Perched atop the Puget Sound, Seattle is one of the most exciting, vibrant and dynamic cities in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Over the last few years the Emerald City has developed a well-earned reputation as one of the best spots to visit, both in its own right and as a base to explore the glorious natural beauty of the area. So pack your bag and head northwest, to discover this captivating corner of the US.
Where to eat
Seattle is a real haven for foodies, with an exciting artisanal dining scene and a strong focus on ethically-sourced, local produce. As a port city, it unsurprisingly hits the heights with its seafood, with salmon and chowder two of the most outstanding offerings. Less obviously, Seattle boasts some of the best Vietnamese food in the country, thanks to its large and vibrant Vietnamese community. Don’t leave Seattle without trying a pho from one of the many excellent joints. Pike Place Market is one of the best spots in the city for eating, with a huge range of eateries ranging from grab-and-go delis to seriously fine dining.
Where to drink
You couldn’t visit the home of Tully’s, Seattle’s Best and Starbucks without trying the coffee. The very first Starbucks in the world is in Pike Place Market, while places like Preserve and Gather and Herkimer Coffee are flying the flag these days for Seattle coffee.
When the sun goes down and you fancy something stronger, Seattle doesn’t disappoint either. The city boasts an amazing craft beer scene, with breweries like Reuben’s Brews and Rooftop Brewing Company the perfect places to enjoy artisanal beer fresh from the barrel. There’s a pretty exciting nightlife to be found here too, and Pike Street from the market to Capitol Hill is crammed with the hottest clubs, most exciting music venues and brilliant bars to be found in the city.
What to see
Seattle is chock-full of amazing sights, and none more recognisable than the Space Needle. Head down to the Seattle Center, originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, and discover the iconic tower, as well as the Pacific Science Centre, the Museum of Pop Culture and the Seattle Monorail.
Seattle is defined by the ocean on its doorstep, and the Seattle Aquarium is an amazing place to discover some of the remarkable wildlife that live in Puget Sound and the wider Pacific. Waterfront Park, which stretches from the Aquarium to Pier 57 and the Seattle Great Wheel, is a delightful place to wander as well.
Where to go
Seattle makes the perfect base to explore the extraordinary natural beauty in the Pacific Northwest. Both the Olympic and Cascade mountains are just a few hours drive away, and the surrounding forests offer an amazing opportunity to get up close to nature in an atmospheric setting. In fact, the whole of the West Coast is pretty special, from Vancouver Island all the way down to California, and one of the best ways to explore this superb part of the world is to take a cruise from Seattle. Take in everything from the stunning landscapes of British Columbia to the foggy, fabulous, hi-tech wonders of San Francisco, in comfort and style.