Founded in 1851 as a lumber town, Seattle is home to musicians, artists, and cuisine creatives, as well as software and aircraft giants. You will also find abundant northwest natural beauty within the urban landscape—experience the walk around Green Lake, or kayak on Lake Union. A ferry ride across Puget Sound connects you to whale watching, bicycle rides, and cider tasting rooms in the rustic San Juan Islands.
Catch the scents of fresh fish, flowers, and pastries in Pike Place Market. Discover Kerry Park on historic Queen Anne Hill for views of Seattle's skyline, the Space Needle, and snow-capped Mount Rainier. As you explore the Seattle Art Museum's outdoor sculpture park, you can see the Olympic Mountains across Elliott Bay.
Sip a macchiato at Espresso Vivace. Make a mess with your Caribbean Roast Pork sandwich from Paseo - it's worth the extra napkins. Sample fresh Dungeness crab at Melrose Market, or wild salmon at Elliott's Oyster House on Pier 56. Savor a slice of Tom's Famous Triple Coconut Creme Pie at the Dahlia Bakery on 4th Ave. downtown.
Hunt down the mysterious entrance to the Kneehigh Stocking Co. speakeasy on Capitol Hill - then enjoy a Midnight in the Garden gin cocktail. Or, get over to Jet City Improv in the University District for the best comedy show in town.