Brimming with natural beauty, fascinating landmarks, museums, parks and much more, Seattle is absolutely one of the best places in the world to live in or visit. This city offers a colorful blend of culture and art that guarantees to make one’s trip memorable and exciting.
Seattle is a seaport city located on the western coast of the U.S, situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Not only is it one of the largest cities in the United States, it is also one of the fastest growing tech cities as well. About 4000 years ago, this city was inhabited by Red Indians before the settlers from Europe took over in 1851. They settled down and the city flourished. In the beginning, the city’s first chief industry was based on wood. During the Gold Rush era, it became known for shipbuilding. Around the time of World War II, Seattle was known as an aircraft manufacturing hub. From the 1980s onwards, Seattle became a world-class technology center.
There are various places to visit in Seattle, make sure you have enough time on your hands to visit them all for an unforgettable experience.
The Space Needle
The Space Needle is an icon for this emerald city. This historical icon stands at a height of 605 ft. It was completed in 1962 and until this day attracts many visitors from around the globe. Visitors can reach the top through elevators in a very short amount of time. At the observation deck, you can view Seattle’s nearby islands, the ranges of mountains Olympic and cascade and Elliot Bay. Enjoy a meal at the world class restaurant “SkyCity” which revolves at 360 degrees.
Seattle Art Museum (SAM)
Established in 1933, SAM manages three departments. Those three departments are the main Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. Art and craft collections from all corners of the world decorate the museum especially Asian, African and modern American art. Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library and McCaw Foundation Library of Art are two libraries present in SAM. Both libraries contain a combined number of 35,000 books on all types of arts.
Mount Rainier ranks 21st as one of the highest mountain peaks of the world. It is the highest mountain of the Cascade Range. Mount Rainier has been labeled as an icon for Washington’s geographical landscape. This snow-capped mountain stands at 14,411 ft. However, beneath all the layers of ice and snow it a dangerous active volcano. This threat does not stop tourists from visiting this majestic mountain to breathe in the fresh air and look around at the remarkable views.
If you are a big fan of chewing bubble gum, then you need to visit the colorful bubblegum covered wall. In 2015, the wall was scrubbed and authorities had removed 1070 kg of gum. This strange tradition started in 1993 as a form of silent protest. The owners of a small local theatre objected to viewers eating gum through the show. Angry at the owner’s demand, the customers started sticking chewed gum to the wall. Humorously, till this day the practice continues.
Eating at Ballard Avenue
This popular Seattle neighborhood is an all-time treat for you. Naturally, seafood will rule the menus of the several restaurants. Enjoy a first class meal at The Walrus and the Carpenter. Taste the mouthwatering fresh oysters which have been cooked to perfection at the Ballard Annex Oyster House. If you crave a pizza, then head over to Delancey – their pizzas are baked in wood fires with lots of toppings to choose from; Ballard Avenue is a must visit for foodies.
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