On the coastline of Washington State in America’s Northwest is the city of Seattle. Also known as the Emerald City, Seattle is located on a strip of land between Lake Washington and Puget Sound with the snow-capped peak of Mount Rainier as a backdrop. The city boasts an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants and music scene together with a bustling waterfront and historic districts such as the Asian-influenced International District to explore. Downtown Seattle is a shopper’s paradise with everything from small designer shops to the modern malls of Pacific Place and the Westlake Centre to the famous Pike Place Market to pick up a bargain or two. The Seattle Centre is home to the Space Needle, Experience Music Project, the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Pacific Science Centre.
Explore the diversity of Seattle by visiting one of its vibrant neighbourhoods. From Fremont (the Bohemian and offbeat “Center of the Universe”) to Ballard (small town feel with boutiques, eateries, nightlife and Scandinavian roots), Pioneer Square (Seattle’s historic birthplace), Capitol Hill (Seattle’s funky and eclectic shops and restaurants with fringe theatre, a happening after dark club scene and welcoming gay and lesbian community) to Belltown (Seattle’s downtown, trend-conscious hangout with highly acclaimed restaurants and design-focused shops or its newest area of George Town and SoDo which has become thriving trendy enclaves transformed from industrial origins.
Seattle has a reputation for being one of the most productive cities in America, and with good reason too. Something of a digital hub, the city is home to the main headquarters of Microsoft and Amazon, two of the world’s biggest companies. It is also renowned for its darkly roasted coffee, and it should come as no surprise that the international chain Starbucks was first set up here back in 1971 as it set course on its journey toward becoming one of the world’s most recognisable brands.
With so much to see and experience in and around Seattle it’s easy to see why it’s a popular choice to start and/or end a Pacific Northwest holiday.