Fremont is one of Seattle’s most fascinating neighborhoods. The self-proclaimed Center of the Universe, this colorful and quirky locale is a great destination for any tourist staying at our hotel in Tukwila. And, if you want to take an in-depth look at Fremont, you can do it in proper Fremont style with the Fremont Tour.
The Fremont Tour is not like a normal tour. It combines the tour with elements of street theater. Your guide dresses up in costume, assuming the role of the Fairy Godmother of Fremont or another fanciful character. He or she will then engage in spontaneous, largely improvised interactions with passing locals. There’s no telling what may happen, so check out the official tour website for more information.
Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry has a permanent collection of around 100,000 objects, including tribal artwork from the local indigenous populations, an assortment of artifacts from Seattle’s rich maritime history, and tools, toys, clothing, furniture, vehicles, and other items owned by the people who built the area into the fascinating community it is today. It is here that you can learn about the diverse history of the Puget Sound area in an illuminating and inspiring environment. Peek into the lives of the early explorers of the Sound via the Maritime Seattle exhibit. Take a look at some of the area’s greatest thinkers via the Bezos Center for Innovation. Explore the region’s development in the True Northwest exhibit. With new and temporary exhibits coming in all the time, there’s always something new to see.
MOHAI is located at the southern end of Lake Union, up north of our hotel in Tukwila near SeaTac Airport. You can learn more about the museum and its current displays by visiting the official MOHAI website.
If you’re a fan of soccer, you can partake of your favorite sport during your time at our hotel in North Seattle courtesy of the Seattle Sounders. This is the area’s own Major League Soccer team, based out of CentryLink Field directly to the south of the Emerald City’s downtown. It is here that you can enjoy all of the excitement and fanfare that you have come to expect out of a soccer match.
If you would like to learn more about the Sounders, view the team’s current schedule, or buy your own tickets right away, visit the official Seattle Sounders FC website.
If you want to get a closer look at indigenous tribal culture, hop on board with Argosy Cruises to visit Tillicum Village. The birthplace of Chief Seattle himself, this village is the only place in the Northwest where you can experience the music, dance, artwork, and culture of the native people, as shared by people whose families have owned these lands for generations. Your four-hour trip includes a cruise to the island, a buffet of Northwest cuisine, Coast Salish-inspired performances, and your own private exploration time to take in the coast.
Tillicum Village is located on Blake Island, a short cruise away from our hotel in Tukwila near SeaTac airport. Visit the Argosy Cruises website for more information.
If you were hoping to see Mount Saint Helens, Gifford Pinchot National Forest is the place to go. One of the nation’s oldest national forests, this park is over one million acres of beautiful wildland and stunning mountains, among which is Washington’s famous volcano. See the lava bed, the lava tubes, the caves, and the fascinating wildlife native to the area. The park also offers opportunities for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is located south of the SeaTac Airport and our hotel in Tukwila. Visit the park’s web page for more information.
The Seattle region has a rich history of immigrants from many backgrounds, many of which ame from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and other Nordic countries. The goal of the Nordic Heritage Museum is to celebrate the heritage of these immigrants.
It is at this internationally-recognized museum that you can experience art, educational displays, and other exhibits dedicated to the memory and tradition of the Nordic people. Learn about thie history of the Nordic settlers in the Seattle area, see models of ships as far back as the Viking days, and witness Norse mythology as it is interpreted by various regional artists. It can all be found in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, within easy reach of our hotel in Tukwila. Visit the museum’s website for more information.
Olympic National Park is a great way to experience three of Washington’s most important ecosystems. Whether you’re looking to tackle the rugged challenges of the mountains, bask in the beauty of the meadow wildflowers, or take in the sparkling splendors of an ocean tidepool, this park can deliver. See some of the country’s most ancient surviving forests, hike the trails along the river, and experience the magic of the native wildlife all in one magnificent destination.
You can find the Olympic National Park to the west of our hotel in Tukwila near SeaTac Airport. Visit the National Park Service website for directions, or to read more about what this park has to offer.
Are you eager to get out and experience Seattle the way the locals do? You can’t go wrong with a walking tour courtesy of Seattle By Foot. Available a short trip north of our hotel in Tukwila, this service offers a variety of different tours to cater to a number of different tastes. Try their signature Coffee Crawl to sample some of the city’s rich coffee world. Walk the Pub Tour to try out an array of local brewers and hear the stories of Seattle’s prohibition era. Get up close to the downtown area, or see the colorful sights of the quirky Fremont neighborhood.
To read more about the different services offered by Seattle By Foot, visit the official Seattle By Foot website.
Starbucks cafes are found all across the country, but Seattle is the only place where you can see the very first home of this coffee-pumping giant. If you’re an avid fan of all things caffeinated, take the time during your stay at our Tukwila hotel to drop in on the original Starbucks.
The first Starbucks was built in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market, surrounded by the many colorful sights, sounds, and smells of this remarkable marketplace. Due to the historical nature of the market, this Starbucks has been preserved with its original aesthetic and menu. Enjoy a classic coffee or espresso under the gaze of the chain’s original mermaid logo, then pass the rest of the afternoon taking in everything that the Emerald City’s waterfront has to offer! Visit the Pike Place website for more information.
Do you want to get a good look at Seattle? Take a little trip north from our hotel in Tukwila near SeaTac Airport to the city’s historic Pioneer Square. This is the home of Smith Tower, which once stood as the tallest building in the Emerald City. At the top of this impressive piece of architecture you’ll find the Smith Tower Chinese Room and Observation Deck.
Take a look into Seattle’s exciting past via the Chinese Room’s historical exhibits, and then take a look at Seattle’s stunning skyline via the 360 degree observation deck. From here you can take in the Space Needle, the Seattle Great Wheel, Mount Rainier, the Olympics, the Cascades, Puget Sound, and much more. The room is open between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. If you have a special event to organize, the space can be reserved for private use. Visit the Smith Tower’s website to learn more.