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Seattle is still abuzz over the late 2012 relocation of the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) to its new digs at the old Naval Armory at South Lake Union.
Dubbed Washington State’s very own “Smithsonian” the museum boasts more than 50,000 square feet of interior space and more than 100,000 artifacts.
"We have some of the great icons of Seattle's history, including Boeing's first-ever commercial airplane," MOHAI's executive director, Leonard Garfield told KOMOnews.com. "We've got the first sign of Starbucks. We've got that famous Rainier 'R' we used to see on I-5."
The new high-tech exhibit and public engagement space is open daily; the first Thursday of every month is free.
Seattle's best attractions range from newcomers like the Great Wheel and Chihuly Garden and Glass to reliable staples like Pike Place Market.
Pike Place Market occupies a nine-acre historic district in downtown Seattle. The year-round market opened in 1907 and continues to sell fresh produce, crafts, art, souvenirs, and seafood. Be sure to check out the world famous Pike Place Fish company, known for throwing fish behind the counter when someone places an order. And head to Lowell's for a snack, where you can sit looking out over scenic Elliott Bay -- you may also recognize the restaurant for its cameo in Sleepless in Seattle.
Chihuly Garden and Glass is a newer addition to Seattle. The museum, which is under the Space Needle, is dedicated to glass artist Dale Chihuly’s whimsical designs. Speaking of the Space Needle, head to the top, where you’ll be treated with panoramic views of Puget Sound’s islands and the Cascsade Mountains.
Another new addition is the Great Wheel, a Ferris Wheel on the Seattle waterfront. The wheel is one of the largest in the U.S., and riders sit in gondola-like enclosures as they float over Elliott Bay.
Finally, one of my favorite spots in Seattle is the Seattle Aquarium. There’s a giant Pacific octopus which changes colors as you watch, and an outdoor exhibit with playful otters, plus lots of incredible fish.