The skies are sometimes gray, but with stunning views, outdoor parks, cultural delights and a vibrant restaurant scene with some of the best seafood in the country, Seattle shows why it's the jewel of the Pacific Northwest.
Formerly known as the Experience Music Project, the museum at the foot of the Space Needle celebrates all aspects of pop culture, with permanent and traveling exhibits on music, video games, science fiction, fashion, fantasy, horror and television.
Located across the street from Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony, this venue features national touring acts and local musicians on two separate stages, along with the fine Asian dining of Wild Ginger.
Time Out calls Le Caviste one of the best wine bars in America, and it’s no wonder, considering its carefully curated selection of French wines and charcuterie. You can also purchase your favorite bottles to bring home.
Oysters are the specialty at this busy, trendy spot in the Ballard neighborhood, where the menu changes daily. But there are other delights on offer, including seafood specialties and imaginative cocktails.
If whiskey is your drink, look no further than Capitol Hill’s Canon, which claims to offer the largest selection of American whiskey in the world. Not a fan? No problem. The 94-page menu also includes wine and other spirits.
“FOB” stands for “Fresh off the Boat,” and that’s the fare you’ll get at this fast-casual Belltown eatery. Build your own raw fish salad in a bowl with FOB’s signature coconut and matcha green tea rice.
Ring the doorbell to gain entry to this craft cocktail bar that playfully continues the hidden speakeasy tradition in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Take a food tour of downtown’s popular Pike Place Market with a Seattle chef (private tours are also available). Want a more hands-on experience? Sign up for one of Eat Seattle’s cooking classes.
The iconic space-age tower, built in 1962, offers 360 degree views of the city, the Cascade mountains, the Olympic Peninsula and – if the clouds are willing – Mt. Rainier. The observation deck, at 520 feet high, lies just above the SkyCity Restaurant.
The city’s largest public park lies on 534 acres on the Puget Sound in the Magnolia neighborhood, with stunning views of the water and the Olympic Peninsula and more than 11 miles of walking trails.
The giant Ferris Wheel – at 175 feet high – overlooks the waters of Elliott Bay and is located on Pier 57, near the Seattle Aquarium on Pier 59.
Also known as the Ballard Locks, this free National Historic Site sees almost 50,000 boats a year come through its navigational channels and is open every day. More than 500,000 migrating salmon also come through the locks and during the summer months you can watch them at an underground fish ladder viewing area.
Sustainability is the key to this Belltown favorite, where close to 90 percent of the ingredients in the dishes come from within 360 miles of Seattle.
This tea lover’s paradise offers more than 150 organic teas from all over the world, plus a café with vegetarian fare.
The first studio in Seattle offering the Lagree Fitness workout blends elements of Pilates with strength training and cardio, offering a low impact, high intensity workout.
Operated by the Seattle Art Museum, this nine-acre outdoor park settled along Elliott Bay is open daily, rain or shine.
This zoological garden in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood sprawls over 92 acres, with more than 300 species on display and a two-and-a-half acre rose garden with more than 3,000 roses.
Stroll the walking trails at this 350- acre park on Lake Washington – formerly a military base – and enjoy nature, sports amenities, public art installations and historical sites with Art Deco architecture.
Specializing in men’s fashion – particularly denim and clothing from Japan, the U.S. and Canada – this trendy showroom lies in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
Fremont neighborhood collective sells collectibles, antiques, records, art, clothing, accessories, furniture and more.
You can eat, buy fresh flowers, shop and eat some more at one of the city’s most famous landmarks, one of the oldest farmers markets in the country. At Pike Place Fish Market – one of four seafood markets there – witness the daily spectacle of fish being purchased, then tossed around for tourists’ delight.