I must say, the organizers at ASHRM know what they’re doing. The location of the conference in relation to Seattle’s top tourist attractions is amazing. The Washington State Convention Center is so close to all of the best attractions that this blog post practically wrote itself.
So, for those of you that don’t have time to really figure out what’s where and want to maximize your time when you’re out of conference sessions, here are the top 6 attractions less than 2 miles away from the 2017 ASHRM conference being held at the Washington State Convention Center.
Top Seattle Attractions Near the 2017 ASHRM Conference
These 2 are the obvious ones, so I’m going to get them out of the way first.
1. Space Needle
When you think of Seattle, what do you think? Sleepless in Seattle. Okay, that one definitely pops up on my list too. But let’s say we’re talking about landmarks, typically the one that comes to mind first is the Space Needle. Even if you don’t know the name of the tall spire, most people agree, the Space Needle is synonymous with the Emerald City. Standing at over 600 feet, the Space Needle is the most popular spot to catch a great view of the city, either from the observation deck or the building’s rotating restaurant. If you want to stretch your legs, the Space Needle is less than a 30-minute walk away. Distance from conference: 1.2 miles, 28 min walk
For more information go to https://www.spaceneedle.com/home/
2. Pike Place Market
The other notable Seattle tourist attraction is Pike Place Market, the oldest continuously operated public farmers market in the United States. Here you’ll find a great view of the waterfront, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the flying fish phenomenon. If you stop by the Pike Place Fish Market, you can watch the fun-loving fishmongers throw and expertly catch fish – and even try it out yourself if you want! https://www.pikeplacefish.com/ Distance from conference: 0.5 miles, 12 min walk
For more information go to http://pikeplacemarket.org/
3. Gum Wall
This one’s a quirky one, but if you’re stopping by Pike Place Market, you may as well check out the Gum Wall. It looks exactly like what it sounds like. The Market Theatre Gum Wall is a brick wall (and now becoming several brick walls) covered in all sorts of used chewing gum. You’ll find it below Pike Place Market in Post Alley. Bring some gum with you and add to the tradition! Distance from conference: 0.4 miles, 9 min walk
For more information go to http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/gum-wall
4. The Seattle Great Wheel
Who doesn’t love a good Ferris wheel? This giant Ferris wheel sits at Pier 57 on Elliot Bay, overlooking the Seattle waterfront. Another great city gazing spot as the Ferris wheel stretches to 175 feet at the edge of the pier. Take an evening stroll to the Great Wheel after your ASHRM sessions and hop in a gondola or admire the wheel from the pier, it lights up the sky at night! Distance from conference: 0.6 miles, 13 min walk
For more information go to https://seattlegreatwheel.com
5. Pioneer Square
This one isn’t so much one specific location, rather than an entire neighborhood. You can enjoy walking along the streets in Pioneer Square admiring the late 1800s Romanesque Revival buildings, or you can walk below the streets on a guided underground tour to learn about the history of Seattle and the Klondike Gold Rush. Pioneer Square is also home to many lovely shops and bars, as well as the peaceful Waterfall Garden Park and Occidental Square, a food truck, and bocce haven. Distance from conference: 1.0 miles, 20 min walk
For more information go to http://www.pioneersquare.org/
6. Chihuly Garden and Glass
This glass exhibit, showcasing the glassworks of Dale Chihuly, opened in 2012 and has been growing in popularity ever since. Located next to the Seattle Space Needle, a stopover at this exhibit is a no-brainer. Even if you’re not a self-proclaimed art enthusiast, the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit is mesmerizing to see and mixed with the natural surroundings of the garden, it’s pretty breathtaking! Distance from conference: 1.2 miles, 25 min walk
For more information go to https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/
I hope this list was helpful and gave you some travel inspiration for when you make your way to Seattle for the 2017 ASHRM Annual Conference! Did I miss something from the list that you think is a must-see? Let me know in the comments below!
Now that you have an idea of what attractions and sights to visit in Seattle, it’s time to figure out your dinner plans! Lucky for you, PolicyMedical is hosting a dinner on Sunday, October 15th and Monday, October 16th exclusively for ASHRM 2017 attendees. If you want to socialize with like-minded risk management professionals and enjoy some delicious local fare (on us!) RSVP here. See you there!