For tennis fans, a must-see stop in Newport, particularly for the museum. Even if you're not a fan, poke your head into the spectacular grand entrance, which opens up onto a showy, lush green grass center court that's as pretty as Wimbledon (indeed, the tournament after Wimbledon each year is held here). Tennis greats are sworn into the Half Of Fame each year at this location, and the grounds contain grass courts for public use as well.
Located very conveniently right above a beach and adjacent to the famous Cliff Walk (a pathway that takes you down the Newport coastline several miles), this is one of the best "seaview" addresses in Newport. The location is primo, the rooms at least on par with others in the area, and the prices (off season anyway) reasonable.
Located in the Brick Market on tourist-heavy Thames Street along the waterfront, this charming museum will tell you all you need to know about Newport's more than 400 years of history. This would be a good place in town to hit first, since knowledge of Newport's history is key to appreciating the town to its utmost. With the knowledge gained here, you'll also have a better idea of what to see in town.
Located on a road that cuts through the heart of Newport, this museum is stretched over three buildings and represents Newport through contemporary as well as period art. Not limited to Newport in scope, it includes other parts of the state as well as Southeast Mass (which borders). The museum includes shops and also a small art school.
As you probably suspected, in the end, Newport is about boats. With water on all sides (Narraganset Island), you will find a surplus of yachts in Newport, so a museum dedicated to them is highly appropriate and makes perfect sense. Ideally situated in one of the area's most scenic parks, enjoy yachts of all sizes, shapes, and vintages.
Perhaps the most famous Seattle landmark after the Space Needle, this sprawling farmer's market and collection of eateries is a must-see on any trip to Seattle. Mostly open-air, the main hall is what seems like a mile-long row of fish, meat, produce, and trinket vendors. Don't miss the lower levels, which contain shops and restaurants.
Another example of modern Seattle architecture, these twin museums (sci-fi and rock and roll) are located in a unique and curvy new building at the Seattle Center that almost looks edible. It will satisfy fans of either genre and certainly intrigue even non-fans with its bold design. Both museums offer interactive exhibits and enough activities to keep you busy half the day.
Opened in 2004, surely one of the country's most modern libraries and immediately noticeable for its beyond-the-realm architecture almost straight out of a Stanley Kubrick movie. Clashing with the neighborhood, you may be skeptical at first, but once inside you could spend a half day exploring its many levels and dazzling decor without even noticing the books.
Going to Seattle and skipping the Space Needle would be like going to Paris and skipping the Eiffel Tower. You just wouldn't do that. The Space Needle, situated in the heart of the Seattle Center (an arts and entertainment complex) on the city's north side, is an awesome sight to behold from the ground and even grander on the elevator ride to the top. It's the highest point in Seattle.
Located in the oldest part of the city, Pioneer Square, this is one of the most fascinating (if touristy) areas of Seattle to explore. The first third of the tour consists of a humorous lecture on the history of the immediate area, but soon you'll set to walking outside and touring what's essentially the basement of several old buildings. There you will explore the ruins of the Seattle that was in the late 1800's, in the time before a great fire decimated that part of the city and Seattle was eventually rebuilt on top of itself.