Insider Guide: Seattle

Our travel editors' must-see places to stay, eat, and play around Emerald City

Seattle attractions

There's more to Seattle than the Space Needle and Pike's Place Market. Here are some of our favorite places to go and things to do

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Seattle birders
Photo by John Granen

Seattle: Bird watching

In autumn, flame-colored maples light up the forest edges around Seattle, chum salmon hit the creeks, and waterbirds like buffleheads and harlequin ducks come home for the winter.

Add in year-round residents like rhinoceros auklets (yes, they have horns on their bills) and the place starts looking like a zoo.

Observe from Discovery Park, where the wild beaches have tidepools, bluffs, and restored wetlands.

  • Free
  • 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle, WA
  • Neighborhood: Magnolia
  • 206/386-4236
  • Call the visitor’s center (Closed Mondays) for directions to park


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