Downtown Seattle is a highly energetic, pedestrian-friendly and potentially exhausting walk offers a myriad of craft beers, food possibilities and wonderful views of the sound. It also offers the highly original wall covered by gum.
The Market Theater Gum wall is in Post Alley, near the popular Pike Market. And, yes, it is just about as disgusting as you would imagine an old brick wall would be that is covered by gum.
According to the legend, the tradition of sticking used gum on this brick wall began in the early '90s. Despite some initial efforts to scrap the gum away, it eventually became a thing to do, and now is a tourist attraction.
I did not pull any of the gum off the wall to chew it.
Is the Wall of Gum better than the Space Needle? It's less expensive, but no. The Space Needle is one of those iconic skyline pieces that immediately distinguishes this city from every other. For that reason alone this tall creation, which was built for the 1962 World's Fair, is worth having.
Having visited this wonderful city many times, I finally ventured to the western edge of its downtown to take the 40-second ride up the elevator for the nice views offered by the Space Needle.
It was originally the tallest man-made building west of the Mississippi River, but times have changed. At 520-feet, it is no longer the tallest building in downtown Seattle. The Space Needle is 605-feet high, and offers a 360-view of Seattle. Needless to say, especially in October, it's a bit chilly up there.
There is a restaurant, a bar, and of course a place to buy coffee.
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