Far more than fish and flannel, Seattle will charm you with its fresh air, stunning vistas, and espresso-fueled bohemian vibe.
Square One on any visitor’s itinerary should be the venerable and always-bustling Pike Place Market, where fish are thrown, delicious smells waft from every doorway, and you’ll have the chance to witness one of America’s oldest public markets in action. The views from here can’t be beat, either -- on a clear day, gigantic Mount Rainier looms in the distance, while the Olympic Mountain Range and ferries ring the foreground of the Puget Sound. A quick walk from downtown takes you to the Seattle Aquarium, a world-class and kid-friendly destination with special focus on Northwest flora and fauna. Downtown Seattle is also host to the Seattle Art Museum, with its range of rotating exhibits and thought-provoking contemporary collection. Get in a bit of shopping as well in central Westlake Center or Pacific Place Mall.
Local Seattleites know that all the best dining and window shopping happen in one of the outlying neighborhoods. From hip and coffeehouse-crammed Capitol Hill to the dense nightlife of Ballard Avenue to the quirky and walkable charms of Fremont, you won’t regret leaving the downtown core for a meal or a jaunt. Seattle’s quirky Gasworks Park lets you take in an artfully-decaying old gasworks system while enjoying views of Lake Union, sailboats, and hearty kayakers. Give your legs a workout on the miles of criss-crossing trails in Discovery Park or marvel at the salmon spawning at the Ballard Locks and absorb the superlative sunset from Golden Gardens’ beach. For evening fun, try out one of Seattle’s renowned live music venues -- you’ll find everything from rock to country to jazz. Or, for something splashier, catch the symphony at Benaroya Hall or the breathtaking Pacific Northwest Ballet at McCaw Hall.
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