Welcome to the lovely seaport city of Seattle. Situated between the scenic Puget Sound, the pristine Lake Washington, and the Pacific Ocean, Seattle is the fastest growing city in the country and has the fourth largest port in North America with an emphasis on trade with Asia. Balancing the surrounding beauty of nature with the thriving gateway for trade has been successful for well over a century now. With its rolling hills, beautiful ocean views and the iconic cityscape, Seattle is becoming popular with tourists as well. Visitors will find top-notch entertainment, original music, sightseeing, museums, and activities in the surrounding natural areas a great combination.
Seattle was inhabited by Native Americans for over 4,000 years. Then the famous Denny Party arrived by ship in 1851. The location was first known as Duwamps, based on the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. But, after different parties arrived and fought over claims the final result was the name Seattle based on Chief Sealth of the Duwamish Tribe.
The weather in Seattle described as oceanic with cool, wet winters and mild, mostly dry, summers. Seattle is, however, the cloudiest region of the U.S. This has to do with its location on the Pacific where incoming winds mix with the cooler air from Canada. Although Seattle is thought to be rainy weather, it is more typically a light precipitation that will linger. This weather is also what keeps the surrounding areas so lush and green and quite beautiful to see, and earned Seattle the nickname Emerald City.
When not enjoying nature, folks in Seattle go for the music. Many famous artists were either born here or worked their craft here. Jazz clubs, between 1918 and 1951 lined Jackson street and performers such as Ray Charles and Quincy Jones honed their craft in Seattle. Also known as the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix and the musical genre known as grunge. In fact, bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam all hail from Seattle, which continues to be the place to go to hear what's coming next, musically speaking.
Seattle is also known as a hub for the performing arts and is host to the world-famous Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the 5th Avenue Theater, and a wide variety of performance art venues including poetry slam, ballet, hip hop and is also the host to the Seattle Cinerama, which is one of only three movie theaters in the world still capable of showing three-panel Cinerama films.
So, for whatever your tastes, Seattle is sure to have something for you. Check out these excursions and let them help you to simplify your day and assure you that you'll enjoy the activities you'd prefer.