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On fair summer days, with the waters of Puget Sound and Lake Union twinkling and mountains on almost every horizon, it's hard to see past Seattle's outdoor charms—kayaking, strolling along a beach trail, chilling out in a park or on a coffee shop's patio. But there are plenty of things to do in the city's indoor spaces, especially after several major museum overhauls. Most of the significant sightseeing spots are downtown and within easy reach of one another. Pike Place Market, the piers, and parts of Pioneer Square get overrun with tourists in summer, but even in this small city it's easy to explore in peace. Most Seattleites desert the downtown area as soon as the workday's done, so if you want a full picture of Seattle life, check out the residential neighborhoods as well.

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Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle

Seattle's diffuse and rapidly gentrifying International District has a powerful touchstone in this newly expanded museum. Exhibits include works by local Asian...more

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Wine, Seattle

Washington's reputation for great local and/or organic wine continues to grow. To do the full wine tour, you'd need to venture to Eastern Washington's Yakima...more

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Space Needle, Seattle

This iconic Seattle structure was built for the 1962 World's Fair. At the time, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi. That's no longer the case,...more

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Seattle Central Library, Seattle

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Seattle-area native Joshua Ramus's groundbreaking design for the Central Library has turned what is often a utilitarian...more

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Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

SAM Downtown, the five-story limestone and terra-cotta building fronted by another Seattle landmark, the perpetually at work Hammering Man statue, designed by...more

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Seattle Aquarium, Seattle

Though screaming kids throng the Underwater Dome whenever scuba divers feed the reef sharks and rockfish (1:30 pm daily), this excellent aquarium on a pier...more

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Pike Place Market, Seattle

This bustling, labyrinthine bazaar is a wonderful place to while away a few hours. More than 600 stalls and stores spread out over nine acres hawk fruits,...more

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Parks, Seattle

Gas Works Park was once a belching natural gas production plant. Remnants of the site's industrial past remain (a tangle of towers, pipes, and catwalks), but...more

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Northern Neighborhoods, Seattle

Fremont is probably the best known of the northern neighborhoods, and while its days as a haunt for starving artists and all members of the counterculture from...more

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Islands, Puget Sound

Puget Sound has a string of gorgeous islands, all easy day trips from the city, and all with their own distinct personalities. Washington State Ferries runs...more

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