Seattle itself is hilly. It is said to lie on 7 hills - Capitol Hill, First Hill, West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Queen Anne, Magnolia, and the former Denny Hill. The city is also surrounded with rich sea, rivers, forests, lakes, and fields. This gives anyone who visits the city a breath-taking view of the downtown.
Seattle has a rich food culture. For people who prefer healthy living, there are a lot of eateries or restaurants offering organic food. There are also a lot of farm-to-table restaurants offering very affordable yet delicious meals. Looking for some Asian dishes? There's the Vietnamese restaurants offering pho along the corners of the city and the famous Uwajimaya for the freshest seafood in town. You may also feast on corn dogs along the streets and for a true Seattle experience, try the local
Coffee is not the only popular drink in Seattle. There are a lot of bars and café's offering great beer, whiskey and cocktails, too.
For the best views of the Seattle skyline, you can always try the water taxi. King County water taxi is a public transport ferry operated by the King County Department of Transportation. You may also paddle a canoe to see backyards filled with scenic wonders. Tight or limited budget? Worry not, the Center for Wooden Boats will set a free sail for you every Sunday
Seattle's climate allows for a year-round of outdoor recreation. Spacious parks surround Seattle such as Lake Union Park, Gas Works Park and Green Lake Park. Each place provides panoramic views of the Seattle skyline.
Seattle aside from being a great place for outdoor fun like walking, cycling, skiing, and sailing; is also a regional center for the performing arts. The McCaw Hall is the home of Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet for their regular performances. The century-old Seattle Symphony Orchestra is resident at Benaroya Hall, a 2500 seat performance center. There are also movie houses showing both Hollywood and independent films and museums and art galleries. The city organizes a lot of annual fairs and festivals such as the 24-day filmfest that excite local and international tourists.
Space Needle is the icon of the city. This 605 - feet tall observation tower constructed in 1961 for the 1962 World's Fair, gives a great view of the city from the top.
The oldest continuously operated public market in the United States. It was built in 1903 and opened in 1907. The market is Seattle's most popular tourist destination with 10 million visitors annually. It is also listed in the US National Register of Historic Places.
Seattle Great Wheel is a giant Ferris wheel constructed in April, 2012 and opened in June, 2012. The structure stands at 175 - feet above Pier 57 and has 42 climate-controlled gondolas, each can carry up to 8 persons except for the VIP which carries four.
The Museum of History & Industry, a history museum located in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, is the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington. It was established in 1952 and maintains a collection of nearly 4 million artifacts, photographs, and archival materials that primarily focus on Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region.
Discovery park is the largest city park in Seattle. The site covering 534 acres of natural park, is one breathtaking majesty. This park which was created in 1970 provides an open space of quiet and tranquility, a sanctuary for wildlife, as well as an outdoor classroom for people to learn about the natural world.