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King County Attractions

Parent Category: Washington Counties
Created: 26 November 2013

King County is the 13-th largest county which is considered to be a great place for living. The county is situated between the magnificent Cascades and majestic Puget Sound. It borders Pierce County to the south and Snohomish County to the north.

It should be said that King County and the city of Seattle, county seat, are the most populous in Washington State. There are more than 2 million residents who live and work in this region, but about 65% of residents live in suburbs. King County is the 11-th county in the state in terms of land area. 

This county is also on the list of 100 counties with the highest income. King County is home for such world-known companies as Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks.


King County was created on the territory of Thurston County on December 22, 1852, and on January 11, 1853 Seattle was named the county seat. King County got its name thanks to the Alabama resident William Rufus King who was Vice President of the USA under President Franklin Pierce.

In 2005, the county was renamed after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

County seat

Seattle is the county seat of King County. It is the biggest cultural, economic and educational center in this region. Seattle is situated on the coast and is considered to be major seaport.

The territories around Seattle have been inhabited for 4,000 years by Native Americans, and European settlement began in the middle of the 19th century. 

Early settlements of this area were called New York-Alki and Duwamps, but in 1853 it was suggested to rename the biggest and the main settlement into Seattle in honor of Sealth, the chief of the local tribes.

Nowadays the city of Seattle is also called the “Emerald City” because of the magnificent evergreen forests that surround the area, and the Seattle residents are called Seattleites.


Top Attractions

Space Needle

The Space Needle is one of the most famous and recognizable symbols of Seattle. Here visitors may enjoy the view of the city from 520-foot Observation Deck. The Seattle Space Needle is the attraction that should be on your list of not-be-passed-up places.

Website: www.spaceneedle.com 

Pike Place Market

This is also one of the most visited places of Seattle. Here you can get fresh food and, meet nice people. Tourists come here to enjoy delicious produce, wonderful handmade crafts and tasty seafood.

Website: www.pikeplacemarket.org

The Seattle Aquarium

This is the museum that will tell everything about the sea life. The Seattle Aquarium gives the opportunities to explore the marine environment and to discover new things. This is the most favorite museum among the children.

Website: www.seattleaquarium.org

Alki Beach

Alki Beach is a great place to spend your day with the family. Here you can enjoy a 2.5-mile walk trail that will lead you along the sunny waterfront.


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Photo Editing: Pavlo Petryshyn

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