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Seattle is all about the water:
the cityscape, the weather and the leisure activities are determined by
it. The city has a unique location and is located on a headland
in Washington state in the extreme northwest of the United States.
The geographic location of Seattle
Seattle is located on a narrow piece of land, which is bordered in the east
by Lake Washington and in the west by the Pudget Sound and thus in the broadest
sense of the Pacific. In the city, one encounters canals that connect the
eastern lake with the Pacific. In the southeast of the city is the
cascade chain, which bisects the entire state of Washington and to which the
4392m high Mount Rainier volcano belongs. In addition to the water of the
Pacific, the west of Seattle is mainly shaped by the Olympic Peninsula and the
small islands in front of it. Here you will find unique nature, mountains and
even, due to the high rainfall, rainforest!
Rain, rain, nothing but rain?
Most residents say that in this city it rains (at least it feels like it) all
year round - and in fact, an average year counts up to 300 rainy days! However,
these are not heavy showers, but rather a permanent drizzle. Winter is usually
particularly gloomy and so only a few rays of sun can penetrate the heavy cloud
cover and fall on the city. The midsummer, however, provides a little
compensation: Here the rain subsides and there is a pleasant twenty degrees. If
you want to visit the city, you should preferably do so at this time of the
year. The city's residents have long since got used to the wet weather. However,
you yourself have found carrying an umbrella with you all the time to be too
annoying and therefore only wear hats.
In the USA, Seattle is best known for the Starbucks coffee company,
which was founded and is based here. Other companies such as Microsoft and Amazon have
their headquarters in the metropolis of the northwest. In addition, Seattle is
home to the University of Washington, one of the most renowned and largest
universities in the entire country (more than 44,000 students).
On a voyage of discovery through Seattle
The heavy rain is by far not all that this city has to offer. Seattle has
already been voted the “most liveable city” in the USA several times and every
year the pearl of the northwest welcomes more than a million tourists into its
care. Whether just passing through to or from Canada (2.5 hours by car to
Vancouver) or as the sole holiday destination - Seattle offers a lot of sights
in the city itself, as well as world cultural heritage in its immediate
Seattle Center - the site of the 1962 World's Fair in the center of the city
The city of Seattle, like almost all major American cities, has a very short
history. The establishment is dated to the year 1869. In the following years,
urban development was mainly shaped by timber construction and the shipping
industry. The city's port was expanded at a rapid pace, and even in 2005 it was
the fifth largest port in the entire United States (measured in terms of loaded
and unloaded containers)!
The most defining event in the city of Seattle took place in 1962: the World
Exhibition Century 21 Exposition required the construction of a
separate exhibition site. The so-called Seattle Center was
built on the west bank of the city and has since been home to the city's most
important sights and museums.
The city's landmark: the Space Needle
In the middle of the Seattle Center is the city's landmark: the Space
Needle. This was truly unique at the time it was built. The 184 m high
observation tower not only offers a truly breathtaking view of the surrounding
area, but also a delicious restaurant. During the initial planning phase of the
1962 World's Fair, the organizer was inspired to build the Space Needle during a
visit to Germany. After visiting the Stuttgart TV tower, it was decided that a
viewing and restaurant tower should be built for visitors to the world
exhibition. The specialty: the tower can turn! So you only need to stop at one
point: the city, the bay and even Mount Rainier(usually towering majestically
out of the clouds and covered with snow). In the meantime, the tower even offers
visitors a camera with which the city can be viewed more precisely and in the
highest quality. So if you want to save yourself long walks and wet shoes, you
can easily explore the city from above. The name (“space needle”) and the
construction of the tower can be traced back to the motto of the world
exhibition: “The life of man in the space age”. The organizer wanted both to
create a futuristic architectural style and, as far as possible, to let the
visitors ascend in the direction of space. A visit to the Space Needle is an
integral part of a visit to Seattle.
Insider tip: The Bank of America Tower
If you can't get enough of the beautiful view of the city and the surrounding
countryside, you should make a detour to the Bank of America Tower. Few tourists
know this 320 m high tower, which has a public vantage point just four floors
below the roof - a panoramic view that even includes the Space Needle! Before
visiting the tower, however, you should find out exactly what the opening times
are, as these are very irregular.
Museums in the Seattle Center and West Bank
The absolute highlights of the Seattle Center include the Pacific Science
Center and the Experience Music Project. The latter is about one's own musical
experiences and impressions, which can be relived through various
experiments. From the outside, the museum stands out above all for its unusual
architecture. This is difficult to describe and is largely reminiscent of a blob
of sheet metal and aluminum.
Further south of the Seattle Center is Pioneer Square. There are numerous
art galleries and museums here. On the way there you definitely shouldn't miss
one of the other highlights of the city: Pike Place Market in the Belltown district on
the west bank of the city. The market, one of the most popular in the United
States, has almost everything: fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, handicrafts and
clothing. Even if you don't want to buy anything, you shouldn't miss the hustle
and bustle of the fishmongers. Those who prefer to see the fish alive afterwards
can make another stop at the Seattle Aquariuminsert. There is a lot to discover
about the marine world of the Pacific and is suitable for both young and old.
Museums in the north and south
In addition to the shipping industry, Seattle was also shaped by aircraft
construction. The Boeing company was founded in Seattle in 1916 and has
numerous plants there to this day. A visit to the Museum of Flight in the south
of the city is therefore particularly interesting, which was set up in the
exact production hall where the Boeing machines were once designed and
The Burke Museum of Natural Culture and History is located in the north of
Seattle and therefore directly on the university campus. It offers a variety of
topics and has one of its focuses on a very lively and interestingly designed
exhibition about Indians.
On tour of Seattle - a ride on the monorail
If you are traveling in Seattle, you should not miss a trip on the monorail.
This traditional train commutes between the Seattle Center and the Westlake
Center, providing a direct connection from the east to the west of the city. One
way ticket is $ 2.25. All further information and details about the route can be
Scenic Attractions Around Seattle: Olympic National Park
Seattle's geographic location is unique. You are always close to the water
and you can quickly escape the turbulent city life by taking a boat trip. All
you have to do is go to the port on the west bank and take a ferry going
west. The islands of Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Vashon Island are served
at regular intervals. Driving to these islands is not advisable, as the overland
route is several hundred kilometers. A boat trip is definitely worth it, as you
have a breathtaking view of the city's skyscrapers from the water. It only takes
35 minutes to get to Bainbridge Island (round trip cost: $ 6). From there you
can drive to the Olympic National Park via the 101 motorway. The path leads past
the Juan de Fuca Strait, so that in good weather you can even see the coast of
Canada! The varied landscape of the national park consists of mountains and even
rainforest and invites you to lingerWalks a.
Options for getting to and from Seattle - highways and airport
Seattle has an extensive infrastructure system and is therefore very easy to
reach by car and plane. Interstate 90, which with a length of almost 5000 km is
the longest freeway in North America, has its starting point in Seattle. If you
follow this road to the end, you will end up in Boston on the east coast of the
country. Seattle is also well connected in the north-south direction: Interstate
5 runs from San Diego in the south to just before the border with Canada in the
north. If you prefer to save yourself long journeys, you can easily travel to
Seattle by plane. Seattle / Tacoma Airport is located in the south of the city
and is served by numerous international airlines.