travelgrove Reviews
 

A visit to Seattle, the Emerald City, Washington

 
    Seattle's map
laci's pictureby laci review
added on 25th of August, 2008

Seattle is also known as the Emerald City. This is the result of a nickname-seeking contest held in 1982. Before this, it was called the Queen City of the Northwest. In the early 1960s it was also called Jet City because of its relations with the Boeing aerospace corporation.

Its climate is marine west coast, but with some characteristics of a Mediterranean climate. The summers are dry and the winters wet. The annual average temperature is between 16 and 7 °C. The town earned one more nickname - Rain City - due to the fact that over 200 days a year it is cloudy and rainfalls occur relatively frequent. Despite this the annul precipitation is low.

The final structure, which Seattle has today, was only reached in 1954, when two remaining streets were annexed to the city. Many of the districts that these days are in Seattle were separate settlements. Because of this, the city was called by the mayor “a city of neighborhoods”. These districts kept many of their own habits: there are many street fairs and parades during the summer months. Also many of these districts hold weekly farmers’ markets. Some of these feasts can draw up to 100,000 visitors over a weekend.

Probably the city’s most recognizable landmark is the Space Needle, which is featured in many television shows like Frasier or Grey’s Anatomy. The area surrounding the needle is today the Seattle Center. Many real tourist attractions can be found here, like the International Fountain. This was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. Maybe the most known attraction here is the Experience Music Project, which was raised thanks to Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. The main room, the Sky Church, pays homage to rock legend Jimi Hendrix. This building has a unique and special exterior thanks to the excessive use of sheet-metal and the designers wild imagination. The Seattle Center Monorail also runs through the EMP. Seattle is also home of two IMAX theaters, among very few other cities having more then one, situated in the Pacific Science Center.

There are six major feasts held in the city. One of these is the Bumbershoot, which is the largest music and art festival in the US. Another nation wide popular festival is the Winterfest, which incorporates more festivals, like cultural tradition feast of puppet show for children and adults.

A very important fact about the city is that the National Register of Historic Places – which is the government’s official list including places, buildings and objects worthy for preservations – has around 150 places from Seattle. Seattle is a real music capital of America, giving birth to the grunge music, through acts like Nirvana, The Foo Fighters or Pearl Jam. The fact that Jimi Hendrix was born here makes Seattle a must for any true rock’n’roll fan.

If we take only the number of ocean liners which visited the city in 2007 it’s clear that Seattle is very popular among tourists. Nearly 750,000 visitors were brought to Seattle by two hundred cruise ships. Moreover, many more arrived by car and by air, or any other means of transport.

The city is the home of the 24-day Seattle International Film Festival, which is the largest film festival in the US. Generally takes place at the end of May and the first half of June, and it has its roots from 1976. In addition, numerous Seafair events contributed to make Seattle a very desirable vacation spot. Many expos are held during the year, including book, anime or arcade-game expositions. Zoo and aquarium is also present, while the Seattle Underground tour really makes the city an interesting place to visit.

Just like many other larger cities in the US and around the world, Seattle, is the home of several sport teams. Emerald City has its own football team (Seahawks) playing in the NFL, baseball team (Mariners) present in the MLB or basketball team (SuperSonics) which is familiar for any NBA fan. However, not only these clubs make Seattle present on sporting events but its hockey team (Thunderbirds). Even two soccer clubs operate here. So you can like any sport you surely going to find a match for your taste. The Seattle Metropolitans as an American team first won even the fist Stanly Cup – an international club trophy. For more active sport fans, Seattle gives the opportunity to try themselves in cycling, boating, hiking or even skiing. Kayaking can also be tried at one of the three perfect places the city has.

Whatever you may like from cultural events through sports or rock concerts you will definitely find it in Seattle, making this way the city a great place to spend your holiday.

