INVIGORATING, LIKE A FRESH CUP OF COFFEE
Hip, trendy, and perpetually green, Seattle is tucked into the Puget Sound on the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Founded in 1851, the city gained notoriety as a boomtown during the Yukon Gold Rush. Flanked by water on one side and mountains to the other—and evergreens as far as the eye can see—Seattle is equal parts exciting urban center and outdoor adventure hub, known as much for its cloudy skies and rainy days as it is for its other attractions. It does seem to rain a lot here, but that has little impact on how bright this city shines.
Today’s Seattle sits on top of the sidewalks and storefronts of the city’s former center, which burned to the ground more than a hundred years ago. What used to be street level is now underground, which allows for the popular eerie Underground Tour. Explore the bustling downtown being sure to stop at the Seattle Central Library. Not just a place for books, the building itself is an architectural beacon. Or visit any number of galleries and museums—the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, and the Seattle Art Museum, to name a few.
Seattle may be the birthplace of Starbucks—the original café thrives at Pike Place—but espresso machines are buzzing at coffeehouses on every corner. With boatloads of fresh seafood and a bounty of local produce, it’s no surprise that Seattle’s food scene is as varied as it is delicious. To get away from the bustle of city life, venture beyond the city to breathtaking Snoqualmie Falls for a hike and a picnic and the powerful sight of the 268 foot crashing waterfall, one of the most stunning in the country. An exciting city in beautiful natural surroundings, Seattle is an alluring destination. Rain or shine.
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market
You don’t have to be hungry to enjoy Seattle’s beloved Pike Place Market. Below the iconic clock and market sign is a haven for foodies and anyone looking for the heart and soul of the city. Established in 1907 to connect customers to farmers, it’s the oldest continually operating farmer’s market in America. Stalls bursting with fruits and vegetables, fresh flowers, and lots of delicious specialty foods—spices, truffle oil, grains, and curries—all from local producers. You’ll find butchers, bakers, and possibly a candlestick maker. But the real attraction is the fishmongers, who famously toss orders to customers to the delight of bystanders.
The classic landmark that makes Seattle’s skyline distinctive was built for the 1962 World's Fair. Venture to the top—605 feet up—and be rewarded with incredible 360-degree views of the city, Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier, and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Linger at the top a while to take in the breathtaking panorama, either at the Observation Deck or SkyCity, the revolving restaurant. Take the quick and fun Seattle City Monorail there, and don’t miss the magnificent bursts of color of the Chihuly Garden and Glass installation, located at the base.
One of the best ways to take in the city is a stroll along the scenic waterfront. Start at Pioneer Square, the city’s historic district stopping at attractions along the way. For magnificent views of the Puget Sound, Seattle’s signature cityscape, and snow-capped Mount Rainier in the distance, the Seattle Great Wheel takes you 175 feet up, the perfect perch to take it all in. Try some freshly shucked oysters or hop on the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Be sure to be out on the deck for the return trip—the view of Seattle from the water is worth the brisk wind.
Seattle, Washington At a glance