What do Travelers Love about Seattle, Washington?

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What do Travelers Love about Seattle, Washington?

Cross Country TravCorps
April 06, 2017 10:41 AM (EDT)
Seattle, Washington has a lot to boast about.
This seaport city on the nation’s west coast is best known for its hipster vibe, tech-savvy community (Seattle is home to major corporations like Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing), and spectacular mountain views (on a clear day you can see Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and the Cascades from downtown). Add to that great shopping, trendy restaurants, and a vibrant artistic culture and you’ll understand why Seattle draws people from all over the world. Read on to learn more.

Seattle has the Best Farmers Markets

Seattle’s surplus of farmers markets are a food-lovers dream and a vegetarian’s delight. The Pike Place Market, in the downtown district, is Seattle’s No. 1 year-round tourist destination. It is home to more than 200 vendors, farmers, and specialty shops. Fresh produce (organic and locally sourced) and seafood, as well as bouquets of fresh flowers are a main attraction. Although this place can be crowded on the weekends, once you get to know your way around, it’s easy to navigate the crowds and make it in and out quickly. On the flip side, spending time sampling seafood, meats and delicacies and getting to know local farmers and vendors can be a great way to spend an afternoon and learn the ins and outs of Seattle’s diverse community.

Seattle is Casual

Sneakers and Birkenstocks have replaced confining dress shoes and painful high heels. Comfy jeans and flannel as well as easy-to-move-in sports-leisure apparel is always called for and well-received—even in the boardroom (which could be the nearest park).

Seattle is One of the Fittest Cities in the U.S.

Steep hills, cute walking neighborhoods, and lots of nearby hiking and skiing are the reasons why everyone in Seattle looks pretty darn good without setting foot in a gym. Seattle has more than 6,000 acres of parks within the city limits. Add to that the lush, green forests of Washington State and it’s easy to understand why Seattle has been nicknamed the Emerald City of the Pacific Coast. Looking for more hiking adventures? Seattle’s proximity to Portland, Oregon (to the south) and Vancouver, British Columbia (to the north) make a weekend getaway well within reach. Both destinations are about a 2.5-hour drive from Seattle.

Seattle’s Rainy Drizzle Rarely Requires an Umbrella

While Seattle sees an average of 220 overcast days per year (the most of any major American city), the city’s annual precipitation is less than in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Miami.In fact, it rarely rains hard enough to justify needing an umbrella, so most people just wear raincoats. What’s more, it only rains 9 months of the year—which gives you 3 months of daily sunshine and moderate temperatures perfect for the great outdoors. When the warm months finally arrive, its hot and sunny, but rarely humid or muggy. Temperatures tend to hover around 75 degrees.

More Coffee Shops than any Other City in the Country

With the most coffee shops per capita in the U.S., you’ll never be hard pressed to find a good cup of java. You can take your pick from any number of coffee houses in and around the city (including of course, Seattle Coffee Works and Starbucks). Grab a quick cup or amp up your coffee knowledge by picking up tips from skilled baristas who love to talk about their favorite brew.

A Diverse Music Scene 

Seattle has a ton of live music venues. The Showbox, just across the street from Pike Place Market, is a Seattle legend. With a capacity of just over 1,100, this venue mostly hosts national and international touring bands as well as local bands with the largest draw. Other venues include The Crocodile, Café Racer, and Columbia City Theater, and there at least a dozen more to choose from.Each place has its own vibe and caters to different types of crowds and musical cultures—from hip hop to jazz, punk to rock, and country to pop.

Seattle has the Space Needle!

This 520-story observation tower, which was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World’s Fair, can withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour and earthquakes of up to a 9.1 magnitude on the Richter scale. The structure also has 25 lightning rods.The Space Needle’s rotating SkyCity restaurant situated just below the observation deck features great views of the downtown Seattle skyline, as well as the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands.

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) 

SAM has 3 distinct locations: The light-filled galleries of its downtown facility showcase a vast collection of temporary installations and special exhibitions from around the world. The Asian Art Museum, in an original 1933 Art Deco building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, houses many of the masterpieces moved from SAM’s downtown building as well as newly-acquired contemporary Asian art. Olympic Sculpture Park, a nine-acre free public park that sits along Seattle’s central waterfront, features huge contemporary sculptures situated along a 2,200-foot path that zigzags from the park’s main pavilion to the water’s edge. Breathtaking views of the Space Needle, the Olympic Mountains, and Puget Sound can be seen from any vantage point.

Seattle is Super Dog-Friendly

You can bring your furry (and well-behaved) pooch just about anywhere—restaurants, on a city bus, even your favorite upscale department store!

Seattle has Great Neighborhoods

Seattle has often been called the city of neighborhoods¿—and for good reason. Each corner of the Emerald City has its own distinct personality. Good walkability, interesting homes, art galleries, terrific shopping and dining, plenty of green space and a strong community identity keep residents close to home. Neighborhood farmers markets and street festivals showcasing the wares of local artists are also popular.

Seattle Provides Exceptional Healthcare

University of Washington Medical Center, a premier medical and surgical facility and teaching hospital in Puget Sound, is the No. 1 hospital in Washington State and the No. 1 hospital in the Seattle Metro Area. UW Medical Center is part of the UW Medicine health system, which ranks nationally in 11 adult specialties; it is also exalted for its commitment to patient care and safety. As proof, UW Medical Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)—an external review board that monitors the medical Center’s business and service practices to ensure it meets national standards for optimal patient outcome and care. What’s more, the medical center was named the nation’s first Magnet Hospital for excellence in nursing care by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which has continued to honor UW Medical Center with this award every four years since 1994.

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