Described by the Lonely Planet as a city that 'pushes the envelope, embraces new trends and plots a path toward the future,' Seattle is a friendly city that welcomes and celebrates differences. It has a culture that has shaped some of the world's most innovative companies, its music has inspired a generation of fans and its food and drink scene rivals any in the world.
Mountains to Sounds is a popular phrase in Seattle. Nestled on the shores of Puget Sound, surrounded by the Olympic Mountains to the West and Cascade Mountains to the East, and safeguarded by Mt. Rainier, Seattle's landscape is majestic to say the least, which earned it the nickname the 'Emerald City'.
From the mountain tops, to fresh water lakes and the saltwater of Puget Sound, scenery and wildlife are abound in Seattle, as are the outdoor adventure opportunities. Explore the nature of the National Parks along the stunning hiking trails, or why not hire a kayak or take in an alternative view of the city on a paraglide?
A city on the leading edge of innovation, Seattle is home to some of the world's biggest industry leaders such as Microsoft and Amazon.com and is the birthplace of musical icons including the late Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix. A first-time visitor should check out the city's famous landmarks such as the Seattle Center, home to historic attractions such as the iconic Space Needle, a legacy of the 1962 World's Fair, Chihuly Gardens and Glass and MoPop (Museum of Pop Culture).
For the foodies, Seattle's cuisines are endless. Fast becoming famous for its local craft beers, award winning wines, spirits and an abundance of amazing food, it has become engrained in local Seattle culture. From inexpensive street eats to white table cloth restaurants, there is literally a meal for any craving. To whet your appetite, take a walk through Pike Place Market to sample the freshest fruits and vegetables from the local farms and shop for handmade artistic wares, or book onto one of the popular food tours for a culinary journey of your taste buds and toes!
Finally, a trip would not be complete without strolling down the historic waterfront where the Clipper Race fleet will be berthed at Port of Seattle's Bell Harbor Marina - checking out the piers and stopping by the Seattle Aquarium.
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