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Seattle, the Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

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The lovely city of Seattle Washington sits on the sparkling waters of Elliott Bay, Surrounded by green hills and the majestic 14,000 foot rocky peak of Mount Rainier in the background.  The Seattle area provides easy access to the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, several lush expansive city parks, as well as 13 national parks.  A visit to Seattle allows visitors to enjoy the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, along with its many fine restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and coffee houses.  Most major airlines fly into Seattle daily.  Click here to find a flight and hotel.

The convenient Washington State Ferry system is a great way to get out on Elliott bay and enjoy the local scenery.  From the main ferry terminal at the Coleman Dock you can take a ferry to Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, four of the beautiful San Juan Islands (San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw), and other interesting locations.  These day trips allow you to experience many of the area’s local shops, restaurants, bars and galleries outside of the city.  A popular Ferry trip is to Alki Beach in West Seattle. Alki Beach offers an expansive view of the Seattle skyline and Elliott Bay.  At Alki Beach, you will find local beach community restaurants and bars offering affordable food, drinks, and vibrant happy hours.

At the north edge of downtown, at the Seattle Center, you will find the famous Seattle Space Needle, as well as several popular museums, the Seattle Opera, and Theatre & Ballet venues.  The 74-acre Seattle Center is the site of the 1962 World’s Fair.  It currently hosts the Children’s Museum, Children’s Theater, Fun Forest Amusement Park, Pacific Science Center, and the Experience Music Project Museum.  The Seattle Center Monorail provides fast, direct transportation between downtown’s Westlake Center Mall and Seattle Center. Trains operate daily, with departures every ten minutes.

No visit to Seattle is complete without a visit to the Space Needle’s observation deck located 520 feet above Seattle.  The Observation Deck offers 360 degrees of breathtaking indoor and outdoor viewing of the city below.  Here you’ll find electronic kiosks that share a wealth of information and depth about the physical view of the city and its surrounding areas.  Relax for a while at SkyCity, the Space Needle’s world-famous revolving restaurant located 500 feet above the ground.  The award winning SkyCity features more than 90 Washington State wines, Northwest-grown beef, produce from local farmers, and fresh wild-caught Pacific Northwest seafood.

One of the most popular attractions at the Seattle Center is the Experience Music Project. Inspired by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen’s passion for Jimi Hendrix’s music, the facility houses around 80,000 music artifacts, including handwritten lyrics by Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, a Fender Stratocaster that Hendrix demolished on stage, Janis Joplin’s pink feather boa, the world’s first steel guitar, and Hendrix’s signed contract to play at Woodstock.  You’ll find interactive exhibits that allow you to play guitar, jam to a crowd of screaming virtual fans, and experience music in a unique way.

Along the Seattle waterfront you’ll find many attractions, restaurants, entertainment and activities.  The city’s bustling, historic Pike Place Market is the heart of Seattle.  In operation since 1907, Pike Place Market is famous for its fresh fruit and vegetables, unique shops, fish-throwing fish salesmen, and the world’s first Starbucks coffee shop.  Just down the steps from the market, the waterfront attracts strollers, ferry riders and families touring the Seattle Aquarium. The Aquarium features a mammoth 120,000-gallon showcase of sea creatures, a tide pool exhibit, a 360 degree view of Puget Sound sea life in an underwater dome, and a Pacific coral reef exhibit.  Also along the waterfront you’ll find the Seattle Art Museum’s nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park, featuring contemporary works of art set against a backdrop of Puget Sound with a pedestrian path that leads to a beach.

Other Seattle attractions include: the historic Pioneer Square with its preserved 189′0²s buildings, galleries, pubs and shops;  the Museum of Flight with its superb aircraft displays; the Woodland Park Zoo; the 23-acre Washington park Arboretum featuring more than 5,500 different plants and a Japanese garden; and, Boeing’s commercial jet assembly plant.

Seattle is also known for its many fine restaurants and diverse ethnic cuisine.  If you are looking for fine gourmet dining, try Altura or Art of the Table.  Both of these award winning restaurants are praised by the food critics.  Seattle offers some of the freshest Pacific seafood.  Top seafood restaurants like Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, and Elliott’s Oyster House, feature local caught seafood daily.  If you are a steak lover then try John Howie Steak or the Metropolitan Grill for some Northwest beef grilled to perfection.  Seattle has some of the best ethnic foods in America, from Chinese, Indian, Thai, and Pacific Rim, to Mexican, Caribbean and Brazilian.  You will find it all in Seattle.

Seattle also boasts many upscale hotels and accommodations.  If you are looking for the royal treatment, you can choose to stay at the 5-Star, Fairmont Olympic Hotel or the Four Seasons Seattle.  If you are a bit price sensitive but still want upscale accommodations, then you can try the 4-Star, Westin, W Hotel, Sheraton, Hyatt, Marriott, or Renaissance.  VoyageMonkey.com Travel provides easy online travel booking at discounted rates for all of the above hotel accommodations.