. Plan to visit over nine acres of craft shops and restaurants. Don’t forget the many festivals and events scheduled here throughout the year, like the Buskers Festival, the Cheese Festival, the Flower Festival, and the Street Festival. There is always something happening at Pike Place Market to keep any visitor entertained.

Smith Tower

The Smith Tower skyscraper on the south side of Seattle will celebrate its centennial on July 4, 2014. Once the tallest building on the West Coast, it once dominated the Seattle skyline and still provides breathtaking views of the city from the observation deck. Tours to the observation deck are available daily. Also, check out some of the other tours that start in Pioneer Square near the tower and explore the city.

Discovery Park

Discovery Park occupies the majority of what was once Fort Lawton, a U.S. Military base. Now it is over 500 acres of preserved land with breathtaking views of the Puget Sound. Make sure to visit the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center located on 20 miles within the park, or visit in July for the annual Seafair Pow Wow, a cultural and heritage celebration by the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. Discover Park is full of beauty and heritage and provides activities and points of interest sure to satisfy the whole family.

 

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