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Seattle: Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Ticket

1. Seattle: Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Ticket

Experience the stunning views of Seattle from the Space Needle with a timed entry ticket. Take a stroll through the imaginative artwork of Dale Chihuly with admission to Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get access to both of these must-see attractions in one day. Exchange your voucher at the Space Needle and enjoy a thrilling 42-second elevator ride with views of the Seattle Center, the Puget Sound, and mountains. Step out on The Loupe, the world’s first and only revolving glass floor, for never-before-seen views of the structure and city. Lean into tilting glass walls on the open-air outdoor observation deck. Float over Seattle on one of 24 angled glass benches perched around the outdoor deck. After taking in the all-new thrilling views at the Space Needle, immerse yourself in a world where curiosity, creativity and color come to life at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get an insight into the inspiration and influences that drive the work of artist Dale Chihuly. Make your way through the exhibition’s eight interior galleries before heading out to the richly landscaped outdoor garden and glasshouse centerpiece. Be moved as you experience a comprehensive look at Chihuly's most significant work. Enjoy complimentary digital photo downloads and get access to daily gallery talks and live glass demonstrations. Admission includes a complimentary audio tour that you can downloaded to your smartphone.

Seattle: Chihuly Garden and Glass Ticket

2. Seattle: Chihuly Garden and Glass Ticket

Lose yourself in the mesmerizing mix of colors and light, and glass and steel that is Chihuly Garden and Glass. Take your time to wander through the exhibition's 8 interior galleries, richly landscaped outdoor garden, and magnificent centerpiece Glasshouse. Venture through each gallery and marvel at numerous blown-glass works that demonstrate how Dale Chihuly pushed the boundaries of glass as art. While exploring the exhibition, receive complimentary digital photo download and access to daily Gallery Talks and live glass demonstrations. Let the 40-foot tall glass and steel structure that covers 4,500 square feet of light-filled space – the Glasshouse — completely captivate you. The installation in the Glasshouse is an expansive 100-foot-long sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows, and amber. Made of many individual elements, it is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. Stroll through a lush garden that serves as the backdrop for glass sculptures made of impossible shapes and brilliant colors.

From Seattle: Mount Rainier Full-Day Tour

3. From Seattle: Mount Rainier Full-Day Tour

Visit Mount Rainier with a professional tour guide and discover all that this national park has to offer on this full-day tour. After meeting in downtown Seattle, hop in a comfortable 22-passenger minibus with large windows, high back seats, and air-conditioning and head straight to the park. Experience old-growth forests, wildflower-filled meadows, and thundering waterfalls on this tour of glacier-clad Mt. Rainier. Hike and walk a little or not at all: there are options for all abilities. Enjoy lunch at a Mount Rainier café or buy a picnic lunch along the way. After lunch, visit the interpretive center at Paradise to learn even more about the mountain’s glaciers, plants, and animals. Return to Seattle through pastoral farmlands and memorable Pacific Northwest scenery. Make a final stop at Wapiti Woolies and try the famous huckleberry ice cream.

Seattle: Haunted Landmarks Walking Tour

4. Seattle: Haunted Landmarks Walking Tour

Get to know the phantoms who inhabit the waterfront and other iconic sites with a chilling guided stroll through Seattle's spookiest locations. Listen to stories of the city's past, with light-hearted and scary tales alike. Explore the dark corners of the piers, as well as some haunted cafes. Begin your adventure at The Gum Wall for a journey through history, before making your way to Pier 57, where you'll see the oldest functioning carousel in all of North America. Hear about the little boy who loved the carousel so much that he decided to stay there forever. Continue on to Pier 55 to discover how Seattle was built over Native American burial grounds. Learn about the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes, and the project that could potentially disturb their human remains and burial sites. Stop at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, with the most unique oddities in all of Seattle. Discuss the paranormal energies that were stirred up once renovations began. Up next, visit Ivar's Acres of Clams to get to know the spirits of Ivar and his mother, who were subjected to fasting treatments. Explore the tragic tale of a long-lost romance at Pier 50, and the not-so-sweet origins of Caffe D'arte, where several ghosts have decided to take up residence. Pay a visit to the dark J&M Cafe, the oldest bar in Seattle. Finally, head over to Luigi's, the place where local ghosts go to dine.

Seattle: Adults Only Guided Ghost Tour at Night

5. Seattle: Adults Only Guided Ghost Tour at Night

Leave the kids behind and delve into Seattle's macabre haunted history on an adults-only ghost tour. Learn about the city's seedier ghosts, whose hauntings are on the darker side. Your tour begins at The London Plane Cafe. You'll then head over to Occidental Square. From here, head to the J and M Café, a historic hangout considered to be the oldest bar in all of Seattle. Listen to stories about the "Wide Open Days", a time when gambling was tolerated due to a lack of authority in the city. Then, continue to Luigi's to discover the place where the ghosts of Seattle go to dine. See the haunted Cadillac Hotel and visit the Memorial to Fallen Firefighters to hear about the most destructive fire in the city's history. Head to Merchant's Cafe and Saloon, one of the oldest restaurants still operating from its original location, and let your guide tell you about the ghosts that haunt the building. Finally, stop by the oldest skyscraper in Seattle, Smith Tower.

From Vancouver to Seattle Museum of Flight Private Tour

6. From Vancouver to Seattle Museum of Flight Private Tour

Departing from Vancouver around 8am we will drive straight to The Museum of Flight. This is a 3.5 hours drive as the museum is located 20 more minutes south of Seattle downtown. At one point on our journey, we will stop for a coffee break to get an energy boost. Exploring the museum will take 4 hours or more. For this reason, this tour can not cover any sights in Seattle. This is simply a museum visit with 7hours in total driving time and 4 hours for the museum to explore Admission to the museum is not included on this tour. Please ask if you are interested instead in Seattle city tour and visit Space needle, Museum of Pop Culture, Pier 57 & Miner's Landing, Seattle's Great Wheel etc and I will accommodate that for you.

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4.8 / 5

based on 98 reviews

You have to pick up the space needle ticket fist and it will act as tickets for both the needle And the garden. The garden only allows entry once, so you cant go in and out. Picking up the Space needle ticket gives you a certain time frame Depending on when you pick it up. There is a new time frame for goers every hour on the 45 minute mark. So if you get there at 1:30 your ticket time frame will probably be for 1:45-2:45; unsure if is the 45 minute mark everyday. The elevators constantly go up and down so you don’t have to be there on tome nor stay the whole time. Both are pretty cool. Get to the garden early enough to see glass blowing demos at the outside portion of the gallery. They do it all day but don’t go so late you miss the last session.

Go to the Space Needle when it opens - less crowded. Take the time to read the panels going up to the elevator, it’s a great capsule of the engineering marvel of the Needle. Chihuly Glass is a very unique museum that you will not experience anywhere else in the country. The glass pieces are stunning. Don’t miss the videos of his different projects. They are very short but give you great insight into the artist and his works.

My 11-year-old granddaughter chose the Chihuly Garden as a birthday outing with the grandparents. We were all fascinated by the beautiful glasswork, especially my granddaughter. There are about six or seven indoor rooms with fabulous glass exhibits. There is a large sunny atrium with glass art at the ceiling. And finally there is an outdoor garden of glass artwork in the shadow of the iconic Space Needle.

pleasantly surprised by both indoor and outdoor Chihuly exhibitions! Space needle was great too of course, we went around sunset time which I can recommended for keen photographers!

We purchased tickets online and they were ready for us at the ticket counter.