Located in the north-western corner of the continental USA, Seattle sits on a narrow band of land that separates the Puget Sound and stunning Lake Washington. Seattle derives its official nickname – ‘The Emerald City’ – from the lush evergreen forests that surround the city, but steps are underway to make Seattle even greener, having committed itself to the goal of becoming North Amerca’s first ‘climate-neutral’ city by 2030.
The very first, original Starbucks opened up at Pike Place Market in 1971. At the time it was just a little unknown coffee shop, but it awakened a coffee revolution! With over 21,000 stores operating in over 60 countries, just about everyone has heard of the coffee giant, Starbucks. People from all over the world come to Seattle to visit the original store and grab their favourite drink. There are plenty of more quirky coffeehouses just waiting to be discovered though. The Capitol Hill area is known for its unique indie coffeehouses, whereas the Maple Leaf neighbourhood has a special kid's area, and a dollar-a-cup ‘honour bar’.
Markets & Museums
Set within the heart of Seattle’s downtown, Pike Place Market is a community of hundreds of farmers and craftspeople. This historic district supports local farmers and artisans, and it’s a great place to take the family and pick up some delicious goodies and local art. The long summer evenings draw locals and tourists alike to the area, with cooking classes and many culinary events. The crafts market changes daily with different items for sale each time, such as one-of-a-kind fashion accessories and jewellery, as well as leather goods, puzzles, and natural herbal products and body care made from local ingredients.
Another big drawcard to Seattle is the magnificent Museum of Flight. It’s the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world. The museum has over 175 aircraft and spacecraft on display, along with tens of thousands of artefacts and millions of rare photographs, teaching the world about air and space history and technology.
Always known as a musical city, Seattle was the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix, and for a short time the centre of the grunge music scene, with bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains all hailing from the city. Today, Seattle’s musical history and influences can be explored at the EMP museum, which is housed in a stunning Frank Gehry-designed museum building.
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