15 Landmarks That Make Seattle...Seattle

1. The Central Library


This gorgeous library building opened in 2004 and hosts over one million books and other materials. Additionally to books, there are over 400 computers with wireless Internet access. It was designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and former Seattleite Joshua Ramus.

2. Gas Works Park


This former gasification plant is a great place to relax and take in some nice views of the city. On the north shore of Lake Union, you can have a tranquil night underneath the stars of Seattle.

3. The Pink Elephant Car Wash Sign


Located at Denny Way and Battery in downtown Seattle, The Elephant Car Wash is an icon in Seattle for its unique signage. The sign itself has been at the downtown location since the 1950s!

4. The Great Wheel


Opening on June 29, 2012, The Great Wheel is a fairly new attraction to the Seattle area. Being 175 feet tall, it is the tallest Ferris wheel on the West Coast.

5. The Fremont Troll


Trolls and bridges are like peanut butter and jelly. This troll guards the north end of the George Washington Memorial Bridge in the Fremont neighborhood and likes it when visitors climb him.

6. The Gum Wall


The iconic wonder of gum has become a staple for visitors to see. Some may find it odd, but really it shows the character that is Seattle. Just make sure you wash your hands after.

7. The Hammering Man at SAM


Although there are several of these around the world, this piece of art adds its own unique taste into the downtown area. Constructed in Seattle in 1992, the arm hammers 4 times per minute for 24 hours.

8. The Red Hall in The Seattle Public Library


Pretty obvious what this is. Really the Seattle Public Library is a beautiful structure.

9. Hat n’ Boots in Oxbow Park


Located in the Georgetown neighborhood, the Hat n' Boots were originally part of a gas station built in 1954.

10. Edith Macefield House


The “Up House” is a site that personifies the changes happening to the city. You can read more about Edith Macefield’s story here.

11. The Space Needle


Probably the most known, easily identifiable place in Seattle, the Space Needle is the largest landmark on the list. You can eat at the restaurant up there on the observation deck!

12. Chihuly Garden and Glass


Dale Chihuly is a widely recognized glass sculptor and this place showcases his creations. Having opened in 2012, it is fairly new to the Seattle scene but has become a memorable destination.

13. The Wall of Death


Located under the University Bridge, this piece of art resembles the motorcycle and miniature automobile stunt prop by the same name. Don’t get any ideas though. The city has installed the cylinders to prevent skateboarders from skating on it.

14. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop


This shop opened in 1899 and has been delivering the weirdest of weird things to customers since. You can buy and see lots of things there, from shrunken heads and mummies to Mexican jumping beans.

15. Statue of Lenin


This may be a little odd item in Seattle but the Statue of Lenin has been in Fremont since 1995. It was moved from Czechoslovakia after the Velvet Revolution and bought by English teacher and local Issaquah resident Lewis E. Carpenter. Just a few blocks from the statue is the Fremont Rocket, another Seattle landmark.

-Wayne Pua, TWIF Blogger