A visit to Seattle, the Emerald City, Washington
Reviews > North America > United States > Seattle > A visit to Seattle, the Emerald City
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
Recommended Seattle Guide
Some of the amazing nightlife spots to visit in Seattle include the following: 74th Street Ale House: Boasting off the best collections of beer, the House caters to a large number of visitors. The jovial and fun filled atmosphere at this place is not to be missed at any cost if you really want to enjoy the true nightlife of Seattle. The House also offers some of the mind blowing pubs grub along with a wide variety of delicious salads and soups. Admiral Pub: Even when you are visiting this pub for the very first time, you will surely feel like a daily visitor due to its completely entertaining and cool atmosphere. The famous pubs grub is... Read more »
Recent reviews for Seattle
What to visit in New York - Mar 7, 2008, by lindamura
The Big Apple. The City that never sleeps. New York, New York! New York City is a place of great diversity and culture. You can literally smell it in the streets. Walking through the streets can let you forget that you are still in the... Read more »
One night in Philadelphia - Jun 25, 2008, by mohds2
The historical town of Philadelphia is a famous place where you can visit the most ancient but affluent sites. For those looking for comfortable housing, Philly, as it’s widely called, provides an option among the top hotels. Varying... Read more »
Great skiing in Beaver Mountain - Sep 18, 2007, by lindamura
Operated since 1939, Beaver Mountain is Utah's Northern Most Ski Resort, located east of Logan, in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Its northern position makes it colder than the other ski resorts but it is also favorable for morning sun... Read more »
How New York became the Big Apple - Jun 25, 2008, by mohds2
In the year of 1664, Peter Stuyvesant who was the Governor of New Amsterdam at that time, lost the town to British umpire. The New Amsterdam is often connected with an island called Manhattan, but it too involved in nearby regions, which... Read more »
Enjoy yourself in Las Vegas, NV - Feb 27, 2009, by MadSuh
Las Vegas is one of the best places to visit. It's one of the few destinations that offer a little bit of everything as well as a lot of extras. Besides all the gambling that people think of, there are a ton of other things to do. Whether... Read more »
More reviews you might be interested in
Duisburg reviews - Germany
The Duisburg Zoo is located in the northern city of Duisburg wich is one of the cities of Germany and is one of the biggest and most beautiful zoos...
Short trip to the Duisburg Zoo
Friedrichshafen reviews - Germany
Friedrichshafen is a nice city, that lies at a great view over the lake of constance. At the beach promenade you can find a lot of bars and...
Check the Zeppelin museum in Friedrichschafen
Bruges reviews - France
I visited Bruges in 2007 while I was a Leonardo grant student in Lille. I remember that we were undecided about what Belgian town to visit, because...
Bruges, the most beautiful city in Belgium
Canterbury reviews - United Kingdom
Canterbury is one of United Kingdoms most well-preserved towns. It is not that big but has a sizable and important background. Situated about 1...
Valletta reviews - Malta
I wouldn't recommend Palazzetto Citta, I went there for my honeymoon and was very dissapointed by the lack of privacy, also I have the following...
Bad experiences in Valletta, Malta
Saint Petersburg reviews - Russia
Wo liegt Sankt Petersburg? Sankt Petersburg liegt im Nordwesten Russlands und wurde 1703 gegründet von Peter dem Großen. Sankt...
Erfahrungen in Sankt Petersburg
Singapore reviews - Singapore
Singapore is a great place, party European, and partly Asian. It's one of the most diverse places due to the mix between the traditional and the...
The attractions of Singapore
Monastir reviews - Tunisia
The ride to Monastir was in comparison to the distance before quite easy, because we were in the vicinity of the only highway in Tunisia, so it was...
Orlando reviews - Florida
In this time of crisis when even the year 2012 scare me because of the profecies, we need to move quickly to enjoy life. That is why, right now I...
Discount vacations to Orlando
Radstadt reviews - Austria
Located near Salzburg at the confluence of Taurach and Enns River in a beautiful valley with Roßbrand Mountain in the background, Radstadt is...
The best ski resort in Austria