 

Things about Seattle you may be interested in

 
 

Read about Seattle in our travel-guide
 
 
 
guides

Recommended Seattle Guide

Seattle Travel guide

Seattle, WA, United StatesYou could also hit the beaches for the additional fun and romance of a night gazing and playing at the ocean or go for a chat with your friends next to the excellent selection of micro brewed beers the city’s many pubs offer. Seattle boasts an The Pike Pub & Brewery, 1415 First Ave, and Pyramid Brewery & Ale House, 1201 First Ave S, both make unique hand-crafted brews, and the Irish pubs Kells, 1916 Post Alley, and Tir na nog, 801 First Ave, serve fine pints of Guinness plus the usual selection of European ales. You should keep in mind, though, that the taverns sell beer and wine but not spirits, while bars sell everything... Read more »

 
 
reviews

Recent reviews for Seattle

Maui is the best - Mar 6, 2008, by lindamura
Maui the magical island that has been named 'Best Island in the World' time and time again. Crystal waters, golden beaches, beautiful scenery, tropical breezes, swaying palms, award-winning cuisine and world class resorts just to name a few... Read more »

Did you know about Boston... - Jun 25, 2008, by mohds2
It is hard to find more cities in America that have identical record like Boston. From the migrants’ early days to terrorist attacks, and then to lots of proceedings, which have formed the town and the country's record there is muck... Read more »

Best things to see in Los Angeles - Jun 20, 2010, by MadSuh
The next day was a day for sightseeing. We headed towards USC where unluckily, graduation was going on, which meant that finding parking was already hard. Finally we found parking lot and head plenty of time to walk around across campus. So... Read more »

Useful facts about Zion National Park, UT - Mar 11, 2008, by lindamura
Facts * Mukuntuweap National Monument was established in 1909; * This resulted in 1918 in Zion National Monument; * Finally in 1919 it became Zion National Park; * Park visitation in 1920 was 3,692, in... Read more »

Attractions in Provincetown - Jan 29, 2010, by phonquar
Not for the average bear! Provincetown which can be found at http://www.provincetown.com is a beautiful little town at the far end of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. We arrived for a four day stay early in August 2009. We had spent the previous... Read more »

 
 

More reviews you might be interested in

Freiburg reviews - Germany
Wo liegt Freiburg? Freiburg ist die viertgrößte Stadt in Baden- Wüttemberg in Deutschland. Freiburg hat 220 000 Einwohner....
Alles ├╝ber Freiburg

Santo Domingo reviews - Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is located on the Hispaniola Island, which it shares with Haiti. Before its discovery by the Europeans, the Dominican...
Great vacation in Santo Domingo

 

Heraklion reviews - Greece
The antique metropol Knossos, located 3 miles from the capital Hersonissos, was an ambigous experience for us. We enjoyed the famous king Minos'...
About the myth of Knossos

Matala reviews - Greece
Matala has some great ancient caves, originally dug out during the stone age and used for worship. In the sixties hippies used them as housing and...
The beaches and attractions of Matala, Greece

 

Miskolc reviews - Hungary
This was a really snowy morning in Miskolc:) Sadly, I haven't took a picture of our car... it's natural color is red but this morning it all turned...
Winter trip to Miskolc

Levanto reviews - Italy
This is a nice place, great for everybody who wants to have some beach break and also nature you can walk through. Here the so called 'cinque...
Great beaches at Levanto

 

Curtea de Arges reviews - Romania
We had chosen a longer way to get home (back to the motel) but I'm glad we did so. We had the opportunity to visit the Vidraru Lake, one of the...
Short trip to the Vidraru Lake, Romania

Stockholm reviews - Sweden
If you ever go to Stockholm, Sweden, try to have one of your excursions at the Vasa Museum.It is a famous tourist attraction place where you will...
Stockholm excursion to the Vasa Museum

 

Ban Khlong Yang reviews - Thailand
The next day was really nice, we got up late, had a great breakfast and finally saw the sun again. Our luck had changed and we could enjoy a full...
Railay Beach - Nice Place

Santa Barbara reviews - California
Santa Barbara, which is a halfway point between San Francisco and Los Angeles is easily the most gorgeous and I've ever been to by far....
Santa Barbara

 
 
 
   Welcome to Travelgrove  register tell a friend bookmark it 
 
 
*