Seattle is the largest city in the scenic Pacific Northwest of the United States. It is located in the state of Washington between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, about 96 miles (155 km) south of the United States, Canada border. Beautiful natural sights include those west beyond the Sound: the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas as well as the Olympic Mountains. To the East beyond Lake Washington and the Eastside suburbs are Lake Sammamish and the stunning Cascade Range.
The Seattle area has actually been inhabited for at least 4,000 years, but European settlement began only in the mid-19th century. In 1853, Doc Maynard suggested that the main settlement be renamed "Seattle," an anglicized rendition of the name of Noah Sealth, the collective chief of the two local indigenous tribes. From 1869 until 1982, Seattle was known as the "Queen City". Since the 1980’s, seattle's official nickname is the "Emerald City", and it is also referred to as the "Rainy City”, “Gateway to Alaska”, and “Jet City,” due to the local influence of Boeing.
Seattle has many things to do for those visiting the area. Tourists can spend the day at a museum, go to the theatre, or go on a guided tour. Two museums that are a must to visit for history buffs are the Museum of Flight, which features the Wright Brothers and Aircrafts, and the Museum of History and Industry. Guided sightseeing tours are the best way to see the city as the guides know the best way around the city as they live and work within the city.
As with many large cities, Seattle also has an array of nightlife availble to its visitors and locals. For a great place to listen to music, you can go to the Baltic Room, Neighbors, or the Tractor Lounge. Or if you are looking for a romantic restaurant, try The Palisade Waterfront Restaurant or the Pink Door.
The Seattle Space Needle was built in 1962 and was a symbol for the World’s Fair. Since the World Fair, the Space Needle has become a symbol for the city. When visiting the Space Needle you can get astonishing views of the city from the observation deck, which is 520 feet above the city. Don’t worry about waiting to get up to the observation deck, as the elevator only takes 41 seconds to go up! Once you are at the top, you can easily see Mt Rainier, the Cascade Mountains, the Olympics, and sparkling Lake Union on a clear day. Hungry? Feel the need for a drink totake the edge off? SkyCity offers award-winning local wines and buffet-style dining.
Famous for its festivals year round, Seattle is also regarded as the birthplace of grunge music, though it undoubtedly offers a wide variety of concerts and shows for every kind of musical taste! This happening city also holds a reputation for heavy coffee consumption. Coffee companies founded or based in Seattle include Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Tully's, but there are also many successful independent artisanal espresso roasters and cafes for you to try.
Looking for other things to do in Seattle? Make certain to leave time to visit popular attractions like Pioneer Square, Scenic Lake View Cemetery on Capitol Hill, Pike Place Market, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Public Library, Seattle Children's Museum, Seattle Monorail, Pacific Science Center, and Experience the Music Project. These are just some of the historical and contemporary sites and activities scattered around the city just waiting to be explored.