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This year's Structures Congress takes place at the Washington State Convention Center.

Points of Interest

With everything from unrivaled natural beauty and world-class attractions to major sports teams, a thriving arts and culture scene, there's always something to do in the Emerald City.

  • Space Needle: Built for the 1962 World's Fair, the 605-foot tall structure quickly became an icon of the city that today is recognized far and wide.
  • Seattle Center Monorail: Another relic of the World's Fair, the Monorail links Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle, to downtown's Westlake Center along a one-mile route.
  • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP): Music, science fiction, and pop culture all come together at the MoPOP. The colorful exhibits cover everything from history of indie video games and horror films to Nirvana, the Seahawks and more.
  • Pacific Science Center: This museum is where science lessons come to life. Explore galaxies near and far in the planetarium, get up close and personal with colorful creatures in the Tropical Butterfly House and much more.
  • Pike Place Market: From the iconic market sign and Rachel the Piggy Bank to the gum wall, the original Starbucks, the famous fish-tossing tradition and well over 225 local artisans selling their wares, there are enough sights and sounds at the Market to fill up a day or more.
  • Smith Tower: Visit the city's first skyscraper, built in 1914, and ride the manually operated elevator's to the 35th-floor observatory.
  • Pioneer Square: Seattle's original downtown is full of beautiful old buildings in Romanesque Revival style, underground tours to see the remains of the city's first buildings and an ever-growing slate of hip shops and restaurants.
  • Ballard Locks: At these century old locks you can watch the water levels rise and lower to create a "boat elevator" for boats and even kayaks headed out to the Puget Sound. There's also an onsite botanical garden and fish ladder.
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum: This museum is dedicated to work and career of locally born, world-renowned glassblower Dale Chihuly, who was introduced to the craft while studying at the University of Washington.

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