The city of Seattle is set in a breathtakingly beautiful location with the perfect combination of urban flavour and outdoor recreation. Nestled on the shores of Elliott Bay, the backdrop is enhanced further by the astonishing sight of Mount Rainier, that glistens behind the incredible glass skyline of the city itself. Seattle is the closest city to the border of British Columbia and provides some of the finest scenery on the continent. Often referred to as the “Emerald City” due to the presence of lush evergreen spaces and beautiful scenery, Seattle fits its namesake perfectly.
The skyline is impeccably impressive and that is down to the many prosperous businesses that reside here. Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon are just three of the successful companies located in the area. Despite the economic extravagance of such prominent businesses, Seattle retains its delightfully poised charm and unique character with its charismatically bustling city with a small town feel.
Perhaps Seattle’s most famous feature of the city has to be the awe inspiring Space Needle that stands an almighty 605 feet tall. This amazing structure was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair and continues to wow tourists today. The sheer size, stature and dominance represents a proud feature of the city of Seattle and upon completion, revolutionised the city skyline. Those who aren’t scared of heights can travel up 520 ft. to the Observation Deck where you’ll be greeted with 360 degree views of Emerald City, with nothing blocking your view.
Rain is common in Seattle, and the city has a reputation for its overcast days. Despite this reputation you may be surprised to find that the rainfall in Seattle is actually much less than many others areas in the United States. The rain doesn’t put locals off their daily activities, and nor should it you, just remember to pack your raincoat so you’re prepared whatever the weather.
For the ultimate Seattle market experience head for Pike Place Market and discover one of the oldest operated farmers’ markets in the United States. You can find almost everything at Pike Place Market from flowers, coffee shops to bakeries that bring in millions of visitors each and every year.
Join the crowds and head for Seattle’s bustling waterfront where you can order freshly steamed crab legs to take on the go as you stroll the pier at a leisurely pace. Keep a lookout for must-see attractions along the waterfront including the Seattle Great Wheel on pier 57 or opt to board the Washington State Ferries for a scenic cruise to Elliot Bay.
One of the best ways to get around the city can be organised independently or through the cruise operator and comes in the form of a hop on, hop off bus service to see the city at your own pace. The double-decker provides a guided tour of the city and offers the chance to explore the major highlights of the city. Busses depart every thirty minutes so it is a brilliant way to get around and see all the Seattle has to offer. Other excursion opportunities here include such attractions as the Space Needle sunset, where you can witness the magnificence of this iconic structure whilst watching the sunset over glorious Seattle. This tour can even be combined with a wine tasting experience including the famous Washington wines. There’s nothing quite like tasting the sublime zest of a Washington wine whilst overlooking such sights as the captivating Puget Sound. If you want to breathe in the fresh sea air, then opt for a tour by sea and take in the sights of the serene Elliot Bay. The Future of Flight Aviation Centre is absolutely amazing to discover pioneering aviation technologies. This is a 28,000 square feet cutting edge facility with an abundance of enthralling exhibits.
The city of Seattle is truly spectacular. The scenery here is completely unique with the ability to combine the exquisite landscape beauty of evergreen settings with the charismatically exclusive cosmopolitan of the city centre. The famous ferry boats glide past as you witness the alluring charm of a wonderful port of call.