To anyone who has ever seen it and walked around its streets, it’s easy to see why the Emerald City is believed to be one of the most beautiful in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is a city that seems to have been made for photographs, framed by the Cascade and Olympic Mountains on opposite sides while Mount Rainier sits just behind the Sound and overlooks the city’s skyline. Seattle is served by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
, a very large and busy international hub located about a half hour’s drive from the city center.
The neighborhoods of Seattle all have their own personalities, and because the public transportation system links the city efficiently, one can see everything this city has to offer regardless of which neighborhood their hotel happens to be located. As museums go, Seattle is home to some of the most impressive and unique institutions. While the Seattle Art Museum
brings in world-class art to the city on a regular basis, the unique architecture of the Experience Music Project
is reason alone to check it out.
Of course, no visit to Seattle would be complete without a walk around Pike Place Market
. This historic marketplace is located right in the heart of Downtown Seattle, and is one of the busiest and exciting markets in the country. Make a day of it, and plan to get lost in the markets many hidden alleys and unmarked bars and restaurants. Lake Union
, and the area surrounding it, serve as a kind of suburban oasis right in the middle of downtown, perfectly framing the city while the park overlooking the lake provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The beauty of Seattle is found in the city’s personality, a place that has stood the test of time to now provide a stunning mix or historic buildings with a fresh, optimistic future. Explore the interactive map on this page and get to know what else Seattle has to offer.