Located in the Washington State of U.S, Seattle is a costal sea port and serves as the seat of King County. Seattle is the largest city in Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America and was declared to be the fastest-growing major city in the United States. Serving as home to 3.6 million residents, it is located at an altitude of 0–158 m above sea level and encompasses 369.2 km2 of land. Idyllically located on a narrow peninsula between Puget Soun and Lake Washington, Seattle is the 8th largest port in the United States and 9th largest in North America in terms of container handling. The city is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States, and a major gateway for trade with Asia. Seattle is also a major technology center and companies like Amazon.com, Microsoft, and T-Mobile US are based here. A hub for green industry, the city is also a popular model for sustainable development in the United States. English is the official language.
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport serves as the primary airport for the Seattle metropolitan area and all the flights headed for Seattle, land at this airport. Located around 19 km from the city center, the airport is directly connected to more than 100 destinations worldwide by 27 airlines that operate to and from the airport. The city experiences an oceanic or temperate marine type of climate that has cool and wet winters and comparatively dry summers. Seattle receives the largest amount of rainfall in U.S. but thunderstorms are rare. The summer months from June till August are the peak tourist season as the weather is cool and comfortable. December to February is low tourist season and the region is prone to snowfall. The autumn months from September to November and spring season from March to May are also mostly comfortable and tourists can plan their trip during these seasons as well. Summer and winter chamber music festivals, Seattle Poetry Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and Gay Pride festivals along with numerous ethnic festivals are celebrated in Seattle.
Home to some of the most notable historical and picturesque natural attractions, Seattle is a tourist’s paradise. Seattle Center & the Space Needle is the most noteworthy attraction in the city. It is an entertainment complex housing theaters, sports facilities, restaurants and Experience Music Project, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Central Library are the attractions located here. Pioneer Square Historic District is the major historical attraction in the city and Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park is located close by.
Pike Place Market offering wide range of sea food, fruits and vegetable is the major market in Seattle. Another popular place to visit is the Hiram M Chittenden Locks where tourists can watch the movement of boat traffic. Volunteer Park (Featuring a century-old conservatory with tropical plants and trees), Waterfront and Piers (home to recreational spaces, tourist attractions, boat tours, and ferry docks.), Discovery Park (largest park in Seattle), University Washington in Seattle (many museums are located here), Woodland Park Zoo (housing endangered species from animals from all over the world), Benaroya Hall (Seattle's premier arts venue) and International District (shopping district) are the famous tourist places in Seattle.
Eating and Shopping
The food in Seattle is a reflection of the great cultural impact the city has endured from people from all over the world that call Seattle their home. Almost every famous food chain has multiple outlets in the city. From fast food joints to simple cafes, from high end Michelin star restaurants to the humble neighborhood eating joints, there is something for every traveller in Seattle. Bitterroot BBQ , The Walrus and the Carpenter, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Witness, Ray's Boathouse, Anchor’s Down, Von Trapp's, Ballard Annex Oyster House, Le Zinc, Percy’s Seattle, Barnacle, Stoneburner and The Old Sage are the most popular eating places in Seattle. Anchovies & Olives, Etta's, Flying Fish, Katsu Burger, Garlic Fries, Salumi and Handmade Cheese are Seattle's iconic dishes which one should not miss eating.
Seattle is the answer to the prayers of the pickiest shoppers. Numerous malls, high end stores, branded boutiques, huge supermarkets and numerous departmental shops are available across Seattle to woo the brand conscious shoppers. But if you are a traveller on budget then do not get disappointed as there is something here for you all well. When in Seattle tourists should not miss shopping at these places – Westfield South Center Shopping Mall, Everett Mall, international District, University District, Pacific Place, Fremont, Northgate Mall, Wallingford Center, Pike Place Market and University Village. Shopping in Downtown Seattle, which is lined with more than 1,000 different retailers and serves as a haven for bargain hunters, is an experience in itself.
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