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June 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Readers vote: Your favorite Seattle sights

Seattle's Pike Place Market: A favorite of many visitors - and locals. (Bettina Hansen photo / The Seattle Times)

Seattle’s Pike Place Market: A favorite of many visitors – and locals. (Bettina Hansen photo / The Seattle Times)

It’s (almost) summer in Seattle and scads of tourists soon will be roaming  around town. What sights should they see?

You (as in Seattle Times readers) voted on top Seattle sights in response to a recent Times article on five favorite, and five alternative attractions,  as recommended by writer Brian Thomas Gallagher.

He groaned at the fish-tossing and crowds at Pike Place Market; was not amused by Ride the Ducks; and protested at  the Space Needle’s high price. Instead, head to the Ballard Farmers Market, take an Argosy boat tour,   and go for the Columbia Center Sky View Observatory, recommended Gallagher.

Some of you agreed, lots of you disagreed, with those and Gallagher’s  other alternative favorites, including Seattle Times photographer Bettina Hansen who shot the photos for the story and blogged in defense of the Ducks. And   you’re posting some Instagram photos of your own favorite Seattle sights.

Here are readers’ choices for the best Seattle sights out of the 10 mentioned in the story:

Pike Place Market, 256 votes

Space Needle, 147 votes

Olympic Sculpture Park, 124 votes

Argosy Cruises, 99 votes

Seattle Underground Tour, 95 votes

Seattle Architecture Foundation tours, 87 votes

Sky View Observatory, Columbia Center, 82 votes

Ballard Farmers Market, 70 votes

Ride the Ducks, 64 votes

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, 46 votes

Want to visually recommend some of your favorite Seattle sights? Tag your photos or videos with #seattletourist on Instagram – we’ll post them on Picture This, our Times photography blog.

Comments | Topics: Ballard Farmers Market, Columbia Center, Pike Place Market

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