Visit Seattle
Visit Seattle
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Seattle Hotels, Attractions, and Information

Written by Scott Messmore
Seattle has been a city coming on strong for more than a decade as force in the worlds of music, fine foods and tourism. Called "The Emerald City" due to its lush, green environment, Seattle is home to artists, grunge rockers, Seahawk fans and even cold-water deep scuba divers. There's a little bit of something for everyone. Visitors can take in the city's vibrant cafe culture, venture out of town to beautiful ski slopes less than an hour away or
hike the lowlands of Mount Rainier. Seattle offers modern shopping, art museums, a philharmonic orchestra, a thriving ballet company, as well as first class outdoor activities whether it's golf, hiking or setting sail on a boat to watch pods of killer whales. Ancient glaciers created the beautiful offshore island sanctuaries of Whidbey Island, Fidalgo Island and the San Juan Islands. San Juan Island is the site of a whale museum housing complete whale skeletons and marine biology exhibits. If you like searching for wild bald eagles, hiking the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest or
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shopping for great gifts, Seattle has it all.

Seattle Attractions

Seattle has terrific attractions from outdoor programs to fine art museums and the Seattle Mariners. Each summer the Bumbershoot arts and music festival takes over the city with dozens of live bands, art displays and family activities. The Seattle Space Needle is one of the most famous landmarks in the country and tourists can ride to the top for great views of the city or for fine dining. The Pike Street Market is also famous around the country for its tons of fresh fish and salmon throwing shop keepers. Seattle and the
Pacific Northwest are also popular locations for hikers, skiers and mountain climbers. Ski resorts such as Crystal Mountain offer world class accommodations and ski runs. Mount Rainier has long been associated with Seattle and lures hikers and climbers to its snow capped peak. Tillicum Village is located on one of the San Juan Islands and teaches visitors how native tribes lived around the waters of Puget Sound.

Seattle Arts and Museums

Seattle is also home to several excellent museums and cultural attractions. Visitors can stop by the Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, the Police Museum, the Nordic Heritage
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Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History, the Frye Art Museum or the Bellevue Art Museum. One of the most popular tours in the Emerald City is the Boeing Aircraft assembly plant. You'll be able to see jumbo jets as they're built inside the largest hanger complex in the world. Seattle has something for everyone.
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