Welcome to Seattle: a mini guide to the Emerald City
The largest city in Washington, Seattle is a year-round destination offering iconic sights, outdoor recreation, arts and culture, world-class sports and a thriving culinary scene.
Known as the Emerald City because of the evergreen landscape which surrounds it, Seattle caters to all types of traveller, from city break and great outdoors adventures to family holidaymakers and everyone in between.
Top 3 attractions
Standing at 605 feet tall, the Space Needle is an iconic landmark in Seattle’s skyline. It recently underwent a refurbishment and one of its unmissable highlights is The Loupe, the world’s first and only rotating glass floor.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass presents the work of Washington native and contemporary artist, Dale Chihuly. Through the intricate medium of glass blowing, Chihuly creates explosive and colourful sculptures set within beautiful gardens and galleries.
Seattle’s first neighbourhood, Pioneer Square, is a bustling area with beautiful Romanesque Revival architecture as well as trendy boutique shops, chic bars and restaurants.
Where to eat
Pike Place Market
One of the oldest farmers markets in the USA, Pike Place Market has been serving Seattleites since 1907. There are more than 500 shops, vendors, restaurants and bars, providing everything from fresh vegetables to aromatic coffees.
Elliott’s Oyster House
Its coastal location and cool waters make Seattle a superb place to enjoy oysters. Elliott’s Oyster House has been serving fresh oysters and other seafood on Pier 56 for over 40 years and there are a number of different Pacific and Speciality oysters to try.
Where to stay
The State Hotel
Opened in March this year, The State Hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Pike Place Market. The rooftop deck offers spectacular views of the city whilst the hotel’s restaurant, Ben Paris, serves hearty American cuisine.
The Sound Hotel
Located in the Belltown neighbourhood, The Sound Hotel is designed as a vibrant property that celebrates the sights, sounds and tastes unique to Seattle.
For more information about Seattle and Washington,go to visitseattle.org
Image of The State Hotel courtesy of KIPMAN Creative