A mecca of excitement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the greater Seattle area serves as the heartbeat of Washington state. Traversing the intersection where technology and nature meet, cities like Redmond and Tacoma have come to add their own unique twists to influence the region surrounding the Emerald City.
Tacoma could very well be the perfect location to inspire your inner artist. With a backdrop of Puget Sound to the west and views of Mount Rainier to the east, Tacoma combines the grit of a port city with some of the most mesmerizing views in the world.
Tacoma is the home of the renowned glass sculpture Dale Chihuly whose works can be seen throughout the city and at the Museum of Glass. Two historical theaters that focus on performing arts are in downtown Tacoma and the Tacoma Art Museum contains paintings by some of the most celebrated artists in the world.
Redmond and Bellevue lie to the northeast of Seattle across Lake Washington. These sprawling urban suburbs model quintessential Washington charm. Adding beauty to Bellevue the 53-acre Bellevue Botanical Garden serves as a colorful sanctuary and setting for annual festivals and events. Redmond, the home of the Microsoft Corporation, is perfectly situated on the 27-mile Burke-Gilman cycling and jogging trail.
Downtown Seattle offers everything from world-renown performances at the Paramount to quirky shops like Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. Burroughs like Queen Anne and Georgetown boast of delectable restaurants and cozy cafes. Top attractions like the Space Needle and Pike Place Fish Market continue to bring in millions of visitors each year.
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Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market is where fishmongers exhibit the art of the catch. Literally tossing the freshest fish found in the Pacific Ocean, their performance is only second to the bounties of wild Coho Salmon and Dungeness Crab. Offering an eccentric mix of novelty items, even those traveling by air will be able to take a piece of the iconic Pike Place Fish Market home.
The most recognizable structure in the Seattle skyline, the Space Needle beckons visitors from around the globe. Measuring at 520-feet tall, the observation deck is reached by elevators that travel at 10-miles per hour. Visitors to the Space Needle enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of downtown. Since opening in 1962, this iconic Seattle structure has hosted close to 60 million visitors each year.
For an aerial adventure over Washington state, Wings Over Washington located in Seattle on Pier 57 takes you on a thrilling ride over lush green forests, coastal waters, and rushing waterfalls. Join the action as the Balloon Stampede rises in Walla Walla and then race back to Elliot Bay. Get ready for heart stopping action on a ride in Seattle without ever having to leave your seat.
Whether or not you are visiting during Beer Week, Seattle takes pride in the numerous small-batch breweries that line downtown streets. For an excellent IPA or thick creamy stout, breweries like the Pike Brewery and old Stove Brewing on 1st Ave will deliver the expertly crafted suds that you crave.
Adding to the lushness of the Emerald City, numerous golf courses near Seattle offer tee times on spruce lined rolling greens. To the south, Jefferson Park Golf Course is just minutes from downtown in Beacon Hill. Or head north to Jackson Park Golf Course, a 27-hole golf course with putting greens.
For scenic drives, hiking trails, and serene Pacific beaches, Olympic National Park delivers a range of outdoor activities among mesmerizing waterfalls and foliage. Stroll through Hoh Rain Forest and climb to Sol Duc Falls while breathing in fresh air and taking in nature’s stunning bounty just to minutes west of Seattle.