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The Seattle Experience
Visiting the Emerald City
The city of Seattle sits at the edge of Puget Sound, in between the Sound and Lake Washington, in the state of Washington. It is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region. Native tribes inhabited the area for a few thousand years before European settlers arrived in the mid-1800s. A three-hour drive south will put you in Portland, OR and a three-hour drive north will get you to Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Ever since it was first founded, Seattle has been a city with lots of local industries, going through cycles of boom and bust. Lumber and the Klondike gold rush contributed to the early development of the city, whereas companies like Starbucks and Microsoft are fueling present growth.
Seattle gets a lot of press about the amount of rain it experiences, however it is more of an overcast and cloudy city than a wet one. (almost all of the Eastern seaboard gets more rain than Seattle). Most of the rain that falls comes down as misty drizzles and thunderstorms are very rare. Winters can be dark, but snow is mostly powdered-sugar dustings that melt within a few hours. Summers run from cool and drizzly to nice and temperate with very few huge heat waves.
Great Spots for the Whole Family
What Do You Think Of When You Hear "Seattle?"
Do you think of...
- airplanes - home of Boeing
- boating - Lake Washington and Puget Sound
- coffee - home of Starbucks and Tully's
- computers - home of Microsoft
- islands - Vashion, Bainbridge, Mercer
- mountains - Mt Rainier and the Olympic peninsula
- music - Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Pearl Jam
- rain - gentle but nearly year-round
Check Out The Local Color!
- The Seattle Great Wheel Official Website
One of the biggest Ferris wheels in the United States, The Seattle Great Wheel is coming to Seattle!
- Volunteer Park
Located in the heart of Seattle, Volunteer Park is home the Volunteer Park Conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
- Seattle Art Cars
The local group of art car owners stage a rally each June as part of the Solstice Parade.
- Seattle's Bumbershoot Rocks!
BUMBERSHOOT is the annual Seattle music and culture festival, held at the Seattle Center on Labor Day weekend. Enjoy dozens of bands, performers, crafts, arts and more!
The Great Wheel
If you don't have much time....
Here are some recommendations for if you find yourself in Seattle but don't have a lot of time to see the sights.
The Waterfront - Pike Market, the Aquarium, the Great Wheel, tons of restaurants and some of the best people watching in town can all be had within just a few blocks of each other on Seattle's waterfront.
Seattle Center - the historic location of the 1962 World's Fair is still the home of the famous Space Needle but it's also got the Pacific Science Center, the Key Arena, the Chihuly Garden, the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and a food court to satisfy any tastes. This space also plays host to a variety of smaller, local convention, exhibitions and performances.
Seattle Sights To See!
- Seattle's Pike Place Market
Seattle's 100-year-old Pike Place Market is open daily, with fresh produce, local craftspeople and so much more! This waterfront locale is a popular destination for locals and visitors.
- Jimi Hendrix Grave Site
Details about how to visit Jimi Hendrix's grave site if you are in Seattle. He's buried in a city just south, called Renton, about a 45 minute drive away.
- Emerald City: Seattle City Guide
Seattle sits at the edge of Puget Sound, with Lake Washington nestled on the other side. The joke is, if it's not raining, wait five minutes.
Seattle Center and the Space Needle
Seattle Summer Seafair
For over 50 years, starting around the end of June and running into the beginning of August is Seattle's Seafair. This is the largest festival event in the Northwest and masses an amazing array of summer events and activities into the absolute best part of the year in this region. There are boating events, street fairs, air shows, several foot races and more, all occurring within this six week period. Here are some highlights not to be missed:
Pirate Landing - yep, a motley and humorous crew of pirates land at Seafair. Be sure to bring the kids to this one!
Milk Carton Derby - hand-built boats which float on milk cartons make for a fun, family event.
Torchlight Run - supporting local charities, this is an evening road race for serious and casual runners alike.
Lake Union wooden boat festival - celebrating vintage and antique watercraft.
Bon Odori - this Buddhist festival honors the dead and features unique line dancing in the streets.
Hydroplane races - boats race at over 200 mph to compete for the Chevrolet Cup.
Air show - the famous Blue Angels come to town.
Eat Your Way Around Seattle!
Seattle Museums - the best of the arts and sciences
- Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
Experience Music Project (EMP) is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music. The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFM) is the world's first museum devoted to the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of sci
- Seattle Art Museum: Home Page
Online guide to SAM. Get visitor, exhibition, collection, and event information for all locations. Art activities and resources for teachers, kids, and art enthusiasts.
- The Children's Museum • The Kenneth and Marleen Alhadeff Exhibit Center • Seattle, WA
Located in the Seattle Center, The Children's Museum offers a fun, interactive experience with a variety of unique exhibits and programs.
- Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight exists to acquire, preserve and exhibit historically significant air and space artifacts that provide a foundation for scholarly research and lifelong learning programs inspiring an interest in and understanding of science, techn
- Pacific Science Center
Seattle science and educational museum, IMAX theater, planetarium, and science exhibits under the Space Needle.
- Welcome - Burke Museum
The Burke Museum Web site aims to serve the online needs of a wide range of audiences, from visitors new to the region and adults and families in the community, to school age children, college students, and scholars from around the globe.