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Skyline from Pier 66 Waterfront. Neelsky
Skyline from Pier 66 Waterfront. Neelsky
International Fountain. Paul Fell/Shutterstock
International Fountain. Paul Fell/Shutterstock
Soccer Stadium. Richard Cavalleri/Shutterstock
Soccer Stadium. Richard Cavalleri/Shutterstock
Northwest Folklife Festival. Paul Fell/Shutterstock
Northwest Folklife Festival. Paul Fell/Shutterstock
Seattle Waterfront. Photo Cdrin/Shutterstock
Seattle Waterfront. Photo Cdrin/Shutterstock
Westlake Center. Deymos Photo/Shutterstock
Westlake Center. Deymos Photo/Shutterstock
Seattle Waterfront & Skyline. Cdrin/Shutterstock
Seattle Waterfront & Skyline. Cdrin/Shutterstock
Ballard, Lake Washington. Cdrin/Shutterstock
Ballard, Lake Washington. Cdrin/Shutterstock

Seattle Information

Seattle is the largest city in the US State of Washington situated just 100 miles from the Canadian border. The city is well known around the world for having been portrayed in dozens of films with the movie Sleepless in Seattle being one of its most famous.

Other notable things of Seattle include; a reputation for being home to big business such as Amazon, Microsoft, Costco and Starbucks, one of the first places in the USA to legalise recreational marijuana use and home to Grunge music of the 80’s and 90’s with Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Nirvana originating from Seattle. Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix are two of the Seattle’s most famous musicians.

With a very modern city skyline the most recognisable landmark to Seattle is the observation tower named the Space Needle. Built in 1961 for the Seattle Center where the World’s Fair was held, it may not be the tallest tower in the world, but definitely is the most impressive in design attracting a staggering 2.3 million visitors a year and looking somewhat futuristic like the buildings from the Jetsons TV cartoon series.

Seattle is packed with so many popular attractions and sights, with the Chihuly Garden and Glass, Museum of Flight, EMP Museum, Henry Art Gallery and Seattle Art Museum being some of the best ones to see. Another place worth visiting is the Museum of History and Industry with over 4 million artefacts including Boeing’s first ever commercial plane.

The Waterfront Park from Pier 57 to Pier 59 is popular with tourists with plenty of restaurants and places to eat close by.

Although the city of Seattle can be mesmerizing with its constant activity at its core, it pays to get out to enjoy some of its nature with Lake Union Park, Green Lake Park, Lake Washington, Kubota Garden and the Woodland Park Zoo offering great places to relax and get back in touch with nature.

An annual event not to miss is the Seattle International Film Festival held every year in November over 24 days.

For more holiday information on Seattle you may also want to see the Visit Seattle information website run by the visitor centre.

Seattle Skyline with Space Needle and Mt Rainer. Photo Pung/Shutterstock
Seattle Skyline with Space Needle and Mt Rainer. Photo Pung/Shutterstock
Seattle Waterfront and Skyline at Night. Photo dibrova/Shutterstock
Seattle Waterfront and Skyline at Night. Photo dibrova/Shutterstock