Seattleites don’t tan, goes the joke, they rust. But overcast days and long winter nights have made the city a haven for movie-going travelers and book readers. Hollywood often tests new films here, and residents’ per-capita book purchases are among North America’s highest.
Vacations in Seattle include all the trappings and attractions of a metropolitan hub — two daily newspapers; a state-of-the-art convention center; professional sports teams; a diverse music club scene; and top-notch ballet, opera, symphony, and theater companies. A major seaport, Seattle is a vital link in Pacific Rim trade.
Wander Pike Place Market, known as “the soul of Seattle,” to experience the nine-acre farmers’ market packed with hundreds of businesses, craftspeople, farmers and street performers. Don’t miss the Pike Place Fish Market to see the fish-throwing fishmongers.
Tour Pioneer Square, Seattle’s original downtown from the 1850s. See Romanesque Revival brick architecture (built to replace wooden structures destroyed in the great Seattle fire of 1889) in the art galleries, cafes, bars, nightclubs and bookstores. The neighborhood is considered the capital of Seattle’s nightlife.
The city’s tourism epicenter is Seattle Center, packed with several must-see attractions. Ascend 500 feet to dine at the Space Needle’s revolving SkyCity restaurant.
Discover America’s musical history at the Experience Music Project. Learn about the world around us at the hands-on Pacific Science Center or The Children’s Museum. Or enjoy a big-name performance at the massive KeyArena. Check out the choreographed International Fountain.