Have You Visited Seattle, The Gateway To Alaska? Seattle, the Emerald City, a major seaport on the Puget Sound, is the largest city in the state of Washington and one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. It is named after Native American Chief Seattle.
Have You Visited Seattle, The Gateway To Alaska? Its most famous landmark is the Space Needle, the top of which offers spectacular views of the city, the sound, and the not too distant Cascade Mountains, including Mount Rainer, a dormant volcano, that can be seen on a clear day.
Mount St. Helens, a volcano, which last disastrously erupted on May 18, 1980, is also in this mountain range. It is located 96 miles south of the city.
Seattle is the home of tech giants, Microsoft and Amazon. It is also the home of The University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University, as well as professional sports teams, the Seattle Seahawks football team and the Seattle Mariners baseball team.
Port Seattle is very busy between May and October with over 200 vessels calling, many en route to Alaska. If you are not going on a cruise to Alaska, you may enjoy a scenic harbor cruise or a ferry boat ride to historic Bainbridge Island. Another way to view the city and the surrounding mountains is to take a ride on the 175 foot high Seattle Great Wheel, one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the country. Different piers on the waterfront offer a variety of entertainment, foods and shops, Pike Place Market, a farmers’ market, is spread out over a nine block district with everything to please your tastes and shopping needs. The are 500 businesses located in this district. Chain stores are not allowed here, except for Starbucks, which started out in Seattle. While visiting, you may take food tours.
There are dozens of jazz night clubs along Jackson Street for nighttime entertainment. Perhaps you would enjoy a drink and the music after attending a sporting event, or watching a movie, or spending the evening at the Pacific Northeast Ballet, or the Seattle Opera, or a performance at one of the city’s theaters, or one of the seasonal music festivals. Many enjoyable cultural activities await you in Seattle.
There are several art and history museums to visit, as well as a zoo and an aquarium and several interesting parks, including the Olympic Sculpture Park located on a former industrial site, now 9 acres of green space with paths to walk along along the waterfront while passing by works of art.
The International District includes Chinatown, Japantown, Little Saigon for a taste of Asia, including Korea and the Philippines. For history buffs there is Pioneer Square and the National Historic District to explore, which includes the opportunity to walk through subterranean storefronts and side walks that were entombed after the 1889 Great Fire following which the city was rebuilt on top of these underground structures. Chihuly Garden and Glass features a light filled glass house, blown glass creations, art works, by glass artist Dale Chihuly, and an outdoor botanical garden.
There are many hotel accommodations, often with scenic views, along with multiple restaurants with different cuisines, and much more to heighten your visit to this vibrant city, the Gateway to Alaska. Happy travels!
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