7) Pike’s Place Market, Seattle, Washington
Seattle’s Pike Place Market opened in 1907 and is one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the world. By the first decade of the 20th century, Seattle’s population had doubled and there was great need for the dairy, eggs and produce of local farmers. Unfortunately, wholesalers were buying up the goods at low prices that didn’t benefit farmers and gouging the city residents in the process. A city councilman named Thomas Revelle had the idea to create a market where customers could buy directly from farmers. These days it’s a great place to see fishmongers in action, buy fresh produce, shop for crafts and collectibles, dine and watch street performers. A 550-pound bronze-cast piggy bank named Rachel is the unofficial mascot. All the money left inside is donated to social services. More than 10 million people visit each year.