Pike Place Market: One of the oldest continuously operating farmers' markets in the country, Pike Place Market offer six levels of unique shops, restaurants and vendor stalls selling everything from fresh flowers and vegetables to handcrafted items. Head for the entrance to the Main Arcade, under the neon sign at First and Pike, for a photo op with the 550-pound bronze piggy bank known as Rachel the Pig, then take just a few steps into the market to watch the famed "fish guys" toss salmon and other fresh fish from the ice-filled display tables to colleagues behind the counter. Shopping, eating, perhaps a Public Market tour, and a stop at the "original" Starbucks (in its 2nd location; 1912 Pike Place; open daily 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.) can fill an entire day. (1st Avenue and Pike St.; 206-682-7453; open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)

Seattle Center: The site of the 1962 World's Fair, the Seattle Center is home to a variety of attractions. (See below.)

Space Needle: The 605-foot-tallSpace Needle is Seattle's most iconic landmark. From the top you get 360-degree views of Seattle and Puget Sound, and if you're lucky Mount Rainier. (400 Broad Street; open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Museum of Pop Culture: The MoPop Museum is dedicated to music, science fiction and popular culture. The museum is housed in a funky looking Frank Gehry building. (325 5th Avenue N.; daily summer hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Pacific Science Center: Also found in the Seattle Center are the Pacific Science Center. (200 2nd Avenue; open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 6 pm. on weekends)

Chihuly Garden and Glass: This museum is stunning by day or night, featuring the creations of glass artist Dale Chihuly indoors and outdoors. (305 Harrison Street; open Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 pm and until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday)

Seattle Center Monorail: The Seattle Center Monorail, also built for the 1962 World's Fair, runs between Seattle Center and the Westlake Center shopping mall in downtown Seattle. (Two stations: Adjacent to Space Needle and Westlake Center Mall, Fifth Avenue and Pine St.; summer hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.)

Ferry Rides: The 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island, west of Seattle, is a popular and inexpensive tourist activity that offers great views of the Seattle skyline and an easy walk to shops, boutiques, beaches and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island; open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) in downtown Winslow.
Board at Colman Dock, Pier 52, on the Seattle Waterfront. Fares for walk-on passengers are only collected between Seattle and Bainbridge Island; walk-ons ride free on the way back. Find schedules and current fares at www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule. (801 Alaskan Way; 888-808-7977)

A Walk in the Park: Seattle is chock full of museums and parks, and the Seattle Art Museum's free Olympic Sculpture Park -- located on the waterfront, near the Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 -- is a perfect blending of the two. The 9-acre park has a small beach, great views and sculpture by a wide variety of major artists, including Richard Serra and Jaume Plensa, known for his giant sculptured heads. (2901 Western Avenue; open from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.)