Home to great food, wine and spirits, arts, and culture, Seattle is the Pacific Northwest's new "it" destination.
Seattle may be best known for grunge music, but the Experience Music Project is a museum dedicated to preserving the history of all types of song. Other famous destinations are the Space Needle, built for the 1962 World's Fair, and Pike Place Market, where fresh produce, crafts, and street performers combine to create a hip alternative spot.
The city of Seattle has no shortage of the avant-garde, and the Fremont neighborhood, self-proclaimed as the "Center of the Universe," celebrates its eccentricity with a 53-feet-tall rocket, a troll statue beneath a bridge, and a statue of Lenin. Of course, more conventional art exhibits exist as well. The Seattle Art Museum holds African, Australian, and Northwest collections and sponsors Olympic Sculpture Park, an outdoor exhibition for larger-than-life compositions. The Seattle Public Library's central library building is a work of art itself, and a sure attention-getter.
Many Seattle attractions focus on nature, whether it's whitewater rafting on the Skykomish River or climbing nearby Mount Rainier. Those who want to get close to animals can tour Woodland Park Zoo, which is more than 100 years old, or check out Seattle Aquarium's coral reef and sixgill shark exhibits. If that's not near enough, adventurous types can scuba dive in Puget Sound with eight-foot octopi.
The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport serves more than 30 million passengers each year, so finding flights to Seattle should be an easy task.