“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Seattle's downtown is constrained by geography and is fairly compact. Besides the financial and business district, downtown is home to a number of must-see attractions. Topping the list is Pike Place Market, a huge open-air, year-round market where tourists mingle with locals amid the fishmongers, flower sellers, and buskers. A steep flight of stairs takes you from the Market to the Waterfront, where you will find the Seattle Aquarium and Waterfront Park. Both the Market and the Waterfront have grown more touristy over the years, but remain hotspots for eateries like Ivar's Acres of Clams and the Crab Pot. Other downtown attractions include the Seattle Art Museum, Westlake Shopping Center, and the architecturally stunning, Rem Koolhaas-designed Seattle Public Library.