INVIGORATING, LIKE A FRESH CUP OF COFFEE
Hip, trendy, and perpetually green, Seattle is tucked into the Puget Sound on the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Founded in 1851, the city gained notoriety as a boomtown during the Yukon Gold Rush. Flanked by water on one side and mountains to the other—and evergreens as far as the eye can see—Seattle is equal parts exciting urban center and outdoor adventure hub, known as much for its cloudy skies and rainy days as it is for its other attractions. It does seem to rain a lot here, but that has little impact on how bright this city shines.
Today’s Seattle sits on top of the sidewalks and storefronts of the city’s former center, which burned to the ground more than a hundred years ago. What used to be street level is now underground, which allows for the popular eerie Underground Tour. Explore the bustling downtown being sure to stop at the Seattle Central Library. Not just a place for books, the building itself is an architectural beacon. Or visit any number of galleries and museums—the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, and the Seattle Art Museum, to name a few.
Seattle may be the birthplace of Starbucks—the original café thrives at Pike Place—but espresso machines are buzzing at coffeehouses on every corner. With boatloads of fresh seafood and a bounty of local produce, it’s no surprise that Seattle’s food scene is as varied as it is delicious. To get away from the bustle of city life, venture beyond the city to breathtaking Snoqualmie Falls for a hike and a picnic and the powerful sight of the 268 foot crashing waterfall, one of the most stunning in the country. An exciting city in beautiful natural surroundings, Seattle is an alluring destination. Rain or shine.