What to do and what to see:
More than nine million visitors make their way to “The Emerald City” of Seattle, Washington every year, and the world-class West coast locale mixed with a thriving urban setting result in a top travel destination. The city has coined the phrase “metronatural” to describe itself, boasting a fine balance between a fast-paced metropolis and the area’s rich natural beauty. Start with a visit to Pike Place Market, the famous century-old farmers market known for the fishmongers and their “flying fish” antics.
Continue on to the landmark Space Needle (cir. 1962), in which a super-fast elevator ride rockets up 605 feet (184 meters) to an observation deck, gift shop and the revolving SkyCity restaurant. Hop aboard a ferry ride to the varied attractions in Puget Sound, or commandeer a motorized amphibious WWII vehicle for a “Duck Ride” tour on both land and sea. For other water-themed attractions, take in the Seattle Aquarium and the bustling Seattle Waterfront commerce area. The culture of Seattle is equated with the alternative music scene, with the bands Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains (to name a few) calling the city home.
Plenty of music, theater and performing fine arts venues are located in the city, and visitors will not be left wanting for shopping, dining and wine-tasting options. Extreme adventures in Seattle include paintball, paragliding, skydiving, indoor climbing and BMX riding, and professional sports teams include the Mariners (MLB), the Seahawks (NFL) and the Sounders (MLS). Dubbed by some as the “fittest city in the United States,” Seattle is home to a myriad of hiking, biking, walking and other outdoor activity venues, and public transit systems make it easy for visitors to get around. With modern amenities and Mother Nature’s charm, Seattle is a top pick among travelers around the world.