United States of America > Seattle
The 'Emerald City' is the primary international and domestic
gateway to Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Located
in the west of Washington, the Greater Seattle Area is the
State's largest urban center.
One of the interesting things to do in Washington is a
visit at the Pike Place Public Market, a waterfront farmers'
market and one of the oldest. The feature of the market
is the abundant kinds of seafood and colorful variety of
the Pacific Northwest handcrafted items.
Visit the spectacular Seattle Center, the city's cultural
heart and home to the city's most stunning landmark: the
185m tall Space Needle-- an observation deck, restaurant
and cocktail bar.
To recapture a moment of history, the Burke Museum of Natural
History and Culture, have a special focus on the Pacific
Northwest and the Pacific Rim features of geology, biology
A must visit destination is the Olympic National Park,
which is situated on the Olympic Peninsula that separates
Seattle from the Pacific. This park includes the glacier-
studded Olympic Mountains, rainforests, lakes, and streams
that are simply remarkable.
In addition to the excitement at Washington, Mount St Helens
is another famous attraction. The famous volcano that erupted
in the 1980s left a gigantic crater in the mountain's north
flank. Mount Rainier National Park offers a breathtaking
view, which offers ski and winter sports.
In the evening, culture lovers have a variety of places
they can visit, such as the Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory,
Intiman Theatre and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. While
sports' fans might have a great time at the basketball and
hockey games at the Key Arena.
Party- people need not worry when it comes to entertainment.
Jazz spots, night clubs and discotheques are scattered throughout
the city. There are also four casinos located within the
Westlake Center, Nordstrom, the Bon Marche, Pacific Palace
and the upscale City Center are among the major malls and
department stores located in the heart of the retail district.
Seattle is noted for its fresh seafood, which is often a
feature in both Northwest regional and international cuisine.
Getting There and Moving Around
Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) is serving both inbound
and outbound international flights from New York, London,
Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and other destinations.
Washington State Ferries connect Seattle with the Olympic
Peninsula, Bainbridge Island and other points in the region.
A high-speed monorail links the downtown area (at Westlake
Center) with the Seattle Center in less than two minutes
(0900-2300). Seattle Center Monorail runs this service.
The Waterfront Streetcar (Route 99) features trams that
service along the waterfront, linking Pier 70 and the Chinatown/International
District, stopping near the Seattle Aquarium and Pioneer
Square along the way.
Seattle has an excellent bus system operated by King County
Metro Transit. An underground bus tunnel operates through
downtown Seattle from the Chinatown/ International District
to the Convention Center, with stops at Pioneer Square,
the downtown financial district and Westlake Center.
The bus services are efficient for daily mobility.