It has an undeniable charm hosting many annual festivals to suit every taste, from food festivals to tulip festivals and Pride. Music lovers will note it’s the birthplace of grunge or “Seattle” sound, so it has its fair share of music festivals every year. Did you know that Seattle also brought the world Bill Gates, Microsoft, Amazon, and the first ever Starbucks was in Pike Place Market?
For outdoor enthusiasts, Puget Sound is a must-visit place. The City of Seattle is surrounded by water, mountains, lakes, forests, parklands, and Mount Rainer is nearby for hikers wishing to spend a few hours exploring nature.
If that hasn’t whet your appetite, Feet Do Travel show you 8 reasons to visit Seattle.
Seattle is known for its sheer number of annual festivities hosting over 100 every year. There is a festival for every occasion!
For foodies there is Taste Washington, Bite of Seattle, music lovers have Sasquatch Music Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party, Bumbershoot.
Other popular festivals which locals and tourists alike look forward to are Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Emerald City Comicon, and Pride Festival. No matter what season you visit Seattle, you will have a festival to enjoy.
Did you know that Seattle is home to the Puget Sound? Puget Sound is a huge region stretching from the Cascade Mountains in the east to the Olympic Mountains in the west, from the Canadian border in the north to Mount Rainier in the south. It’s also a deep estuary – where saltwater and freshwater merge, and the second largest estuary in the US.
The city is not only surrounded by water, but mountains, forests, and vast acres of parkland. Mount Rainer, and active volcano is 59 miles south so if you are fancy a trek in the wilderness, Seattle is the place for you.
3. Outdoor Activities
With its diverse wilderness, anyone one can enjoy an assortment of outdoor activities in Seattle such as canoeing, skiing, hiking, and sailing. If you have a yacht, take it for a ride, park it on Emerald Landing (emeraldlanding.com) then relax, and enjoy the moorage’s slew of amenities.
Seattle is known as the birthplace of the grunge movement, which was often referred to as the “Seattle Sound”. Some of the world’s most renowned music legends hailed from here namely Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Kenny G, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Chris Cornell all have roots in Seattle.
Other Industry Titans hailed from here; Bill Gates was born in Seattle and it’s where Microsoft was founded, it’s also home to Amazon, Expedia, and the first ever Starbucks was opened in Pike Place Market.
5. Centre of Art
For art buffs, Seattle is a dreamland. You can spend a whole week exploring close to 200 art galleries, art museums, and a slew of public art. If you don’t want to get lost while exploring these art installations, you can download the STQRY, the public art app maintained by the Office of Arts and Culture of Seattle.
Seattle is a tourist haven for its unique and distinct attractions. Some famous places to explore are the Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Gum Wall, Fremont Troll, and Ballard Locks to name a few. You should also visit the aforementioned Puget Sound, where you can enjoy a glimpse of Orcas playing around the crystal clear waters.
7. A Place for Wine Lovers
Whilst California may take the title when it comes to wines, the state of Washington has its fair share of wineries, vineyards, and cideries. With 66 vineyards, 62 cideries, and 362 breweries, a trip to Seattle is a must for wine lovers and foodies.
8. Seafood Paradise
Seafood, seafood, seafood. Seattle can compete with having the best seafood in America. Thanks to its location on the coast, many Seattle restaurants serve the best seafood money can buy; oysters, tuna, salmon, all of them taste a whole lot better when you are in Seattle.
Seattle may be famous as the setting for several Hollywood films, such as Sleepless in Seattle, Twilight and 10 Things I Hate About You, but the city has so much more to offer. A visit to Seattle will give you a truly one-of-a-kind vacation, so make sure you include Seattle on your next vacation.
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