Travel and Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, two of the worlds' most recognized travel magazines, recently voted Seattle one of their top ten cities to visit. Seattle is a dynamic and creative city known for its' art, heritage and culture all in a setting of natural beauty. Amongst the best things about Seattle are the wonderful mountain and water views. Seattle is proud of its arts and cultural institutions.
Downtown Seattle is easy to explore and the heart of the city is easily walk able. Restaurants, shopping, arts and various visitor attractions are all within walking distance of the city's hotels and inns. The city is surrounded by pristine waterways, two mountain ranges and three national parks. To the west lies the only temperate rain forest in the continental U.S. and to the east is a world class wine region. In 1962 Seattle sponsored a full-fledged world's fair, the futuristic Century 21 Exposition. The fair left the city a permanent legacy in the Seattle Center and its complex of performance, sports, and entertainment halls, as well as the Pacific Science Center, the Monorail, and the Space Needle.
Starbucks opened its first store in 1971 in the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Because the Market is a historic district with design guidelines, the store retains its original look. Seattle is also home to the legendary pioneer of Microsoft. Seattle is also home to Boeing. When Boeing successfully introduced the 707 commercial jet airliner in the late 1950s, it heralded another burst of municipal optimism.
There are plenty of things to do in Seattle. If you are a sports enthusiast, The Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, and Seattle Sounders always provide some competitive entertainment in their respective sport.
Seattle plays host to some of the top shows and concerts around the country. One of Seattle's more famous venues is the Paramount Theater. For 77 years, Washington residents and visitors have been entertained at Seattle's magnificent Paramount Theatre. Millions have delighted in The Theatre's architectural majesty, viewed countless films, and enjoyed thousands of performers from all corners of the globe. Yet the story of The Theatre itself offers drama as compelling as any presented on its stage or screen.
All in all Seattle is a place people love to come back to and if you haven't visited Seattle, you should add it to your list of places to see. The city is beautiful and there are a large variety of shows, concerts, theater events, art and museums.