Seattle is a vibrant and beautiful city offering a balance between bustling city neighborhoods and natural attractions. If you’re planning a trip to the largest city in Washington, you’ll have no shortage of things to do. The best part about this progressive city is that it’s serious about sustainable tourism. There are many eco-friendly activities for you to enjoy, whether you’re interested in culture, art, food, or nature.
Here are some fantastic low-impact activity options for your trip to Seattle.
Tour the Seattle underground
Seattle has a fascinating history that you may not be aware of. The whole downtown area is built upon human-made ground and on top of the old Pioneer Square. In the mid-19th century, when the city was built, its Pioneer Square was on the ground floor. It was eventually buried and now lies beneath the city. This underground network of rooms and passageways are still intact but have not been in use. Instead, you can take a walking tour through them to discover the history. A cool energy-efficient feature is that the whole underground is lit naturally through the use of glass skylights that let light from street level into the pathways below.
Go whale watching
Seattle’s location on the Pacific coast makes it an excellent base for seeing different marine life. Throughout the whole year, you can spot humpback whales, grey whales, minke whales, and the majestic orca swimming in the coastal waters. Keeping the tours 100% ethical is a priority for the providers. Puget Sound Express is a member of the Pacific Whale Watch Association and aims to reduce its footprint in all ways possible. Their boats have no propellers and are soundproof to ensure they don’t disturb the wildlife. They scout the whales by eye and use no harmful sonar or airplanes to do so.
See a concert
Seattle is a hot spot for concerts, and many famous artists stop in the city as part of their tours. Regardless of what type of music you enjoy, you’re guaranteed to find a concert that suits your tastes. Large venues like Showbox are committed to environmental sustainability and participate in AEG 1EARTH. The program tracks all their environmental performance monthly, which assesses their waste diversion, water usage, energy consumption, and more. You can feel good about attending a concert knowing the venue has taken steps to lower their footprint. You can find tickets for all the concerts in Seattle at TicketSales.com.
Visit the Fremont Troll
If you’re into unique artwork, then a visit to the Fremont Troll should be on your list. In 1989 the area underneath Aurora Bridge was a bit of a mess. The city decided it needed a bit of sprucing up, and the Fremont Arts Council had a competition to pick an artist to build something. The chosen artist was inspired by the story of the Billy Goats Gruff to construct this sizeable concrete troll holding a real VW beetle in its grasp. It’s a great free site to go and see, and best of all, it has zero environmental impact.
Seattle has got something for everybody, whether you’re visiting with friends, family or as a couple. You’ll notice the effort the city has made to make their attractions as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible.
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