Things to Do in Seattle
The Emerald City
Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and is nicknamed as ‘The Emerald City’ for its profusion of evergreen trees. The city is nestled between the Cascade Mountains in the east and the Olympic Mountains in the west, offering glorious views for miles around. Today, Seattle is a bustling commercial hub, and is the seat of some of the world’s largest corporations, including Amazon.com, Costco, Nintendo of America, Starbucks and T-Mobile. Seattle also has a vibrant arts and cultural scene, and is known for its distinctive neighborhoods, each of which has its own unique character and personality and contribute to creating the city’s diverse cultural fabric. Read on to learn more about the best things to do in Seattle and find out how you can make the most of your next getaway to this vivacious, effervescent city.
Pike Place Market
Visitors often describe Pike Place Market as ‘Seattle in a Nutshell’ and for good reason too! The market has a diverse assortment of unique shops, including antique dealers, shops selling comic books and collectibles, and small family-owned restaurants, and is a thriving hub of activity. It is one of the oldest continuously-operated farmers’ markets in the country and is Seattle’s most popular tourist destinations, receiving more than 10 million visitors annually. One of the market’s most popular attractions is the ‘Pike Place Fish Market’- where employees toss large fish to one another instead of passing them. One of the market’s longest standing traditions, these flying fish have received more than their fair share of screen time, having been featured on TLC as well as on the sitcom ‘Fraiser’. Look out for the market’s unofficial mascot – Rachel, a bronze piggy bank that receives as much as USD 9,000 in various currencies. The market is also a popular site for buskers or street entertainers, who shall add a touch of eclectic to your Pike Place Market shopping experience.