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Seattle, Washington, USA

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Seattle Overview

Seattle conjures up well-known images such as the Space Needle, recognizable in many television shows and movies. But Seattle is not popular for just that reason. It’s second to New York for its number of theaters and it’s the region’s destination for Performing Arts. It’s also home to exceptional shopping and fascinating sites.

Seattle is located in the state of Washington and is a major seaport. Its privileged location makes it an ideal place to visit weather-wise.

Seattle’s mild climate for the most of the year allows for everyone to enjoy outdoor activities. Cycling, hiking, snowboarding and boating are among the favorites. You can kayak and sail in Puget Sound while admiring impressive vistas. And for those who love to take long strolls, there’s Green Lake. There’s no other place like it.

Seattle is the birthplace of several music genres and home to famous rappers, jazz musicians and heavy metal bands. Its symphony orchestra is world-renowned and visitors can enjoy weekly performances at the Benaroya Hall. For those who appreciate the Opera and ballet, the McCan Hall offers seasonal shows. The Seattle Opera is famous for its presentations of Richard Wagner works. And nobody should miss the 5th Avenue Theater. This is home to over one hundred theatrical companies showcasing Broadway Musicals.

Another important icon in Seattle’s cultural Mecca is the Central Library. Even if you’re not in the mood to read, it’s a must see. It was voted favorite among the top structures in the United States. This eleven-storey building is made of glass and steel and designed in the unique style of Architect Rem Koolhaas.

Seattle’s neighborhoods offer an incredible array of attractions. Getting around is easy given the options for transportation. There are trolley buses, metro, street cars and the famed Washington State ferries.

Among the most visited attractions is the city’s oldest section known as Pioneer Square. Stampedes of people looking for gold in the late 1800s made it from Alaska to Seattle. A must are the guided tours beneath Seattle’s’ streets.

Another section of town that attracts visitors is Pike Place Market. This old Seattle farmer’s market overlooks Elliot Bay. It’s an ideal place to find unique arts and crafts as well as enjoy the scenery.

And of course there’s the downtown area of Seattle, boasting the best in shopping, dining and sightseeing.

Seattle attractions offer something for everyone. Art lovers will delight in galleries and impressive sites like Olympic Sculpture Park. There are neighborhoods with Victorian architecture and historical landmarks as well as trendy restaurants and cafes.

Sports fans can enjoy a game of hockey, baseball, football or basketball. Seattle’s team franchises are among the best.

And if you wonder what type of museums you’ll find in Seattle, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find just about every type of interest represented. The Museum of flight, for example, is the largest in the West Coast. Others like the Museums of History and Industry, Natural History and Culture and Contemporary Art attract hundreds of thousands of people a year.

Seattle is the jewel of the Northwest.

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