Travellers flying to Seattle will quickly see how its natural beauty and green mountains gave birth to its nickname – the Emerald City.
The scenery first draws travellers into this iconic American city: panoramas of bays, lakes and snow-capped mountains greet the eye from every direction. Beyond its natural beauty, travellers will also discover the art galleries surrounding historic Pioneer Square, the recently remodeled Seattle Art Museum with a picturesque new sculpture garden, and a top-quality culture scene with dozens of small theatres, music clubs, a philharmonic and an opera house.
From the world famous Space Needle and Pike Place Market to the locally famous coffee houses and music scene, Seattle provides a sophisticated experience for all who visit. It’s easy to see why the Emerald City is truly the gem of the Pacific Northwest.
For a thriving hometown boutique scene, Belltown is the neighbourhood to see. Trendy shops draw crowds of loyal patrons and over 100 restaurants wait to be explored. Be sure to visit a Seattle classic like The Rendezvous, a restaurant and lounge with live music, theatre, comedy shows and films.
Lined with independently owned cafés, the Capitol Hill neighbourhood is any coffee lover’s dream. After your flight to Seattle, treat yourself to a hot beverage and pastry at Espresso Vivace, a local favourite. Afterwards, explore Broadway Avenue for lively shops and restaurants. If you are looking for a great view of the surrounding area, head to Volunteer Park where you can climb a 108-step water tower and catch one of the best views of the city.
Pike Place Farmers Market
One of the icons of the city is Pike Place Market, a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront. The Market opened 17th August 1907, and is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers' markets in the United States.
One of the Market's major attractions is Pike Place Fish Market, where employees throw fish to each other rather than passing them by hand.
Although locals spend much of their time enjoying the city’s natural surroundings, Seattle reveals an active and diverse nightlife scene. Music lovers will find a plethora of classical, jazz and rock offerings. The Seattle Opera is ranked one of the top companies in the country, and The Seattle Repertory Theatre has won national awards.
In addition, Seattle’s dining scene continues to expand and prove its world-class stature. After settling in from your flight to Seattle, be sure to check out Dahlia Lounge, a Tom Douglas restaurant that rivals the best in Seattle. A dinner of crab cakes followed by coconut cream pie is the essence of this place. Additionally, be sure to grab a bite in Rover’s, a hidden gem that’s locally known for its French influenced, Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Bordered by mountain ranges, Seattle is minutes from some of the world’s most breathtaking views.
Mt. Rainier and the rest of Olympic National Park. Located a few hours outside the city, the park is home to three distinct ecosystems and has over one million square acres to explore.
Oenophiles will want to visit Woodinville, Washington State’s premier wine region. Check local guides to see which wineries offer tours and tastings during the time of your visit.
Additionally, tour the historic mining cities of Cle Elum and Roslyn where you can ride on horseback through the earliest settled parts of the Pacific Northwest.