Iconic Seattle Sights with CityPASS & *GIVEAWAY*

Imagine travelling to a new destination and finding out you can visit their most iconic attractions for half the price. Sound too good to be true? Well, it isn't thanks to CityPASS.

Last month, I told my mom I was planning a mini vacation to Seattle and that I wanted to visit the Space Needle, aquarium, and the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum.

"Are you going to use a CityPASS for your trip?" she asked.

What in the world was that? I did a quick Google search and was sold immediately.

CityPASS is awesome because it gives you access to the most popular sites a city has to offer at almost half the price it would cost to purchase those same admissions separately. It gave me the opportunity to see the best of Seattle while sticking to my budget.

Check out my fun-filled weekend in this cool west coast city and find out how you can win 2 CityPASS booklets to the destination of your choice.




Space Needle



Built for the 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle is an iconic Seattle landmark that gives you a bird's eye view of the entire city.




Shooting up 520 feet in a 40 second elevator ride was definitely a trip highlight. At the top, we took in the gorgeous Seattle skyline, gazed out at Elliott Bay, and even spotted the Olympic and Cascade mountains in the distance.


Seattle Aquarium




Want to touch squishy sea cucumbers, get close to cute sea otters, and come face-to-face with exotic fish? The Seattle Aquarium is the place to do just that.




Nestled along the waterfront at Pier 59, the Seattle Aquarium is bursting with cool marine life that's just waiting to be discovered. I loved getting my hands wet at the Life on the Edge touch tanks. I was entranced by the playful, cuddly sea otters. I was wowed in the Underwater Dome as hundreds of salmon, sturgeon, and lingcod passed me by. And I couldn't stop shouting out "NEMO!" at every clownfish I saw.





What sets this aquarium apart from others is its commitment to conservation. It's dedication to preserving the fragile Puget Sound ecosystem is incredible. Education is a major aspect of the organization and I left knowing a whole lot more about sustainable seafood, ocean acidification, and the problems local orcas face. The aquarium also did a terrific job in teaching visitors about how to make greener choices in their daily lives.

EMP Museum 



If you think museums are boring, you clearly haven't explored the EMP Museum. Devoted to everything music, sci-fi, and pop culture, this contemporary museum celebrates the creative process and curates some of the most interesting exhibits ever (there's a Hello Kitty exhibit on right now; how amazing is that?).


Even the building looks rad. World-renowned architect Frank O. Gehry wanted to create a structure with a rock n roll vibe. That's why he got a few electric guitars, cut them up, and used the pieces as structural elements for an early model design. Situated right beside the Space Needle, the EMP museum is a landmark you can't possibly miss thanks to its bright, shiny exterior and intriguing shape.





Inside, the rock n roll vibe lives on. The Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad display shed light on the wild life of Jimi Hendrix, while the impressive guitar gallery showcased the accomplishments of musical innovators like Orville Gibson, Leo Fender, and Les Paul. There was even a Nirvana exhibit devoted to telling the public and personal stories of the band.







The EMP Museum isn't just about music. The Indie Game Revolution looks at contemporary video game culture and shows how independent video game developers, designers, coders, and more are changing the industry. The "pixelated" space also functions as a virtual playground. The exhibit offers 20 games so you can take a seat and get lost in the gaming world.



Argosy Cruise Harbor Tour



Although it was raining cats and dogs out, our enthusiast guide on the Argosy Cruise Harbor Tour managed to get our minds off the rain by keeping us entertained with interesting tidbits about the city. In between drizzles, I scurried out on deck to snap photos and managed to get a decent view of the historic waterfront and city skyline. We even spotted a group of seals lounging out near the harbour.





Chihuly Garden and Glass



The Chihuly Garden and Glass museum was my favourite attraction of all. Dale Chihuly is a phenomenal glass sculptor; just see for yourself.





I was completely mesmerized as I meandered through the exquisite Glasshouse. Look at those deep reds, bright yellows, and vibrant orange hues. Chihuly combines light and colour in a way that will leave you in absolute awe.




There's also a lush outdoor garden you can take a stroll through and 8 indoor galleries to check out. Every corner I turned, I was bombarded with spectacular, intricate, and vivid glass sculptures. The galleries took an innovative approach by placing installations on the ceilings, walls, and floors, while the garden was packed full of blossoming camellias and handkerchief trees.








GIVEAWAY: Win 2 CityPass booklets to the destination of your choice!



I want to share my memorable CityPASS experience with you. That's why I've teamed up with CityPASS to give 1 lucky reader 2 CityPASS booklets to the destination of their choice (excludes Southern California). CityPASS destinations include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Toronto.

Think about which CityPASS destination you'd choose and use the widget below to enter!

Contest Details:
- One lucky reader will win 2 adult CityPASS booklets to the destination of their choice (excludes Southern California)
- Contest closes Friday, December 4 at 11:59pm PST
- To enter, you must be a US or Canadian resident above the age of majority in your state or province (sorry international readers!)
- Each CityPASS contains actual admission tickets to a destination's top 5 or 6 attractions
- CityPASS booklets must be activated by February 28, 2017 and are valid for 9 consecutive days beginning with the first day of use


Good luck! 


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Melissa Li

I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

29 comments:

  1. San Francisco has been calling me for years. I need to go! The West Coast scenery and the amazing food - I am home!

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  2. New York, because it's the city that never sleeps! There are tons I want to do there! Pick me pick me! :)

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  3. Seattle because my daughter graduates from college in Texas and is moving to Seattle in January. It would be a great way for her to explore her new home town!

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  4. New York City! The view from the top of the Empire State Building would be incredible to capture.

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  5. Seattle or San Francisco, this coming April. Definitely going to use CityPASS .

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  6. would love city pass for Seattle or NY city !!!

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  7. Toronto for me, I would love to show my kids the CN Tower.

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  8. I would love to take my boys to the EMP Museum in Seattle. I love music and I'm always looking for ways to get my kids to love it too.

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  9. I would love to take my kids to the Seattle Aquarium. We've never been and it is something they would be super excited about.

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  10. WOuld love a pass for Toronto Ont

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  11. The view from the top of the Empire State Building

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  12. Chicago is three hours away from my new home of a year and I haven't been to visit yet.

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  13. I would want a City Pass To Dallas, TX!!!!

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  14. Holy batman, city pass to Vancouver, BC. Wow, prize city pass is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :)

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  15. New York or Seattle. But your pictures of Seattle have me leaning towards there.

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  16. I would love a citypass to Philadelphia. I live so close but I have hardly seen anything there.

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  17. I'd love to get a CityPASS for Toronto!

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  18. Probably Seattle, because I love it there. BUT I would love to visit someplace new!

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  19. Citypass to Tampa Bay, near home enough for a drive but have never been to those attractions.

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  20. I would choose Toronto

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  21. I've always wanted to go to Boston but haven't made it there yet!

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  22. I would visit Toronto, always wanted to go to Canada but never have before!

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  23. I would love to go to New York or Chicago for the sites and shopping, but I would probably end up in Toronto because it's close.

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  24. The City Pass I would like to visit most is New York City because there is so many great sights to see.

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  25. New York, I've just always wanted to go.

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