Rising snow-capped mountains, emerald seas of forest for miles, gentle climate, a unique pace of life and innovation in the arts and technology, Seattle’s corner of the country continues to inspire. Whether you seek the outdoors, the arts, technology or a diverse and invigorating environment, it is all here. Read on for our favourite ways to pass the summertime in Seattle.
A relic of the 1962 World’s Fair, the Seattle Center is a campus for the arts, expression and a reflection of the city’s evolving identity. The most famous feature here is the Space Needle, an icon of Seattle that stoically watches over her city from a height of 604 feet. Visitors can ascend to the observation deck of the Space Needle for a complete, rotating view of the city. There is also a collection of Museums including the Pacific Science Center and the Museum of Pop Culture, and numerous institutions for the Performing Arts providing shows and demonstrations. The Seattle Center Monorail also starts from the Seattle Center and provides a scenic link to other parts of the city.
Another charming, longstanding Seattle tradition you can experience is the Pike Place Market, with a variety of fresh produce, crafts, collectables, dining options and street performances. Year-round, fresh Washington produce from the day’s catch to vegetables to foraged mushrooms and flowers are all on sale for those who like to cook with only the best ingredients. For visitors who would rather skip the cooking and just eat, there is also a wealth of cute cafes and eateries, including Persian, Mariscos, Delis, Crepes, and Bolivian. There are a number of grab-and-go options, casual sit-down establishments with views of Elliot Bay, and fine dining establishments. Also available to browse through are flowers, soaps, clothing, toys, souvenirs, books and artwork. The Pike Place Market is a great place to sample Seattle’s diverse character, all in a dynamic and historic environment punctuated with its many faces and live music.
If the city wasn’t rich enough in amazing dining options, there’s also the Bite of Seattle that occurs every July, where over sixty restaurants representing cuisines and interests as diverse as the city gather to compete for the hearts and stomachs of nearly half a million attendees. Over two hundred global cuisines and specialised kitchens set up shop for the weekend, as well as other activities including beer tastings, movie nights and live music. Admission is free.
For a colourful Seattle experience, come to the Fremont Fair, where eccentric costumes and dance fill the streets to live music. Here, you can witness the musical creativity and spirit that has inspired many Seattleites, and even immerse yourself in paintings and costumes of your own! Aside from the festivities, there is also the jaw-dropping art car show, many displays of artwork and sculptures, a Sunday market and plenty of delicious food vendors.
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